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Edward Petke commented on ProudNavyDAD's group A School for Dads
"Son graduated PIR on Friday, 12 April and arrived in San Antonio Saturday afternoon.  He's there for MA school which started today.  Anyone else have a sailor there now? "
Apr 15
Edward Petke joined ProudNavyDAD's group

A School for Dads

Is your Sailor in A School? Come join us.See More
Apr 15
Edward Petke commented on Joe Jr's group PIR Picture requests
"Hoping someone has pics of PIR from 12 April 2019, specifically Division 175 they are willing to share.  Thank you"
Apr 15
Edward Petke commented on NavyDads Admin (Paul)'s group Pass In Review - Tips, Hints, and Helps
"Thank you, Patrick!  It was quite a day, the PIR was even better in person than online and we had a great and relaxing day with him (albeit too short...)  Sitting at O'Hare now waiting for him to ship out to San Antonio for A School."
Apr 13
Edward Petke commented on NavyDads Admin (Paul)'s group Pass In Review - Tips, Hints, and Helps
"He's a sailor!"
Apr 12
Edward Petke commented on NavyDads Admin (Paul)'s group Pass In Review - Tips, Hints, and Helps
"Sitting in the stands anxiously awaiting the arrival of the graduating sailor and seeing my son for the first time since mid February.  Great sense of pride right now"
Apr 12
Edward Petke commented on E.G. - ND's Creator/Admin's group NAVY BOOT CAMP
"We just got our "I'm A Sailor" phone call and my son sounded EXHAUSTED but very relieved and very proud. All the hard work put in is about to be recognised. He's graduating in 3 days and this is one PROUD PAPA!"
Apr 9
Edward Petke joined E.G. - ND's Creator/Admin's group


Navy Boot Camp: Questions & Answers to what your Sailor will be doing at Recruit Training Command (RTC) Great Lakes, IL.This Support Group is for Families & Friends with Recruits attending Navy Boot Camp.See More
Apr 9
Edward Petke joined Joe Jr's group

PIR Picture requests

created by PIR 06/05 Div 210-215 and 929if your sailor in training will be at a future PIR help us identify them for picturesSee More
Apr 8
Edward Petke joined E.G. - ND's Creator/Admin's group

Navy Midshipmen Football

A place to speak all things about Navy Midshipmen Football. 2014-2015 Navy Midshipmen Football ScheduleSee More
Apr 8
Edward Petke liked NavyDads CoAdmin Jim Gramza's event Sarge's Meet and Greet for PIR April 12, 2019
Apr 8
Edward Petke commented on NavyDads Admin (Paul)'s group Pass In Review - Tips, Hints, and Helps
"Final week, 4 more days until PIR!!  Can't wait to see my sailor!"
Apr 8
Edward Petke is attending NavyDads CoAdmin Jim Gramza's event

Sarge's Meet and Greet for PIR April 12, 2019 at Lakehurst Events (Formerly Sundance Saloon)

April 11, 2019 from 5pm to 10pm
Sarge’s meet and greet is held the night before each PIR. All are welcome. There is food and information about what to expect the next morning as you make your way to the graduation.Please RSVP here so we can get a head count. The email you used to log on to will be used to send your confirmation of your reservation. Please provide your sailor's division number and the number of people attending in the discussion box below.There is a buffet and a cash bar. Donations for the food…See More
Apr 5
Edward Petke liked E.G. - ND's Creator/Admin's discussion How Navy Dads Started
Apr 4
Edward Petke commented on NavyDads Admin (Paul)'s group Pass In Review - Tips, Hints, and Helps
"Yes, that may be an option, for them to stay put in the house we rented and watch on the computer..."
Apr 4
Edward Petke left a comment for Edward Petke
"Thanks, Paul"
Apr 4

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Proud dad to a current recruit in Division 175 scheduled to graduate 12, April. My father served in the Navy in the 60's during Bay of Pigs incident. I am a Law Enforcement officer in VA.
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My son is recently enlisted (before PIR)
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At 10:46am on April 4, 2019, Edward Petke said…
Thanks, Paul
At 10:28am on April 4, 2019, NavyDads Admin (Paul) said…

You NEED to read this and understand this link -

Without a PIR ticket you will NOT be allowed on base- hence there is no facility on base where extra guests and watch PIR

All the places of lodging however tend to show live video of the ceremony

At 11:19pm on March 22, 2019, NavyDads Admin (Paul) said…
Welcome to Edward! When my daughter enlisted in 2005 and left for RTC, I had virtually no knowledge of Navy life or how the Navy did things. By the time her PIR rolled around, I was starting to get the hang of things and understand some of the language and abbreviations, but still felt like a fish out of water when dealing with most topics concerning the US Navy. When my son enlisted and left for Great Lakes in 2007, I got serious about trying to learn as much as possible about the Navy. Now, several years into my journey, I’m blessed to say I have two sailors in the family - My daughter Kat is now a Navy veteran and was stationed on the carrier Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) as a Mass Communications Specialist (MC3). My son Eric (AM1) did two cruises on the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71), was attached to Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 37 (HSM-37) in Hawaii, was attached to VAW-125 ("The Tigertails") stationed at Iwakuni, Japan, and is currenlty stationed in Pensacola where he is an instructor in A-School. If were around in those early days. If were around in those early days, it would have made my first days as a Navy parent much easier!

I'm sure you'll find as useful, educational and informative as I have over the past few years. Click How To Get Started for a guide on getting going in your experience! I hope you take the time to explore the site and make some new friends. Read the discussions and add your comments. Browse through the postings in the various groups or start a new one. If you have any comments, questions or concerns about your sailor and what he is going sure to post them! In my experience someone here can answer your questions or concerns or can point you in the direction to find out. And Edward this is a great place to brag as well! So join in, get active, and be sure to let us know how your son is doing! Please remember that we talk about the Navy here and we must keep the security and safety of our sailors and the fleet in mind. On the right or starboard side of every NavyDads page is an area we call Key Information. Please take a minute and read through the Operations Security (OPSEC) link for some guidelines as to what we should not talk about in a public forum like

As a parent of a sailor currently or soon to be at Great Lakes you'll have many questions about what Michael is going through. In the Navy Bootcamp group is a discussion called A MUST READ for all New Navy Parents. Read through this post as it will do a lot to give you some understanding about what your sailor is learning and why. And be sure to check out the videos available in the Bootcamp Group as well and as PIR nears be sure to spend time in the PIR group for hints and helps! To better understand how the Navy creates sailors, watch this video Making A Sailor to see what life is like at Great Lakes RTC.

Best Regards- Paul

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At 11:15pm on March 22, 2019, NavyDads CoAdmin Jim Gramza said…

Welcome aboard to Edward! When my son first enlisted, I was a little scared and worried for him. Not coming from a military family at all, I had no idea what to expect. What I found, was that he had made the most mature decision of his life! I found lots of answers to my questions right here on

My son Stephen was an AWO2 in the P-3 community. However, after 6 years of service, he was medically discharged in July of 2014. We are so proud of our son and his service to our country, as you will also burst with pride of your child! This is the place to brag!

Join us on Facebook as well!

Once again, welcome to our site and I hope you enjoy your stay here. GO NAVY! HOOYAH!

Best Regards- Jim



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