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Tiger Cruise

I was honored to be invited by my son on a Tiger Cruise on the USS San Diego. I didn't know what to expect. I researched everything including It was all helpful, but the tiger cruise was so much more. I would be glad to share any information about a Tiger Cruise if anyone has questions. 

You can also check out my facebook page on the topic. …


Added by John Sonnenberg on September 26, 2018 at 9:08pm — No Comments

Disappointment, but a new start

Found out early last week that our son was dropped from CTN on the last week of class.  He had already received his orders.  He was given three choices, PACT Sea, PACT Air or IC.  He chose IC.  This was a bit of a blow for all involved.  He should be going back to Great Lakes for A school for his new rate, then a follow-on C school as he is on an ATF contract.  Hopefully this will work out for him.

Make sure you tell your sailors not to coast at the end of their A school - we…


Added by Mike Bubb on June 17, 2018 at 2:26pm — 1 Comment

Tiger Cruise 2018

Please let me know if you plan to join a Tiger Cruise from HI this Summer.

This will be my 3rd Cruise and I will happily answer, if I can, your questions about Tiger Cruising.

Added by Kristine ODea on June 14, 2018 at 7:30pm — 1 Comment


Kevin held on to Section Leader & RPO in 2 categories for the length of basic. Top 3 in A school, top 3 in B school, now tied for 2nd at VLS in Virginia. He'll finish VLS, then home to SoCal for a visit and to get married. After a honeymoon, then report to Yokosuka, Japan for assignment to CG-67 USS Shiloh. He's loving every minute of Navy life.  I've never heard him sound happier.

Added by Steve Anderson on June 7, 2018 at 11:30am — No Comments

I need some sage advice!

I need some advice! My son is at RTC currently in Ship 5. He was RCPO and led his…


Added by David Charlton Hall on March 28, 2018 at 10:28pm — 3 Comments

Pacific Partnership

It's been a long time since I have been here. A lot has changed. My sailor Sarah, is now a HM3 and spent the last year stationed in San Diego. She is now deployed and is serving on the USNS Mercy (PP18).  Perhaps there is another Father that has a loved one stationed on the Mercy or with the 7th fleet?  If so, I'd love to hear from you.

Added by Randy B on March 11, 2018 at 6:09pm — 2 Comments

Our PIR experience - Nov. 22nd

First, I want to thank everyone that has contributed to this site. It has been wonderful. Secondly, I want to urge you to read as much as you can. There are gems of information hidden all over that will make things so much easier.

I would like to share my family's first experience with PIR this past week. I'm hoping it will help.

We booked a hotel through some online booking oldest daughter did it so I can't remember which one. I'll update if I can. It was a hotel…


Added by Evangelina Hernandez on November 27, 2017 at 3:00pm — 2 Comments

Today my Daughter takes her last PFA

Just praying all will be well as my daughter takes her last PFA today .. Than Battlestations this week sometime .. Cant wait for the "I'm a Sailor" phone call ... Good day to Everyone on here !! 

Added by JAVIER AVILES on October 30, 2017 at 6:50am — No Comments

The Finished product - so far

Added by Mike Bubb on October 15, 2017 at 10:35am — No Comments

We have a sailor!

After 9.5 months of pregnancy + an additional 21 years, my wife and I have a Sailor!  We got the call today (Div 320).  Our tickets to Chicago were not bought in vain!  Hope to see everyone at the meet & greet on Thursday.

Added by Mike Bubb on October 4, 2017 at 4:54pm — No Comments

Email from bootcamp

My son commented that he had been issued an iPad during boot camp, and that they were going to allow them to use email!  I told my wife that I'd believe it when I saw it - of course the very next Sunday I got a text from my son asking which email account we wanted to receive our communications on.  Hmmm, we were able to exchange a few emails before the privileges were over.  He told us that he would probably get to do this every Sunday.  Well, his PIR is this Friday, and needless to say we…


Added by Mike Bubb on October 3, 2017 at 6:00pm — No Comments

new sailor

Just got the call from my son from boot ... all tests past so his new adventure continues. I cant wait for graduation 10/6. ship 6 div 312.

Added by Oliver on September 30, 2017 at 7:59am — 2 Comments

I can't believe I did this...

My son gets a second call.  I was travelling back from a business trip and was anxiously awaiting his call before I boarded my connecting flight.  Shortly after I was seated, he called!  Since I was wearing bluetooth headphones, I tried to set down my phone...AND HUNG UP ON HIM!  about 45 seconds later he tried calling back as I was manipulating my phone between screens - as his call came in, I hit the deny button.  Luckily, he was able to get my wife on her lunch hour and was able to talk…


Added by Mike Bubb on September 16, 2017 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Don't screen your calls

Funny story...well, at least now it is! My son called after 3 weeks at boot camp. I was home, looked at the number, and figured it was a telemarketer so I didn't answer. Refused a second call from the same number (persistent SOB). Went and walked the dog and discovered that I had voicemail. Of course, it was my son who had been trying to call!
Even better, my wife was working and couldn't receive his attempts to contact her either - poor kid, a total washout!

Added by Mike Bubb on September 3, 2017 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Ship 4 Div 308 Arleigh Burke

Looking for parents of some of my Son's shipmates.  Recieved a call from my Son on Saturday morning.  He is very tired but sounds like he is doing well.  He said he is averageing around three hours of sleep per day. Looking forward to hearing from some of the other parents out there. 

Added by Robert J. Irvin II on August 20, 2017 at 8:47pm — No Comments

Navy Submarine Flag

Greeting fellow Navy Dads,

My son is stationed aboard one of our nation's Ohio Class submarines.  I am so proud and thankful for ALL of our service men and women!!!  Are there any NAVY Submarine flags to buy and fly!?  I anxiously await your response! 

Added by Wesley Brent Wertz on July 16, 2017 at 8:53am — 2 Comments

P-Hold question

Our son shipped out to the Navy boot camp on 06-29-17. We were told today his PIR will be Sep 1, 2017. This is a bit more than 9 weeks. We were wondering how long P-Hold lasts and what the recruits do while on hold. Any help is greatly appreciated.

Added by Dan Engle on June 30, 2017 at 7:07pm — 3 Comments

? My son called and he failed

My son called his mom and said he gaild a test and would be there 2 more weeks will he be in a new division

Added by Brian on June 6, 2017 at 5:12pm — 4 Comments


I purchased a gift for the grandson; stationed in Sicily. I found what I needed at Staples: they don't do FPO. I used AMAZON, it's perfect. The gift was cheaper than Staples & no tax or no shipping or handling.

Added by L. Paul Saltzman on June 1, 2017 at 9:47am — No Comments

Post Graduation Liberty

Here is a question for the experienced Dads.  Upon boot camp graduation, will my son be permitted to leave post for dinner with the family?  How many hours is he permitted post graduation?

Added by Joseph L Mooney on May 31, 2017 at 1:44pm — 2 Comments

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Tiger Cruise

Posted by John Sonnenberg on September 26, 2018 at 9:08pm 0 Comments

Disappointment, but a new start

Posted by Mike Bubb on June 17, 2018 at 2:26pm 1 Comment

Tiger Cruise 2018

Posted by Kristine ODea on June 14, 2018 at 7:30pm 1 Comment


Posted by Steve Anderson on June 7, 2018 at 11:30am 0 Comments

I need some sage advice!

Posted by David Charlton Hall on March 28, 2018 at 10:28pm 3 Comments

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