Thank you for your introduction, history and warm welcome Paul. You provided some great tips and links to help us navigate, learn and understand my son's and our journey. He is graduating this Friday, letters have been flowing frequently between us and he is PUMPED! All the best, Bob
Ahoy there! Grew up constantly hearing nautical terms; Mom - Navy Brat; Dad - Marine. Uncles all military pilots. Heavy weather here in DC area. Battening down the hatches. Storm warnings..... Time to weigh anchor and shove off. God speed.... Peter S. ADAM
Tyler just went back to Newport R.I. for a couple more months at Officer Candidate School (OCS). He recently graduated from UCSC with a degree in Electrical Engineering and has been in the Nuclear Propulsion Officer program.
His OCS class had a break for the Holiday's. My wife and I will be fly out from California for graduation on March 1st.
I look forward to exploring this site and getting to know some folks!
Thank you for your response. Interesting to hear that your son Eric will be an instructor in P’Cola. I was raised there. My son shipped out yesterday for Great Lakes, and it was very emotional for his mother and myself. I look forward to his journey and the sailor he will become. My father was a recruit at Great Lakes in 57’, from there it was off to N.A.T.T.C school Norman, OK. and Memphis, TN. (AMH2). After that he was assigned to squadron VFP-62 @ NAS Jacksonville, and NAS Cecil Field. He was then assigned to squadron VT-3 Red Knights @ NAS South Whiting Field. From there he was assigned to “Westpac/ Vietnam deployment” 1964 with VF-151 aboard the USS Coral Sea (CV-43) . When VF-151 returned from deployment they joined USS Constellation (CV-64) 1966 and returned to South East Asia theater. He finished his service at NAS Miramar. I am very privileged that father will join me for PIR @ RTC late DEC, or early JAN (TBD).
My son shipped on 8/2 and we received the initial phone call and his personal belongings. However we haven’t received any additional letters from RTC. We have terrible mail service and don’t want to miss graduation notifications or his mailing address/ ship number. Can anyone tell me at what point we should be notified of these things? Thanks in advance!
Thank you for the welcome, Paul! I work for Lockheed Martin and we do most of our work for the Navy so I am not a complete fish out of water when it comes to the Navy, but I am sure this site will help me learn many things that I am unaware of. Thanks again for the welcome.
Thanks for the greeting and welcome. I am a second gen. U.S. Navy, my Dad was a SeaBee station at Pt. Mugu, and my son is a sailor fix'in to start boot camp. He had 2 Uncles in Air Force both deceased. I'm happy as everything with him going into the Navy.
Thanks for the welcome, Paul. I appreciate you sharing the OPSEC link. With so much information to absorb, we often don't think of things that are so obvious and it's nice to be reminded. I look forward to meeting and sharing with other Navy families here.
Thank you both for the quick acceptance and insight you've offered. I wish I would have found this site prior to my son's PIR. He's just bagan A school and I think I'm more excited than he is. I did review the OPSEC link, I get it. I too am very proud of my son. He is the first in my immediate family to serve our country. Thanks agin guys............KEV
Thanks for the welcome information. I have been a member of the FB page for sometime, but only learned of the website today. The web site is loaded with great information, congratulations. I hope to be able to spend more time on it and learning. I do feel like a “veteran parent” as our daughter has been active duty (including training) for almost 2.5 years now and will soon complete 2 years overseas in Yokosuka and be home around the end of this month for a brief week before she moves on to her next permanent duty station. She will be home for the first time in 27 months! So we are very excited though we did go over to Japan and had the chance to spend some time with her over there and meet the exceptional group that she works with. Makes one incredibly proud to know that your child is working and spending time with such talented and clear thinking people. I should note that even as. JAG officer she spent almost 5 months deployed at sea last summer, three of which were on a guided missile destroyer, so her overseas experience has truly been well rounded.
Again, thanks for putting together a great web site.
Paul, thank you very much for the information, links and sharing your personal story. I appreciate the time and energy devoted to making this site available and welcoming to those of us new to this experience!
Thanks ! My son joined in June 2015 and after he got out of high school June 2016 he went to basic January 3 2017 after basic he went to CTR school for 7 months and now been in San Diego for about a month he on the USS Boxer.
Thank you Paul! My eldest arrived at bootcamp on Wednesday. My other son is currently in the DEP. I'm pretty sure after New Year's they're going to push his date up. I've been doing my best to educate myself. This is a great place for that.