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Christopher Wood
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  • Lafayette, IN
  • United States
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Your Sailor's First Name (Please Do Not Post SEAL Names)
Alexandra
What Is Or Will Be Your Sailor's Rating (Job Classification) - ex. ABE, AM, GM, etc
Quartermaster Petty Officer
Describe A Little About Yourself:
I'm a professional, who, because of an accident as a teenager, could not physically serve in military service.

I come from a family that served in almost all branches. My father and one uncle served in the Army; another uncle was in the Coast Guard. All saw action in the European theater in WWII.

My father-in-law was a B-25 pilot in the Pacific, who was shot down in New Guinea in 1945.

In my generation, my brother was in the Army, and I had two brothers-in law who served: one in the Navy the other in the Army. A cousin spent his entire work life as an engineer in the NASA program and as a QC engineer for Grumman Navy aircraft.

Unfortunately, my daughter Alexandra is the only one in her generation who has stepped up to the call for duty.

Although I have not always agreed with the way in which political leaders have employed our military, I have always respected those Americans who have served our nation.
What Brought You To This Site:
my daughter is currently serving
What Were Your Feelings When Your Sailor Joined The Navy:
Extremely proud! A chance to connect vicariously to the lost opportunity to be connected to the Navy.

After my junior year in high school, I was recruited by the U.S. Naval Academy for football and track, and was quite honored by the interest.

Unfortunately, in the summer prior to my senior year I had a severe accident to my foot, which ended my athletic prowess to leverage acceptance to Annapolis.

My daughter Alexandra turned down small colleges interested in her playing soccer, and decided instead to "do something." She was only interested in the Navy and scored well on her tests and received the duty she wanted...to learn navigation.
What Is Your Relationship With Your Sailor
Dad
Please Share: How Did You Find Us?
Internet

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At 10:08am on January 29, 2011, E.G. - ND's Creator/Admin said…
Christopher, Welcome Aboard!

When my son first enlisted in the Navy I found NavyForMoms in searching for answers to his future. I just knew their had to be a site for dads but found out I was wrong. So I started this site so us dads would also have a place to call home. I'm new at this and hope this site will benefit fathers that follow behind us. So jump right in share concerns, join groups, share info, and show off your Sailor. I'm so glad to find out their are so many proud Navy Dads just like myself. I hope this site benefits you and your family throughout your daughters journey in the Navy. Thank Alexandra for her service for me and thanks again for joining us.

Sincerely, E.G.
At 12:46pm on January 27, 2011, NavyDads Admin (Paul) said…
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At 12:46pm on January 27, 2011, NavyDads Admin (Paul) said…
Welcome to NavyDads.com Christopher! I'm sure you'll find NavyDads.com as useful, educational and informative as I have. Please explore the site and make some new Navy friends.  Be sure to read the discussions add your comments or start a new discussion.  Browse through the postings in the various groups or start a new one. I certainly have! If you have any comments, questions or concerns about your sailor and what she is going through...be sure to post them! In my experience someone here can answer your questions or concerns or can point you in the right direction to find out. I'm blessed to have two sailors in the family - my son Eric (AM3) is stationed on the carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) and my daughter Kat (MC3) recently completed her five-year enlistment on the carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72). And Christopher this is a great place to brag about your sailor as well! So join in, get active, and be sure to let us know how Alexandra 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 at all times. On the right or starboard side of every NavyDads.com page is an area we call About This Site.  Please take a minute and read through the Operations Security (OPSEC) link for some guidelines as to what we should and should not talk about in a public forum like NavyDads.com. And stop by the NavyDads offical store- Navyoutfitters.com!  Show your support for NavyDads.com by wearing the latest in NavyDads attire.  Best Regards- Paul
At 10:19pm on January 26, 2011, NavyDads Co-Admin, Calvin said…
Christopher, Welcome to NAVYDADS. My Grandson joined the Navy and went to Boot Camp in February, 2008. When I joined I knew nothing about the Military and this site has really helped me understand what to expect and has relieved some of the worries I had. Please go to the Groups Page and check out of the different Group and join in to learn more about what your Guy or Girl will be learning and doing. We are a big family here and you can find answers to most any question you may had regarding what is in store for your recruit. You will find others that are new to the Navy along with those that have Loved Ones that has been in for some time. We like to hear about your recruit the good times, the concerns and the question. I think you will find that our member are just a great big family and everyone wants to help others understand what to expect and hear how your recruit is doing.

Please feel free to ask question.

Again Welcome and keep us updated of your recruit’s progress.

HooYah US Navy!!!!!!!!!!!
At 8:56pm on January 26, 2011, NavyDads Admin, Tim said…
Welcome aboard Christopher.
I would like to take this time to point you in some of the right directions. For starters if you haven't had the time take a look at the right side of any page you click on. There you will find some useful information for you. The links under the about this site will help you with how this site got started, navigation, PIR, About us, community guidelines and some links to some of the groups that beginners with a lot of questions will find very useful.
First and foremost though, we are all here for the same reason. We are curious about what our young sailors are getting into and for more information about the rate or job that they will be doing for the next 4-6yrs of their lives. I know when I first got here I had lots of questions and there was not a lot of people on this site but they all were either going through the same thing or had been through it and had sailors out in the fleet. Now this site has grown to over 2000 members, Dads, Moms, Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles, sisters, brothers, girlfriends and boyfriends. Don't be afraid to ask questions of members in here because somewhere along the way we have all had the same questions and asked. There are a lot of knowledgeable people on this site with various years of experience in the NAVY either on their own account or through their Sailors.
Again welcome aboard and BRAVO ZULU to you and your daughter Alexandra on her enlistment and please thank her for me for making the choice to defend the freedoms that my family, this country and I have and enjoy.
Navy dads Co-admin Tim
 
 
 

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