"They give them tickets home before deployment. They change them to come home and then go to the base for deployment. He shouldn't have to go back to Lackland unless they have told him he has to. The way it worked for our MA is he changed his…"
"Regina, MA "Master at Arms" is what they are called in the Navy. It was two years ago but if I remember correctly they can change their flight home and then to the base that is deploying them. They are allowed up to the price of the ticket…"
"Almost everyone is from out of state when they go to a base but I am pretty sure that's all I used because they need to see you are licensed if you are driving and everyone in the vehicle has to show ID, which was a license. You also have to…"
"Ya, Rich has some more good points. I echo his comments. I can't guarantee this but we went to Sea World and they let all 3 of us in free as he was military. That was nice. Map out your trips as I remember San Antonio highways to be confusing…"
"When we went about a year ago it was in the morning. Maybe a couple of hours for the ceremony. Then at the end someone gets to place the pin on them. The sailor picks. The place where the ceremony is held is on base. It is close to the Navy…"
"Ya, he will somehow get leave before he completes 12 months overseas but not Christmas, and after that who knows. He will then be in the Middle East for one more year. I was wondering if any Colorado sailors are doing their duty back in the US now."
We fly in Thursday evening so I'm not sure we will be able to make it with Sarg. The saturday call 5 weeks in was the only one we got but I think my wife missed a call in week 3, she was with our daughter in college orientation. We've gotten some letters and he's doing well. He said he still has some work to do on his 1.5 mile time so hopefully he gets that out of the way. He is 19 and his required time is 1 minute faster than if he were 20. That seems like a big jump but it will be a nice challenge for him to overcome.
Hopefully we will get another call from him over the July 4th weekend.
My son is in Ship 14-Div 253 with a 7/15/16 graduation date. We received a phone call on Saturday and he wasin good spirits and doing well. He commented that he didn't even realize it was 'only' 3 more weeks.
Welcome to NavyDads.com Dale ! 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 son Eric (AM2) was on the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71), was attached to Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 37 (HSM-37) in Hawaii, was attached to VAW-125, and just transfered to VRC-40 ("Rawhides"). My daughter Kat is now a Navy veteran and was stationed on the carrier Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) as a Mass Communications Specialist(MC3). If NavyDads.com 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 NavyDads.com 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 NavyDads.com 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 through...be 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 Dale 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 NavyDads.com.
As a parent of a sailor currently or soon to be at Great Lakes you'll have many questions about what Tyler 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!
Welcome aboard to NavyDads.com Dale! 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 out was that he had made the most mature decision of his life! I found lots of answers to my questions right here on NavyDads.com.
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 proud of our son and his service to our country.