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Travis Lee Bickle
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  • Harrisburg, PA
  • United States

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Travis Lee Bickle commented on E.G. - ND's Creator/Admin's group Carrier Families
"Our Daughter is on the Ford. She is an ET. Right now they are inspecting rooms as they are completed. She is hoping the ship is completed befor her contract is up."
Dec 6, 2014
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Carrier Families

This group is to bring family's with Sailors serving aboard Aircraft Carriers together. This is the place to share information about life aboard Aircraft Carriers in the United States Navy.
Dec 6, 2014
Travis Lee Bickle joined Intelchips's group

AECF ET A school and beyond

A Place for discussion of those with a sailor either rated as an AECF ET or for those attending A school to become ET rated.
Dec 6, 2014
Travis Lee Bickle updated their profile
Dec 6, 2014
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The Navy Ships

The Naval Ships and their any ship name in blue for a link to it's webpageSee More
Sep 28, 2013
Travis Lee Bickle commented on Travis Lee Bickle's group ship 11 div 407 & 408 pir 10-25-13
"My daughter is in div. 407 and my wife and I have talked to several parents on this site and the navy moms site and look forward to seeing/ meeting all of you at pir. We will be at Sarges dinner on thursday night also hope to see you there it sounds…"
Sep 27, 2013
Travis Lee Bickle commented on Travis Lee Bickle's group ship 11 div 407 & 408 pir 10-25-13
"Just thought it would be nice to have a spot for those with loved ones onboard the Kearsarge to talk and share info."
Sep 27, 2013
Travis Lee Bickle posted a group

ship 11 div 407 & 408 pir 10-25-13

for families to get to know and support each otherSee More
Sep 27, 2013
Travis Lee Bickle posted a status
"Recieved more letters from T glad she is finding time to write. Told us she is meant to be there, glad she is finding her place in the world"
Sep 27, 2013
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Navy Boot Camp

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
Sep 25, 2013
Travis Lee Bickle posted a status
"T called, great to hear from her so soon, dont expect to hear form her till after battle stations, gonna be a long 4 weeks."
Sep 25, 2013
Patricia Tokarcik liked Travis Lee Bickle's blog post Thank You for the welcome!
Sep 25, 2013
Travis Lee Bickle commented on Mike Schooley's group Pennsylvania Dads
"Our prayers are with all the Sailors, hope your daughter is well."
Sep 24, 2013
NavyDads Co-Admin, Gary liked Travis Lee Bickle's blog post Thank You for the welcome!
Sep 21, 2013
NavyDads CoAdmin Jim Gramza commented on Travis Lee Bickle's blog post Thank You for the welcome!
"That's what we're here for Travis. I wish was around when my son started on his journey. But even then, a lot of questions were answered for me. The 8 weeks of boot camp will be over before you know it. Jim"
Sep 20, 2013
Travis Lee Bickle joined NavyDads Admin (Paul)'s group

Navy Daughters and their Dads

Daughters in the Navy: A group for those of us with Navy daughters serving- either in DEP, at RTC, or in the fleet.See More
Sep 19, 2013

Profile Information

Your Sailor's First Name (Please Do Not Post SEAL Names)
What Is Or Will Be Your Sailor's Rating (Job Classification) - ex. ABE, AM, GM, etc
Describe A Little About Yourself:
Highway consruction inspector, married, 2 children (daughter,Taylor and son Cory)
What Brought You To This Site:
My daughter is recently enlisted (before PIR)
What Were Your Feelings When Your Sailor Joined The Navy:
Surprised we had no idea she was thinking about enlistment, at the same time very proud and excited with the oppurtunity she is taking part in
What Is Your Relationship With Your Sailor
Please Share: How Did You Find Us?
My wife is a member of Navy Moms and i searched for a site for Dads

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Thank You for the welcome!

Posted on September 19, 2013 at 11:03am 1 Comment

Taylor is at basic for 3+ weeks and we sure do miss her around the house. Having this site to get information is such a help to make us understand what she is going thru.

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At 1:40pm on September 18, 2013, NavyDads Co-Admin, Gary said…

Greetings Travis! When my son joined the Navy I really had no idea nor a clue on what he’s about to partake in besides what I’ve seen on tv and some stories I've heard from friends and relatives who have served in the military.

However, I'm so honored and very proud of his decision to serve our great country.

From the start, I’ve perused Navy and recruiter information online and beyond but I felt that I needed more peace of mind to help keep me from worrying too much. I also wanted to hear from real people who've been around the block and others to share knowledge and experience throughout this entire journey.

That's when I found this website while searching for answers...

We're all in this together and I hope you too will find NavyDads.Com useful with lots of real shared information.

Don't forget to check out our Groups section and join a group that shares your interest. Please keep us posted on your sailor's progress via status updates, discussion forums, blogs and photos...

A Warm "Thank You" from our family to your daughter Taylor for her service!

Welcome Aboard :)

At 11:17am on September 18, 2013, NavyDads Admin (Paul) said…

Welcome to Travis! 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 carrier Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) and recently reported to Helicopter Squadron Light-37 (HSL-37) in Hawaii after re-enlisting last year. My daughter Kat is now a Navy veteran and was stationed on the carrier Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) as a Mass Communications Specialist and is currently using her GI benefits to go to school. 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 she 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 Travis this is a great place to brag as well! So join in, get active, and be sure to let us know how your daughter 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 About This Site. 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 Taylor 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.

As PIR draws closer, be sure to spend some time going through the PIR-Tips, Hints and Helps group- we’ve tried to assemble some tips and suggestions to make your sailor's PIR more enjoyable.

Play the following video for a brief introduction to We've made some cosmetic changes to the site since this video was made, but navigation remains the same.

Best Regards- Paul

At 10:51am on September 18, 2013, NavyDads Admin, Tim said…

Welcome aboard Travis,

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, P.I.R., About us, community guidelines and some links to some of the groups that beginners with a lot of questions will find very useful. There is also a link called Navy Enlisted Ratings, this link will take you to a brief description of the rates (jobs) in the Navy that you can find your sailors rate and find out some information about the rate that they are in.

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 4-6 yrs. 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 7000 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 Taylor 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 Admin Tim



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