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My wife and I are so excited to be heading to our son's PIR this week. We are looking forward to seeing our Sailor in his uniform and how he has changed over the last 8 weeks. I hope to meet others whose sons or daughters are also graduating.  Post to this discussion if you are going to be there to watch this PIR.  Thanks.

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When we found out his PIR was April 1, the first words that popped into my mind were, "ship of fools".  I had to stifle that because I don't want this to be a joke.  But if they do something, I want it to be in good taste.  Thanks Jim.
We will be there this Friday, very excited to see our son.  Congratulations to all the young men and woman completing the first step in their Navy Careers. 
Thanks, Steelroy.  Hope to see you there. What division is your son in?  My son is in 116.

My son called earlier to say he passed Battle Stations.He also said that someone from RTC went on N4M and anyone whos mom had been giving info back and forth got 25 min of IT .He said it was about half his division and told his mom thanks.We are leaving in the morning to drive to RTC from TEXAS.Hope to see everone at PIR.  

Jim, I'm sure it will be in good taste.  We have our winter coats back out after having mid-80's last Saturday here.  At least it's not looking like snow.

@Randy -  I hope my son didn't get the IT for that. We'll be on the same road tomorrow.  Maybe play some "hop-scotch" on the way to St. Louis.  Drive safely.

We are driving up from oklahoma in the morning. Cant wait to see our new sailor. congrats to division 115 and to all the divisions who are graduating friday. and thank you very much for this website....

Our son is Division 806, Ship 4 - we live in Illinois so it is a short trip for us.



John Banner said:

Thanks, Steelroy.  Hope to see you there. What division is your son in?  My son is in 116.
Here we are at Navy Lodge.  Just spent a whirlwind evening meeting lots of Navy moms and dads at IHOP and at the Ramada Inn "Meet and Greet".  I got to put a few faces with names and looking forward to PIR tomorrow morning.  HooYah Sailors!

Wow! I'm exhausted.  Here's a story. My son is grad and go so we were thinking we only had a few hours Friday afternoon to spend with him.  We did that, then he had to report for watch at 20:00, then he was bussed to Chicago Midway at 01:00 for his flight which should be taking off in about 20 minutes. (19:00) We were able to spend all day with him after picking him up at the USO and taking the train into downtown Chicago.  I will post some pictures in a few days.  We had a great time, walked all over downtown, got him back to the USO in plenty of time for his flight and dinner at the airport.  He is headed to Charleston, SC for Nuke school.

I met so many great American families, and I have never seen so many young men and women in one place standing up to make a difference by serving their country in the United States Navy.  HooYah, sailors. Bravo Zulu!  

Finally back home.  It's a long drive from Texas, but well worth the trip.  @Jim - FYI, RTC was "no foolin" this PIR.  Strictly by the book, and the ceremony was superb.  Small class this time, only 502 new sailors.  My son is settled in at Goose Creek now and already asking us to send care packages.  

Randy, I'm sorry we didn't get to meet you and your son at PIR.  I was looking for you, but didn't see you.

Yes we didn't make it to the meet and greet.I set in the in front of 116 in the handicap area.The PIR was great and tell your son congradulations .
In that case, I believe I did see you and your wife, Randy.  I think we were just up the stands and to your right.  I was the guy with the camera around my neck, goatee and mustache.  I took photos of the Div. 116 honor grad with her family before the ceremony began.  I wish that I had recognized you and shook your hand.  Congratulations to your son as well.  Can you tell me where he is going to "A" school. Sam is at Nuke school in Goose Creek, SC.

Randy Grimes said:
Yes we didn't make it to the meet and greet.I set in the in front of 116 in the handicap area.The PIR was great and tell your son congradulations .

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