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:
I have two daughters with my oldest one married and in the Navy.
She is a MM-Nuke assigned to the USS Theodore Roosevelt CVN-71 and her husband is also in the Navy and is assigned to USS Scranton SSN-756 as a MM-Nuke-ELT.
My other daughter is in her second year of college
What Brought You To This Site:
My son is currently serving, my daughter is currently serving
What Were Your Feelings When Your Sailor Joined The Navy:
I was so very proud of her and I can't help but feel that I had something to do with it. I always told her that it was my only true regret in that I didn't serve myself. So, I am living vicariously through her and my son-in-law.
I got all m essed up as to who I sent which message, so please excuse the confusion with the "Comments". I thought when I sent these in an email, I was sending them to you. Just checked mt messages and discovered the boo-boo.
I, too, am DAMN PROUD of my sailor, Frank. He started enlisted in 1986, went to nuke power school at Ballston Spa, qualified for subs, was on the USS Bremerton as his first assignment '88-'92 I think it was. Went to the Persian Gulf, Back to the Spa for more training for surface ships, went to CVN-72 USS Abraham Lincoln in Seattle, was in Calif. (forgot the city) for a while, back to the Spa and finished his degree & got his commision. To OTC, then the USS T. Roosevelt - was in first strike group for Enduring Freedom & Iraqi Freedom. Went to the Bremerton Base in WA, was nuclear power regulations officer, and in '08 went back to the Spa and is there now for a few years. I probably have left some things out, but now you can see why I am so proud of him.
In the message I sent you a day or so ago, I failed to mention that while my son was on the TR, my son-in-law at the time was a CPO on the USS Montpelier (sub) and was part of the TR's battle group. He retired shortly after his last deployment - Iraqi Freedom - and he and my daughter got divorced shortly afterward - he came back a totally different individual after that tour - and i understand he is still having problems with it. I think his being able to see their missiles hit their targets is what got to him. He's a tough guy on the outside, but a really gentle soul on the inside.
Hi Fred- hope you had a great Christmas holiday! I actaully got two calls from eric...was nice to hear his voice for a few minutes. He told me the Tiger Cruise will start at Mayport: Link To Mayport Naval Base for base information. I'm trying to formulate some plans for flights to Fl and transportation to the base, etc.--- likewise from Norfolk back to Az......looking forward to this Fred!
Merry Christmas Paul to you and your family and I wish that Eric and Kathleen could be with you now as I wish Rob and Kira could be here too. We are all so very blessed to have such great kids and for the sacrifices that they and so many others like them makes to allow us to enjoy the freedoms we have. May god keep and look over each of them during this most joyous of seasons.
I hope that you get an opportunity to talk to Eric and Kathleen too as I spoke to Kira last night so, it was already Christmas in Dubai.
On another note , my youngust daughter Kaitlin is considering joining the Marines so, this may be my last Chistmas with her for a while too. She feels so very proud of Kira and everyone she sees in uniform that she is starting feel that she wants the same thing in her life. So, I am going to go to the recruiting office with her over the holiday break. I am so very proud of her for considering this.
Hi Fred----we have a dad here whose son is on the Mahan (DDG-72) that is part of destryoer Squardon 22 and is escorting the Roosevelt. I invited him to the Big Stick group since he's protecting Kira and Eric! Click for his page link HERE
Hey I just got this from a guy I work with and thought it would be good to pass along to everyone.
This link, http://www.letssaythanks.com/Home1024.html will take you to the Xerox site to allow you to create a holiday card for a soldier serving overseas. You create it online and Xerox will print it and send to a member of the armed services. This is a quick and easy way to do something really nice for someone who won’t make it home for Christmas.
A Tiger would be awesome Fred......I'll my fingers crossed that it comes to pass. Kat stayed in Everett this holiday...they are putting out for a short underway (two weeks) on Monday and logistics being what they are.....
Eric e-mailed me that was looking forward to getting served by a four-star general...he's really sick right now but said he was going to gorge himself no matter what! I'm sure you'll have messages from Kira as well about the Thanksgiving at sea.....I'm going to put a turkey over the charcoal in a few hours and wish I could send Eric and Kat some with all the fixings.
Hoping you and your family have a great holdiay together...I know it would be better if Kira and Rob were there, but we know they are doing their duty and that they, along with all the others, will be in our prayers for a safe Thanksgiving.
sounds like you deserve a break from the world of IT Fred. I haven't heard from Eric in a few days, so I figured they had a port call...you confirmed what I thought!
I'm still considering flying back to Norfolk in April...do you have an estimated return date from Kira? If you plan on being there we'll have to meet up somewhere and boast about our sailors to everyone within hearing distance....