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John W Hensman
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"We are very proud of all who have been called to serve. The Gerald R. Ford is heading home - please pray for those still in-country."
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We received a call on 4-Oct-2021 that our Son was promoted to Chief Petty Officer status. He will be in the Navy 17 years this November. This is an answer to prayer and as his parents - we are very proud of his accomplishments. He will receive full rank on 19-Nov-2021.See More
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"Certainly COVID-19 is on the minds of everyone - both those serving around the world and the families at home. Prayer is the key."
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Hensman, Joshua D
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Been a Navy Dad since 2004...proud of our son. I served in the Air Force 1970-1975. Josh was just promoted to 1st Class.
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Proud Air Force Veteran, Vietnam Veteran
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My son is currently serving
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Posted on October 9, 2021 at 4:21pm 0 Comments

We received a call on 4-Oct-2021 that our Son was promoted to Chief Petty Officer status. He will be in the Navy 17 years this November. This is an answer to prayer and as his parents - we are very proud of his accomplishments. He will receive full rank on 19-Nov-2021.

Tiger Cruise - USS John C Stennis - 2016

Posted on September 27, 2016 at 8:10am 0 Comments

We had the opportunity to be a part of this cruise: from Honolulu - San Diego - Bremerton, WA. We want to personally thank the Stennis for allowing us this opportunity.

We now fully understand the many functions, operations, and responsibilities they execute daily by living and working alongside our son. As a Navy Dad, it also…


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At 8:45am on May 28, 2016, Navy Dads Co-Admin Tom said…

Welcome to Navy Dads, John! You are an "old salt" at this! Congrats to Joshua on picking up. Thank you for your service as well! Please let us know if we can be of any help at all to you and your Family....

At 7:11pm on May 27, 2016, NavyDads CoAdmin Jim Gramza said…

Welcome aboard to John! 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

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.

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Once again, welcome to our site and I hope you enjoy your stay here. GO NAVY! HOOYAH!

Best Regards- Jim

At 6:23pm on May 27, 2016, NavyDads Admin (Paul) said…

Welcome to John ! 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 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 he 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 John this is a great place to brag as well! So join in, get active, and be sure to let us know how your son Joshua 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

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



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