Your Sailor's First Name (Please Do Not Post SEAL Names)
Describe A Little About Yourself:
I am a Chemist by education and now work in Sales and Marketing for Dyneon, LLC a 3M Company. I have been happily married to my wife, Pat, for 36 years and we have 3 other great sons, Jason (grandson Benjamin), Matt (granddaughter Haley) and Dan. We are very proud of our sailor son, Eric, who has a new found admiration for and support from his 89 y/o Grandpa Ralph L. Shields, USN WWII.
What Brought You To This Site:
my son is recently enlisted
What Were Your Feelings When Your Sailor Joined The Navy:
The first 3 weeks are the tough ones.....half-way through week 4 you realize...hey, we're half way there and then PIR starts to loom on the horizon.
Keep on reading the Bootcamp posts and start with the PIR - Tips and Hints group too....might as well start planning for the experience!! The more you know now, the easier this journey becomes....any questions...you know where to post! HooYah! Go Navy!!
My son is an ABE aboard the USS Ronald Reagan in San Diego, Ca. and my family and I couldn't be prouder of him. When he first enlisted I found NavyForMoms in searching for answers to my son's future. I just knew their had to be a site for dads like n4m's but I was wrong. So I started this site so us dads would also have a place to call home. I'm new at this and I hope this site will benefit fathers that come behind us. So jump right in share concerns, join groups, share info, and show off your Sailor. I'm so glad to find out their are so many proud Navy Dads just like myself. I hope this site benefits you and your family throughout your sons journey in the Navy. Thank Eric for his service for me and thanks again for joining us.
Welcome to NavyDads Keith! I'm sure you'll find the site as fun and useful as I have. Explore and make some friends, add your comments to a discussion or two, read the postings in the various groups-- even start one or two. I have! If you have any questions or concerns about your sailor and what he is going through...ask! I'm sure someone here will have the answer or can point you in the right direction to find out. I'm lucky enough to have two sailors- my son Eric just returned from a seven-month cruise on the carrier Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) and my daughter Kat returned last fall from a seven-month cruise on the carrier Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72). And Keith this is a great place to brag about your sailor as well! So join in and let us know how Eric is doing!
As a parent of a sailor currently or soon to be at Great Lakes you'll have many questions about what your son is going through. Thanks to one of our members we have two excellent videos that you can access from the Video area on the NavyDads.com main page: New Bootcamp 1 of 2 and New Bootcamp 2 of 2. These videos will answer many of your questions and concerns and will give you a better understanding of how the United States Navy transforms our children into sailors!
Be sure to spend some time in the Bootcamp group- there are many questions and answers available to help you understand what your sailor is going through. And 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. And stop by the NavyDads offical store- Navyoutfitters.com. Show your support for NavyDads by wearing the latest in NavyDads attire. And Keith- you should record as many stories as possible from your dad-- it is a legacy you and Eric will cherish down the road. Best Regards- Paul