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NavyDads CoAdmin Jim Gramza commented on Michael J Conway's blog post Off to A School
"I absolutely loved going to our son's PIR. It was one of the most emotional things I had ever seen. Remember it like it was yesterday.  "
Nov 13
Michael J Conway posted a blog post

Off to A School

Just got home from a trip to Great Lakes.  As an AF veteran, I have a hard time admitting that the Navy has a pretty sweet deal thing going up there.  Everything from doing just about everything inside, to the high-fidelity simulations used to teach and train new skills are way beyond the tools we had when I went through basic.  Granted, a lot has changed since then but it is still impressive.  I really enjoyed PIR and watching the 900s perform.  It was far more of a show than I expected and…See More
Nov 13
Michael J Conway replied to E.G. - ND's Creator/Admin's discussion Operations Security (OPSEC)
"As a practicing cyber security professional, I appreciate you putting this out here for those new to OPSEC and for those of us that have been around it for a long time and need a reminder.  The only thing I would change on here is the last bit…"
Sep 6
NavyDads Admin (Paul) left a comment for Michael J Conway
"Welcome to NavyDads Michael! 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…"
Sep 2
Michael J Conway posted a status
"Thanks for the welcome. While I have a military background, the Navy is pretty foreign to us."
Aug 27
NavyDads CoAdmin Jim Gramza left a comment for Michael J Conway
"Welcome aboard to NavyDads.com Michael! 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, was that he had made the most mature decision of his…"
Aug 27
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Aug 27

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Your Sailor's First Name (Please Do Not Post SEAL Names)
Marissa
What Is Or Will Be Your Sailor's Rating (Job Classification) - ex. ABE, AM, GM, etc
IS
Describe A Little About Yourself:
AF Vet and new Navy dad. Thought I did better than this ;)
Prior Military Experience
Proud Air Force Veteran, Operation Enduring Freedom Veteran, Iraqi Freedom Veteran
What Brought You To This Site:
My daughter is recently enlisted (before PIR)
What Were Your Feelings When Your Sailor Joined The Navy:
Proud of her
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Dad
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Michael J Conway's Blog

Off to A School

Posted on November 13, 2022 at 9:55pm 1 Comment

Just got home from a trip to Great Lakes.  As an AF veteran, I have a hard time admitting that the Navy has a pretty sweet deal thing going up there.  Everything from doing just about everything inside, to the high-fidelity simulations used to teach and train new skills are way beyond the tools we had when I went through basic.  Granted, a lot has changed since then but it is still impressive.  

I really enjoyed PIR and watching the 900s perform.  It was far more of a show than I…

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At 1:42pm on September 2, 2022, NavyDads Admin (Paul) said…
Welcome to NavyDads Michael! 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 daughter Kat is now a Veteran and was stationed on the carrier Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) as a Mass Communications Specialist (MC3). My son Eric (AM1) did two cruises on the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71), was attached to Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 37 (HSM-37) in Hawaii, was attached to VAW-125 ("The Tigertails") stationed at Iwakuni, Japan, and is currently stationed at NAS Pensacola where he is an instructor (LPO) in A-School. If NavyDads 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 NavyDads 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 NavyDads 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 through...be 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 Michael 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 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 NavyDads.

As a parent of a sailor currently or soon to be at Great Lakes you'll have many questions about what Marissa 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 and as PIR nears be sure to spend time in the PIR group for hints and helps! To better understand how the Navy creates sailors, watch this video Making A Sailor to see what life is like at Great Lakes RTC.


Best Regards- Paul


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At 6:58pm on August 27, 2022, NavyDads CoAdmin Jim Gramza said…

Welcome aboard to NavyDads.com Michael! 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, was that he had made the most mature decision of his life! I found lots of answers to my questions right here on NavyDads.com.

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 so proud of our son and his service to our country. I'm sure you feel that same pride for you child. This is the place to brag!

Join us on Facebook as well!

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

Best Regards- Jim

By the way, you did just fine!

 
 
 

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