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Your Sailor's First Name (Please Do Not Post SEAL Names)
Eric
What Is Or Will Be Your Sailor's Rating (Job Classification) - ex. ABE, AM, GM, etc
AM1 (Aviation Structural Mechanic First Class)
Describe A Little About Yourself:
Proud single dad of two great Navy kids!! My daughter is a Navy vet and served on the USS Abraham Lincoln as an MC3 (Mass Communications Specialist). My son who is an AM1 (Aviation Structural Mechanic, Second Class) served on the USS Theodore Roosevelt, then after re-enlisting was stationed at the Marine Air Base at Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii attached to the "Easy Riders" or HSM-37. He recently re-enlisted, was attached to VAW-125- the "World Famous" Tigertails, had TDY to VRC-40 the "Rawhides" and later returned to VAW-125. Currently he is an instructor at A-school in Pensacola. I've been chief chemist for a number of world-class gold, silver, and copper mines for 40 years and just recently retired. Raised in the Sierra Nevada mountains, graduated from the University of Maryland (class of '77), a confirmed Westerner and Proud Navy Dad !!!
What Brought You To This Site:
My son is currently serving
What Were Your Feelings When Your Sailor Joined The Navy:
proud as can possibly be !!!!!!!!!!!
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But to the hero, when his sword
Has won the battle for the free,
Thy voice sounds like a prophet's word,
And in its hollow tones are heard
The thanks of millions yet to be.
Fitz-Greene Halleck


Some words Eric sent the evening before the Theodore Roosevelt left on cruise on Sept. 8, 2008:

I leave tomorrow to assist in maritime operations. To do my job in assisting in aviation maintenance which will in the end help to put warheads on the foreheads of those who dare to upset the balance, to hurt the innocent and to those who we deem terrorists. As in the rich naval tradition since October 13th 1775 I sacrifice my time and being to put my life in the hands of my fellow shipmates who in turn puts those same trusts into mine. To cast off and set sail to cross the seas in something bigger than what it is we can understand. To help those who need it is what we do, although we may be the cold forged steel harvesters of death in the modern age, we supply hope and change to those who need it most. In these final moments I realize that everything I've done, sacrificed in this last year all amount to something now. It finally means something. What I'm not sure but its reassuring to know that I'm not here in vain. I will dearly miss you all and cannot wait till my return next year. I look forward to seeing you all and telling my tales of other lands and the sea. Wish me fair winds and following seas as I look forward to my return home.



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Tiger Cruise - My Long Promised Follow-Up

Posted on June 26, 2012 at 1:30pm 0 Comments

I sat here and just re-read all my posts about my Tiger Cruise experience and realized I still had not completed the promised follow-up.  It is not that I haven't tried....at least a dozen times I've sat down to write this, but words eluded me.  I'm not sure why.  But I'm gonna try again- so please bear with me!!

Much has happened over the past few years and much has changed.  Kat is no longer in the Navy- her enlistment was up in '10 and she lives outside Seattle in…

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A Virtual Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall

Posted on March 7, 2010 at 9:21pm 0 Comments

I ran across a very interesting website that I thought I would share....it is a virtual Vietnam Veterans memorial wall.....one of the pages lists those that gave their lives by state....click a state name and you can eventually get to a list of medals and often a bio. This was a monumental amount of work and it is a reminder that many gave their lives in a far away land with a funny name.......

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Thanks Paige!

Posted on August 23, 2009 at 8:55pm 1 Comment

I wanted to take a minute to thank Paige for opening her home up to a number of Navy parents yesterday in Prescott Valley. It was a great chance to meet others with kids in the Navy and to compare stories...and to brag a little too!! I know Paige will post some photos as well but here are a couple.....







Thanks to Paige and to neighbor Brenda for all the work and hospitality! It was fun… Continue

Tiger Cruise - Homecoming !

Posted on May 16, 2009 at 12:30am 3 Comments

Wow….homecoming….after seven-plus months at sea everyone was returning to US soil and their families. I knew it was going to be a memorable day with lots of mixed emotions for all.



Eric and I had agreed to make it another 06:00 day, but around 05:00 I managed to wiggle out of the rack and get cleaned up. I wasn’t sleeping anyway, so why stare at the inside of my eyelids when I could go ahead and get cleaned up and get ready for the day. The ship’s movement had eased over night and…

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Brothers at War Movie

Posted on May 15, 2009 at 9:30am 0 Comments

Tiger Cruise blog continues with next post---- click NEXT POST in the bottom right to contiue

Saw an interview with Gary Sinise this AM and he was talking about a movie out today...if you look at the website: http://www.brothersatwarmovie.com you can watch a clip and read about the project....it looks powerful and something that all Americans should see. I know this is off-topic here but the fight for freedowm is larger than…

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At 10:55pm on June 1, 2020, Steve Janss said…

Thank you for the background, Paul!  Although I went Air Force, I'm a Navy brat, so I grew up slinging the lingo.  Even so, I experienced the usual concerns most parents experience when their sons and daughters sign up for military service.  So very proud of him, though!

At 10:27pm on May 11, 2020, Angelo Vangelopoulos said…

thank you Paul- i look forward to exploring the site and learning as much as i can. best- angelo v.

At 12:53pm on April 19, 2020, Jack Stebbins said…
Thank you very much, this certainly will help me in understanding the Navy. I was not in the service. I came along during the Vietnam Draft "lottery", I lucked up and got a high number.
I went on just like my Dad to become a civilian pilot and flew a Piper Navajo around the country for a large highway building contractor for about 12 years. My Father flew a Beachcraft Baron 58 for years and years, he was a excellent pilot.
Now Ryan has been selected for pilot training in the Navy, we are so proud but as parents very concerned and miss him greatly. 

Thank Again and God Bless,
Jack Stebbins
At 11:53am on April 17, 2020, Paul Stevens said…

Hi again.  I hope all is well with you.  There is someone asking me to contact them outside of the forum.  Is that normal activity?

At 2:21pm on April 2, 2020, Richard Kamins said…

Hey Paul, looks like I found this site late in life. My son is aboard the Roosevelt. He's the 1st Lt. on the ship. We just got messaged this morning that he is quarantined for 14 days in a hotel. I'm sure it's driving him nutz having to go through this time. He's been on several deployments, but I don't think he's ever been on anything like this. Good to know there's a site where we can talk about our military kids.  

At 1:33pm on February 25, 2020, Rich Lorimer said…

Thanks for the warm welcome, Paul!

At 9:28am on February 23, 2020, Fernando Bolano said…

Thank you very much for allowing me to enter this select group being an honor for my wife and my person to know that our son is in one of the best community in the world as is the great family of the United States Navy I hope to attend his graduation as sailor but if I can't I know he won't be alone since he now has a big family

At 10:57pm on January 26, 2020, Peter C. Adrian said…

Thank you for the warm welcome!

At 2:53pm on January 10, 2020, Brian Mathon said…

Hi Paul, My daughter just shipped out to basic on Tuesday. If all goes well, she will be heading out to Pensacola in early March.

At 7:54am on January 9, 2020, Rob Steinhilper said…

Hi Paul,

 My son is on the Abraham Lincoln. This was his first deployment.

I am leaving for Hawaii to see him and go on a six day tiger cruise into San Diego.

A little nervous but extremely excited.

Rob 

 
 
 

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