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Pete Mullally
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  • Barrington, IL
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Your Sailor's First Name (Please Do Not Post SEAL Names)
Eric
Describe A Little About Yourself:
Proud father of a newly enlisted son.
What Brought You To This Site:
My son is recently enlisted (before PIR)
What Is Your Relationship With Your Sailor
Dad

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At 3:51pm on June 19, 2012, Mark Smith said…
They take them to the airport 12when hours before departure. They are not allowed to go anywhere in a personal vehicle. Its funny, RTC stated no family at the airport, no cell phones can be given, etc.... but when they get to the airport the rules relax and they okay things. The USO was very informative and helpful. Allowing families to go through security to the gate. Everyone was awesome, and very family is important minded. Our sailor never really had any difficulty with what he was physically challenged by. The initial weeks were mentally draining and it was evident in his first few letters. However, by the time he graduated he was enjoying himself and very positive about his choice and excited about the future.
At 3:04pm on June 19, 2012, Mark Smith said…
Thats awesome. We live in Washington State. We had a great time in Chicago and GL. We were very fortunate in that our son was on the last plane out to SA. Some left at 2:30 am on Sat. We were with him Friday after PIR and all day Sat. Until 5:30 when he boarded. We took him from the airport to downtown on the orange line. Spent all day at Navy Pier. The whole experience was more than we could have hope for. All this on dad day weekend. Perhaps your son will interact with mine as he arrives a few weeks later. If nothing else we can can correspond and support one another.
At 2:37pm on June 19, 2012, Mark Smith said…
San Antonio. He is HM Corpsman. 15 weeks, than off to San Diego for FMF combat training with the Marines, whom he will eventually work with. Congrads on your SR decision, good luck to him. He is in great hands. No worries dad.
At 2:09pm on June 19, 2012, Mark Smith said…
Pete, our sailor graduated last Friday. He received many letters from family, friends, aunts and grandparents. He had no problem with storage of letters. It is recommended that you send individual letters and number them in sequence as they tell you that is the way they will be hande out. However, with our sailor he commented that if he had mail they gave him all he had coming at once. Also, for convenience we sent him stamps.
At 9:59pm on February 13, 2012, NavyDads Admin, Tim said…

Welcome aboard Pete.
I would like to take this time to point you in some of the right directions. For starters if you haven't had the time take a look at the right side of any page you click on. There you will find some useful information for you. The links under the about this site will help you with how this site got started, navigation, PIR, About us, community guidelines and some links to some of the groups that beginners with a lot of questions will find very useful. There is also a link called Navy Enlisted Ratings, this link will take you to a brief description of the rates (jobs) in the Navy that you can find your sailors rate and find out some information about the rate that they are in.
First and foremost though we are all here for the same reason. We are curious about what our young sailors are getting into and for more information about the rate or job that they will be doing for the next 4-6 yrs of their lives. I know when I first got here I had lots of questions and there was not a lot of people on this site but they all were either going through the same thing or had been through it and had sailors out in the fleet. Now this site has grown to over 4000 members, Dads, Moms, Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles, sisters, brothers, girlfriends and boyfriends. Don't be afraid to ask questions of members in here because somewhere along the way we have all had the same questions and asked. There are a lot of knowledgeable people on this site with various years of experience in the NAVY either on their own account or through their Sailors.
Again welcome aboard and BRAVO ZULU to you and your son Eric on his enlistment and please thank him for me for making the choice to defend the freedoms that my family, this country and I have and enjoy.
Navy dads Co-admin Tim

At 8:47pm on February 13, 2012, NavyDads Admin (Paul) said…

Welcome to NavyDads.com Pete! 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 carrier Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) and recently reported to Helicopter Squadron Light-37 (HSL-37) in Hawaii after re-enlisting earlier this year. My daughter Kat is now a Navy veteran and was stationed on the carrier Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) as a Mass Communications Specialist and is currently using her GI benefits to go to school. If NavyDads.com were around in those early days, it would have made my journey as a Navy parent much easier!

I'm sure you'll find NavyDads.com as useful, educational and informative as I have over the past few years. 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 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 Pete this is a great place to brag as well! So join in, get active, and be sure to let us know how Eric 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 About This Site. 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.com.

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. 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.

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.

Play the following video for a brief introduction to NavyDads.com. We've made some cosmetic changes to the site since this video was made, but navigation remains the same.

Best Regards- Paul

At 5:07pm on February 13, 2012, NavyDads Co-Admin, Calvin said…

Pete, be sure to check out our Groups. We have several Groups for PIR and Boot Camp, plus Groups for the different Rates like Navy Nukes, Master at Arms and Special Ops. Also Group for different Ships and Bases. Check to see if your State or area has a Group already formed to locate others in your area. There are general interest Groups like: Care Packages,
A School for Dads, NASCAR for NavyDads and the book of acronyms and ranks. We’ve also added a Spanish language Group.

Also check us out on Facebook just search for Navy Dads.

If you have problems or questions about the Groups, discussions or navigating our site please let me know. I’ll be happy to help or find someone with more knowledgeable about your issue.

Again Welcome to NavyDads.

At 5:07pm on February 13, 2012, NavyDads Co-Admin, Calvin said…

Pete, Welcome to NavyDads. My Grandson joined the Navy and went to Boot Camp in February, 2008. When I joined this site I knew nothing about the Military. It’s really helped me understand what to expect and has relieved some of my worries. Please go to the Groups Page and check out all the various offerings. Join in to learn more about what your Guy or Gal will be learning and doing. We are a big family here and you can find answers to most any question or concern regarding what’s in store for your recruit. You will find members that are new to the Navy along with those who have Loved Ones who’ve made the Navy a career. We like to hear about your recruit; the good times, the concerns, and we welcome questions. I think you will find our members are a big family and everyone wants to help others understand what to expect and hear about the progress of your recruit.

Please feel free to ask questions.

Again Welcome and keep us updated on your recruit.

HooYah US Navy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 
 
 

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