"On the surface, it appears to be a well-thought plan to identify common skill sets, areas of knowledge, and map both to what's needed throughout the fleet. Further mensuration with the demographics of potential recruits and competitive…"
"Nope. Just the virus. Given it's aggressive rate of infection and the potential harm, the United States Navy -- as are all the services -- are taking extra precautions to keep the fleet both ready and strong."
"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…"
"Welcome to NavyDads Steve! 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…"
"Welcome aboard to NavyDads.com Steve! 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…"
Your Sailor's First Name (Please Do Not Post SEAL Names)
What Is Or Will Be Your Sailor's Rating (Job Classification) - ex. ABE, AM, GM, etc
Describe A Little About Yourself:
I was raised in the Southeast and attended high school near our nation's capital. After graduating from high school, I attended Virginia Tech, working my way through college as a pool manager and water safety instructor during the summers while working in sales, food service, engineering and accounting jobs throughout the school year.
After receiving my Bachelor of Science degree in Finance, Insurance, and Business Law, I became a data analyst with Booz-Allen before joining the Air Force and receiving my commission. Over the next twenty years, I flew B-52s and C-130s in both peacetime and combat roles throughout several theaters of operation on four continents. Additional duties included IT support, project and program management and classroom instruction, as well as a director of IT, academics, tactics and as a liaison officer to the U.S. Army. Somewhere in that mix I found time to work as a freelance writer for Network World.
After retiring from the military, I ran an outdoor adventure program in Colorado Springs for three years before heading back to school to finish my MBA, with honors, and with a concentration in Technology Management. Next, I earned a Master of Science in Management with a concentration in Project Management, graduating at the top of my class.
I enjoy flying, camping, reading, writing, and spending time with my family and friends, particularly my son, who recently graduated high school and is now working on his own military career.
I am writing the third of a set of five novels of the political spy thriller genre. I have been teaching a fiction novel writing group for the last four years.
Future goals include completing a doctorate, working in a think-tank type of environment in business, and eventually, teaching at the university level.
Prior Military Experience
Proud Air Force Veteran, Operation Enduring Freedom Veteran, Iraqi Freedom Veteran
What Brought You To This Site:
My son is currently serving, I am a veteran
What Were Your Feelings When Your Sailor Joined The Navy:
What Is Your Relationship With Your Sailor
Please Share: How Did You Find Us?
Searching for an Adopt a Sailor program specific to his current assignment.
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Welcome to NavyDads Steve! 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 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 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 Steve this is a great place to brag as well! So join in, get active, and be sure to let us know how your son Keegan is doing! 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.
Best Regards- Paul
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Welcome aboard to NavyDads.com Steve! 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!