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Navy a/c and refrigeration school

Started this discussion. Last reply by gregory finley sr. Jan 17, 2014. 2 Replies

My son was selected to attend air conditioning and refrigeration school in Norfolk..anyone been through it ?? Is it very thorough? I'm hoping it willPrepare him for civilian life if and when he…Continue


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ahoy...would anyone have information on transportation from Amtrak Station in jacksonville to where i need to be that day...tried google..not very helpful...thank God Bless…Continue


Started this discussion. Last reply by NavyDads Admin (Paul) Jun 1, 2013. 1 Reply

ahoy...called Norfolk Navy Lodge to make reservations for the of this writing, they are full for the days up to and after the Homecoming. i was able to get a room at the Motel 8 in…Continue

MCPON Memorial Day Message

Started May 27, 2013 0 Replies

Ahoy.....if you get a chance, give a read to the MCPON's message. What awarm and heartfelt message from him and his family. I feel better knowingthat people like him are there for our sailors and…Continue


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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
Engineering Div.....a/c and refrig.....rate..enfr3
Describe A Little About Yourself (your IP address/location will be checked::
retired nyc correction officer now in the carpentry business. one daughter and 2 grandchildren at this time. my son's grandfather, a few uncles and cousins
also served proudly in the US Navy
What Brought You To This Site:
My son is recently enlisted (before PIR)
What Were Your Feelings When Your Sailor Joined The Navy:
you would think the first thought was how proud you were. fact is i've always been proud of him. my first thought was how happy i was for him. he worked very hard for it.. I believe he will make a fine sailor.
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Posted on May 10, 2013 at 7:06am 0 Comments

ahoy...i see alot of chatter regarding the TC on IKE...if anyone has any information on this subject could you please

send it to my e-mail address...would not want to miss this

spoke to my son the other day and he hadn't heard anything

aboard the ship...tghanks  greg


Posted on April 23, 2013 at 12:44pm 1 Comment

Any scuttlebutt going around about an IKE Tiger Cruise? They cancelled U.S. armed forces participation for Fleet Week here in New York due to budgetary reasons so I'm thinking it may also affect the T.C. Any info is appreciated. GOD BLESS AMERICA......GO NAVY!!

USS Dwight D Eisenhower.........any Staten Islanders aboard??

Posted on March 24, 2013 at 5:49pm 1 Comment

My son Greg will be reporting to the ship in a week or so...We're from Great Kills...Staten Island....Any other Islanders aboard??......let us know.....Tks Greg sr. Go Navy

Received orders

Posted on March 24, 2013 at 1:23pm 2 Comments

My son Greg just received orders . He has to report to Norfolk in a few days. His ship is now deployed replacining the Stennis. Will they get him out there or we he have to wait until The ship returns? If anyone knows, please let me know.....G Finley SR. GO NAVY

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At 7:37pm on April 30, 2012, NavyDads Co-Admin, Calvin said…

Gregory, I am glad you found and joined NavyDads and hope we can help with any questions or concerns you might have. If you have problems navigating the site or finding answers to your concerns or question let me know and I will help anyway I can. I think you will find our members very helpful.


Please keep us informed as to how you Sailor is doing

At 11:39pm on April 28, 2012, NavyDads Admin, Tim said…

Welcome aboard Gregory.
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 Gregory 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 8:12pm on April 28, 2012, NavyDads Co-Admin, Calvin said…

gregory, Welcome to NavyDads. My Grandson joined the Navy and went to Boot Camp in February, 2008. He Graduated and received his Trident in Oct. 2009 and is now with his Team. 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.

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.

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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

At 7:59pm on April 28, 2012, NavyDads Admin (Paul) said…

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

I'm sure you'll find 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 experience! Take the time to explore the site and make some new friends. Read the discussions and comments. Browse through the postings in the various groups or start a new one. If you have any questions or concerns about your sailor and what he is going 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 Gregory this is a great place to brag as well! So join in, get active, and be sure to let us know how your son 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

As a parent of a sailor currently or soon to be at Great Lakes you'll have many questions about what Gregory 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 We've made some cosmetic changes to the site since this video was made, but navigation remains the same.

Best Regards- Paul



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