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Pride and Honor

I have a hero.  That hero is my son.  He is about to begin his 10th year in service to our nation as a sailor in the US Navy.  He volunteered.  I am sure you feel the same way about your sons and daughters who have done the same, volunteered to stand in readiness and defense of our great nation.  

They are frontline heroes.  Everyday, they stand at attention and promise you and me that they stand ready to sacrifice and prevent harm from coming to our shores. They and all those…


Added by Elliott Peigen on September 7, 2020 at 9:56am — 2 Comments

Introducing Myself

Hello, I just wanted to introduce myself to everyone. The following is taken from my profile:

I am a prior enlisted Sailor that is currently serving in Naval Air Station Whidbey Island as a Naval Flight Officer. I first joined the Navy in 2004 as a Fire Controlman (FC). I served in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on the USS Port Royal and completed two WESTPAC deployments to 5th Fleet AOR.

In 2012, after achieving the rank of Petty Officer First Class (FC1) I was accepted into the Seaman…


Added by John Lillyblad on March 18, 2020 at 4:38pm — 5 Comments

Mail problems

Greetings I have a concern my son writes regularly and it is very gratifying to receive news of his progress and his experiences but I have sent him almost a dozen letters and in which he arrived this week he tells me that he has only received two, I suppose the first and The address is fine because he has received at least two, now my questions are the following, that is normal and from now on with the situation that exists of the disease that is around, they will not delay the mail…


Added by Fernando Bolano on March 17, 2020 at 2:36pm — 3 Comments

SHIP 06 DIV 100

Had a great phone call with our SR yesterday. He sounded strong and ready for week 4. Anyone else here with SR in SHIP 06 DIV 100?

Added by Chris Koning on February 9, 2020 at 3:54pm — No Comments

Ship 10 Div 114

Anyone else have a SR in Ship 10 Div 114?

Added by Mike Cunningham on February 3, 2020 at 2:15pm — 1 Comment


My son left today for RTC Great Lakes. The journey and adventure begins! An overwhelming sense of pride and joy.

Please god watch over him and all our men and women in uniform. 

Added by Mike Cunningham on January 15, 2020 at 1:23pm — 2 Comments

Ship 2 Division 907

Anyone here with a SR in Ship 2 Div. 907?

Added by Mark Poindexter on December 17, 2019 at 2:36pm — No Comments

leaving the Service Information

End of time in the service.

Here is a small bit of information concerning the end of enlistment; When I got out I had 30 days' leave on the books. Unless you have a civilian job waiting for you from day one I suggest using up all your leave time. As with any job once it's over and you depart you're entitled to unemployment compensation until you get the next job. But if you have leave time on the books they will not pay you unemployment until that leave time is used up. It caught me…


Added by Tony Belmont on December 15, 2019 at 8:05am — 1 Comment

Can’t contain my pride

Just finished an AMAZING two days with our AMAZING Son, ETSN Nuke, and Hero, following an absolutely incredible PIR! Truly one of the most memorable and impactful times in my life. We are so profoundly proud, and completely fulfilled parents today. He even FaceTimed us from his barracks at Goose Creek late last night!

So many thanks for everyone here, and especially Jim and Sarge for their expert help and guidance!

Hooyah, Navy!

Added by Len Shields on September 29, 2019 at 7:43am — No Comments

Daughter re-ups for second tour in Bahrain.

Like many parents that come and go at NavyDads, I too was active while our daughter was in boot camp. I remember all too well picking everyone's brain about boot, what to do, letters and graduation. Steadfastly, as they have done all these years, NavyDads and its members offered the same advice and sage wisdom to a frantic parent.

Fast forward two years from my last post and my daughter was discharged from the Navy and two minutes later re-enlisted for another tour at her station. …


Added by Scott Talley on August 18, 2019 at 9:06am — 1 Comment

Family Cruise 2019 on the USS Ronald Reagan

My daughter is a Culinary Specialist on the USS Ronald Reagan and I couldn't be more proud. She recently said that if I am in Japan on August 14th, I can tour the ship and go on a day cruise. I am all over this for sure but know there has to be a process including an application. Anyone experienced in this out there, please help me know where to start.

i have read blogs on this awesome site about what to expect on the cruise, but was not able to locate any information about the…


Added by Gary j cleveland jr on May 18, 2019 at 10:44am — 1 Comment

Paper Work when leaving the Navy

Well, it's been 5 years and my son is about to separate.  

He's been going over the paper work but they seem to be going around in circles.  He has about 45 days left so I assume there is still time to complete the paperwork.

Does anyone have advice on getting the paperwork done?


Added by Jonathan Losche on May 12, 2019 at 7:52pm — 7 Comments


Our son called to tell us he is an official Sailor, I cried with joy for him and his fellow Sailors. They've worked so hard to get to this point. I wish all of them success in their future endeavors.
I read somewhere about a gathering for Navy families the day before graduation and can not find where I read it. Will we get this info when we pick up our tickets?

Added by Richelle Horner on May 9, 2019 at 7:04am — 2 Comments

Graduation date

I've just learned of my son's graduation date, and wondering about how long we should stay. He graduates 5/10 what my question is.. do we only get to see him graduation day? Do we bring him back to FL or does he immediately go on to his next training duty. Trying to buy airline tickets

Added by Richelle Horner on March 25, 2019 at 12:11pm — 4 Comments

First day

My son left home to be a man today. I happy that he's finding his way yet i feel i donated a lung. 

Added by Richelle Horner on March 10, 2019 at 10:14pm — 10 Comments

My son got his orders...USS Paul Ignatius

Hi everyone, I'm brand new here. My son just got his orders. He will be on the brand new destroyer USS Paul Ignatius. He's still in C school in Pensacola and should be out in a month. Was wondering if anyone put there has a sailor going on the same ship. 

Added by Bob Barbaro on February 26, 2019 at 11:13am — No Comments

first letter

    Well we recieved our first letter from colton today, was good to here from him. Said he was his division leader so was really proud of that. It sounds sort of like when I went in, was quite and eye opener the first 2 weeks and now are molding the division as team. I thought we would get an official letter stating their PIR (graduation date) so we can start planning the trip??  Brian

Added by Brian Sailor on February 9, 2019 at 12:52pm — No Comments

Next Stage - C School

Graduated A school at Great Lakes, on to C School in sunny San Diego!  

Added by Mike Bubb on January 27, 2019 at 8:10pm — No Comments

Tiger Cruise

I was honored to be invited by my son on a Tiger Cruise on the USS San Diego. I didn't know what to expect. I researched everything including It was all helpful, but the tiger cruise was so much more. I would be glad to share any information about a Tiger Cruise if anyone has questions. 

You can also check out my facebook page on the topic. …


Added by John Sonnenberg on September 26, 2018 at 9:08pm — No Comments

Disappointment, but a new start

Found out early last week that our son was dropped from CTN on the last week of class.  He had already received his orders.  He was given three choices, PACT Sea, PACT Air or IC.  He chose IC.  This was a bit of a blow for all involved.  He should be going back to Great Lakes for A school for his new rate, then a follow-on C school as he is on an ATF contract.  Hopefully this will work out for him.

Make sure you tell your sailors not to coast at the end of their A school - we…


Added by Mike Bubb on June 17, 2018 at 2:26pm — 2 Comments

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Pride and Honor

Posted by Elliott Peigen on September 7, 2020 at 9:56am 2 Comments

Introducing Myself

Posted by John Lillyblad on March 18, 2020 at 4:38pm 5 Comments

Mail problems

Posted by Fernando Bolano on March 17, 2020 at 2:36pm 3 Comments

SHIP 06 DIV 100

Posted by Chris Koning on February 9, 2020 at 3:54pm 0 Comments

Ship 10 Div 114

Posted by Mike Cunningham on February 3, 2020 at 2:15pm 1 Comment

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