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At 8:29pm on June 29, 2017, Marshall Patrick Tapley said…

Hi Paul,

My son Andy was on the "Big Stick" (USS Roosevelt too!) Back then, if I am correct, he was with, here it comes, VAW-125! He is on shore duty now, teaching air crews how to survive if they have to "ditch".

Semper Fi!

At 7:51am on June 21, 2017, Wesley A Kanost said…

Paul,

Thank you so much for your comment and information you've provided. My daughter was very excited to join and did so a mere two weeks after high school graduation. She's at GR now and is completing her first full week. She very much wants to be stationed over seas in Europe or Japan.

Her first job choice was Mass Communications as she wants to attend Full Sail University in Orlando FL after her Navy career. She had to accept a different job, although a good one. She will go to San Diego to study being an Sonar Tech on Surface ships. The importance of what she is doing is not lost her though. Hannah is extremely aware of the need to serve her country and wants to make a contribution. She loves America and wants to help it succeed.

I have some familiarity with the Navy. I had a sister and brother-in-law both stationed in Japan. My sister got to go to Antarctica and "summered over" there and came back with some great stories. I've had other relatives on carriers (U.S.S. Saratoga) during the Vietnam war and at other times as well.

I will make good use of Navy Dads web site and intend to visit frequently.

Sincere thanks!

Wes Kanost (Navy Dad)

At 10:32pm on June 20, 2017, AC DAD said…

Paul thanks for the kind words and I hope to learn alot about the NAVY as I have a ton of questions.  I cannot wait to hear about all the great stories.

At 9:42am on June 8, 2017, Evangelina Hernandez said…

Thank you.

My daughter will be my very first "experience" with anything military and I need to learn a lot.

I know I came to the right place. :)

At 5:43pm on June 2, 2017, Troy Schneider said…
Thank you for adding me. I'm excited to learn more about the Navy and meeting other Navy dads.
At 6:51am on May 24, 2017, Dennis john Nedweski said…

Cool funny my big interest was fighting and I learned armoring out of necessity. Been with the SCA about 24 years now. I am a knight and a Royal peer. Before that I did jousting and live steel with some other groups. It has always been a part of my life. I love the historic aspect of it all but enjoy the sport just as much. These days I do allot of teaching but fighting is still high on the priority list.

At 9:38pm on May 23, 2017, Dennis john Nedweski said…

Thank you for adding me Paul . Not real familiar with this form but I will catch on well enough.  So you did some SCA fighting thats awesome may I ask were ?   

At 1:29pm on May 15, 2017, Tim Pilcher said…

Hey Paul - thanks so much for the kind words.  I really appreciate you pointing me in the right direction here & will be making the most of NAVYDADS, believe me!  I'm a little anxious, but that's only because there's a LOT I just don't know & a LOT to figure out ASAP...or at least that's how I feel - but I'm as proud as any Dad can be of my daughter's decision to join the USN & I know I'll benefit from the wisdom and experience of those of you who have gone before me!!

At 10:18pm on May 5, 2017, Patrick Hagan said…

Thank you very much for the "Welcome Aboard" Paul. I appreciate all the great advice you shared. I am vaguely aware of some of the rigors our son will be enduring both at RTC and once he joins the fleet. I say vaguely because I went through the same processes many many years ago (1986-1990) and my memory is a tad foggy these days. Not to mention things may have changed just a little since then. I was fortunate enough to have been assigned RTC Orlando for my boot camp experience. I thought it quite coincidental that I actually served on the same ships your son and daughter did. Both the Theodore Roosevelt and the Abraham Lincoln.  I was an AME3  assigned to VS-24 , CVW 8. We were on board the Lincoln for her initial shakedown cruise January of 1990. That was my last time at sea. I do hope your daughter is doing well and enjoying her time on the Lincoln as much as I did. 

  

At 11:16pm on April 11, 2017, Chris Gans said…

Paul,

Thanks for the welcome.  I hope your daughter Kat enjoyed her time on the Lincoln.  I am a plank owner of CVN-72.

At 9:28am on March 30, 2017, vickie lynn dewbre said…

Thank all of you for this site, i found NavyMoms too, Im becoming obsessed with learning what my recruit is doing this first work, so Im so excited to hear from others that have gone thru or is going thru the same

At 5:47pm on March 18, 2017, Andrew Warrington said…

Thanks Paul for the friendly welcome. It makes me feel really good and when David goes to OCS (whenever that will be) we will be anxious but very proud.

Andrew

At 3:26pm on March 17, 2017, Lars Tollefson said…

At some point, I'll want to ask for time off from work for my son's graduation. Of course, we don't know yet when that date will be. When is it parents usually get an idea when their sons and daughters might graduate? Also, do new officers usually head off to their next duty assignments right away, or is there a gap---and what happens during the gap?

Thanks for answering our questions!

At 9:48am on March 9, 2017, Jana Vrabel said…

Okay, that's crazy - what a small world!  I've been working with Newmont (directly or through EPCM firms ... Fluor Daniel, Jacobs, CH2M Hill) since 1996.  I'm sure we know a lot of the same people!

At 5:06pm on March 8, 2017, Jana Vrabel said…

Also, nice to meet a fellow miner, nice! And I'm actually a "gold digger" ... lol. I work for the #2 gold miner in the world ... Newmont. Interesting industry - but a very far cry from military for sure!

At 5:03pm on March 8, 2017, Jana Vrabel said…

Thanks, Paul - lots of great information and it's nice to be "welcomed".  I'm looking forward to being apart of this community as my son starts his journey! 

At 11:01am on March 8, 2017, Lars Tollefson said…

Thank you Paul.  Our son heads to Newport this weekend.  He has tenacity, which we're confident will see him through!

At 7:27pm on March 3, 2017, Randy Preston said…

Thank you, we are half way through boot camp and we are excited to see what the future holds.

At 8:17pm on February 21, 2017, Celeste Fournier said…

Thank you for the warm welcome Paul.  I look forward to connecting and learning through this site.

At 10:44am on February 21, 2017, Jason FOurnier said…

Thanks for your warm welcome Paul. Congratulations and thank you for having so many family members who are dedicated to service; we are grateful.

Our son reports to boot camp on March 6th so we're all getting a little antsy and are still a bit overwhelmed.  I don't think that we've spent enough time on the website and expect that we'll be spending a lot more time here in the coming days, weeks, months doing research.  We're still in the learning stage and still have a lot of questions...not really sure where to begin but from what I'm seeing so far the answers are here.  

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