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At 12:45pm on September 27, 2019, Matthew Bagley said…

Paul thanks very much for all the info. Hopefully I can contribute something to this forum. 

Also thanks for sharing about your family. 

my journey is just beginning 


At 6:32pm on September 21, 2019, David Benn said…

Paul. Thank you so much for the fantastic welcome to your page. I am glad to be here as I know so little about the Navy, Ships and overall hiw the Navy works as my son will be there for years to come. Not really used to not seeing him and that is rough. Or not getting a text for 2 weeks is kind of weird for me. I’m excited for him and his learning and new friends he will get over time. My son is protecting our great country and I love it!!! Looking forward to being a Navy Dad the rest of my life!!  

At 3:41pm on August 30, 2019, Dr Hazael Brown said…

Thanks Paul, for the web links. It provides great informations that help me understand what he will be doing and going through at OCS. The comments from like minded NavyDads and others were very encouraging and educative. The documentary videos I navigated were great. I thank you and your team for the info. Keep on the good work.

At 8:04am on August 15, 2019, Blair Blinkhorn said…

Thank you, Paul.  I'll check through both of your suggested links.

At 1:45pm on June 6, 2019, Rich Tate said…

Thanks for the welcome, Paul. I look forward to the resources here to get a better idea what he is going through during boot camp.

At 10:41am on April 1, 2019, Mike McKeough said…

Thanks for the info, Paul. Tommy PIR is April 12. So, this is all getting very real. 

At 1:26pm on March 13, 2019, David A said…

Thank you Paul, your comments are encouraging. I am looking into the resources you provided. We watched the documentary few weeks back when we learned he was going to boot camp. I finally got the his last phone call before starting boot camp. Fell asleep watching the documentary again after his phone call. 

At 1:44pm on March 12, 2019, Bob Barbaro said…

Thanks Paul I appreciate it. We'll be heading down to Ft Lauderdale in July for the commissioning..should be exciting

At 7:23am on March 10, 2019, Bob Barbaro said…

Thanks for your comments Paul..i appreciate them. My son as been ordered to serve on the USS Paul Ignatius. I was wondering how i could get in touch qith any other parents who's son's and daughters are alos going to be on there. Also, the commissioning ceremony is said to be during the week of July 21-28. How can i find out when the date of the actual commissioning is. My son doesn't seen to know bit he's not exactly someone that will go and ask questions. 

At 10:08am on March 7, 2019, Will R Santillana Jr said…

Wow...Thanks Paul! I've got a lot to digest. Thanks AGAIN.

At 7:11am on March 1, 2019, Thomas Case said…

Thanks, Paul for the Welcome Back,

I discovered Navy Dad's back in about 2012.  At the time I too was trying to learn as much as possible about the Navy.  My son went right from Waukegan straight to sub school in Grotton. My wife and I celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary at the Groton Townhouse with our son as it was his graduation from sub school.  

My wife and I had a pretty elaborate vacation planned, but we both decided his graduation from sub school was such a milestone, we felt it more important.

My son has been through quite a bit.  A lot he does not talk about because he holds true to his requirement for secrecy, but I do know he has lost 3 shipmates and had a bunkmate attempt suicide.  

So, After 3 funerals and the bunkmate incident, I was actually surprised that he re-upped again.  In these incidents the Navy seemed to do a good job of making sure everyone got the support they needed, contrary to some of the things you see and read in the news. 

We had a long talk and he simply told me that he loves the Navy, so he re-upped and has changed to the surface fleet and he seems to be liking it a lot.

I'm proud of my son; both of them, his brother served in the Marine Corp and after 4 years used his veterans benefits to become an electrician.

Anyway, I could write a book on my son's journey as well as my Marine son, but for now, I will simply say: "Thanks for the welcome back".


At 11:41pm on February 2, 2019, Robert Marshall said…

Thank you for your introduction, history and warm welcome Paul. You provided some great tips and links to help us navigate, learn and understand my son's and our journey. He is graduating this Friday, letters have been flowing frequently between us and he is PUMPED! All the best, Bob

At 3:45am on January 16, 2019, Peter S. Adam said…

Or, better yet:  Any port in a storm....

At 3:44am on January 16, 2019, Peter S. Adam said…

Ahoy there! Grew up constantly hearing nautical terms; Mom - Navy Brat; Dad - Marine. Uncles all military pilots.  Heavy weather here in DC area.  Battening down the hatches. Storm warnings..... Time to weigh anchor and shove off.  God speed....  Peter S. ADAM

At 12:44pm on January 6, 2019, Dennis Valdez said…

Thanks for the welcome, Paul!

Tyler just went back to Newport R.I. for a couple more months at Officer Candidate School (OCS). He recently graduated from UCSC with a degree in Electrical Engineering and has been in the Nuclear Propulsion Officer program.

His OCS class had a break for the Holiday's.  My wife and I will be fly out from California for graduation on March 1st.

I look forward to exploring this site and getting to know some folks!



At 8:15pm on December 10, 2018, Rusty Pagano said…

Thanks for the warm welcome Paul. We live in Mesa in the Phoenix area. Just starting to explore the site and will definitely reach out to y'all if we have any questions.

At 12:09pm on November 8, 2018, Dax Eaton said…


Thank you for your response. Interesting to hear that your son Eric will be an instructor in P’Cola. I was raised there. My son shipped out yesterday for Great Lakes, and it was very emotional for his mother and myself. I look forward to his journey and the sailor he will become. My father was a recruit at Great Lakes in 57’, from there it was off to N.A.T.T.C school Norman, OK. and Memphis, TN. (AMH2). After that he was assigned to squadron VFP-62 @ NAS Jacksonville, and NAS Cecil Field. He was then assigned to squadron VT-3 Red Knights @ NAS South Whiting Field. From there he was assigned to “Westpac/ Vietnam deployment” 1964 with VF-151 aboard the USS Coral Sea (CV-43) . When VF-151 returned from deployment they joined USS Constellation (CV-64) 1966 and returned to South East Asia theater. He finished his service at NAS Miramar. I am very privileged that father will join me for PIR @ RTC late DEC, or early JAN (TBD).


At 6:52am on August 20, 2018, Mike said…

Thank you for the message and the information, it will definitely help with knowing what to expect over the next 8 weeks.

At 11:50am on August 16, 2018, Bob Wayne said…

Thank you for your email. I look forward to reading and learning more about the Navy as my daughter just got started. 

At 7:17pm on August 15, 2018, Kyle Stephens said…

Thank you for the welcome!

My son shipped on 8/2 and we received the initial phone call and his personal belongings. However we haven’t received any additional letters from RTC. We have terrible mail service and don’t want to miss graduation notifications or his mailing address/ ship number. Can anyone tell me at what point we should be notified of these things?  Thanks in advance!


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