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Your Sailor's First Name (Please Do Not Post SEAL Names)
James
What Is Or Will Be Your Sailor's Rating (Job Classification) - ex. ABE, AM, GM, etc
IT
Describe A Little About Yourself:
RMCS/ITCS(SW/AW) who served from 1986-2009. Tours include: COMSIXTHFLT Staff/Embarked USS Belknap(CG-26) 86-88; COMNAVFORCES Azores PO 88-91(P-3/ASCOMM); NAVCAMS EASTPAC Wahiawa, HI (TECH Controller/SATCOM) 91-94; USS FLETCHER(DD-992) TECH CONTROL/Asst. LPO/CPO 95-97; USS WILLAMETTE (AO-180) Radio LCPO 97-99 (DECOMM);DISA-PAC Operations Officer DMS Pacific AOR 99-02; USS Belleau Wood (LHA-3) Radio Officer/LCPO Radio/ADP 02-05 (DECOMM); US Pacific Command (PACOM) SEL Navy/Marine Corp Elements, SEL J6/J64 05-09. Retired Sept 30, 2009. Loved nearly every minute of it, would do it all over again at least twice!
Prior Military Experience
Proud Navy Veteran, Desert Storm Veteran, Operation Enduring Freedom Veteran, Iraqi Freedom Veteran
What Brought You To This Site:
My son is currently serving, My cousin is serving, I am a veteran
What Were Your Feelings When Your Sailor Joined The Navy:
I was about to retire at USPACOM when his call came in and he asked if I was "sitting down, I said should I be, and he responded YES!." His next response stared with "I found a job...Pause... I joined the Navy!" I was honestly floored. I wanted to ensure he was doing it because he wanted too, and that he understood the challenge he was taking on. See he has a 90 year old great grandfather who served in WWII, a grandfather who had passed who served in Vietnam and me (father) who has served since March of 1986. Frankly, I didn't want to hear some sappy "because you and my grandpa's did." I was relieved to hear his response, "I want to experience the world and finish my education. I enjoyed to tiger cruses and the extra little trips you got me on in between."
Today, I couldn't be any prouder of him, especially knowing what the rating field challenges are, he picked the same job field as me. To tutor your son on what you have done for the last 24 years and mastered is exhilarating. After the recent 10 month deployment of the Carl Vinson, I can honestly say he's drive and go get'em attitude is highly impressive. He completed all shipboard qualifications, his Surface Warfare pin (duel pinned now working on AW), and all qualifications but ADP supervisor in the work center were completed during the first 7 months of deployment. Wow! Keep him busy and tested, he is fully capable of handling the task if challenged. This is a future CPO or Officer with solid backing, he knows what it means to be blue and gold Navy through and through.
What Is Your Relationship With Your Sailor
Dad
Please Share: How Did You Find Us?
I found the link off the Ship's (USS Carl Vinson) website!

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At 10:05pm on September 10, 2015, NavyDads Admin (Paul) said…

Welcome to NavyDads.com Benjamin! 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 son Eric (AM2) was on the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71), was attached to Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 37 (HSM-37) in Hawaii, and is attached to VAW-125, and back on the USS Theodore Roosevelt. My daughter Kat is now a Navy veteran and was stationed on the carrier Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) as a Mass Communications Specialist(MC3). If NavyDads.com 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.com 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.com 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 Benjamin this is a great place to brag as well! So join in, get active, and be sure to let us know how your son James 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 Key Information. 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.com.

Play the following video for a brief introduction to NavyDads.com. We've made some cosmetic changes to the site since this video was made, but navigation remains the same.

Best Regards- Paul

At 9:56pm on September 10, 2015, Benjamin Lee Johns said…
Thanks Tim, I'm assuming that I am a advanced Navydad and will be more than willing to assist when needed.
At 7:11pm on August 11, 2015, NavyDads Admin, Tim said…

Welcome aboard Benjamin,

 

     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, P.I.R., 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 9000 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 James on your enlistments and thank you both for making the choice to defend the freedoms that my family, this country and I have and enjoy.

 

Navy dads Admin Tim

 
 
 

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