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Eric Nikkel
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Ship 03 Div. 114

Started Feb 20, 2012 0 Replies

This is a place to gather if you have a future sailor at navy RTC in Ship 03 Div. 114 please post here. If your recruit is in this ship and division we all have something in common. Both moms and…Continue

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Eric Nikkel commented on Ron Bowen's photo


"Yeah wait till he leaves for "A" school then go back into the computer and look at those pictures. Boy you havent cried yet. Or at least  it was that way for me. You guys look good. What was the temp that morning?"
Apr 13, 2012
Eric Nikkel commented on Ron Bowen's photo


"Looks all to must have wiped off the tears before the honest now."
Apr 13, 2012
Eric Nikkel posted a status
"Will she have time for this sorta thing?...regarding the bike question."
Apr 13, 2012
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"Need help. My daughter wants me to ship her bike to her. I am in Cali. she is in Goose Creek. What is the cheapest way?"
Apr 13, 2012
Eric Nikkel replied to Niles Galloway's discussion Boot Camp Graduation
"It all depends on how many divisions are graduating. We brought 8 people to 4/6/12 PIR..not to many divisions. We brought 2 cars. They will check I.D. at second gate towards graduation hall. But were it really counts is when you get into the hall…"
Apr 9, 2012
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"Back from 4/6/12 PIR. I really don't know if I like being back in California"
Apr 9, 2012
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"I know that bag had to weigh more than she did."
Apr 8, 2012
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Apr 8, 2012
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"Have talked to my daughter more in the first 2 hours of today than the last 2 months!!"
Apr 8, 2012
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"Goodbuys were a little easier yesterday, just knowing that communication will be more frequent, still had my moment though."
Apr 8, 2012
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"I tried everything, high ISO dont work to well..(real grainy). If you bring a 300mm there will be increased light problems. TRI-POD!!"
Apr 6, 2012
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"Just a note to you fathers and mothers going to future PIR. From my experiance bring a tri-pod for your camera. Low lighting in hall."
Apr 6, 2012
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"Got the new profile picture up....will you just look at that,looky,looky thats my Sailor!!!"
Apr 6, 2012
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Apr 6, 2012
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"Off to Graduation,everyone is amped, will be posting when we get back."
Apr 6, 2012
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"Ahhh Chicago, if I had a song for Hot Dogs I would sing it. They do hot dogs here like we do frys in Cali..LOL"
Apr 5, 2012

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Future Nuke
Describe A Little About Yourself:
Soon to be Navy Daddy. I have known my future sailor 6+ years. She is a very amazing young woman to know. If I could describe a little about myself.....well I have been through it all..I now hold the key to life.
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Proud Army Veteran
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My daughter is recently enlisted (before PIR)
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Great and proud at first. But its what you feel when they leave home..that is indescribable. Lets just say us fathers, when the daughters leave home..I think there should be a ribbon for that alone.
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At 7:41pm on March 23, 2012, Chuck said…

Thanks,  I am already starting to feel the the time approching!


At 1:33pm on March 22, 2012, Chuck said…

Thanks for the friend request.  It looks as if our young ladies share the same first name!

At 4:34pm on February 24, 2012, NavyDads Admin (Paul) said…
  • it gets easier....or I should say you adapt to it. When you sit in PIR you'll understand the mix of emotions.....none of us undergo this Navy journey alone....we know how you feel so use the site to vent and ask questions.....

  • and one more thing....soon you'll never look at the flag or think about the USA in the same irrelevant way you might have....this experience will fundamentally change your life.....
At 5:18pm on February 22, 2012, NavyDads Co-Admin, Calvin said…


, thank you for the Friends Request. 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 4:22pm on February 7, 2012, NavyDads Admin, Tim said…

Welcome aboard Eric.
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 daughter Alysa on her enlistment and please thank her 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 3:54pm on February 4, 2012, NavyDads Co-Admin, Calvin said…

Eric, 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, USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), Master at Arms and Special Ops. 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.

If you have problems or questions about the Groups, discussions or navigating our site please let me know. I’ll be happy to help or find someone with more knowledgeable about your issue.

Again Welcome to NavyDads.

At 3:53pm on February 4, 2012, NavyDads Co-Admin, Calvin said…

Eric, Welcome to NavyDads. My Grandson joined the Navy and went to Boot Camp in February, 2008. 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. Please go to the Groups Page and check out all the various offerings. Join in to learn more about what your Guy or Gal will be learning and doing. 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.

I would also like to Thank You for your Service.

Again Welcome and keep us updated on your recruit.

HooYah US Navy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

At 3:51pm on February 4, 2012, NavyDads Admin (Paul) said…

Welcome to Eric! 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 carrier Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) and recently reported to Helicopter Squadron Light-37 (HSL-37) in Hawaii after re-enlisting earlier this year. My daughter Kat is now a Navy veteran and was stationed on the carrier Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) as a Mass Communications Specialist and is currently using her GI benefits to go to school. If were around in those 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. 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 she 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 Eric this is a great place to brag as well! So join in, get active, and be sure to let us know how Alysa 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 your daughter 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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