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CVN-78 USS Gerald Ford Christening

Started this discussion. Last reply by NavyDads CoAdmin Jim Gramza Nov 13, 2013. 2 Replies

My son Brad is assigned to CVN-78 as an EM. He attended the christening on 11/09/13 and was invited to a special after christening dinner attended by former V.P. Dick Cheney and the great Henry…Continue

USS Zumwalt DDG-1000

Started this discussion. Last reply by Michael J. McGavin Mar 9, 2013. 6 Replies

I am so proud of my son who is just completing (EM) school next week and yesterday he found out that his first ship he is assigned to is the new USS Zumwalt DDG-1000. This ship starts a new era in…Continue

Ship Staff???

Started this discussion. Last reply by NavyDads CoAdmin Jim Gramza Sep 21, 2012. 1 Reply

Received a letter from my son today, he is in Ship 12 Div 348, PIR Oct 26th. In his letter he stated that he was assigned to "Ship Staff" saying that there are about 25 SR's from different Divisions…Continue

Shipping Off

Started this discussion. Last reply by Robin D Aug 30, 2012. 7 Replies

My son left for MEPS today in San Diego and will fly out to boot camp tomorrow. Tonight he is making new friends at the Hilton hotel...Hilton...Really? lol When I went to MEPS before I shipped off to…Continue


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NavyDads CoAdmin Jim Gramza replied to Greg McBrayer's discussion CVN-78 USS Gerald Ford Christening
"Wow! Very cool! What a great memory he is making!"
Nov 13, 2013
NavyDads Admin (Paul) replied to Greg McBrayer's discussion CVN-78 USS Gerald Ford Christening
"wow...plank-owner for the first of the Ford-Class...quite a legacy!!!"
Nov 12, 2013
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CVN-78 USS Gerald Ford Christening

My son Brad is assigned to CVN-78 as an EM. He attended the christening on 11/09/13 and was invited to a special after christening dinner attended by former V.P. Dick Cheney and the great Henry Kissinger. My son as a 19 year old young man was in awe of the event as I would have been. I am so proud of him.See More
Nov 12, 2013
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EM Class

"My son Bradley's (EM) Electricians Mate graduating class 03/06/13. He is middle row, 3rd from left."
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"Hmmm never heard of that."
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Michael J. McGavin replied to Greg McBrayer's discussion USS Zumwalt DDG-1000
"Pre-com pay? Interesting! "
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"Pre-Commissioning Pay in addition to their normal pay..."
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"Gary, I am not sure what precom pay is, could you explain?"
Mar 9, 2013
NavyDads Co-Admin, Gary replied to Greg McBrayer's discussion USS Zumwalt DDG-1000
"I heard from the grapevine that there were talks about possibly implementing precom pay for plank owners. This was of course before the sequestration. But that be awesome if it ever comes into play..."
Mar 9, 2013
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Michael J. McGavin replied to Greg McBrayer's discussion USS Zumwalt DDG-1000
"Heck, I would be too!  I wish I could do it all over again!"
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Greg McBrayer replied to Greg McBrayer's discussion USS Zumwalt DDG-1000
"Thanks, I think I am more excited than he is lol"
Mar 8, 2013
Michael J. McGavin replied to Greg McBrayer's discussion USS Zumwalt DDG-1000
"Congratulations!!! I remember graduating from EM "A" many years ago and going to the Nimitz as part of it's Pre-Commissioning Unit. It's awesome to be part of an original crew, especially on a ship like the USS Zumwalt!!!  I…"
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(EM) Electricians Mate
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Son just took his oath and will ship Jan 02, 2013.
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Proud Marine Veteran
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My son is recently enlisted (before PIR)
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At 7:29pm on March 9, 2013, NavyDads Co-Admin, Gary said…
Pre-Commissioning Pay in addition to their normal pay...
At 6:07am on June 25, 2012, E.G. - ND's Creator/Admin said…

Greg, Welcome Aboard!

My son served as an ABE aboard the USS Ronald Reagan in San Diego, Ca. and my family and I couldn't have been prouder of him. I created this site when he was in boot camp in hopes this site would better inform new Navy Dads and Navy Families that followed behind me.

NavyDads provides the best community for learning about Navy life for everyone but particularly the parents. We are a place for sharing experiences with others that have gone through and are going through the same thing as you. We give you real-time information from others going through it, the sense that you're not alone and the opportunity to help another along.

So jump right in, share concerns, join groups, share info, and show off your Sailor. I hope this site benefits you and your family throughout your Sailors journey in the United States Navy and I thank them for their service. I wish them the best in their travels and I'm glad you've found us.



At 9:53pm on June 24, 2012, NavyDads Admin, Tim said…

Welcome aboard Greg.

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 5000 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 Bradley on his enlistment and please thank him for me for making the choice to defend the freedoms that my family, this country and I have and enjoy.
Navy dads Admin Tim

At 11:52am on June 23, 2012, NavyDads Co-Admin, Calvin said…

Greg, Welcome to NavyDads. My Grandson joined the Navy and went to Boot Camp in February, 2008. He Graduated and received his Trident in Oct. 2009 and is now with his Team. 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.

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, Master at Arms and Special Ops. Also Group for different Ships and Bases. 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.

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 11:21am on June 23, 2012, NavyDads Admin (Paul) said…

Welcome to Greg! 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 things 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) and recently reported to Helicopter Squadron Light-37 (HSL-37) in Hawaii after re-enlisting last year. My daughter Kat is now a Navy veteran and was stationed on the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) as a Mass Communications Specialist. She is using her GI benefits to go to school. If were around in those early 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. Click How To Get Started for a guide on getting going in your experience! Take the time to explore the site and make some new friends. Read the discussions and comments. Browse through the postings in the various groups or start a new one. If you have any questions or concerns about your sailor and what he 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 Greg this is a great place to brag as well! So join in, get active, and be sure to let us know how Bradley 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 soon to be at Great Lakes you'll have many questions about what your son 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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