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Can’t contain my pride

Just finished an AMAZING two days with our AMAZING Son, ETSN Nuke, and Hero, following an absolutely incredible PIR! Truly one of the most memorable and impactful times in my life. We are so profoundly proud, and completely fulfilled parents today. He even FaceTimed us from his barracks at Goose Creek late last night!So many thanks for everyone here, and especially Jim and Sarge for their expert help and guidance!Hooyah, Navy!See More
Sep 29
Len Shields joined John Augustine's group
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Navy Nukes

Navy Nuke: Questions and Answers to what your Sailor will be doing as a "Nuke" in the United States Navy. This support group is for the families and friends with Sailors serving in the U.S. Navy Nuclear Program / Power Nuke School.See More
Sep 22
Len Shields is attending NavyDads CoAdmin Jim Gramza's event

Sarge's Meet and Greet for PIR September 27, 2019 at Lakehurst Events (Formerly Sundance Saloon)

September 26, 2019 from 5pm to 10pm
Sarge’s meet and greet is held the night before each PIR. All are welcome. There is food and information about what to expect the next morning as you make your way to the graduation.Please RSVP here so we can get a head count. The email you used to log on to NavyDads.com will be used to send your confirmation of your reservation. Please provide your sailor's division number and the number of people attending in the discussion box below.There is a buffet and a cash bar. Donations for the food…See More
Aug 23
Len Shields joined Leonard's group
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NAVY SUBMARINERS

Navy Submariners: Questions and Answers to what Life will be like for your Sailor During Service Aboard a Navy Submarine.This Support Group is for the Families & Friends of the Sailors that have Devoted Themselves to the "Silent Service".See More
Aug 21
Len Shields posted a status
"Ok...I’ll do my best....Thank you!"
Aug 19
NavyDads Admin (Paul) left a comment for Len Shields
"Always assume everything is on track unless you hear something specific otherwise...."
Aug 19
Len Shields is attending NavyDads CoAdmin Jim Gramza's event

Sarge's Meet and Greet for PIR August 30, 2019 at Lakehurst Events (Formerly Sundance Saloon)

August 29, 2019 from 5pm to 10pm
Sarge’s meet and greet is held the night before each PIR. All are welcome. There is food and information about what to expect the next morning as you make your way to the graduation.Please RSVP here so we can get a head count. The email you used to log on to NavyDads.com will be used to send your confirmation of your reservation. Please provide your sailor's division number and the number of people attending in the discussion box below.There is a buffet and a cash bar. Donations for the food…See More
Aug 17
Len Shields joined NavyDads Admin (Paul)'s group
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Pass In Review - Tips, Hints, and Helps

Pass in Review: There have been so many questions & answers about Pass in Review "PIR" that we need one place to be a clearinghouse to help experience a Navy Graduation.See More
Aug 13
NavyDads Admin (Paul) left a comment for Len Shields
"Welcome to NavyDads.com Len! 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…"
Jul 10
NavyDads CoAdmin Jim Gramza left a comment for Len Shields
"Welcome aboard to NavyDads.com Len! When my son first enlisted, I was a little scared and worried for him. Not coming from a military family at all, I had no idea what to expect. What I found, was that he had made the most mature decision of his…"
Jul 10
Len Shields is now a member of Navy Dads
Jul 10

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Your Sailor's First Name (Please Do Not Post SEAL Names)
Eric
What Is Or Will Be Your Sailor's Rating (Job Classification) - ex. ABE, AM, GM, etc
Nuke - rating undetermined yet
Describe A Little About Yourself:
Former Navy member....now PROUD Navy father
Prior Military Experience
Proud Navy Veteran
What Brought You To This Site:
My son is recently enlisted (before PIR)
What Were Your Feelings When Your Sailor Joined The Navy:
Proud....but sad to see my boy go
What Is Your Relationship With Your Sailor
Dad
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Len Shields's Blog

Can’t contain my pride

Posted on September 29, 2019 at 7:43am 0 Comments

Just finished an AMAZING two days with our AMAZING Son, ETSN Nuke, and Hero, following an absolutely incredible PIR! Truly one of the most memorable and impactful times in my life. We are so profoundly proud, and completely fulfilled parents today. He even FaceTimed us from his barracks at Goose Creek late last night!

So many thanks for everyone here, and especially Jim and Sarge for their expert help and guidance!

Hooyah, Navy!

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At 5:24pm on August 19, 2019, NavyDads Admin (Paul) said…

Always assume everything is on track unless you hear something specific otherwise....

At 5:38pm on July 10, 2019, NavyDads Admin (Paul) said…
Welcome to NavyDads.com Len! 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 daughter Kat is now a Navy veteran and was stationed on the carrier Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) as a Mass Communications Specialist (MC3). My son Eric (AM1) did two cruises on the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71), was attached to Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 37 (HSM-37) in Hawaii, was attached to VAW-125 ("The Tigertails") stationed at Iwakuni, Japan, and is currenlty stationed in Pensacola where he is an instructor in A-School. If NavyDads.com were around in those early days. 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 Len this is a great place to brag as well! So join in, get active, and be sure to let us know how your son 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.

As a parent of a sailor currently or soon to be at Great Lakes you'll have many questions about what Eric 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 and as PIR nears be sure to spend time in the PIR group for hints and helps! To better understand how the Navy creates sailors, watch this video Making A Sailor to see what life is like at Great Lakes RTC.


Best Regards- Paul

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At 4:28am on July 10, 2019, NavyDads CoAdmin Jim Gramza said…

Welcome aboard to NavyDads.com Len! When my son first enlisted, I was a little scared and worried for him. Not coming from a military family at all, I had no idea what to expect. What I found, was that he had made the most mature decision of his life! I found lots of answers to my questions right here on NavyDads.com.

My son Stephen was an AWO2 in the P-3 community. However, after 6 years of service, he was medically discharged in July of 2014. We are so proud of our son and his service to our country, as you will also burst with pride of your child! This is the place to brag!

Join us on Facebook as well!

https://www.facebook.com/groups/66599528175/

Once again, welcome to our site and I hope you enjoy your stay here. GO NAVY! HOOYAH!

Best Regards- Jim

 
 
 

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