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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
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AM1 (Aviation Structural Mechanic First Class)
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Proud single dad of two great Navy kids!! My daughter is a Navy vet and served on the USS Abraham Lincoln as an MC3 (Mass Communications Specialist). My son who is an AM1 (Aviation Structural Mechanic, Second Class) served on the USS Theodore Roosevelt, then after re-enlisting was stationed at the Marine Air Base at Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii attached to the "Easy Riders" or HSM-37. He recently re-enlisted, was attached to VAW-125- the "World Famous" Tigertails, had TDY to VRC-40 the "Rawhides" and later returned to VAW-125. Currently he is an instructor at A-school in Pensacola. I've been chief chemist for a number of world-class gold, silver, and copper mines for 40 years and just recently retired. Raised in the Sierra Nevada mountains, graduated from the University of Maryland (class of '77), a confirmed Westerner and Proud Navy Dad !!!
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My son is currently serving
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proud as can possibly be !!!!!!!!!!!
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But to the hero, when his sword
Has won the battle for the free,
Thy voice sounds like a prophet's word,
And in its hollow tones are heard
The thanks of millions yet to be.
Fitz-Greene Halleck

Some words Eric sent the evening before the Theodore Roosevelt left on cruise on Sept. 8, 2008:

I leave tomorrow to assist in maritime operations. To do my job in assisting in aviation maintenance which will in the end help to put warheads on the foreheads of those who dare to upset the balance, to hurt the innocent and to those who we deem terrorists. As in the rich naval tradition since October 13th 1775 I sacrifice my time and being to put my life in the hands of my fellow shipmates who in turn puts those same trusts into mine. To cast off and set sail to cross the seas in something bigger than what it is we can understand. To help those who need it is what we do, although we may be the cold forged steel harvesters of death in the modern age, we supply hope and change to those who need it most. In these final moments I realize that everything I've done, sacrificed in this last year all amount to something now. It finally means something. What I'm not sure but its reassuring to know that I'm not here in vain. I will dearly miss you all and cannot wait till my return next year. I look forward to seeing you all and telling my tales of other lands and the sea. Wish me fair winds and following seas as I look forward to my return home.

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Tiger Cruise - My Long Promised Follow-Up

Posted on June 26, 2012 at 1:30pm 0 Comments

I sat here and just re-read all my posts about my Tiger Cruise experience and realized I still had not completed the promised follow-up.  It is not that I haven't least a dozen times I've sat down to write this, but words eluded me.  I'm not sure why.  But I'm gonna try again- so please bear with me!!

Much has happened over the past few years and much has changed.  Kat is no longer in the Navy- her enlistment was up in '10 and she lives outside Seattle in…


A Virtual Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall

Posted on March 7, 2010 at 9:21pm 0 Comments

I ran across a very interesting website that I thought I would is a virtual Vietnam Veterans memorial of the pages lists those that gave their lives by a state name and you can eventually get to a list of medals and often a bio. This was a monumental amount of work and it is a reminder that many gave their lives in a far away land with a funny name.......

Click This Link for…


Thanks Paige!

Posted on August 23, 2009 at 8:55pm 1 Comment

I wanted to take a minute to thank Paige for opening her home up to a number of Navy parents yesterday in Prescott Valley. It was a great chance to meet others with kids in the Navy and to compare stories...and to brag a little too!! I know Paige will post some photos as well but here are a couple.....

Thanks to Paige and to neighbor Brenda for all the work and hospitality! It was fun… Continue

Tiger Cruise - Homecoming !

Posted on May 16, 2009 at 12:30am 3 Comments

Wow….homecoming….after seven-plus months at sea everyone was returning to US soil and their families. I knew it was going to be a memorable day with lots of mixed emotions for all.

Eric and I had agreed to make it another 06:00 day, but around 05:00 I managed to wiggle out of the rack and get cleaned up. I wasn’t sleeping anyway, so why stare at the inside of my eyelids when I could go ahead and get cleaned up and get ready for the day. The ship’s movement had eased over night and…


Brothers at War Movie

Posted on May 15, 2009 at 9:30am 0 Comments

Tiger Cruise blog continues with next post---- click NEXT POST in the bottom right to contiue

Saw an interview with Gary Sinise this AM and he was talking about a movie out today...if you look at the website: you can watch a clip and read about the looks powerful and something that all Americans should see. I know this is off-topic here but the fight for freedowm is larger than…


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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



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