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Japan Moms

For all the Moms(and Dads) with a Sailor in Japan

Members: 674
Latest Activity: on Saturday


Discussion Forum

Phones while on leave

Started by Momof2. Last reply by debbiemcg Sep 16. 6 Replies

When you don't have a passport

Started by Stillmybaby. Last reply by Stillmybaby Aug 23. 2 Replies

Most cost affective international calling

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Comment by debbiemcg on Saturday
Thank you for the tips!! So grateful.
Comment by Anti M on Saturday

Remember, the screener who may read the emails is part of the crew.  On a smaller ship, they might even bunk next to your sailor and know them fairly well.  And don't try to develop a code to get around OPSEC, it is painfully obvious.  I don't know which sailors screen the emails, but I think it is one of the CT ratings.  

https://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=95177

Comment by scully_the_skeptic on Saturday
debbiemcg - there are some Facebook pages - I follow 7th Fleet and there is a good one for my sons cruiser. Sometimes they post pics from on board - some have my son in them so that’s cool.
Comment by Navyfan on Saturday

debbiemcg - my son is also in Yokosuka and has been there for over 2 years. He has a Japan phone that he purchased shortly after he got there. The first few weeks are very busy for them so not much contact. We use Facetime and he keeps in touch with friends mostly with FB messenger. You're right, you'll all figure it out and then it will be your new normal for a while. You have come to the right place to get questions answered. 

Comment by scully_the_skeptic on Friday

debbiemcg - my son has been in Yokosuka over 2 years. he's assigned to a cruiser.  he got a new cell in japan.  we use whatsapp to communicate (text and video).  facetime is also good.  

i have his military email, but they read everything (especially when on board).  i email to him to his private email when i want to go on about life; i use his military email to make sure he checks in.  when they're underway, they generally don't have much if any access to communicate until they pull into a port.

for mailing address - if you find the ombudsman page for your sailors ship, that may have the current ship mailing address. it also has the contact information for that ship's ombudsman which is good info to have.

my son rotates out as of december. i know he's loved being there (he's my world traveler).    

Comment by Mississippi Mom on Friday

debbiemcg,  We always hear it is a small world.  My daughter moved to Phoenix in March of this year.  We were visiting her when my Mom fell and broke her leg that has led to where she is now.  We drove to Flagstaff and went to the Grand Canyon.  We hope to go back soon.  Such a different place from Mississippi.   

Hopefully your son will get you an address soon, and you can send him some of his favorites.   My son loved getting homemade cookies.  I had a vacuum sealer, and I would make the cookies to where they fit in a Pringles can.  I would seal them up, and put them in the Pringles can, and ship them.  Surprisingly enough they would arrive to him to where he could eat them.   

Comment by debbiemcg on Friday
Thank you for the welcome! It helps to have a group who know what it’s like to have their kids so far away at such a young age! Have only gotten a couple of texts from Jack so far. Not sure how long he will be in Japan and no address or anything yet. Sigh. We will make it through of course and I figure once he gets settled in a bit more he will share more info. Anyway thanks for the notes. I love in flagstaff, AZ. Jack finished c school in Pensacola then San Diego and now he is a CTR on his ship in Yokosuka.
Comment by NavyMum on Wednesday

Welcome Debbiemcg.  My son is stationed in Okinawa (shore-based) so I won't be much help with Yokosuka or ship-based communication. We mostly chat via FB messages  - we're not much of a phone call family and phone calls tend to be Christmas and family emergencies rather than regular for us. It's pretty expensive for DS to phone the States so there's that also. (he has a Japanese cell plan).

I've found that letters and priority mail takes about 10 days from FL - mail to ships may take longer, I don't know. Don't mail parcel post - it can take 6-8 weeks.

@Mississippi mom - Happy Birthday to your mum - and prayers. It's hard when parents age.

Comment by Mississippi Mom on Wednesday

Welcome debbiemcg!  

Please forgive me for not welcoming you much sooner.  You have joined a really great group of women.   I am sorry that I don't have much information about communication, but I promise someone will chime in and give you the best options. 

My son was in Japan for 18 months, but it has been a while ago, so I am not up on the latest communications.   I hope you Sailor loves Japan, my son loved it, and he talks a lot about all of his adventures there.   

This group is usually really lively, and you will love everyone on here.  As you can see by the previous comments, some are dealing with heartbreaking loss of loved ones.  And others are dealing with health issues themselves or helping with family members with health issues.  Hang on they will all be back very soon. 

I can tell you that every one of us will tell you that we relate to missing our kiddos.  Some days are harder than others.  My advise would be stay as busy as you can.  Also, keep your phone attached to you.  With the time difference, you may get a call at who knows when.  My son would call us in the middle of he night and then apologize that he didn't think about the time difference.  I always told him to call me anytime, not to ever worry about the time, we just wanted the calls.  I also told my boss that when my son called, I would do my best not neglect my work, but I was going to answer it and talk to him. He told me to never worry about my son calling at work.  I am fortunate to have a boss that understands that I have a family also.  

Please chime in and tell us about yourself.  Hang in there and come here to vent, complain, or best yet, brag on your Sailor any time.  We all love it!  

Been a while since I updated on my Mom.  She turned 88 on Monday, and for the most part doing pretty good at the moment.   She has moved into an Assisted Care Facility.  I think I told y'all that she had been in the hospital and then went to the nursing home for therapy.  After she completed her therapy she told us that she could not go home by herself, so she was going to stay at the nursing home. Well, we tried that but did not work out.  The facility that she was in has nothing but semi-private rooms for permanent residents.  As long as you are in therapy you get a private room. (go figure).  They moved into a semi-private room on Friday and she just about had a melt down.  It was so cramped and crowded with 2 patients and since they had double the amount of patients on that wing, they didn't just fly into her room when she needed them.  So long story short she is now in the Assisted Care Facility and for the most part likes it.  She pretty much complains to me every time I walk in the door that somebody doesn't know what they are doing.  I remind her that she is not the only patient.  She agrees and then we do it all over again the next time.  She is just a little bit spoiled and that is okay cause we did it to her.  She has 6 kids and for the most part 2 of us literally jumps every time she says to.  We are having her birthday celebration this coming Sunday.  We are all going to church with her, and then going to take her to her house for lunch.   We had planned to do it this past Sunday, but she came down with the stomach bug on Sat. afternoon.  She is feeling much better now.  Last year on her birthday she was in the hospital, so we want this one to be a good day for her. 

Hope everyone is doing okay!  Still very hot and humid in good ole Mississippi, and we are needing rain desperately.  Hoping the "achiness" I am feeling in my foot today means that some is on the way. 

Comment by debbiemcg on September 16, 2018 at 2:02pm
Hello! My son arrived on the USS McCampbell last week in Yokosuka Japan. Trying to connect with other families with kids on this ship or Japan in general. Any tips on comminicating with them from the US, stuff like that. I miss him!
 

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