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Fraud Emails

Started this discussion. Last reply by Myboysmom Dec 1, 2016. 1 Reply

There has been another fraud email (Phishing email) posing as Navy Federal Credit Union. Please share with your sailors and loved ones that the Navy Federal Credit Union WILL NEVER send an email…Continue

Meet and Greet Security

Started this discussion. Last reply by lemonelephant Aug 5, 2015. 1 Reply

In light of the recent events in Chattanooga, we have instituted a sign-in checklist for the meet and greet each Thursday. On the event pages I can not see your real name or the actual number of…Continue

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Bandmom commented on OldSarge's event 'SARGE'S BOOT CAMP GRADUATION MEET AND GREET PIR 06-02-17'
"Hello Sarge, Can you please sign Goodness, Division 169 up for 4 for June 1 meet and greet.  Thank you.  Cathy Goodness"
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June 21, 2012 from 5:30pm to 9pm
 SARGE'S MEET AND GREETWELCOME NAVY MOMS-DADS-FRIENDS-FAMILYJoin us for our FREE MEET AND GREETat the Sundance Saloon – EVERY THURSDAY 5:30PM-9:00PMFREE FOOD – DANCING - $2 Domestic Beers (on Thursday Meet and Greets only)FREE TRANSPORTATION from local hotels see online PDF FREE DINNER COUPON (NOT VALID FOR STEAK DINNERS) FOR YOUR SAILOR AT TRATTORIA’S RESTAURANT THAT WEEKENDCall 847.212.0246  FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONProudly Sponsored by Sarge, Trattoria Restaurant and the Sundance SaloonGUEST SPEAKER (when available)  - TONS OF INFORMATION ABOUT THE PIR - TIPS ON HOW TO SAVE MONEY WHEN YOUR HERE AND GREAT TIPS TO PASS ON TO FUTURE VISITORS. ALL FREE - Wednesday "meet and greets" when there is a Thursday PIR. Dress warm.  Thank you all. Upcoming graduations see appreciate all the kind words. The Sundance Saloon supports our troops. Don't forget to bring the guys their boxer…See More
May 8
Melissa left a comment for OldSarge
"I would like to know if we have to rsvp."
May 8
OldSarge commented on OldSarge's event 'SARGE'S BOOT CAMP GRADUATION MEET AND GREET PIR 03-31-17'
"Please check the latest survival guide located at ;;"
Mar 28
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Mar 28
Navymom1 commented on OldSarge's event 'SARGE'S BOOT CAMP GRADUATION MEET AND GREET PIR 03-03-17'
"Looking forward to the meet and greet on Thursday !  "
Feb 28
WonderWoman70 commented on OldSarge's event 'SARGE'S BOOT CAMP GRADUATION MEET AND GREET PIR 03-03-17'
"Looking forward to the Meet and Greet on 3/2/17! Thank yoU!"
Feb 28
Nikkie416 commented on OldSarge's event 'SARGE'S BOOT CAMP GRADUATION MEET AND GREET PIR 03-03-17'
"Can I sign up now for the shuttle to and from graduation?"
Feb 21
mangofruit123 commented on OldSarge's event 'SARGE'S BOOT CAMP GRADUATION MEET AND GREET PIR 03-24-17'
"For those in this group that do not have a hotel reservation yet I will be cancelling my reservation at the Navy Lodge as my sons PIR date has changed. This means rooms available to you. I will post when I cancel so one of you may be able to snag…"
Feb 21
musical22 commented on OldSarge's event 'SARGE'S BOOT CAMP GRADUATION MEET AND GREET PIR 03-24-17'
"Just made our reservation!!! DIV 101 Ship 11!!  Thank you so much for your kindness!!!"
Feb 12
OldSarge posted an event


March 30, 2017 from 5pm to 9pm
Boot Camp Graduation Meet and Greet 03-30-17Basic information about the meet and greet: Although we provided over nineteen thousand free meals to our Navy families in 2016, we kindly ask for your voluntary contributions to offset our out-of-pocket expenses.  Please plan to attend even without contributing if you like. We will also have raffle baskets, If you’d like to bring a basket, either your choice, or themed to your home state, please do so. If you’re contributing a basket, please download the basket form on our website case you are interested or wondering, we have no financial stake in the venue, the Lakehurst Corporate Center. They do, however; donate the entire first floor of their corporate center to our Navy families each week.  My wife and I cover the outside catered food, labor, and cleaning expenses.  Alcohol is available for purchase, if you so choose. We believe in paying forward and…See More
Feb 8
OldSarge commented on OldSarge's event 'SARGE'S BOOT CAMP GRADUATION MEET AND GREET PIR 02-03-17'
"We currently have over 400 attending. If you have not RSVPed yet, please do so at at this link  <------ click it  "
Jan 31
Nancy1234 commented on OldSarge's event 'SARGE'S BOOT CAMP GRADUATION MEET AND GREET PIR 02-03-17'
"This is a must do event for all new Navy families, we just left Great Lakes and Sarge, his team and the meet and greet were amazing."
Jan 28
OldSarge commented on Josette Jeanis's blog post 'A GOD sent taxi driver named David "Super Dave"'
"The correct link for the address is ; 300 lakehurst road, Waukegan IL - right behind the Springhill Suites Hotel "
Jan 25
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Jan 25
OldSarge liked BunkerQB's discussion Survival Guide for Navy For Moms Newbies
Jan 25
OldSarge commented on Josette Jeanis's blog post 'A GOD sent taxi driver named David "Super Dave"'
"Thank you for telling that story about one of our drivers we appreciate the kudos Sarge Owner"
Jan 25
OldSarge replied to Josette Jeanis's discussion 'Taxi Driver to use while at Great Lakes Naval Graduation'
"We always consider our Navy families as our neighbors no matter where in the world thank you again"
Jan 24
OldSarge replied to Josette Jeanis's discussion 'Taxi Driver to use while at Great Lakes Naval Graduation'
"Thank you for those kind words and the testimonial you did on my website our neighborhood families always come first and we thank you for using a service and if I can be of any assistance please direct them to the website"
Jan 24

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A little about me:
Welcome Navy Moms, Dads, Family, and Friends:

Please allow me to introduce myself. My name is John Spadaro (Aka Sarge). I proudly served our country for twenty years of active duty and retired as a Sergeant First Class, U.S. Army. I have lived in the Great Lakes Area for over 36 years. Some of you may ask, why did a kid from Brooklyn New York retire in Gurnee? Well there is a simple answer. My wife of 41 years and I fell in love with this area when I was Stationed at Great Lakes/Fort Sheridan. We have seen this area change over the years for the better. I support our troops and their family members the best I can. Every year I am involved with the Adopt a Sailor program. See the photos on face book. My face book can be found by searching for "Sarge John Spadaro" I also host a FREE Navy Moms & Dads, Meet and Greet every Thursday before the P.I.R. On occasion I host one on a Wednesday when graduation is on a Thursday such as during the Christmas/New Year’s holidays. The Meet and Greet is free for all who are attending the Graduation. The meet and Greet starts at 5:00 PM and normally ends at 9:00 PM. It is more than an informal gathering. I show a short video and answer questions about the area; I also give you excellent information regarding the graduation that you won’t find anywhere else. Also I provide excellent buffet style food at my expense. The Sundance Saloon provides me the space for free. Beverages are the only thing you have to pay out of pocket. Here are some of the questions that many parents call me or email me (JOHNSPADARO@ATT.NET) If YOU NEED TRANSPORTATION to and from THE AIRPORTS please feel free to call me at 847-212-0246. I own a taxi service and we provide transportation 24/7 ANYWHERE to meet all your needs.

Question: Sarge, what is the best hotel to stay at and why? Answer: I highly recommend the Marriott Spring Hill Suites in Waukegan, or any of the other Marriott’s in the Area of Waukegan or Gurnee. The Spring Hill Suites is a modern hotel and is located in the Fountain Square shopping Plaza. It is only steps from the Sundance saloon where I host the Meet and Greet, and you can walk to restaurants, Wal-Mart, Denny’s, Buffalo Wild Wings, Chipotles, Chili’s, and Sweet Tomatoes’ and other businesses. Always check reviews before booking your hotel!

Question: How do I get from the airport to my Hotel? Answer: Be very careful – City Taxi fares from O’Hare to the suburbs will cost approximate $96.00 From Midway or Milwaukee, it cost $160.00. ONE WAY!! If you think I am exaggerating, read the Navy for Moms horror stories. However, there is a solution. I own my own Taxi service and have seven drivers on my team. Our rates from O’Hare are only $99.00 ROUND TRIP for the cab, not per person, to any hotel in North Chicago, Waukegan. From Midway or Milwaukee it is only $159 per cab ROUND TRIP . If you search on Navy for Moms for “Sarge's” you will see many positive comments about me and my drivers. As an added bonus, anyone who hires us from the airport to their hotel, we provide a free ride to the P.I.R. on Friday morning. We are a full service for both local and long distance service.
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Here are the RSVP so far for this week. The food will be ordered tomorrow so if you have not RSVPed please do so by 12:00 noon Wednesday at this link

267 Total 45
268 Total 22
269 Total 67
270 Total 18
271 Total 28
272 Total 37
273 Total 57
274 Total 25
940 Total 39
Grand Total 338

I suggest that you arrive early. There is no reserved seating - if you want to sit as a division I suggest you bring your own RESERVED signs with your division number on them.See the picture below. The event will be held downstairs not UPSTAIRS as the previous two weeks.

Sarge John L. Spadaro's photo.
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At 9:35pm on May 7, 2017, Melissa said…
I would like to know if we have to rsvp.
At 12:30pm on January 7, 2017, Amanda Martin said…
Sarge. If we woukd like to attend meet and greet do we need to reserve anything or do we just come?
At 4:58pm on January 3, 2017, swabbiemom1 said…

Hi Old Sarge,

Will there be a meet and greet for the 3 Feb 2017 graduation?


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