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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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Latest Activity

Kangaroo1 commented on OldSarge's event 'SARGES MEET AND GREET **THURSDAY 02-26-15** for P.I.R. 02-27-15'
"Our group has 6 attending!"
Sep 10
Kangaroo1 commented on OldSarge's event 'SARGES MEET AND GREET **THURSDAY 02-26-15** for P.I.R. 02-27-15'
"Can someone please let me know where the form is to donate a gift basket for the raffle?"
Sep 10
Kangaroo1 is attending OldSarge's event


February 26, 2015 from 4:45pm to 9:30pm
SARGE'S MEET AND GREET WELCOME NAVY MOMS-DADS-FRIENDS-FAMILYPlease join my wife and I for our FREE MEET AND GREET at the Sundance Saloon from 4:45 PM - 9:30 PM. Find us on face book by searching for "PIR 02--27-15" and join our group.  In 2014, my wife and I fed over 14,200 Navy Loved ones. We appreciate your continued support. We have basket raffles to also help offset our out of pocket expensives. The way the basket raffles work - some people put goodie baskets together from their State and we sell raffle tickets at $2.00 and people put their raffle ticket in the container in front of the basket they want to win. We also raffle off a navy flag and Challenge coins.  If you need reasonable transportation to and from the airports - please visit my website at Http:// or call me at 847-212-0246. We are licensed, bonded, and insured. We also provide local transportation and late night…See More
Sep 10
OldSarge posted events
Aug 22
pammygrl5 commented on OldSarge's event 'Meet and Greet Thursday 7/20/17 Great Lakes Graduation'
"We will probably not be able to make it, though we would love too, we are arriving Thursday evening due to work schedules we couldn't leave any earlier. Wishing you all a warm reunion with your sailor graduates!"
Jul 20
OldSarge posted events
Jul 18
OldSarge updated an event


July 20, 2017 from 5pm to 9pm
Boot Camp Graduation Meet and Greet THURSDAY 07-20-17The RSVP link is at the end of this post.Basic 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 help fund the weekly meet and greet.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 and also take the time to review the survival guide at this link 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 fund the meet and greet, catered…See More
Jul 18
Butterball commented on OldSarge's event 'SARGE'S BOOT CAMP GRADUATION MEET AND GREET PIR 07-14-17'
"Oh thank you very much TessaNator. All of this is so confusing, I have written myself so many lists of what I need to do and not forget. Thank you again for the invite."
Jul 14
TessaNator⚓️ commented on OldSarge's event 'SARGE'S BOOT CAMP GRADUATION MEET AND GREET PIR 07-14-17'
"Butterball, If I go to the meet and greet, you can ride with us.  We are staying at Navy Lodge, and We have a car.  Remind me later, we have not RSVP'd because we have not decided an exact date to head that way.   We are…"
Jul 13
Butterball commented on OldSarge's event 'SARGE'S BOOT CAMP GRADUATION MEET AND GREET PIR 07-14-17'
"I have RSVP'd my reservation for the Meet and Greet in August. Question though, I will be staying at the Naval Lodge, and not sure how I will get to the event, since I won't have a car. May I use the same service that will be picking me up…"
Jul 13
Brite2017 commented on OldSarge's event 'SARGE'S BOOT CAMP GRADUATION MEET AND GREET PIR 06-30-17'
"I need to cancel reservations for 6/22.My daughter did not pass this time. Thanks"
Jun 20
OldSarge posted events
Jun 18
My Little Bird commented on OldSarge's event 'SARGE'S BOOT CAMP GRADUATION MEET AND GREET PIR 06-23-17'
"I RSVPd sometime back; When should I check for confirmation?"
Jun 10
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"
May 26
OldSarge posted events
May 23
chcabr90 is attending OldSarge's event


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
OldSarge posted events
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

Profile Information

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.
Sarge John L. Spadaro's photo.
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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