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Always keep Navy Operations Security in mind.  In the Navy, it's essential to remember that "loose lips sink ships."  OPSEC is everyone's responsibility. 

DON'T post critical information including future destinations or ports of call; future operations, exercises or missions; deployment or homecoming dates.  

DO be smart, use your head, always think OPSEC when using texts, email, phone, and social media, and watch this video: "Importance of Navy OPSEC."

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July 2009 Blog Posts (15)

Pot roast and potatoes and carrots!

Sunday (July 19, 2009)

Had a great day today! Sunday school was good, we talked about about faith/doubt/rebellion. Worship was excellent too. Pastor Rodney preached about Satan wanting to sift us as wheat - don't let him! Then Savannah and Brandon (Oceana), Brian and Sarah (my daughter and son-in-law), and Randy (Marine – Camp Lejeune, NC) and Nikki and Sarah Mayzak enjoyed a pot roast, potatoes and carrots, followed with apple crisp and ice cream for dinner at our house. We watched… Continue

Added by John and Yvonne on July 24, 2009 at 1:10pm — No Comments

One of our Marines came back to visit

Saturday Evening (July 18, 2009)

We had Randy (Marine Cpl) and Nikki and little Sarah here visiting us for the weekend from Camp Lejeune North Carolina. It was fun making and eating home made pizzas and playing catch phrase with them, and Savannah and Brandon (Oceana), and Trever (USS Gunston Hall). Then we all shared prayer requests and prayed together. Check out the new pics.

Added by John and Yvonne on July 24, 2009 at 1:06pm — No Comments

Blessings In A Box

I received "the box" yesterday. I was so excited to open it. The smell of my son came home. As I pulled the jeans from the box, I smiled as contents of the pockets came spilling out. Pretty typical for his laundry. I was even happier to discover the day's mail contained the form letter complete with address. Hooray! I can finally write!

As I sat down to devour the form letter and accompanying brochure, I turned on the news. Within moments came the story telling of how three of our… Continue

Added by MN Mom on July 18, 2009 at 6:00pm — 2 Comments

Wha is a "Push Division"

One of our recruits wrote that Div 277 is a push division. Anyone know what that means?

Added by Joanie Tyler's Mom(133 Bees) on July 17, 2009 at 1:17pm — 4 Comments

Thank you to all Navy Moms

Our son reports to Great Lakes today. Leaving him last night at MEPS in Columbia, SC was so hard but we kept strong until we drove away. He is making it easier on us because he is so excited. He was already enjoying meeting new guys and girls at MEPS. We are so proud of him. I cried so hard on the way back to Charleston and I couldn't get to sleep last night but I couldn't wait to thank all of you today who have given me so much information. I need to keep busy and write him and try not to… Continue

Added by Tamme on July 14, 2009 at 12:14pm — 13 Comments

New Poll Video: Navy Racks - USS Sampson

Hey everyone!

A few weeks ago we shared the “Navy Racks – Boot Camp” video with you to give you an inside look at Great Lakes and what your son or daughter will experience during their time in BC. Keeping with the behind-the-scenes theme, I now present to you “Navy Racks – USS Sampson”!

Come aboard a Navy destroyer with your guide, BM1 Jesse Crider. Check out his “home… Continue

Added by Navy for Moms Admin on July 13, 2009 at 3:52pm — 4 Comments

Def Leppard, Raven Drum Foundation Offer Free Concert Tickets

By Sharon Foster

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, July 10, 2009 - To honor the military and provide a little fun and excitement over the summer months, the rock group Def Leppard and Raven Drum Foundation have started giving away 100 free concert tickets to military members and veterans with military ID for each show in the 2009 Def Leppard summer concert tour.

Poison and Cheap Trick also will perform on the entire tour.

"Def Leppard's involvement… Continue

Added by Mary, Proud Mom of Nick on July 13, 2009 at 12:53pm — 2 Comments

Waiting and Waiting and Waiting...

Today is the first day I have really felt down since my son left for bc. I did not get the phone call saying he had arrived. I see from many other posts this is not terribly abnormal, so I am not as worried as I might have been. Thanks to N4M for the wonderful resources! Wish I could be a mouse on the wall to watch my son go through this experience. I am guessing there is a reason mom's are not welcomed to watch training. (lol) I will wait patiently (or not) for the box and the letter. Can't… Continue

Added by MN Mom on July 11, 2009 at 6:00pm — 1 Comment

IMPORTANT: Revised Community Guidelines and Policies!

Updated 10 July 2009

Message from Rear Admiral Robin Braun

N4M Members,

As I mentioned in my previous message, we have been conducting a very thorough review of the Community Guidelines to ensure we continue to provide our members the most rewarding experience possible while respecting the freedoms our Sailors serve to protect.

As you know, the purpose of is to bring together Navy parents and the parents of recruiting-age young… Continue

Added by Navy for Moms Admin on July 10, 2009 at 7:00pm — 164 Comments

Thanksgiving Hosts?

Hey Navy Moms!

We’ve enjoyed reading your blogs about how you celebrated the 4th of July this past weekend! We always love to hear about the the wonderful things your Sailors are doing and the wonderful things you’re doing for them. Even though it’s months away, we’re wondering if any of you are planning on hosting a group of Sailors for Thanksgiving this year?


Added by Navy for Moms Admin on July 9, 2009 at 1:30pm — 2 Comments

Smiles (with a few tears of pride)

As I left the room where my son was sworn in this morning, tears of pride filled my eyes. I wasn't all out sobbing mind you, just a few tears spilling over. Several soldiers of all branches were quick to offer comforting words. So, thoughtful...I couldn't bring myself to explain the tears were pride beyond any other emotion...not sadness. As we left, my husband and I began to speculate on the job description of MEPs personnel. How many of the official job descriptions say, "Comfort mothers" or… Continue

Added by MN Mom on July 9, 2009 at 11:13am — 1 Comment

Strong and Courageous

A few short years ago (18 to be exact) I held my infant and called him Joshua for the first time. As I drive my son to MEPs today, it is evident he grew into the young man in scripture whom he was named after. Joshua 1:9 says "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go." My son's unwavering commitment to his decision is admirable. He is calm in his excitement to begin his journey. I know… Continue

Added by MN Mom on July 8, 2009 at 1:14pm — No Comments


The journey is about to begin. My son ships out on July 9th. He has dreamt of becoming a Navy SEAL for a long time. I am so proud of the young man he has become and can't wait to see him blossom throughout this journey. This is my first of three children to leave my home. I vacillate between prayers and biting nails to marking off the days on the calendar. At what point do the questions and concerns of a mother's heart get replaced with calm and confidence? Is it boot camp graduation, each step… Continue

Added by MN Mom on July 6, 2009 at 5:55pm — 3 Comments



You have the best page, with all of your pictures. I am trying to learn how to put music on mine, one day I will get I want to thank your son for serving for our country, I know it makes you proud and I am very grateful to him, please let him know. I know he will do great in school and once he is based somewhere he will do just great. I am hoping to hear from Stephen today he is off I still have his computer I am going to mail it Monday, I wanted to add some goodies to… Continue

Added by Debbie (Stephen's mom) on July 4, 2009 at 1:08pm — No Comments

New Poll Video - “Navy Racks – Boot Camp”

Hey everyone!

It’s been a few months since we last shared a video with you, but I think you’ll really enjoy the one we are posting today! For all of you who have a son or daughter currently at, or soon to be entering Boot Camp, I present “Navy Racks – Boot Camp”.

Instead of just telling you about what your son or daughter will be experiencing at BC, Chief Arlene Maier will be your guide through this behind-the-scenes peak at Great Lakes. She’s actually an RDC at Boot Camp… Continue

Added by Navy for Moms Admin on July 1, 2009 at 10:00am — 3 Comments

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