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August 2009 Blog Posts (24)

Christmas Holiday Break

Hi, All,

I have just joined this site. My son's ship date is 9/11 and He is going to A school (foreign language institute) after boot camp. I heard he will get 10 days chirstmas break from school and don't know if it is true or not. If it is, don't know when it will be.

Added by FrankSmom on August 31, 2009 at 4:48pm — 1 Comment

My son is "on hold" after Boot Camp

Does anyone know about this?. What do they do while they are "on hold" and how long does it last? Why does this happen? Any information/experiences is appreciated.

Added by Tee-1sailor's mom on August 29, 2009 at 2:55pm — 3 Comments

The NAVY may accelerate their life ...

but God is using this (stage of my son's life) to accelerate my faith. I am surprised at the outcome.

Added by Marty Mc on August 29, 2009 at 1:22pm — 1 Comment

How precious is the written word—

from my recruit.



We just received our first "real" letter. It was actually a couple of days' worth lumped together in one envelope. That made it all the more real. We were so excited my husband & I almost argued over who got to keep possession of the "letter" today while he goes to work. I wanted to scan it and send to all our family; he wanted to copy and post it beside his office. Dads feel vindicated (variations of "you were right, Dad," are read between the lines; Moms… Continue

Added by Marty Mc on August 27, 2009 at 2:55pm — 1 Comment

New Poll Video: "OPSEC & Internet Safety"

Hello again, Navy Moms (and other Navy loved ones)!



Did you know that posting something as simple as a name or an innocent photograph can threaten lives and missions thousands of miles away?



Thereʼs been a good bit of discussion on N4M about safe and wise posting in our forums and blogs – particularly as it relates to operational security (OPSEC) and privacy for our Sailors and their families. We know you’re eager to share news about your Sailor, but it’s important to keep… Continue

Added by Navy for Moms Admin on August 27, 2009 at 2:26pm — 2 Comments

After 1 year of service the home visit was great

I thought it would be like the after A school leave and it was not. He had grown more and chose to really be home. Gosh it was such a long time before he came home this time, but he really came home as a grown man. It was weird. He stayed home every day and night. The last night he was here, his Dad had to strongly tell him that we were gonna go and have a drink with his buddies (Our Sailor turned 21 during FEX). And now three weeks later, not even one phone call. Rough stuff. Guess we just… Continue

Added by Anita5JS5 on August 26, 2009 at 2:32am — No Comments

Taking a deep breath.... almost....

As I look back at my N4M, Facebook, USNA, dropshots, plebesummer, and all the other places I have been over the last 3 months, it is hard to believe HOW much has gone on. I looked at my last post here, and it has been 4 months Yikes, I bet all the other N4M's think I have faded away. On the contrary. I have been so consumed with the prep for Annapolis since the month before Scott's graduation, and the weeks after PPW, and finalizing Scott's much needed items. We have been to the Congressional… Continue

Added by B mom of S on August 24, 2009 at 9:50pm — 1 Comment

PIR 8/21/09

I went to Chicago and had the most wonderful time. It was so amazing to see the PIR! I am a Army brat and have been to many military ceremonies but this one tops them all! The tremendous pride you feel when your child becomes part of our country's Navy is so overwhelming. I thought my heart was gonna jump out of my chest.

The whole weekend was a whirlwind of activity, wish I could of stayed longer. My grandson had a great time. He was pretty good during the ceremony, he feel asleep at the… Continue

Added by Vickyrun on August 24, 2009 at 5:54pm — 2 Comments

New Poll Video – “Racks – USS Wasp”

Last month we showed you what life on a ship is like. But what about when Sailors are in port? In this video, AO3 Karina Cortes gives you a glimpse into her Navy life – from the gun shop on the USS Wasp where she works, to the place she calls home when she’s in Virginia Beach. Whether she’s putting in hours at the gym or surfing… Continue

Added by Navy for Moms Admin on August 21, 2009 at 6:00pm — No Comments

♥Molly's Moms from Central Florida Navy Moms Send a Laua to the USS Crommelin ♥

NAVY moms, I am writing to all of you! Central Florida is having a HUGE HUGE party on AUGUST 22nd, which goes way beyond this site!

I am attempting to reach all of you florida NAVY moms and beyond that are out there and hoping you will find your way to such a "warm-loving-supportive" group. Understanding that this website is large and trying to find moms close to you could be an… Continue

Added by diane {Shawns mom} on August 20, 2009 at 8:30pm — 4 Comments

Sailor Quote Sunday

Courage is endurance for one moment more…
Unknown Marine Second Lieutenant in Vietnam

Added by Sue S on August 16, 2009 at 5:00am — 2 Comments

N4M Meeting Kits!

Hello everyone!



Did you know that we’ve had over 300 events created on N4M since it started? That’s over 300 times that members of our community have planned to get together and meet in real life. Whether you met to share stories over coffee, put together packages to ship out to Sailors, or just see the faces of other moms at PIR – we applaud you for your efforts and your commitment to supporting each other, your Sailors, and the Navy.



To show our appreciation, we’ve been… Continue

Added by Navy for Moms Admin on August 14, 2009 at 3:00pm — 10 Comments

City Salutes Capt. Scott Speicher,Navy Pilot Shot Down Over Iraq In January 1991

City Salutes Capt. Scott Speicher Navy Pilot Shot Down Over Iraq In January 1991



POSTED: Friday, August 14, 2009

UPDATED: 10:25 am EDT August 14, 2009







JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Thousands of people lined the streets early Friday -- from NAS Jacksonville to downtown Veterans Memorial Wall and at special places in the life of Capt. Michael Scott Speicher -- as A Navy pilot shot down over Iraq 18 years ago is honored… Continue

Added by diane {Shawns mom} on August 14, 2009 at 11:10am — No Comments

SGT CAMO Ice Cream

Whitey’s New “Sgt Camo” Ice Cream Going to Iraq for Troops



Moline, IL. Soldiers in Iraq will soon be treated to “Sgt. Camo” Ice Cream, the newest creamy creation from Whitey’s Ice Cream in Moline, IL. Whitey’s has teamed up with the Military Warriors Support Foundation to send the camouflaged colored ice-cream to cool off troops in the deserts of Iraq.



The idea for the sending the ice cream treat to soldiers came after Whitey’s owners, Jeff & Jon Tunberg decided to… Continue

Added by Ruth, Gun's Mom on August 13, 2009 at 11:00am — No Comments

Sailor Quote Sunday

"Our spouses serve as we serve, every bit as much. They do not bear the arms, but their open arms provide strength and comfort. They do not set the ship's course, but their internal compass keeps the family ready and on track. They do not ford the stream or build the bridge, but the bridge they provide back to the home sustains and improves the morale and performance of entire units." (From the Military Spouse Appreciation Day message, 10 May 2007)

Added by Sue S on August 9, 2009 at 6:56am — 1 Comment

At Sea - Military Channel Mini Series

Worth Watching!



Due to a partnership between Navy Recruiting Command and CHINFO (Chief of Naval Information), Discovery network is able to provide viewers a never-before-seen glimpse inside the US Navy. This 3 hour mini-series explores the radical changes that are currently taking place to the mission, manpower, machinery of the world's greatest maritime force. Each hour will focus on a key mission and the new technologies and training necessary to achieve success (Naval Aviation,… Continue

Added by Navy for Moms Admin on August 7, 2009 at 5:00pm — 5 Comments

Graduation!

How long is grdautation... how many days does it last? Can my husband take gifts with him?

Added by navywife4life2009 on August 7, 2009 at 2:33pm — No Comments

Invites for sailors!!??

Does anyone know where I could get formal super cute invites for my husbands graduation?

Added by navywife4life2009 on August 7, 2009 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Housing pay when sailor goes to basic?

Does anyone know if spouses get housing pay and seperation pay when sailor goes to basic training? We need to know ASAP cuz Im pregnant and do not know if I should get a job or if we will have that money to pay our car payment and insurance. THANKS:)

Added by navywife4life2009 on August 7, 2009 at 2:28pm — 2 Comments

Where is A-School for machist on a sub?

Does anyone know where machist on a sub A-school will be?

Added by navywife4life2009 on August 7, 2009 at 1:05pm — No Comments

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