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Choose your Username.  For the privacy and safety of you and/or your sailor, NO LAST NAMES ARE ALLOWED, even if your last name differs from that of your sailor (please make sure your URL address does not include your last name either).  Also, please do not include your email address in your user name. Go to "Settings" above to set your Username.  While there, complete your Profile so you can post and share photos and videos of your Sailor and share stories with other moms!

Make sure to read our Community Guidelines and this Navy Operations Security (OPSEC) checklist - loose lips sink ships!

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OPSEC - Navy Operations Security

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."


Please note! Changes to this guide happened in October 2017. There are now tickets issued, and there are no longer parking passes for PIR.

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Any Sailor

I sent off my first two Any Sailor packages today. I did use the flat rate AOP/FPO priority mail box. I packed mostly snacks and some teas and coffees in small sizes, and drink mixes. Hubby had picked up a load of Power Bars from the main plant in Boise; they gave him a ton of samples so I was able to send Power Bars too. I'm used to the green customs form, but the white one isn't so bad. I hope I can do a "girly" box next month; my "any sailor" has female sailors in his unit. I really hope I… Continue

Added by Anti M on November 15, 2008 at 11:21pm — 3 Comments

Name Change

Hi, it's still me, (Marc's mom), I just took out my last name!!!

Added by Lois C T(momma T) on November 15, 2008 at 12:48pm — No Comments

My Cousin Bill, My Hero

My cousin Bill is a doctor at Walter Reed, and now an Army Reservist. His father was a Navy hero, killed in WWII. Bill never met his dad. He's the smartest, nicest guy I know; I wish I could have half his brains and charm and dedication! He joined the Army Reserves in his fifties, inspired by the wounded soldiers at Walter Reed. They sacrificed so much, he felt he has to serve also.

Please take a moment to read his… Continue

Added by Anti M on November 14, 2008 at 1:03pm — No Comments

Navy memories

This is one of my sad memories from when I was a little girl.

My dad was with an air squadron, he would deploy with the carriers for six to eight months at a time. We were stationed in Norfolk, well, Oceana. This was way back in '63 or '64. The church held a Daddy-Daughter Dinner Dance. I was very excited, because I rarely got to spend time with my dad. I was only six or seven. We were all dressed up, and ate the supper, but he got called back to the squadron and had to leave twenty… Continue

Added by Anti M on November 13, 2008 at 1:48pm — 2 Comments

Quote Me, Capture This 11/13/2008

Quote of the Week:

“For in this modern world, the instruments of warfare are not solely for waging war. Far more importantly, they are the means of controlling peace. Naval officers must therefore understand not only how to fight a war, but how to use the tremendous power which they operate to sustain a world of liberty and justice, without unleashing the powerful instruments of destruction and chaos that they have at their command.” – Admiral Arleigh… Continue

Added by Navy for Moms Admin on November 13, 2008 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

The Sea Calls, a sailor's poem

The Sea Calls

By M. Clayton

In the warmth of a golden afternoon,

A mother waits for the clatter

Of boys and their friends, soon.

Silent hours pass, no chatter,

Her young son has been called to the sea.

In the darkness of a night without sleep,

A bride reaches across the bed.

Fingers brush the empty sheet,

She misses the man she has wed;

Her husband has been called to the sea.

Playing and laughing, a child with her… Continue

Added by Anti M on November 11, 2008 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment


Hello N4M Members!

Important stuff here and I need everyone to read it. We’ll be enforcing some new rules starting today per direction of the Navy. No need to get upset or panic… okay? I like to call this the growing pains of getting bigger and needing to become a bit stricter about a few things.

1. So, Navy saw it as a breach of security on N4M’s when members were telling other members how to bend and break the rules (IE get into PIR w/o a parking pass). Thus, any… Continue

Added by Navy for Moms Admin on November 10, 2008 at 5:00pm — 1 Comment

Anchors Aweigh

When I got out of the shower and headed into the bedroom this morning, the local news had the Army Band on. They were playing Anchors Aweigh. I burst into tears. Silly me.

Added by Anti M on November 10, 2008 at 11:11am — 3 Comments

How to Discipline "Properly"

Most of the American populace thinks it improper

to spank children, so I have tried other methods

to control my kids when they have one of 'those


One that I found effective is for me to just take

the child for a car ride and talk.

Some say it's the vibration from the car, others say

it's the time away from any distractions such as TV,

Video Games, Computer, IPod, etc.

Either way, my kids usually calm down and…

Added by Brenda Sue on November 8, 2008 at 12:30am — 3 Comments

My Sailors

I got a call from my buddy Troy, they're finally back in port. He's going to take two weeks leave over Thanksgiving, so we'll get the chance to visit. He's an ET, directly inspired by hubby and myself ... since we were both ETs. He's even on hubby's old ship! He's a great guy, loves the Navy and plans on twenty years at least.

And the very same day Troy called, I got a letter from my nephew in bootcamp. He's learned some new knots, which is an in joke about camping for us. Poor kid… Continue

Added by Anti M on November 7, 2008 at 1:20pm — No Comments

Military Life

Ok, friends. This Blog is not meant to hurt anyone feelings or make anyone feel not worthy. God loves us all the same. But I thought it might enlighten those of you that don't come from a military background. This is what your son, your daughter, your husband or your wife will experience. The greatest life of all. Enjoy!

When a Military Veteran leaves the 'job' and retires to a better life, many are jealous, some are pleased, and others, who may have already retired, wonder if the… Continue

Added by J from O on November 5, 2008 at 7:21pm — 1 Comment

Quote Me, Capture This: 11/5/2008

Quote of the Week:

"Democracy is based upon the conviction that there are extraordinary possibilities in everyday people." – Harry Emerson Fosdick

Photos of the Week:

081104-N-5148B-064 SAN DIEGO (Nov. 4, 2008) Senior Chief Master-At-Arms Katherine Gutierriez, assigned to the amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5), sees her son for the first… Continue

Added by Navy for Moms Admin on November 5, 2008 at 12:12pm — 1 Comment

vote Pictures, Images and Photos Continue

Added by Mary, Proud Mom of Nick on November 3, 2008 at 10:09am — 1 Comment


Blake agreed with me that it was best to do our ceremony before he leaves. I'm so excited i can hardly stand it!! I'm so excited that we only get two days as husband and wife but it makes seeing him after basic anticapated more! lol. Both of us decided, before we met, to wait until we were married to have sex. So it makes our day even more special. But it has really taken him leaving off my mind. Before we thought of this it was all I thought about. Because I was panicking because we weren't… Continue

Added by WHITNEY (B's WIFE) on November 2, 2008 at 1:48am — No Comments

PIR experience

WOW!! What a beautiful thing to behold! You can read posts and watch video after video but you have to EXPERIENCE to understand just how fabulous it is.

After driving 13 hours to Chicago we were needless to say exhausted. We had reservations at the Navy Lodge and just on a hunch inquired see when we could check in ( it was about 0730) they were nice enough to find us a room so we could rest awhile. We then rode around and explored the area. We must have drove past the front gate like 20… Continue

Added by CarolJ * Courtney's Mom * on October 30, 2008 at 5:52pm — 3 Comments

Quote Me , Capture This: 10/29/2008


“It follows that as certain that night succeeds the day, that without a decisive Naval Force, we can do nothing definitive and with it, everything honorable and glorious.” – George Washington, November 1781


081026-N-5253W-002 SOUTH CHINA SEA (Oct. 26, 2008) Sideboys aboard the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) await the arrival of the U.S. Ambassador to the… Continue

Added by Navy for Moms Admin on October 29, 2008 at 1:26pm — No Comments

My Sailor got cammies

[ Draft ]I received a message that I have new picture mail today on my cell phone. The subject was cammies. When I looked at the picture on my phone, I was so exited that Chris sent me a picture. It didn't look like him though, and I wondered why he sent me a picture of some guy in cammies. After sending it to my email and opening it on my computer, I saw that it was Chris. Yaaaaaaaaayyyyyyy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Then I called him and he was pretty exited that he got his cammies, so exited that… Continue

Added by Anita5JS5 on October 28, 2008 at 11:52pm — No Comments

random talking :) and how i met blake ;) very cute story

i really love this website! <3 i would like to know though if anyone is at the base in Charleston for the Nuclear school, and if they will be there in April/May/June.Im excited and nervous at the same time me and blake have never lived far away from home? How do you meet people once you get to a new base? And i know this is weird but is there any Culinary Schools near the base in Charleston?

Im really excied about getting married though it is what i have wanted for a while… Continue

Added by WHITNEY (B's WIFE) on October 27, 2008 at 5:33am — 1 Comment

I LOVE NOVEMBER! 1 Month, 3 NY Events!!

Yaaaaay! Alright Everyone. It's event time again! Get your calendars out. :)

11/8 (Saturday): We have a booth at the Intrepid Museum. Please let us know if you are interested in joining a group of Sailors to talk to museum visitors.

** This event isn't put on by us, but by the Navy. If you are interested send me your info and I'll make a list and forward details to the Navy so they can scheduale and arrange. Members need to… Continue

Added by Navy for Moms Admin on October 26, 2008 at 8:30pm — 5 Comments

Mine and my fiances story and my worries

ok i need a moment to do this...IM STRESSING OUT ABOUT IT ALL...ahhh a little better but not much. ok story.

So i have been dating my fiance for 2 years in January. We are engaged. He decided to join about 2 month ago and here is why... Ok so the company he works for said that if they hired him that they would pay for the rest of his school because at the time he was 19 and had had his associates degree for 1 or 2 years...but a few months ago he found ot that the rules and other… Continue

Added by WHITNEY (B's WIFE) on October 25, 2008 at 8:26am — No Comments

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