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My son is aboard the USS Mesa Verde.

This is my first comment/post. Not sure how to navigate this all yet. But I will keep checking it out. Anyone else have family aboard the USS Mesa Verde???


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Comment by BunkerQB on April 23, 2011 at 12:15pm
Comment by Tammi on April 23, 2011 at 12:46pm

Thanks! BunkerQB


Comment by Tammi on April 23, 2011 at 1:27pm

  For his Pass In Review:

We stayed at the Hawthorne . VERY NICE! We loved that they had a kitchen in the room, and a BBQ grill outside. We opted for grilling ribeyes ourselves, instead of fighting for a seat in a restaurant. My son wanted to do that too. Said "It's just like we do at home." We had more quiet time to visit too. The first evening of our visit I raised my voice to get my 2yr olds attention (before she hurt herself) and my son JUMPED almost out of his skin! LOL It was funny and sad at the same time. I laughed & saved my tear for later. My husband reminded my son that "Bootcamp, is NOT the Navy. The Navy comes next. It's now that you get to start to experience the REAL Navy." My son loves the Navy, 1 year into it. He plans to reenlist. OH and his commanders told him that they cannot tell the sailors that they can have cell phones or sunglasses until AFTER they reached their next destination, & also that they were NOT going to do a search. My son didn't chance ANYTHING! We mailed his newly purchased $400 sunglasses (bootcamp gift to himself)and his Iphone  to him once he was in Florida. He said that when their bus arrived in Florida & the announcement was made that they are "Now arrived at their "A" School.... EVERY single person, but him, pulled out their hidden sunglasses and cell phones! lol He was still able to call us anyways, by using other peoples phones they shared with him. I told him "You still got to call us anyways afterall, and at least the "risk" wasn't on you." Crazy kids! He loved his "A" school & made many friends that he will have for life!



Comment by Tammi on April 23, 2011 at 1:29pm


When in Chicago we ate at Lou Malnati's  when we visited my son last year for his Pass In Review. Awesome authentic pizza! (I forgot to order the famous "buttered crust" but it was still superior pizza. My son wore his dress whites that day. I never saw him more careful about not spilling his food. hahah.

Also..Hot Doug's...I had the Thuringer dog. The line was long (around the corner of the building) but it moved extremely fast! Very worth it! Hot Dougs was featured on the Food Network and Anthony Bourdain (of Travel Channel) loved it too. I got a souvenir T-Shirt there too that I love.

Comment by Tammi on April 25, 2011 at 12:42pm


 My sons Pass In Review was last year. I wrote him EVERYDAY! If I couldn't write about my daily goings-on. I would write a quick note & print a few pages of Navy News for him to read or I printed News about what was going on in the world. (Earthquakes & the volcanos that stopped air traffic for so long.) Natural disasters are responded to by the Navy & Coastguard, so I sent anything to him that pertained to his new link to the Navy. He said the letters are SO IMPORTANT. We became even closer through the letter writing, than I even realized we could. We already had an awesome & close relationship. I addressed him as the ADULT man that he's become & always expressed how proud I am of him. He saved his letters and even when he had NO SPACE he hand carried his letters with him to his "A" School. (Bundke of them). I told him I would mail them to him, to make it easier, but he wanted to keep them by his side. Awwww Sometimes they made him do excercises for each letter he received! lol Which he said was GOOD because it made him stronger & he invited me to write more! His commanding officers were SO helpful and supportive of him. He had bronchitis during bootcamp & was not making his running time on his test, failed it 3 times...they actually gave him a 4th shot at it & all 3 of his commanders RAN the TEST WITH HIM! Side by his side...supporting him when he slowed down. He made it with their support, by only 13 seonds of passing. They want to see the best for our kids too! It brought tears to my eyes to finally see him and know of the deep appreciative feelings he developed for his commanders and fellow sailors. The comradery he gained among them and the Navy is a wonderful asset he will carry with him throughout his entire life. I worried about him being alone on certain holidays/birthdays..etc....but my husband (a former Navyman himself) said.."When you are in the military, you are never alone. There is always someone in your military family that extends invites..and makes SURE that you're never alone. He spent a few christmases in Japan making memories that he still cherishes today. Spending holidays with Japanese families and learning their culture. My son will  turn 21 aboard a navy ship, but I know that he will have a very memorable birthday with his miltary family. I'm happy for him to gain this experience. (I can't keep him all to myself forever) Everyone thats ever met him loves I have full confidence that he will do well. I hope these words of encouraging stories help console you. Focus on being proud of them & remind them of the many experiences they will enjoy soon. Pretty much IMMEDIATELY after bootcamp for him, when he stepped foot onto Florida soil. :)



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