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**UPDATE 4/26/2022** Effective with the May 6, 2022 PIR 4 guests will be allowed.  Still must be fully vaccinated to attend.

**UPDATE as of 11/10/2022 PIR vaccination is no longer required.

**UPDATE 7/29/2021** You now must be fully vaccinated in order to attend PIR:

In light of observed changes and impact of the Coronavirus Delta Variant and out of an abundance of caution for our recruits, Sailors, staff, and guests, Recruit Training Command is restricting Pass-in-Review (recruit graduation) to ONLY fully immunized guests (14-days post final COVID vaccination dose).  


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USS Nitze        280   One of our mom's has a son on this ship

Army                400    10th Mt Division

Air Force            22 + 35    contractors embedded with an Air Force unit. 

Army                  30      Shindad

Veterans             49      local WW2, Korean, Viet Nam vets (Feb, July, Sept)

USS Halyburton   235   

USS Mason        333

Army                   25    TF Attack

Army                    1     individual by request

Navy                    169   USS Tucson, a sub

Navy                    383    USS Gettysburg

Veterans                15    local WW2, Korean vets

Veterans                34    TMC hospice program  (April, July)

Army NG MI          157   crew member Betty N has a local boy in this group

USS Vella Gulf       363   this ship contacted us

USCGC Bertholf     152    I have a friend at church whose sailor is serving on this ship

AF 380th AEW       301   My step grandson is in this unit-Exciting!

Sailor-Blue Angels   1      My friend bought Blue Angel fabric and I made the pc

USS Philippine Sea  404

USS Truxtun             353

Army                        1      Friend of Susan in TN-we weren't able to get contact info for the unit

AF COMKAF/CATO   341  The POC is the SIL of a former boss of mine.  She just retired and is                                                making pcs like crazy!  She made a bunch for this unit.

USS Leyte Gulf         388    

Army 10th Mt Div      300   We also mailed to them in Jan.  We knew there would be more needed.

Special Forces            12

USNS Big Horn          106  this is an oiler, which is manned by sailors, Merchant Marines, civilian

AF                                51

AF                               40   this group is from DM and is in Africa

Navy unit on CV          50   this is Birdie's son's unit.  She makes all of them for his unit         

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If you have any pcs ready and want to mail to this ship, we are mailing on Thursday 1-16 thru Sat 1-18.  Thanks!

Sue, I have 18 ready and another 13 to finish by ship dates. Let me know.

would love to have them!  thanks!

Hi Sue!  I have lots so just let me know if you need this time around or the next.  :)

we are good this time, but thank you!  send me an email with how many you have, please.

I received this email on Saturday from a sailor on the Nitze.
Mrs. Jodi,
Yesterday I received a pillow case with a  note in it stating that you and other Navy moms make these pillow cases and send them out to us. Anyways, I just wanted to say thank you so much and it is great to know that people back home do care about us out here. I put it on my pillow this morning and will be using it every night. J Thanks again!
Rxxxxx R. Dxxxxx

That's great Jodi!  thanks for making, mailing the pcs and for posting the note!

these are the pillowcases that I mailed to the contractors embedded with the AF.  The kids in my kinder class picked them out and included a Valentine's Day card:

here is an email from the POC:

Hi Sue,
Your box arrived today. I made sure the Adam got his, he liked it that his daughter picked it out. The pillowcases went like hot cakes! Everyone was surprised that they were hand made. One was a pink pillowcase with kitty cats on it. No one was taking that one so I asked one of our big muscle guys if he was man enough to take it and he did, haha. Everyone asked that I pass on a thank you. We work for the air force in support of the 455 wing. I can't tell much more than that as most everything is classified, also why I can't send any pictures. Yes please send another box, I'm sure there is a need for at least another 30. I'll be coming home in 2 weeks but I did talk with Adam and he would be happy to hand them out. He doesn't leave for another month. The address is the same as for me just put his name in place of mine.  

I have a friend from Tucson that works at Kandahar Airfield. His name is Jose  I think he leaves next week to come home but you could send some to him in 6 weeks when he returns.

Thank you for all the hard work. 
I mailed another 35 to them yesterday.

And here is the note that I got from the big muscle guy!  It made me cry.

well hello Tucson moms.i have one of your pillow is so wonderful.the pillow case I have was picked out for me by marisa in mrs.pawloski' was made by sue l .it is the pink one with kitty cats on it.i picked it because I have three kitties of my own in corpus Christi .my wife takes care of them while I'm away..i miss them very much.we are not allowed to have any pets here so the gerbels are our pets.they are so easily tamed.a few pieces of cerial flicked their way and they'll jump up in your hand or crawl up your leg to get more.we named one gerbel liberty.she would come out of her rock pile where she had her nest when you called her name.the pillow case is so great because it is so cold here.our huts are made of thin plywood and is always freezing at nite.the pillow cases I have here are of some type of material that gets cold easily.i had to keep both under my sleeping bag to keep them warm or they would get get so cold I couldn't sleep on them without shivering.i came up with the idea of putting some of my tshirts on the pillows I have one pillow with a tshirt on it and the other is the pink one with kittes on it.and now I sleep so sound without a chilly pillow under my head.we are aircraft mechanics working for the airforce.our planes watch over our troops when they are on patrol or on their base.we have a lot of pride that were saving American lives and helping shorten the war.if only the politicians would do the same.this country isn't worth one drop of American blood.we've seen to many medevac helicopters come in and to many fallen soldier ceremonys here.GOD BLESS OUR TROOPS BOTH STATESIDE AND OVERSEAS.GOD BLESS YOU ALL FOR YOUR KINDNESS,YOUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS.I am a Christian and GOD has watched over me and my friends when we're being rocketed and mortared.Thank you again for thinking about us all here. sincerely   DENNIS 

Sue, I could barely read all of that through my tears.  God Bless Dennis and all of his brothers and sisters in arms.  I just want to hug him!

I love that note!  and that he got a pc that I actually made, PRICELESS!

To All the Moms, 

I wish to thank you for all of your hard work with the pillowcases.  Each one is really appreciated.   I am part of a medical company that takes care of wounded soldiers and we frequently change out bedclothes.   I am using a pillowcase sown by Cindy S.  It has teddy bears in scrubs.   Quite fitting actually. 

Again, thank you for your hard work! 

Aneta J xxxxx, MD
MAJ, MC    C-Med


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