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All Hands Magazine's full length documentary "Making a Sailor": This video follows four recruits through Boot Camp in the spring of 2018 who were assigned to DIV 229, an integrated division, which had PIR on 05/25/2018. 

Boot Camp: Making a Sailor (Full Length Documentary - 2018)

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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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**UPDATE 8/25/2022 - MASK MANDATE IS LIFTED.  Vaccinations still required.

**UPDATE 11/10/22 PIR - Vaccinations no longer required.


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We are adopting both of these ships and they are carrying the 24th MEU.  If you have some pillowcases made please let me know!

Although we did the USS New York in Dec 2009 (thank you Ally for heading up the delivery of the pcs)

they had not deployed at that time.  Now, they are deployed with a Marine unit on board so we will do them again.  And there probably aren't many on the ship that were there in 2009.

USS Iwo Jima waves:

Wave 1   2-9 thru 2-11   476 mailed DONE

Wave 2   2-24 thru 2-27  712 mailed DONE

Wave 3   3-9 thru 3-11   529 mailed DONE

Wave 4   3-23 thru 3-26  751 mailed DONE

USS New York

Wave 1  4-25 thru 4-29   626 mailed DONE

Wave 2  5-11 thru 5-18   400 mailed DONE

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Dana / Dawn T,

My name is Michael and I am currently stationed on the USS NEW YORK (LPD 21). During deployment, I was the AIR BOSS on board, in charge of all the air operations that took place on a day-to-day basis.We recently returned from our 7 month deployment to the Middle East. I was unpacking my things and saw the inserts in a couple of pillow cases you made for all of us on board. I wanted to touch base and tell you "Thank you" for your fine handiwork and thinking of us while we were deployed overseas. I know that several hundred Sailors on board were able to enjoy the pillow-cases that you made for our ship. I just want to let you know that your thoughtfulness goes a long way in the morale of our crew. It is nice to know that we have the help and support from so many people back home. 
Please let me know if there is anything else that I can do to assist. You have done so much already.
Have a fine Navy Day!
Very Respectfully,  Michael LT, USS NEW YORK (LPD 21)
from Dana:

from Dawn - see note below

Good morning!  Please forgive this long overdue thank-you for the wonderful pillow-cases you created for my crew during our recent deployment.  These types of gestures mean so much to our deployed service men and women; we sincerely appreciate your kindness and efforts to support us.  It was such a nice touch that I got one personally embroidered just for me from Carol and the team in Colorado!  Thank you again for these gifts!   All the best!  Captain Coleman 

Captain Ken Coleman

Commanding Officer



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