Welcome, this site is great. Be sure to search for a group specific to her ship. She should be able to communicate with you through her navy e-mail. She should also be able to give you her address on the ship. It will quite an adjustment for her and you as well. My son is on the USS Ronald Reagan. He is currently deployed so we send care packages with different things from home. But since this is her first time away, as soon as you get the address you might want to send her something home cooked, cookies usually travel well.
Where do you live here in Missouri? I am in Liberty.
Our USS RR Mom said it already. Care packages are great. Have you found your Ombudsman yet? That helps. We've got some great Moms out her way too--you can also join one of their family pages.
Let me know how I can help. We have some really fantastic MO Moms here. Some of them would be happy to meet up with you. I'm another 20 minutes east of St Louis, but available through private messaging if you need to chat about something.
Navy Mom ((((hugs))))
What exactly is an Ombudsman? And how do I go about locating one for this area? (North of Kansas City, MO)?
MK..an ombudsman is a liason between the families of sailors and the location of their assignment, ie ship, duty station, etc. My son is on the Reagan and we have an ombudsman page on facebook and through the Reagan military site. They can help if you need to get in touch with your sailor or any other type of information regarding the ship or duty station.
There's a great Vinson page on facebook, too. Molly's Adopt a Sailor has a son on there.
Let me know if you need anything at all. Great looking family!
Hello fellow Missourian's my son just left for boot camp about 11 days ago, just received his official letter today and mailed off 7 pieces of mail to him, it's been hard and had a terrible crying spell today when I first saw his graduation date was 12-8-11, he flipped the month and date and it should be 8-12-11, it took me several hours to calm down and then I figured it out. He is our only child and the first time away from home this long. I live 80 miles from St. Louis in a small town of Eolia, Missouri, If I can do anything for my new found friends please let me know.
Hi, eolia, my son just graduated 8/12/11 from ship 10/division 257 also. I live down by the Lake of the Ozarks. Where is your son going to A school?