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Moms/Dads/Families with Nukes in Ballston Spa, NY


Moms/Dads/Families with Nukes in Ballston Spa, NY

Wanted to start a group for moms, dads, and other family members that have Nukes currently attending Prototype in Ballston Spa, NY.

Members: 170
Latest Activity: Jan 9, 2019

Thought I would start a group for the families of sailors stationed in NY for Prototype. It will be nice to chat about what is going on with our sailors whether it is good or bad so that we can support each other. I have connected with many people on this site but it is always nice to meet others that are going through the same things together. Also if you have had a sailor in NY for an extended amount of time then you can help the new ones just coming in on what to expect.

Discussion Forum

Apartments in Ballston Spa

Started by WATTCO1957 Ship 12 Div 083. Last reply by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN(Vet) Oct 30, 2018. 19 Replies

April Graduation

Started by Koko. Last reply by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN(Vet) Feb 7, 2018. 2 Replies

A Sailors Perspective of Prototype from 2009

Started by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN(Vet). Last reply by DianePat May 6, 2016. 1 Reply

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Comment by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN(Vet) on January 9, 2019 at 4:37pm

Welcome Namaste - is your sailor doing proto in Ballston Spa?

Comment by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN(Vet) on October 30, 2018 at 3:30pm

Love the pictures ProudOfK - I really enjoyed visiting Ballston Spa when B was there!

Comment by ProudOfK on October 19, 2018 at 7:10pm

And here are a couple from Vermont and the last one from right near where we stayed in Saratoga Springs.

Comment by ProudOfK on October 19, 2018 at 7:09pm

I don't think I was aware of this group.  My son has been at BS since early May - getting very close to finishing.  We just returned from a trip to visit him.  B'sNukeMom suggested I post the pictures here as well that I posted in Nuke Moms.

These first ones are from our trip to Fort Ticonderoga and Lake Placid.

Comment by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN(Vet) on May 1, 2018 at 12:53pm

Hi everyone - welcome to the new members!  This group isn't real active but feel free to ask any questions and I'll do my best to answer - my son did proto in Ballston Spa and really loved the area.  Of course, you can always post any questions you may have in the nuke moms group too (it's more active!).

Comment by Duchess2006 on February 14, 2018 at 10:19am

topdog1p,  my son is going sub.  I think by the time all his training is done, it will be Aug before he is on a sub.  He still has a couple of months before he finds out the results of his dream sheet (that's what I called it when I was in the army back in the day).

Comment by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN(Vet) on February 12, 2018 at 6:28pm

Welcome koko and DomsMom.  

Feel free to ask any questions you may have - my son did prototype in Ballston Spa.  It looks like your son is there koko and DomsMom your son is waiting to leave for boot camp.

Comment by topdog1p on February 4, 2018 at 6:28pm

Welcome Duchess2006   My son is an officer too. He is currently station in Banger WA on a sub.  Is your going surface or sub? 


Comment by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN(Vet) on January 31, 2018 at 12:23pm

Duchess - I see you joined the NUPOC group too.  It's not real active but maybe if you start posting you can get it going again.  And you are more than welcome to comment in our nuke moms group.  We can answer regular nuke questions for you!

Comment by Duchess2006 on January 31, 2018 at 10:53am

Thanks for the mention.  I've joined various groups but most seem geared for enlisted.  My son started proto in November and has just finished his first shift/watch rotation.  


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