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

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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: 171
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 Oct 30, 2018. 19 Replies

April Graduation

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

A Sailors Perspective of Prototype from 2009

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

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Comment by Lorraine on May 13, 2010 at 6:01pm
Looking forward to my son being home for a couple weeks and hearing about Ballston Spa. He hasn't started Protoype yet. I too am interested in hearing about Prototype graduation.
Comment by Chris on May 12, 2010 at 11:50pm
Charlotte,

Northway Eleven Complex has apartments..all with garages. The apartments are clean with large rooms. I think they have some three bedrooms. The complex is in Ballston Lake about 20 mins. from the plant, approximately a mile from Exit 11 on I87 (Northway).
Comment by Lorraine on April 4, 2010 at 9:48am
My son graduated Power School in GC 3/19 and is off to BS for prototype. I'll be checking here for news of the area from time to time. He found an apartment And is on hold for 2 months.
Comment by Carol Aileen on March 7, 2010 at 8:00pm
Hi - Im the .same as Terry - My son Aaron will be there by 4/2 also - he is excited about seeing someplace new....He is wondering about what they have sailors do there while on hold. Does anyone know? He has heard that it is different than GC on hold.
Comment by Chris on March 5, 2010 at 8:29am
Mia,

There are several ways for enlisted personnel to become officers. Everything depends on eligibility. The most common are STA-21 and USNA. STA-21 selectees attend college full time at a school with a ROTC program. The get paid as an E-5 and get up to $10,000 per annum for tuition. They have three years to complete the program. After graduation they are commissioned as a Naval Officer. The SPU community in BS is small, so, our sons are probably acquainted. My son, PO2 Lee, will be able to give Shane all the information if he is interested in STA-21. My son applied three times for STA-21. He was selected last November. I never served in the Armed Forces.
Comment by Chris on March 3, 2010 at 7:59am
Mia

Is you son considering an Enlisted Commissioning Program? He certainly sounds like a candidate.
Comment by Chris on March 2, 2010 at 3:58pm
MiaB

That's great that your son got picked up for SPU. My son will be leaving Ballston Spa in April after being there for thirty months. First for prototype, then for SPU. My son is an ET, what rate is your son?
Comment by Chris on January 20, 2010 at 5:42pm
I just found this group. My son, PO2 ET Lee, has been in Ballston Spa for over two years. First as a prototype student, now as a Staff Pick Up (SPU) instructor. He was raised in Virginia Beach and thought Charleston was too hot. So off to NY he went. The military presence in the area is very small, so the NPTU Nukes can blend in. Yet, all the locals know they are there.

My son snowboards and the recreational activities in NY are abundant. Adirondack State Park is close--it's the largest park in the lower 48. He's been to Fenway Park, the New Yankee Stadium, Citizen's Bank Park (Phillies stadium), and National's Park (DC). Montreal is only three hours up the road. I've been there twice; the surrounding area is beautiful, if you don't mind the snow. I was born and raised in Chicago, so I don't mind the weather.

Housing is usually not much of an issue. My son and his buddies stayed in a motel for a few days before they found a place. They had nine days travel allowance from GC IRRC. The Nukes in NY network for housing; since they rotate in and out frequently, the apartments pass on from one group to the next. The landlords are, for the most part, fair. They know the rent will get paid and they won't have much trouble with NPTU students and staff.

An unclassified picture of the site can be seen here:

http://bubbleheads.blogspot.com/2005/12/photo-of-nptu-ballston-spa....

I was once allowed past the main gate to drop off my son for work. Seeing the sentrys with large automatic weapons strapped to their chests was an experience I won't soon forget.
 

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