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


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For Families & Friends with Sailors on the USS Mahan DDG 72.

Members: 26
Latest Activity: May 31, 2017

Discussion Forum

Prayers for Mahan family

Started by MrsMink. Last reply by Jill Aug 26, 2013. 1 Reply

Saw the news... Not happy... But praying for safe return


Started by MrsMink Aug 21, 2013. 0 Replies

Hi ladies... I can't believe I just found this group after all these months our sailors have been deployed! My son the CS is on this ship... I am trying to find out exact information about their…Continue

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Comment by Jill on November 24, 2014 at 10:49am

Hi Mom5.  Hope you are coping well today.  Believe me, we all know how hard this is.
We all cope in different ways, and occasionally the rest of humanity thinks we're all insane.  But that's ok.  :)
I got a cat, much to my husband's irritation.  And it only took me 6 months to go into his room after he left.  
There are also several FB groups of Norfolk Navy moms that you can join.  Helps to talk to more people sometimes too.
I just spoke to my son last night, all is going well on the ship, except for a small breakout of flu-like illness going around.  I think a lot of them have it.

Hang in there! 

Comment by Jill on November 3, 2014 at 10:25am

Sade, I know exactly what you mean.  For me, it's always harder when everyone is home for the holidays EXCEPT my sailor.
Mom5....I don't remember exactly how much notice we got on the last deployment, but I can tell you it wasn't 2-3 months.  Much shorter than that, actually. 
I believe that "leave" is taken in 2 waves, the way that I understand it, part of the sailors get leave as soon as the ship docks, and the other part wait until the first group returns from leave.  However, this time may be different, this is only our 2nd deployment, so I don't have a lot of experience either.  

Comment by Sade on November 1, 2014 at 1:17am
I don't know about you but I'm so ready for this deployment to be over. With the holidays approaching, it's going to be tough not having our sailors home; (
Comment by Jill on October 3, 2014 at 10:41am

dlsonn63 - I am very well, thank you for asking, and it's good to "see" you again.    I know we're a looooonnnnggggg ways from this, but is anybody going to meet the ship coming home this time?  My husband and I are planning on it.  
Mom5...yep, bootcamp was rough too.  I remember those days.  

Comment by Jill on October 2, 2014 at 10:29pm

Staying in contact is sometimes possible, and sometimes not.  It's going to be hard, I won't lie to you.  But that's what we Navy Moms DO...we get through the days even when we don't feel like it.  
Sometimes communication is possible through facebook, sometimes they're in a port where their phones will work with WiFi, and sometimes you can email them at their Navy email addresses, even if they can't always send a reply back.  I am told that even during the times they aren't allowed to reply, they can still receive their emails.   
But keep in mind that everything is always subject to change, depending on the security risks involved.
Some days you can be strong for others around you, and some days that's just too hard.   I do promise that you'll survive this, and be stronger for the next ride though.   Pray a lot, be proud a lot.  Watch the news when you can't keep yourself from doing it, but try not to do that every night.   We're here for you.

Comment by Jill on October 2, 2014 at 9:28pm

Welcome aboard!  My son is also on the Mahan.  This is his 2nd deployment on the ship.  I don't know what information that you were looking for, Mom5, but I'll try to answer any questions that you might have, if I know the answer.  Keep in mind that we can't discuss much of importance on here though at this time.  OPSEC is especially important right now.  

Glad to see some chatter going on here though.  Makes us all feel a little less lonesome.  :-)

Comment by ryt2me on October 2, 2014 at 9:17pm
My son is on that ship.
Comment by oregonmom on August 15, 2014 at 12:37pm

So happy to have you all here as we embark on another journey together. God bless our sailors and keep us strong.

Comment by Jill on August 15, 2014 at 9:02am

Thank you for posting these.
Still here....still praying.    :)

It occurs to me that I should probably change my profile picture though, been here long enough that I don't look like this anymore.....  a bit aged, ya know.     

Comment by Jill on March 27, 2014 at 9:28am

Amen to all the comments below.  I can't add anything more eloquent than what you all have already said. All our hearts are grieving.


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