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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)

Boot Camp: Behind the Scenes at RTC

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OPSEC - Navy Operations Security

Always keep Navy Operations Security in mind.  In the Navy, it's essential to remember that "loose lips sink ships."  OPSEC is everyone's responsibility. 

DON'T post critical information including future destinations or ports of call; future operations, exercises or missions; deployment or homecoming dates.  

DO be smart, use your head, always think OPSEC when using texts, email, phone, and social media, and watch this video: "Importance of Navy OPSEC."

Please note! Changes to this guide happened in October 2017. Tickets are now issued for all guests, and all guests must have a ticket to enter base. A separate parking pass is no longer needed to drive on to base for parking.

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USS Gerald R. Ford CVN78


This group is for friends and families with sailors aboard the USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN78).

Official website:

USS Ford

Ford Ship FB page:

location: Norfolk, VA

Members: 5
Latest Activity: on Friday

IMPORTANT:  Read and follow these Operational Security (OPSEC) guidelines.  N4M is an open website that can be read by non-members; and not all members are necessarily what they seem.  Be smart and keep yourself and all our sailors safe.  Keep YOUR safety in mind too.   It's human nature to trust and want to share, but don't provide personal information to others.  Great and lasting friendships are made on, but use common sense and caution before proceeding. Online chat safety tips


In the event of an emergency within the sailor’s family, where you feel the sailor must be notified and considered for Emergency Leave, you must notify the American Red Cross through the national headquarters in Washington, DC (1-877-272-7337) or via their website

What are The Ten Rules of OPSEC?

1. Don't discuss current or future destinations.

2. Don't discuss current or future operations or missions.

3. Don't discuss current or future dates and times of when Sailors will be in station or conducting exercises.

4. Don't discuss readiness issues and numbers.

5. Don't discuss specific training equipment.

6. Don't discuss people's names and billets in conjunction with operations.

7. Don't speculate about current or future operations.

8. Don't spread rumors about current, future, or past operations or movements.

9.. Don't assume the enemy is not trying to collect information on you; he is.

10. Be smart, use your head, and always think OPSEC when using email, phone, chat rooms, and message boards.

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Comment by Chipmunk on August 5, 2020 at 9:54am

LadyBluefire - My sister's b'day was even closer, so I was ready for it with my son - and we actually have as many family b'days now in December as just about any other month!!

Comment by LadyBluefire on August 5, 2020 at 9:42am

Chipmunk - roger that. And as far as your youngest's bday - same day as my husband's mom! I feel for anyone born that close to Christmas!

Comment by Chipmunk on August 5, 2020 at 9:35am

LadyBluefire - I am sending you a PM

Comment by LadyBluefire on August 4, 2020 at 4:27pm

Out of the 2 worst hurricanes since I have been in this house the one that was milder did the most damage to our property. 40 trees or more were felled and we had 4ft of water in our backyard for months and the kids had to kayak to take the garbage out.

Chipmunk - ah ok the only expense my son has is his cell phone bill. When my husband was in the Navy all expenses were taken care of. Each year he had a uniform allowance and when he had to live off base they gave him BAQ. It was for bachelors. Married sailors had a different name for their housing allowance. This was in the early 90s so a lot has changed. I would hope basic needs being taken care of would still be the same. Now as far as patches and tailoring that did have minimal costs out of pocket. His haircuts were free if he had them done on ship by "supply".

Comment by Chipmunk on August 4, 2020 at 4:08pm

WonderGeekWoman - Glad to hear things are good. I saw that about the other FB group, I will have to look into it. Thanks!

Comment by WonderGeekWoman on August 4, 2020 at 2:19pm

Yeah, I'm 80 miles northwest of Norfolk. Hubby woke up to let the dog go potty at 6am (he really had to go, or he would have waited...he doesn't like rain any more than I do) and the storm was pretty strong, but no damage here. Even our limb-dropping trees held tight. We never lost power, which is always good, since I can't sleep without my CPAP. :D It's nice and partly sunny out today.

Everyone was saying on the FB group that they weren't worried about flooding this time. Apparently there were a few tornadoes in the area, so there is some tree damage, power outages and some signs down, but everything looks okay, no real flooding and no injuries. I think we'll ask our son for a set of his car keys before the next underway so we can go down and get his car before any potential flooding might occur. Of course, we'll have to have someone's spouse actually get on base and drive it off for us, but everyone in the Ombudsman groups are super helpful, so I'm sure it won't be a problem.

You can watch the FB page called Naval Station Norfolk for really good info, too.

Comment by Chipmunk on August 4, 2020 at 10:15am

LadyBluefire - for my son his major expense is his car, gasoline, repairs,  insurance (his tags are cheap so I paid for them last time, especially since it is OK). We still pay for his phone bill since he is on our plan and we haven't removed him and I haven't made him pay me but I will just remind him that is part of his "inheritance" - He does pay for his housing as he never actually moved into the barracks - long story - He pays for any extra food out of his pocket. Not sure what reimbursements they were to get. At the moment, he has not had to pay for internet because someone else probably is. He did pay for their electric when in the apartment at Prototype. 

Mostly, my sailor invests all of his money. He does it himself and has me joint on his account. I am joint on all of his NFCU accounts so I can deal with anything if need be. For him $200/ month for fun would be a lot of money to him. He downloads audio books from the library still and may spend a little on some of his online games, but most of them are ones they found for free or he skypes with his brother and such. Occasionally he goes to the movies, but his main request at Christmas was gasoline gift cards!! 

The last oil change, he bought a do it yourself kit and spent the afternoon changing the oil one day. 

He also cuts his own hair so no barber expenses, and occasionally has to pay for patches etc. Tailoring. He had to buy new uniforms because he was issued blueberries at BC when they were transitioning!! I assume he had to pay for his coveralls that he wears on the ship, but not sure? He also had to buy some sort of parka covering, so some clothing allowance. 

Comment by LadyBluefire on August 4, 2020 at 9:41am

Chipmunk - what expense do they have beyond their own personal bills? I have been handling my kids' finances for them. Once they have enough to invest we are going to handle that but I put aside the amount they want to spend per month ($200) for fun. The rest I put in a savings account they can't touch and when that is enough I will invest it for them. They know if I don;t they will spend it all on garbage. My son loves vending machines.
We discussed the fact they have  a "low pay" is deceiving as you have to take into account that all basics are taken care of - shelter and food. Not to mention the GI Bill when they get out.

Hope your friends in Suffolk are ok - I see a tornado whipped through there. 

Major weather is one reason I want to move to Albq, NM - lol

Comment by Chipmunk on August 4, 2020 at 9:14am

Just another thought and then I must get busy with my morning - Encourage your sailors to save as much money as they can and even consider investing some of it. I know they have expenses as well, and despite my son's comments about their "hourly pay rate", he has more money in the bank than we ever had until recently.  They can spend, but they can also be frugal and put money aside for later, so they have more flexibility to do the things they want in life when they are out of the Navy. 

Comment by Chipmunk on August 4, 2020 at 9:07am

Just checking in. Well I have been to FB and the local news in they area trying to ascertain what has been happening with the storm. 

WonderGeekWoman - thoughts and prayers for you as I know you all are north somewhere. When able, touch base please. I know there are power lines down. I saw some tornado damage. We know what that is like. 

I am concerned for my friends in Suffolk where my sailor was staying, and now that I am hopeful his car is okay, it has occurred to me about their apartment. I also just thought about the cat of one of his roommates and wonder who is taking care of her/him. I know the cat has been a great comfort to my sailor who misses our cats who have long passed. He wanted to adopt a cat and thankfully had a good long talk with his older sister who convinced him not to even consider it while in the Navy. 

There was a beautiful night picture taken of the ship that is posted on the main ship page! I saved it.  Looking at the map of the storm it makes me wonder where they are floating out at sea away from everything. 

LadyBluefire - Thanks!! 


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