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Choose your Username.  For the privacy and safety of you and/or your sailor, NO LAST NAMES ARE ALLOWED, even if your last name differs from that of your sailor (please make sure your URL address does not include your last name either).  Also, please do not include your email address in your user name. Go to "Settings" above to set your Username.  While there, complete your Profile so you can post and share photos and videos of your Sailor and share stories with other moms!

Make sure to read our Community Guidelines and this Navy Operations Security (OPSEC) checklist - loose lips sink ships!

Join groups!  Browse for groups for your PIR date, your sailor's occupational specialty, "A" school, assigned ship, homeport city, your own city or state, and a myriad of other interests. Jump in and introduce yourself!  Start making friends that can last a lifetime.

Link to Navy Speak - Navy Terms & Acronyms: Navy Speak

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

...and visit - America's Navy and also Navy Live - The Official Blog of the Navy to learn more.

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.

Please see changes to attending PIR in the PAGES column. The PAGES are located under the member icons on the right side.

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Visite esta página para explorar en su idioma las oportunidades de educación y carreras para sus hijos en el Navy.




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.

Discussion Forum

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Comment Wall


You need to be a member of USS Gerald R. Ford CVN78 to add comments!

Comment by Chipmunk on Friday

Good morning everyone!! Lots of chatter elsewhere and I haven't been able to say hi here!! I intend to get my RED on at some point today!! I did get a morning walk in which was nice. We shall see what all I accomplish and hopefully I can go look at some pictures of our sailors today!

Comment by Chipmunk on September 11, 2020 at 10:51am

Love, thoughts and prayers to everyone on this day of remembrance!!  I wanted to make sure my flag was out today, but we still have rain and I don't have a way to shine a light on it - I need to get some small ones so I can stick them in my door decoration on the days I can't fly my other flag.!

WGW - hope all is well with you. Did you make sure to reply to FB request since they were updating things?

LBF - I am going to see about sending you a private PM. 

Comment by Chipmunk on September 6, 2020 at 9:12am

Good morning everyone!! Thinking about my sailor as I am sure you are as well. I know he had several tests - some qualification ones but not sure of the outcome yet, so waiting patiently. 

Comment by Chipmunk on September 2, 2020 at 10:54am

WonderGeekWoman - Any news on your end? You are closer to the weather there - We had some rain and now they are saying our temps are going to drop when I was just getting ready to work on my storage units again!! Ugh!

Comment by Chipmunk on September 2, 2020 at 10:52am

LadyBluefire - LOL!!!! - As for the move - yes, the little things are what are still hanging around in rooms from #1-#4!  And now it is my turn for tire repair/ replacement and a windshield after being hit by a large rock the other night!!!

But I am going to put more bookcases together! And hopefully #3 will come by tonight so we can evaluate what is still there.

A funny note on numbering our kids - when they were little and our youngest was 3 we took a trip out west with our large van. I think I had already been in the habit of "sounding off" but most of our trips had been closer to home and it was just a game for me, but the kids thought I was weird, including my hubby. So, we had all gotten in the van and I said "Sound Off" which meant the oldest was suppose to say - 1, the next 2, etc. We got to the youngest who was suppose to say 5 and he said "three"  I commented and he said, "I'm not 5, I'm 3!" From then on out - that was the joke and I never did get the kids to "sound off" well for me again!

Comment by LadyBluefire on September 2, 2020 at 10:16am

Chipmunk - regardless of how food works in barracks I know how my son works, lol. He will turn his nose up at galley food and buy food. 

Comment by Chipmunk on September 1, 2020 at 7:14pm

LadyBluefire - That makes sense. So, if they are living in the barracks on base, I am not sure how the food works. I do think that with the current ROM, that he probably would feel like he had more freedom if he was in the barracks. Also, from what I recall, they don't have WiFi on the ship for at least "pleasure."

Comment by LadyBluefire on September 1, 2020 at 4:05pm

Chipmunk - I meant he thinks he can live in on base barracks. I told him not to hold his breath.

He is hoping his CO will map him since he is being very good at his job and he is going to try and take the E-4 test soon. He says he can only advance straight to E4 if the CO allows it.

With all his free time my husband recommend he do as many quals as he can - especially the bridge and I can't recall the rest. 

This kid will spend up to and sometimes more than he has and I worry he won;t have any savings.

Comment by Chipmunk on September 1, 2020 at 11:19am

LadyBluefire - a lot of the pull to apartments there is due to the confinement that they are under, and it is a busy base from my understanding.  And I would have him double check because living in an apartment likely means he has to pay out of pocket. They have to be an E-5, I think before they can receive BHA.

Comment by LadyBluefire on September 1, 2020 at 9:49am

Chipmunk - yeah it is hard on all of us for different reasons. 

My son said he turned his quals in and it could take 2 weeks for his address. I got a text this AM from him saying he loves me, lol.

I want to strangle him because his goal was save money and now he wants to buy a new car! He is under the impression he has the choice to live on base instead of on ship and I know that means even more $ spent on food.

He also says he wants to go for retirement. 

WGW - how are you?


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