This site is for mothers of kids in the U.S. Navy and for Moms who have questions about Navy life for their kids.

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FOLLOW THESE STEPS TO GET STARTED:

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 mini-documentary series "Making a Sailor": These six videos follow 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. 

Making a Sailor: Episode 1 - "Get on the Bus"

Making a Sailor: Episode 2 - "What did I get myself into?"

Making a Sailor: Episode 3 - "Processing Days"

Making a Sailor: Episode 4 - "Forming"

Boot Camp: Making a Sailor - Episode 5

Making a Sailor: Episode 6 - "I'm a U.S. Navy Sailor"

...and visit Navy.com - America's Navy and Navy.mil 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. There are now tickets issued, and there are no longer parking passes for PIR.

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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**PLEASE REMEMBER OPSEC AND DON'T POST SPECIFIC DATES REGARDING SHIP MOVEMENT**

Dates may only be discussed AFTER they have happened.

Here's the shipping info.  Remember you will need the specific box # from your Sailor.  

Here's the link to order a "Ship to Shore" calling card. (You want to verify that you are purchasing a "Ship to Shore" calling card.)

https://www.shopmyexchange.com/scs/calling-card

They do have a toll free # listed and I would suggest calling them before you make a purchase.

Customer Care 1 800 569-2018.

**Please note that I have not used them.  When my son deployed back in 2015 he bought his ship to shore card at the Nex and I was able to re-load it.

Your sailor can also buy them at the NEX but they often run out (and it seems they cost more than going directly to AT&T).

Here's the link to the USPS "Click & Ship".  You can get free boxes/tape etc. from them too.

https://www.usps.com/ship/apo-fpo-dpo.htm?

And here's a link for tips on sending care packages:

http://militarybenefits.info/tips-for-sending-care-packages-to-the-...

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Thank you for the info!! Do you know how I’d address a box to send to my son on the Truman? I got email from him today with his box number. Thanks for all the helpful info you share!!!

This is how you address a package.  If your sailor is part of an air crew attached to the Truman they might have a different address.  This is for sailors on the Truman.

Thank you for this!!!

I pulled this from the public FB page for the Truman FRG:

Ombudsman contact info:

Kenzie 757.572.4052   HST.OMB.1@gmail.com

Melanie 757.572.7568 HST.OMB.2@gmail.com

Christina (no # listed) HST.OMB.3@gmail.com

Amrita 757.572.7190 HST.OMB.4@gmail.com

Emily 757.572.6571 HST.OMB.7@gmail.com

Not sure who to contact?  If you sailor's last name starts with:

A-E - Kenzie

F-J - Melanie

K-O - Christina

P-T - Amrita

U-Z - Emily

Of course this is just a suggestion, contact whomever you are more comfortable with.

The ombudsmen are a direct link between the families and the ship! They are who you contact in case of emergencies to find resources and contact your sailor.  They also have an abundance of resources that can help you out!

Good to know, thank you!

The Truman arrived in France!  Hopefully you are getting texts/calls/emails/pictures!

http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=106080

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