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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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Here's the link to a great description from the Iwo's Ombudsman:
Ombudsman Team:  
USS Iwo Jima Family Readiness Group (FRG) website:
FRG email:
Facebook pages:
Family Readiness Group (FRG)
To access these pages, you will need to click "join" and when you receive a Private Message (check your "other" inbox), provide your sailor's name, rate, rating, and your relationship.  In addition, you may be asked to have your sailor email them confirmation from his/her .mil email address.
The USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) command page on Facebook:
24th Marine Expeditionary Unit on Facebook:

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A good article to save for the future :)  Five Things No One Ever Told Me About Homecoming

Hi! It says above "To access these pages, you will need to click 'join'...etc. I thought I had joined the Iwo Jima group, yet have not received a Private Message. My son has deployed with the Iwo, and as the official Naval press release states, "the majority of the crew are experiencing the first deployment of their military career." I'm hoping to find info concerning tips on mailing letters, packages, etc., good things to send, what to expect concerning how long it takes a deployed ship to receive mail, to send mail, etc. 

Any help you can give this "newbie" would be greatly appreciated!!!

Sandra (ProudNavyMomD)


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