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



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."

Follow this link for OPSEC Guidelines:



**UPDATE 4/26/2022** Effective with the May 6, 2022 PIR 4 guests will be allowed.  Still must be fully vaccinated to attend.

**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).  


RTC Graduation

**UPDATE 8/25/2022 - MASK MANDATE IS LIFTED.  Vaccinations still required.

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


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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Pam Bryant

USS Ponce (LPD15) - Alumni


USS Ponce (LPD15) - Alumni

Former sailors of the Ponce.  

Members: 43
Latest Activity: Apr 2, 2014

Discussion Forum


Started by dougsmom Mar 3, 2011. 0 Replies


Started by dougsmom. Last reply by NavyMomLinda(sh09div340) Feb 22, 2011. 1 Reply

Navy Exchange

Started by dougsmom Nov 15, 2010. 0 Replies

Comment Wall


You need to be a member of USS Ponce (LPD15) - Alumni to add comments!

Comment by Kristine on October 29, 2010 at 2:53pm
Hi ladies, yes to both. I learned about it from the yahoo/Ponce group. I emailed the Omsbudsman and had to get approved. It took a while for the Omsbudsman to get back to me. I'm not sure, but I seem to be on 2 different emails, this one and the other one. The other address I am not able to access at work, so I log on at home in the evenings. The ship address is on ship's website, and you can adress packages to them. My family and I have been sending my son letters, cards, candy (not recommended, it melts) and nutrition bars. There is a list of what not to send. This is my son's first deployment, but he seems to be enjoying it. Please let me know if you need more information regarding the other site.
Comment by dougsmom on October 29, 2010 at 2:48pm
Is it possible to send care packages/gifts to our sons on the ship? Can someone tell me what the APO (mailing address) for the boys is? Can someone tell me what OC spraying is? Oh my, I love this group.
Comment by dougsmom on October 29, 2010 at 11:09am
Hello everyone. I am new to this group. My son, Douglas is on the USS Ponce. We can call him OkieDoug. Thank you for allowing me to join this group. I get email from him every day. He must be a little homesick because I have never heard from him this often. Ha. I know one thing for sure. I miss him very much. I also know I enjoy the camaradie with ladies like you.
Comment by Kristine on October 5, 2010 at 8:51am
Thank you, Pam. I don't know what FRG means, but I would love any info.
Comment by Kristine on October 4, 2010 at 5:25pm
I am new to this site (today) and a new Navy mom (this year). Any information shared would be helpful. Thanks.
Comment by NecornhuskerMom on September 19, 2010 at 10:22am
We appreciate being able to send a message to our sailor. It is a neat idea. I just read through my message and the last sentence was for you. So I just wanted to clarify our message. "Adam, Turkey hunting and homemade jerky is waiting for you in Nebraska, love Dad & Mom & Taylor"
Comment by NecornhuskerMom on September 18, 2010 at 5:20pm
I just thought that if there is another Adam on the ship.... (which there probably is) he would know for sure that the message is for him.....
Comment by NecornhuskerMom on September 17, 2010 at 10:32pm
What an awesome idea Teresa.... Please sign mine as "Adam, Turkey hunting and homemade jerky is waiting for you in Nebraska, love Dad & Mom & Taylor. Thanks all that you do!
Comment by AMMom on September 3, 2010 at 1:46pm
My son just joined the Ponce in August. We didn't get to see him off, but we did get to see him in July. So very proud of them all!!
Comment by NecornhuskerMom on August 28, 2010 at 8:45pm
Yes thank you Pam! I don't comment often but it is wonderful to read and know that I am not alone. I don't know how parents, wives and families survived this without the technology we have today.

Theresa, I would love to be kept in the loop... Thank you!

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