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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."

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

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Comment by dougsmom on August 6, 2011 at 10:43pm
I have been thinking of the families all day and am so sad for them.  God bless our sailors.
Comment by dougsmom on June 13, 2011 at 1:24pm
Thank you so much, Theresa.  You are a very thoughtful person.  My son is already there.  I miss him already.  If he needs anything quickly, would you mind if I mailed it to him at your address.  I just mailed him a new bank card.  He lost his by putting it on the top of his car and driving off.  Can you believe that?  Bless his heart.  I knew it would take a long time to get it there via the ship's address so I mailed it to a friend of his.  I was not a bit comfortable doing that but had no choice since he is leaving for N. Carolina on the 20th for 2 weeks of training.  My email adress is  You can write me there.
Comment by dougsmom on June 3, 2011 at 3:01pm
It's great to see you here, Pam.  My son, too, has gone back to work.  I miss him already but it was wonderful having him home for awhile.  God bless our sailors and all of you.  I have missed your posts. 
Comment by dougsmom on May 17, 2011 at 9:42am

My older son and my Doug's fiance met him when he got off the ship.  They were on their cell phones with me and gave ne a blow by blow description of the activities.  It was so exciting.  I wish I could have been there to meet him and all of you.  Their plane was delayed leaving Norfolk so they couldn't make their connection from Dallas to Tulsa so they had to spend the night there.  They are scheduled to be here around noon.  I can't wait.  It is so good to have him home eventhough it's only for a short time

God Bless all of you and your sailors, 

Comment by Tina RH on May 17, 2011 at 2:43am
Great picture...thank you! Just picked my son up from the airport, so good to have him home...says he's not sure he can sleep without the rocking of the ship ..LOL
Comment by navywife17 on May 17, 2011 at 12:05am
Your welcome, it was really nice to see another homecoming.
Comment by AMMom on May 16, 2011 at 11:51pm
Thanks Navywife17 for the picture. My son was the fourth one down in his dress whites. What an incredible day!!!
Comment by navywife17 on May 16, 2011 at 10:44pm
Hey Pam- I think we have met my friends husband is on the Ponce and i've gone to a few meetings with her. She's not on here so I figured I would add the group to keep up and I wanted to share the wonderful picture I took of the ship coming in for everyone to see. but yes it was very exciting to witness everyones loved ones coming home.
Comment by navywife17 on May 16, 2011 at 5:07pm
Comment by dougsmom on May 13, 2011 at 5:31pm

Unfortunately, I will not be able to make it to Norfolk.  We are planning a wedding to take place on the 20th so it is pretty hectic around here right now.  My sailor is the groom.  My other son and my sailor's fiance will meet him in Norfolk and they will fly back to Oklahoma. 

I want to thank all of you for your help and the comaraderie during these months of waiting and missing worrying about our sailors.  You are the best.


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