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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 wild willy on April 2, 2014 at 3:40pm

why do the comments end on 6-12-2012

Comment by wild willy on April 2, 2014 at 3:36pm

ponce 1975 -1979

Comment by dougsmom on May 28, 2012 at 10:29am

Thanks to both of you for your wonderful words.  Doug is doing well, though I don't know where he is right now.  He has been away 2 months and will not be back for 6 more.  I miss him so much but feel fortunate that we can email each other on a regular basis.  I hope all is well with all of you and you are having a blessed Memorial Day weekend.  My thanks go out to all military for their service keeping us all safe.

Comment by dougsmom on April 23, 2012 at 10:16pm

Hi Dawn.  Doug is adjustng well.  This is his second deployment and he says this one is much easier than the first.  Maybe simply because he has done it once.  He sends emails frequently and is doing well.  He did enjoy their time in Spain.  I hope Chris  is doing well also.  Keep in touch and I will do the same

Comment by dougsmom on April 15, 2012 at 9:46am

Good morning, ladies.  It was a scary night in Tulsa but thank the Lord, no tornadoes in Tulsa.  However, Woodward, Ok (Western Oklahoma was hit pretty hard.  The storms have moved eastward and I pray for everyone who may be in the path of these destructive storms.  God Bless you all and our sailors.  My son is now on the USS Gunston Hall and will be away eight months.  One of those months is nearly gone.  I can't wait til he gets home.


Comment by gmaof6 on February 1, 2012 at 5:19am

Ponce Alumni.......perfect choice!!!!!  Anyone heard if they will remain with the ship or continue with their orders?


Comment by dougsmom on January 31, 2012 at 8:35pm

Perfect, Pam.  I love it

Comment by dougsmom on January 29, 2012 at 9:36pm

I didn't see a video.  Can someone give me the URL please? 

Comment by dougsmom on January 29, 2012 at 10:49am

I spoke to my son yesterday and he had not heard of this.  Also, my husband is in the Middle East right now and said a similar article was in the Arab News with pictures of the USS Ponce. 

Comment by gmaof6 on January 28, 2012 at 8:25am

Tina, thanks for the comment about the Fox News article, when I clicked on the video I saw my grandson in it.  I'm also wondering if they will be kept on the Ponce?????


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