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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)

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**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).  


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

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


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John and Yvonne
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AgnesB left a comment for John and Yvonne
"Thank you so much for the offer. I am constantly amazed at how wonderful this community of people has been! "
Oct 27, 2023
John and Yvonne commented on carols_kitchen's group 'Prayer Wall'
"Blondie, "keep your eyes on me" was what the Lord encouraged me with this morning! Hebrews 12. Thanks for posting! Yvonne"
Sep 25, 2023
John and Yvonne commented on John and Yvonne's blog post 'Two New Sailors!'
"Sometimes when they are on their own, they wander. But the Lord loves them and the Holy Spirit can bring back to their memory the songs they use to sing and especially the Bible verses they have memorized!  Isaiah55:10-11 says, "As the…"
Aug 20, 2023
Northwoodsmom commented on John and Yvonne's blog post 'Two New Sailors!'
"Thank you for praying for my son, he is 29 and a late bloomer. When he was younger he was so in love with Jesus and I would hear him singing songs to him. He use to memorize bible verses and I know with all my heart Jesus will bring him back. I…"
Aug 20, 2023
John and Yvonne commented on John and Yvonne's blog post 'Two New Sailors!'
"Hello Northwoodsmom! Thank you for your message. And thank you for letting your son know about us. :) We will also hold him up in prayer! How old is your son now? It's always hard when our children walk away! But the Scripture says that Jesus…"
Aug 19, 2023
Northwoodsmom commented on John and Yvonne's blog post 'Two New Sailors!'
"I just wanted to let you both know that I am working on my son to decide to do this. My second talk with him he sounded more open to it. He was raised in a Christian home but fell away from his beliefs in his early 20's. I am holding this up to…"
Aug 18, 2023
John and Yvonne liked Phoenixmom's photo
Aug 18, 2023

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A little about me:
I'm a retired Navy chaplain. And Yvonne is the wife of a retired Navy chaplain. :) Together we spent twenty years in the military. I spent ten years as a chaplain, and prior to that, ten years as an electronics technician.

Yvonne and I open our home to young military men and women stationed in the Norfolk/Virginia Beach area. We like to think of our home as a "home away from home" for servicemen and women.

I originally joined the Navy right out of high school and went to boot camp in San Diego, CA. I came into the Navy thinking I wanted to be an electronics technician on a nuclear powered submarine..

In ET "A" School I discovered I really wasn't interested in electronics and my grades showed it. So I spent the next six years as an electronics technician stationed on a satellite communications station in Hawaii. Six months into that tour Yvonne and I got married and she became a Navy wife.

After my tour of duty I got out, went to Bible College and Seminary, and put my paperwork in to become a chaplain. I was commissioned as an Ensign and served for seven years in the reserves, and then on active duty again. The Navy sent me back to Hawaii. "Aw shucks..."

We've been in Virginia Beach for a little over sixteen years now, ministering to servicemen and women and their families, in our home.

Anyway, that's a little bit of our story. Check out our web site and blog if you want to know more...
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Two New Sailors!

Posted on July 16, 2023 at 10:45pm 4 Comments

Ministry to the Military at The Lighthouse
Wow! We had a really full day of ministry today! Kaitlyn, our new sailor, was going to join us today for church, and then for pot roast with potatoes and carrots for lunch, with Klondike bars for dessert. She texted us and said she had invited a friend to come…

Ministry to the Military at The Lighthouse!

Posted on May 22, 2023 at 9:00pm 3 Comments

Ministry to the Military at The Lighthouse
Thank you all for your prayers!
Saturday night was great! Brandon (stationed at Naval Station Norfolk) and Anita came over and we ate pizza and brownies for dinner. Then we played Skip-Bo. It was a new game for Brandon. We all enjoyed it. Anita won the game and I had Brandon present the winner's trophy to her.…

Ministry to the Military at The Lighthouse!

Posted on May 19, 2023 at 10:30pm 5 Comments

Please pray for us. Yvonne and I have been praying for some time now that the Lord would begin bringing servicemen and women back to our home. And that He would give Yvonne the strength to conduct our ministry on the weekends again. What with COVID-19 and Yvonne's back surgery it's been a long time since we've had young men and women in our home on the weekends.

A few weeks ago we got a text from a sailor who came to our home in 2009 who is coming through the…


Yvonne's Recovery 4/24/23

Posted on April 24, 2023 at 9:52pm 4 Comments

Yvonne is doing very well! God is restoring her to health and healing her wounds as He promised! Her pain is going down a lot. Her walking is getting much better and she is doing more around the house. We have been able to reduce her pain meds. She is totally off of Oxycodone. And the spasms in her legs have subsided enough so we have reduced her baclofen muscle spasm medicine from three times a day to two. At least for a couple of days now. God is SO GOOD!! Hallelujah! This has been…


Update on Yvonne's Recovery 3/26/23

Posted on March 26, 2023 at 9:38pm 4 Comments

Update on Yvonne's recovery...

I'm sorry that I have not updated Yvonne's condition for far too long. Several of you have messaged us and asked how Yvonne is doing. So I decided that I had better do it now!

Yvonne is recovering very well! We saw the doctor post surgery for the second time last Wednesday. He showed us the new x-rays and though pretty intimidating, they looked good. He said everything there looked good and was in the place it…


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At 3:12am on March 31, 2024, Dawn said…

Good morning,,, 

Happy Resurrection Day. I am not sure why I never saw your request.. I don't use this app/site very often.. Nevertheless. Happy Day. Thank God HE redeems us. I only ask for prayers for my son. He is like Peter right now.. I pray that the LORD will send HIS spirit of TRUTH to my son's heart. My son has questioned everything so much he talked himself out of his faith. The trauma caused by the CONVID has taken a toll on his psyche and his faith. Please pray that God will soften his heart once again and that my son will put his faith back in the LORD"S ways and redeeming power. thank you, dawn

At 5:58pm on December 29, 2023, Trey said…

hi.. my sailor is in San Diego Naval Base..

At 9:49am on October 27, 2023, AgnesB said…

Thank you so much for the offer. I am constantly amazed at how wonderful this community of people has been! 

At 11:44am on August 11, 2023, G'sNavyMom said…

Thank you so much. I greatly appreciate you reaching out. My son is currently at BC. He could use prayers right now🙏

At 5:09am on August 27, 2021, LilDsmom said…

Hi John and Yvonne, this is LilDsmom again I just read your profile and realized your no longer in hawaii but also your in ministry like my husband and I we're both Pastors and I certainly don't believe in coincidence so I appreciate you reaching out and hope we can stay in touch, and I don't know where my son will be stationed after he finishes BC but if he's near you guys I'll certainly put him in contact with you. Thank you

At 4:30am on August 27, 2021, LilDsmom said…

Hi John and Yvonne, first let me apologize for my delayed response my daughter just arrived from the mainland with my grandchildren and were getting settled. Keaau is located on Hawaii Island, or the the big Island as everyone calls it. Are you guys still living here ?

At 11:45am on April 16, 2021, SavedByGrace said…

Thank you for the friend request! I'm a newbie in son just passed his MEPS. I just want to learn and know as much as I can about the Navy and what my son is about to become a part of and experience.

At 6:15pm on December 8, 2019, NJNavyMom said…


 Thanks for adding me  

My son was in Little Creek and is now teaching at the schoolhouse. He will probably be back in a few years. 

At 10:36am on November 22, 2019, ShipOfDoodles said…

Hello, John and Yvonne-

Thank you for reaching out. My son is likely to be in Goose Creek, SC for around 18 months or so (if all goes well!), so not likely he will be in Norfolk anytime soon. Nonetheless, when my father was in the Navy in the early 50's (Little Creek), there was a wonderful couple who had him (and fellow sailors) over numerous times. The support was wonderful for him! Best wishes to you this holiday season and thank you for all you do!

At 11:54am on February 1, 2019, Rain said…

Hi Yvonne! Thank you so much for checking on us. My nephew graduated boot camp on Jan. 4th. We went up for four day's and had an awesome time with him. He proposed to his girl that weekend on top of the Willis Tower. It was perfect. Right now he is in A school at Great Lakes for about 8 months and then to Virginia or San Diego for C School for FC. Not sure as of yet where he will go. I know at this point he is hoping for some place WARM! Poor Florida boy is having a hard time in that cold.

Thank you so much,



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