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**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).  Still limited to 2 guests maximum.

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**UPDATE 7/16/2021**

RESUMING LIVE PIR - 8/13/2021 - ONLY 2 GUESTS ALLOWED

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**UPDATE - 2020**

Due to COVID there is no public PIR. The graduations are on Thursday, and the video of the graduation is posted on RTC's FaceBook on Friday at approx 3pm. Please keep in mind that a division may need to complete additional quarantine during training which will delay their graduation.

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John and Yvonne
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B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN commented on John and Yvonne's blog post 'Please continue praying for Yvonne'
"Continued prayers for you both and that Yvonne can get the care she needs."
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Please continue praying for Yvonne

Please continue to pray for Yvonne. She walked down to the end of the hall this afternoon for physical therapy. There are a number of frustrating issues that we are not happy with concerning the personal care she is getting at Bayside. I hope we can get them resolved. Please pray for us. Pray for strength for Yvonne to improve. Anyway, I've got to go get some sleep. Thank you for your prayers.See More
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Mississippi Mom commented on John and Yvonne's blog post 'Update on Yvonne's Surgery'
"Thank you Father for answered prayers.  Will continue to pray for Yvonne.  The hairbrush and toothbrush made me smile.  "
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Northwoodsmom commented on John and Yvonne's blog post 'Huge Step Forward in Yvonne's Recovery!'
"God is so good, His promises are true and His Love for us is mind-blowing.I am so filled with Joy with your report, Praise God with every breath we take!"
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B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN commented on John and Yvonne's blog post 'Huge Step Forward in Yvonne's Recovery!'
"Such great news John!  Glad to hear they are getting her up and moving and she's feeling better.  Each day will be better.  Continued prayers for you both!"
Jan 22
John and Yvonne posted a blog post

Huge Step Forward in Yvonne's Recovery!

God is moving!! Two hours ago I posted an update on Yvonne's status. We got 5 inches of snow here last night so by the time I got showered and got the driveway shoveled (my neighbor helped me with that!), and the car cleaned off, it was too late to try to slip and slide to the hospital to just have to turn around at 10:00 and go home. So I figured I would go later at 5:00. I talked with Yvonne and she told me to stay home and not try to come in that early, to stay safe and come later. Then she…See More
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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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Please continue praying for Yvonne

Posted on January 29, 2022 at 12:11am 1 Comment

Please continue to pray for Yvonne. She walked down to the end of the hall this afternoon for physical therapy. There are a number of frustrating issues that we are not happy with concerning the personal care she is getting at Bayside. I hope we can get them resolved. Please pray for us. Pray for strength for Yvonne to improve. Anyway, I've got to go get some sleep. Thank you for your prayers.

Huge Step Forward in Yvonne's Recovery!

Posted on January 22, 2022 at 1:32pm 3 Comments

God is moving!! Two hours ago I posted an update on Yvonne's status. We got 5 inches of snow here last night so by the time I got showered and got the driveway shoveled (my neighbor helped me with that!), and the car cleaned off, it was too late to try to slip and slide to the hospital to just have to turn around at 10:00 and go home. So I figured I would go later at 5:00. I talked with Yvonne and she told me to…
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Update on Yvonne's Surgery

Posted on January 21, 2022 at 12:16pm 6 Comments

I am so sorry that I have not updated this blog for you all. I've been trying to update everyone who has been praying for her, but I just completely forgot you guys. I am so sorry!!! Thank you for your prayers.

Yvonne had her surgery on the 18th. It was supposed to be an 8 hour surgery but turned out to be almost 13 hours! It actually took her until the afternoon of the 20th before she was awake enough from the anesthesia to understand that she had the surgery and that she was not in…

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Update on prayer request for Yvonne 010622

Posted on January 6, 2022 at 8:21pm 1 Comment

Yvonne got her surgery date this afternoon. It is scheduled for January 18th. The doctor said it would be an 8 hour surgery. She'll probably be in the hospital for several days afterward. Between now and then we'll be going to several pre-op appointments with various doctors.

Update on prayer request for Yvonne

Posted on December 9, 2021 at 10:10am 0 Comments

Good morning! Just thought I would update everyone who's praying what happened at our doctor visit yesterday. We went to the orthopedic surgeon who said said it would be fusion from T12 to S1 with rods and screws. Then he proceeded to tell us everything that could possibly go wrong and scared us to death! And then told us to go home and talk about it some more and call him in a couple of days. During the visit he did tell us he was a Christian. He even referred to the story in the…

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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 here....my 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…

Hi!

 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 5:32pm on June 14, 2019, AnnieKay said…

Hi. My son said he might be interested, so could you send me your cell number so I can text it to him? Thanks so much. He's on the USS Bataan. How would he get to your house? He's thinking of buying a bicycle, as the base is so big. Thanks again. 

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,

Rain

At 11:42am on January 28, 2019, NAVYMOMK said…

YES --- Thank you!!!   I received message but just getting to computer today to respond      sending a PM 

At 9:14am on January 21, 2019, Bandmom said…

Hello Yvonne and John,

Thank you for asking about my sailor.  He is doing very well on the ship.  In fact he was just named Junior Sailor of the Quarter!  He has been deployed since Oct. 19, and they have only visited 1 port.  He does truly enjoy his job, so doesn't mind being out to sea.  We do get to talk to him about once every 3 weeks for a short conversation.  Unless they are running silent which they seem to do quite a bit.  Then we don't even get an e-mail.  As the end gets closer, I am getting excited to see him.  Now we are just trying to figure out how do we get on base to welcome home the ship!

At 11:25am on November 29, 2018, NikkiKL said…

Hi there, Yvonne & John!

Thank you for the message and the kind invitation extended to my son. He's not having the best of times right now and it may be good for him to get out to some normal surroundings. I'll be sure to pass on your invitation to him and I'll get back to you. 

Thanks again for the kind offer.

 
 
 

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