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All Hands Magazine's mini-documentary series "Making a Sailor": These six videos follow 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. 

Making a Sailor: Episode 1 - "Get on the Bus"

Making a Sailor: Episode 2 - "What did I get myself into?"

Making a Sailor: Episode 3 - "Processing Days"

Making a Sailor: Episode 4 - "Forming"

Boot Camp: Making a Sailor - Episode 5

Making a Sailor: Episode 6 - "I'm a U.S. Navy Sailor"

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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."

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John and Yvonne
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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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Playing Speak Out!

Posted on December 3, 2017 at 9:30am 0 Comments

Madison got the game Speak Out for us and then went on deployment. So when she got back we finally got together and played the game. What laughter and fun it was! Trying to talk and say the phrases on the cards with the mouthpieces in our mouths was a…

The Night of the Buckeyes and the Cubs!

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Military Ministry at John and Yvonne' here to read our latest blog update.

White Chicken Chili, Chocolate Chip Pie, and Nick Vujicic!

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Military Ministry at John and Yvonne's CLICK HERE to see this weeks update

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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,


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.

At 2:38pm on October 8, 2018, Tobiv said…

Thank you John and Yvonne!  I am so thankful for the support.  God bless you.

At 8:59pm on September 27, 2018, Rain said…

Thank you so much for the kind words! Yes I did see your page and I looked at some of the pictures! You seem to be a wonderful couple. Thank you so much for being so welcoming to those serving. My Husband retired Navy about 5 years ago. We are celebrating 25 years marriage this summer. I guess before I share so much am I allowed to share? Can i post his name? Or pictures? I don’t understand this whole group as of yet and how it all works. Looking forward to learning.

At 11:25pm on July 15, 2018, ArchyMom said…

Ah, well that's truly a wonderful invite. Thank you!

Our son is already underway, Submarine Service, stationed in Guam. Left boot camp June of last year, Sub School after that, and C-school all under his belt.

I appreciate your kind offer. -- Archymom

At 11:31am on June 18, 2018, sherrifm said…

Yes, both of my children are heading to boot camp 10 day apart.  My son hardly will speak to me, because I am the parent who has the rules at my house, no matter what age my children are, and we have had a big difference of opinion, and he chose to not speak to me.  I love him, no matter what, and am praying for him constantly.  My daughter and I are very close, and she will be leaving in 9 days.  my heart is full of pride for my children, and sorrow at the same time, because they grew up way too fast!  Thank you for your friend request.  It is nice to have prayer warriors in our corner!  Sherri

At 10:48pm on May 28, 2018, Andrea said…
Hello! My son is flying to boot camp tomorrow. I really appreciate your prayers!

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