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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"

...and visit - America's Navy and 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."

Please note! Changes to this guide happened in October 2017. There are now tickets issued, and there are no longer parking passes for PIR.

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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Pat L. in IL
  • Female
  • Carol Stream, IL
  • United States

Pat L. in IL's Friends

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  • KayCee
  • Ceej0347
  • Bugsmom
  • Phoenixmom
  • Pooter527
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  • Rorie
  • PeppermintJoeysMom
  • Jacqueline
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Pat L. in IL shared their discussion on Facebook
Aug 1
Pat L. in IL added a discussion to the group Molly's Adopt A Sailor

August, 2019 Adoption - Group on the USS Nitze

The August, 2019 adoption is a group deployed on the USS Nitze consisting of 17 males and 1 female. They do have microwave access.Pillowcases are NOT allowed by their Command.Wish List:Ramen noodlesMacaroni & cheese cupsBeef jerkyGranola barsSunflower seedsCookiesChipsSnacks, in generalSunscreenAloePuzzle booksSmall gamesShipping will be August 26 thru 29.See More
Aug 1
Pat L. in IL shared their discussion on Facebook
Jul 1
Pat L. in IL added a discussion to the group Molly's Adopt A Sailor

July, 2019 Adoption - Group on the USS Gonzalez

The July adoption is a group deployed on the USS Gonzalez consisting of 17 males and 5 females. They do have microwave access.Pillowcases are a GO!Wish List:Jolly ranchersCrackersJalapeno CheetosFlaming hot CheetosNutty barsSour patch kidsTrail mixProtein barsChips AhoyOreosCoffeeCreamerTea bagsNutellaGumBeef jerkyPuzzle booksShipping will be July 24 to 27.See More
Jul 1
Pat L. in IL replied to Pat L. in IL's discussion 'June, 2019 Adoption - Group on the USS Boxer' in the group Molly's Adopt A Sailor
Jun 23
PaMom replied to Pat L. in IL's discussion 'June, 2019 Adoption - Group on the USS Boxer' in the group Molly's Adopt A Sailor
"I have a box of DVD's and a box of snacks ready to go. "
Jun 23

Profile Information

A little about me:
Mother of 5. Our youngest Jeffrey left for Great Lake Mar 4
I am here to support my
Stage of (Sailor’s) Navy career?
When I heard “Navy,” I...
Was concerned or afraid
The Navy offers opportunities that...
how many mixed emotions I have and that they are all valid.
Our Navy experience so far...
It was positive and maturing. Our relationship has grown stronger.

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At 3:27pm on February 14, 2019, kaarinac said…

Thank you, Pat! I have boxes ready to ship. I appreciate your efforts to organize this month after month and allowing us to participate!

At 6:55pm on November 11, 2018, CruAn said…

Hi Pat,  it's been forever.  Just an FYI.  

I wrote to P&G asking for a donation of any products they might consider.  It's late in the year to ask but you never know.

Hope all is well with you.  Will let you know if I hear anything.


At 9:55pm on April 2, 2018, Phoenixmom said…

Hi pat thanks for the reply, so only those that asked will get adopted? How do you ladies get your boxes to the carrier? I got my sons address and it's been 3 weeks and he hasn't received his package.

At 3:42pm on April 2, 2018, Phoenixmom said…

Hi Pat, question how does one get adopted on the Carrier, My son is on there and I ask to let me send boxes of snacks and stuff and he said he is ok no need. Now are there certain groups that get adopted.

At 12:46pm on March 17, 2018, Phoenixmom said…

I did receive thank you shipped his box yesterday. All went well. Thanks for your help

At 9:15pm on January 24, 2018, Bugsmom said…

Hi!! Sent out my package today.. 

thank you again for your help.

At 3:37am on December 1, 2017, Babylon said…

No thank you for your efforts on behalf of our loved ones.

At 3:07pm on August 25, 2017, Ceej0347 said…
I really don't do facebook
Only have one for my job.
It's a security thing.

But I will put the dates in my calendar.
At 2:28pm on August 25, 2017, Ceej0347 said…
I would love to join the Chicago moms.

This has def been an experience. Good and bad!
At 1:10pm on February 7, 2017, SebJar said…

Hi Pat,

Not sure if I'm in the right place. . thank you for adding me for adopting a sailor :) , but I'm a little confused on where to start. . .do I just create a box of needed things & send it to the address specified each month?

Many thanks,



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