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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 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.

Specific information on this policy change will be provided in the coming days and weeks.

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your support.


RTC Graduation

**UPDATE 7/16/2021**




**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.

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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John and Yvonne's Comments

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At 7:54pm on January 23, 2014, HuffyMom23 said…

Thank you very much for the offer.  I will pass this along to him.  This is an awesome thing you and your husband are doing giving the kids a home away from home on the weekends.

At 6:17pm on December 13, 2013, Navymom777 said…

 Hello John and Yvonne.  I am a mom of a sailor getting ready to go to Italy the first week of January.  He has to check in at the Norfolk base on Jan 2nd and will fly out on the 7th. My husband, myself and our oldest son and a Labrador will all be driving him up from Florida and are looking for a place to stay. I have looked at VRBO and only found 2 places and one is booked. Do you know of any places close to the Norfolk base?...I am not familiar with the area and I am hoping you can give me some advice?

Thank-you so much! Blessings!

At 11:27pm on September 21, 2013, pschip said…

I sent you a friend request 

At 2:45am on August 29, 2013, CatMom509 said…

Hi Yvonne,

I emailed Daina the link to your page and mentioned that your home is open to fellowshipping with Sailors on the weekends and that you would pick her up from the base.  Now its her turn to contact you or let me know to contact you. She has been in Norfolk for 6 days now and is planning on getting a vehicle probably sometime this weekend.  We are pointing her toward CarMax and she's been pre-approved through NavyFED, researching car insurance.  Thank you and John for all you do for our Sailors in providing a safe home away from home filled with the Lord!!  You're welcome on the scripture. I love my new ministry~~  <></

At 8:22pm on September 17, 2012, Valtameri said…

Hello Yvonne,

Good memory! My son's squadron was on the Lincoln, but now that the Lincoln is being worked on, they will go with another carrier on the West Coast.

At 4:36pm on November 20, 2011, MJ (Dan's Mom) said…

Thank you John and Yvonne for the Thanksgiving dinner invite for my son Dan.  He has decided to eat with some friends he has made.


At 6:40am on December 29, 2010, Rose7..Norfolk said…
Also John sorry is going to be a long day!  My blessings to you and Yvonne and keep spreading the word of God that so many people this day need. Have a wonderful day!
At 6:36am on December 29, 2010, Rose7..Norfolk said…
Thanks John for asking! Yes, he came home and here I'm crying because he left today and I expect to be better but not I think is even harder that the first time.  Now our prayers go that God protect him and he let God be the pilot on all his plans.  Is always nice to talk to somebody that understand all the military family go through.  Said hi to Yvonne and again thanks for all you do, lucky those parents that the kids live near you and Yvonne.
At 10:36pm on December 5, 2010, Tobianne said…
How wonderful what you are doing for our Sailors. I wish that there were something/someone like this on the AFB my daughter is doing her Seabee A-school at. She left BC with such a desire to (at some point) become a Chaplain herself. Now I am not even sure if she has found or attended the Chapel there.
God will and I am sure is Blessing you and your wife. Keep His work up and bring them to Him.
At 10:35pm on April 9, 2010, mtnmom said…
Chaplin Wagner--
What a wonderful ministry you have. I just spoke to my son, he just arrived in Norfolk on Thursday. He would love to have a home cooked meal, and would welcome a phone call from you. His cell phone number is 559-760-4943. His first name is Bobby. By the way, he is not very religious, just so you know. Once again, thank you for your past service and your current ministry to our young people.
At 8:16pm on March 31, 2010, BunkerQB said…
Hello from CA. Sent you a friend request.
At 6:00pm on May 18, 2009, Sherry James said…
Hi Yvonne and John,

Sounds like a good time was had by ALL!! What was the weather like Saturday? Have a blessed week. Sherry
At 12:48am on February 18, 2009, Sherry James said…
John, Thank you for your praise and sharing that scripture with us. I will be using that for a matter that I have on my heart so thank you again.

I have a praise which I shared with on the blog today. My son did receive his nomination from our congressman to the US Naval Academy!! I am so glad that the Lord heard my prayers as my children mean so much to me. They are wonderful gifts from God.

My daughter is underway for a few weeks so I am asking your prayers for her & her ships safety. Her thoughtfulness was so apparent today as I received a beautiful birthday gift from her in the mail but the most wonderful card brought tears to my eyes and let me know that she cares more than she lets on (strong silent type-lol).

May the Almighty continue to bless our children and our children's children
At 12:26pm on January 28, 2009, John and Yvonne said…
It's kind of quiet around here today. Andy left for Great Lakes yesterday with his mom and dad. They were hoping to beat the winter storm (the ice part). Monday night we all had dinner together (Lasagna - Andy's request) and then played Attack Uno (also Andy's request). It was a fun evening again. Really nice people! Please keep them in your prayers as they travel back to IL.

At 9:09am on January 26, 2009, John and Yvonne said…
Yvonne and I had a great afternoon and evening with Ruth (Gun's Mom) and Mike (Gun's Dad) visiting and talking story, eating dinner, and playing Settlers of Catan. Ruth and Mike came to help load up Andy's stuff and move him to his next duty station.
At 12:24pm on December 22, 2008, TexasMomof2 said…
No, he won't be home for Christmas. He actually has Duty on Christmas Day.......

He is leaving to come home on December 31st thru January 11th (and bringing a fellow Sailor). You guys are soooooo blessed to open your home!
At 5:57pm on December 20, 2008, John and Yvonne said…
I'm getting more and more excited about the connections this forum creates. Andy (Ruth, Gun's Mom) did contact us and is staying here. He's a really nice young man. And the connection was made possible by the people on this forum. I'm still hoping that Cory (Julie) might get in touch with us. I would hate to think he will spend Christmas in the barracks and the chow hall...yuck! :)
At 6:57pm on December 18, 2008, Ruth, Gun's Mom said…
I just sent my son your number. I hope he calls you. Thank you so much for being there!
At 5:31pm on December 8, 2008, John and Yvonne said…
Hi all,

If you check out the photos I put up today, you'll probably notice the young man is not in the Navy, but is in the Army. There are actually a lot of army bases in this area as well as Navy. SPC Evan Bunch is one of our "sons" and plays the drums in the Ft. Lee Army band in Petersburg, VA. Yvonne and I drove up there to support him in his performance during their annual Christmas concert. He was really great! Then he took ous out to dinner afterwards. Yum!
At 11:58pm on November 21, 2008, Sherry James said…
Hi Yvonne & John,

I think it is awesome that you minister to our military children. My daughter is in the Norfolk area as well. Sherry

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