Son got his orders (Navy).

Discussion in 'Life After Brown' started by Ouch, Sep 14, 2014.

  1. Ouch

    Ouch Well-Known Member

    Please keep my son Zach in your prayers. He is in the Navy and just got orders to the middle east. I'm a freaking mess. Never been away from my son for any real length of time, not to mention with all the problems going on over there. I'm a little freaked out. He is excited about going but me not so much. He will be gone for 2 years. He will be in Bahrain patrolling shipping channels and port from what he was told. Thanks everyone.
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  2. margaritaville

    margaritaville Active Member

  3. PT Car Washer

    PT Car Washer Well-Known Member

    Adventure of a lifetime. Mostly boring stuff and missing home.
  4. Ouch

    Ouch Well-Known Member

    I think i will be missing him and worried more than him. I need to go get some nerve pills.
  5. ZQXC

    ZQXC Guest

    Is he assigned to a destroyer?
  6. You are always going to worry about these gifts from God that we are blessed to have. Keep your head up and I'll keep zack in my long prayer list.
  7. oldngray

    oldngray nowhere special

  8. 728ups

    728ups offending people on the internet since 1995

    MANY thanks to your son for his's young people such as he that keep this country strong
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  9. ZQXC

    ZQXC Guest

    Has he just completed boot camp and A-school, or been in for a while?
  10. TooTechie

    TooTechie Geek in Brown

    Be proud and don't worry pop.
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  11. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    When I was stationed overseas in 1983 we were allowed one free 5 minute phone call home (Autovon) per month. I was newly married (two weeks) when I flew out. There were no cell phones or Internet back then---our phone bill was over $3K for the year I was gone.

    Check with your cell phone carrier for the best (and cheapest) way to plan ahead and pay for his bill while he is gone.
  12. oldngray

    oldngray nowhere special

    Skype or wifi phone is probably the best option.
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  13. Richard Harrow

    Richard Harrow Deplorable.

    A very close friend who is a Navy Corpsman attached to a USMC unit did a tour on the ground in Afghanistan maybe 2 or 3 years ago. He said it was the most boring time of his life.

    You and your family are in my thoughts.
  14. Overpaid Union Thug

    Overpaid Union Thug Well-Known Member

    He'll be alright. Minus the SEALS and a handful of other jobs in the Navy being on a ship is the safest place to be over there. The Allah Akbars are crazy but not typically crazy enough to attack a US Naval vessel that's armed to the teeth. Boredom and homesickness will be his greatest obstacle. Try not to worry too much. :D

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  15. bl04a

    bl04a Member

    God bless you and your son. I understand your worries and fears. My son is in his 9th week of boot camp for the Marines at Parris Island, SC. I worry constantly about where he will be sent when basic training is done. I hear about everything that is happening in the Middle East and it makes me a nervous wreck. Hang in there, I'm sure your son will be fine and thank him for his service to us from me.

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  16. retiredTxfeeder

    retiredTxfeeder cap'n crunch

    My son was also in the navy, and he went to the middle east as well. He had a blast. The hardest thing he had to get used to was the culture differences. My son was the designated fisherman on his ship...The captain bought a bunch of big rods and reels for the crew. Whenever they ran into a big school of tuna, they would wake up my son and break out the rods..Fishing off the fantail. The whole crew would have grilled tuna. They have email available. We would send care packages about once a month. If Zach smokes or dips, that is appreciated. Beef jerky is popular. It takes 3-4 weeks to get packages to the ship, so nothing perishable. Son said he went into Bahrain 8 times. Got any questions, drop me a line. rob.
  17. jumpman23

    jumpman23 Oh Yeah

    If your going to be in a branch of the military, thank god its the Navy not the marines or army.
  18. bl04a

    bl04a Member

    Thanks! My son is in the Marines!

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  19. bleedinbrown58

    bleedinbrown58 ahhh....the mouth breathers

    My brother joined the Marine Corps in 1999. He was a DI at Parris Island up until 18 months ago...then took a transfer. Most new Marines are sent to Camp Lejeune in NC....or 29 Palms out in CA after basic training. I remember how proud my dad was when we went down there for my brother's graduation from boot camp. Best of luck to your son.
  20. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    Keep in mind that the PO is your only option to APO/FPO.