Veterans Day

I remember…

  • 9 weeks of Navy boot camp, with a drill sergeant who ripped our bunks & lockers to pieces and berated us for not having properly folded or stowed our gear
  • standing at attention on the drill field for several hours in the sun and then the rain
  • marching. lots and lots and lots of marching
  • arriving at my first duty station after boot camp, where I learned they’d placed me in a barracks filled with Army women on an Army base! Wait – didn’t I join the Navy?
  • language classes for 6 hours a day, 5 days a week for almost a year – in beautiful Monterey, CA
  • my Air Force buddies who decided I needed to see a nude beach near Big Sur
  • driving from CA to TX for my 2nd duty station – an Air Force base! (Checks uniform – yep, I’m still in the Navy.)
  • 3 months in TX where we could watch (or hear) the fighter jets practice take-offs and landings
  • my first job after training at the NSA at Ft. Meade, Maryland – an Army base, but hooray: there’s a barracks just for us Navy folks!
  • being on the job – I worked side by side with civilian Dept. of Defense folks, Navy, Marines, Army, and Air Force personnel
  • as a communications technician I did cool things like 1stripe
    • sorry, it’s classified, but you can read about CTIs on wikipedia – it was pretty incredible stuff for a 20 year old
  • the strobe light flashing to signal an incident
  • the quarter-size hole someone scrapped in the film-covered window so we could see the world outside
  • we rotated shifts: 2 weeks of days (7-3) followed by 2 weeks of mids (11-7)
  • the stress of not being to talk about the work I did
  • 5 years active duty + 1 year in the Reserves
  • that I never regretted serving my country. Would I do it again? You bet!

To all who have served, thank you. I am honored to be counted with you.

Veterans Day

Dad, Gary, Deanie, Dennis, Peter, Raymond, Robert, George, James, Sam, Mike, Janine, Willa, Tom, Debbie, Donna, and me. (I’m sure I’ve forgotten someone amongst my friends and family!) But to veterans everywhere…

How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!  –Maya Angelou

Dad, 1943, Coast Guard, NY

Veterans Day

Dad, 1943, Coast Guard, NY
My dad, 1943

“…our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty…”

Thank you to the veterans – my Dad, aunts, uncles, cousins, and numerous friends – who preserve those freedoms, which we often take for granted. Bless all veterans who have served or currently serve our country. As a Navy vet, I’m honored to be one of you.