Good morning all. Sorry I haven't posted much recently but I have been busy. Today is going to be a rainy day so there isn't really much to do so I am just going to relax and get some things done around the house today. Fathers day is Sunday and both of my kids mentioned it on the phone this week.
I heard from our daughter Cindy in San Diego Wednesday night. Cindy graduates Navy CIWS C-School July 3rd. Cindy said her orders have her going to Everett Washington right after graduation. She will be there in Washington for three weeks and then Fly out to the USS Abraham Lincoln to begin her first tour on her Ship. Cindy also said that when the Abraham Lincoln goes in the Yard next year that she is going to volunteer for an IA assignment in Iraq. IA is "individual augmentee (IA)". Cindy is doing well and is looking forward to getting on her Ship. Cindy sounded very positive and happy when I talked to her on the phone. We are very proud of her. :)
I have talked to our son John several times, he has been very busy lately. His Ship the USS Doyle has been busy getting qualifications. John is cranking ( working in the mess deck ) at this time. As you know John is an OS "Operations Specialist" in the Navy so this isn't his normal job. Everyone has to do a stint working in the mess deck when they first get into the Navy. John's days start at 3am and he has been getting off at 9-10pm. John is exhausted and has lost some weight but he is doing ok and sounds good. I am sure he will be doing better when he gets back to doing his normal job in a few months.
I have to tell you that I don't understand the whole idea of Cranking in the Navy. It doesn't make sense to me to send these Sailors to Specialized Schools for months to learn a technical job and then put them in a Kitchen where they forget what they just learned.
I have to say that I agree with Cmdr. Matt Brown's statement in 2001 where he said "Sailors need to be able to learn their rate (job)," Brown said. "When you have somebody who is taken out onto the mess decks, they’re losing some of their specialized training." If the site is up you can read the entire article here.
That's about it for now. Hope everyone has a Great weekend. :)