Navy Nukes


November is Military Family Appreciation Month!

And because it is and because we are, Mother Goose shall now continue her story of how her family became a military family…

Two guys who look and dress alike.

Two guys who look and dress alike.

After those sailor sons graduated from “boot camp” at the Great Lakes Naval Training Center in March 2011, they immediately flew away to North Carolina. This is the place where seamen who have achieved high scores on their military service aptitude tests go to learn their trade in the field of nuclear science.

Their first training is in “A” School which is basic electricity and electronics. At this time, the sailor sons of Mother Goose also achieved the rank of Petty Officers Third Class (and a sweet pay increase, I might add)! They lived on base in Goose Creek and after their daily work was done, they could go fishing or go to the beach or hang out with all the other sailors.

It was really fun!

The whole family with the sailors in Charleston at Patriots' Point to tour the retired aircraft carrier USS Yorktown and retired submarine, USS Clamagore in June 2011.

The whole family with the sailors in Charleston at Patriots’ Point to tour the retired aircraft carrier USS Yorktown and retired submarine, USS Clamagore in June 2011.

“Power” school follows after “A” School where the classes get a lot more technical and they specifically learn how nuclear reactors work. At this point in their training, they stopped explaining to Mother Goose what they were learning… Needless to say, it was over the head of Mother Goose.

The guys spent about seventeen months in Goose Creek, and then were transferred to upstate New York where they began their prototype training. Mother Goose knows absolutely NOTHING about this phase of Navy Nuke training, except to say that they actually worked on live nuclear reactors. They learned how to start them up, keep them running and how to shut them down.

Wow!

In their spare time, they enjoyed mountain climbing, weekend trips to NYC, ski trips to New Hampshire and also betting on the horses at Saratoga Springs.

On top of Stone Mountain in New York

On top of Stone Mountain in New York

So far, the Navy life sounds pretty darn good to Mother Goose!

However, the prototype training does now “stand down” for the holidays. My sons were not able to come home and join the family for Thanksgiving, their birthdays OR for Christmas in 2012. The salty tears rolled down the feathery cheeks of Mother Goose as she packed goodie box after goodie box for her sailors. How could we make this Christmas holiday a little cheerier for the homesick fellows?

AHA! A light bulb over the head of Mother Goose!

She contacted EVERYBODY she knew who cared about Adam and Erik — AND anybody who cared about the troops — AND anybody who was breathing.

“Could you please send my sailor sons a Christmas card to let them know they are not alone and SURELY not forgotten this Christmas time?”

And SO many people, friends and even strangers sent them Christmas cards until the mailman almost had a heart attack carrying the heavy load to their apartment building! Cards, letters, goodie boxes, treats, cookies and candies all piled up from folks around the country to wish them a Merry Christmas and cheer their hearts.

A pretty nice bunch of Christmas cards.

A pretty nice bunch of Christmas cards.

Finally in February of 2013, the young sailors graduated from “prototype” and were allowed a 30-day leave of absence to go home or wherever they choosed to roam. Happily for Mother Goose, they did choose to come home!

All together again in February 2013.

All together again in February 2013.

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4 thoughts on “Navy Nukes

  1. Mother Goose, I never think about our men and women in uniform without also thinking about their families. I can’t imagine the sacrifice going all around! I am really enjoying learning more about your sons and their military journeys. I hope you’ll continue the story as they move on through. They are wonderful young men. I’m sure you’re bursting with pride, as you should be. ox

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