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Alumni Division 901 PIR (Graduate) Friday, 20 Nov 09


Alumni Division 901 PIR (Graduate) Friday, 20 Nov 09

This group is started for our SRs ~ division 901 PIR date of 11/20/2009. I will add more information and links later : ) ~ kk

Members: 15
Latest Activity: Jan 18, 2013

Just some good stuff to know...

Once you read the Great Lakes Naval Training Command website (specifically the "family" drop down), at: may want to visit the NEX website:

...the recruit store link

the NEX Gift Card link:

It is my understanding that they automatically deduct $150 of their funds (payroll) and deposit it in a NEX account, for them to use for their wanted or other items. I will have to write my SR to see if this is the case : )

Angie F posted this on one of the groups recently. I feel it is great information for us;
Comment by Angie F.- WA: HM mom on October 8, 2009 at 1:42am

..."when the Recruits arrive at RTC there is a lot of intake and processing and then they are assigned to their divisions. As I understand it, they are first asked if anyone has prior experiance with N/ROTC, Band, or other musical skills or leadership. Those who do AND who have high ASVAB scores tend to be chosen to be placed in a 900 Division. There is usually only one of these Divs per TG (Training Group) consisting of multiple divisions which graduate together on the same date.

The 900s are the ones tasked with helping to run the PIR (Pass in Review-i.e. Graduation) ceremony. Each incoming 900 Div is given one of three support roles on a constantly rotating basis, i.e. Ship Staff-non musical, includes the graduating Honor Guard Rifle Drill Team, Flags-presents US, States, POW/MIA, and finally Triple Threat-musical, the Jr. Drill team, Bluejacket Band and Choir and Drum Corps. If they see that he has the qualifications, he may be chosen to be assigned, just depends on where they are in the rotation, among other factors. There will be other Navy opportunities beyond BC that he can indicate his interest in and offer his talents to as well. :) "

I just purchased a NEX Gift card. I used the send to me option. I want to make sure it is sent with the proper address while in BC at GL.

The staying connected with other N4Ms is truly helping with my "missing my son times."

My profile picture is a special item that my son gave me several months ago. I carry it with me all the time. My special item that goes with me ~ since he can't. He thinks it is funny!

Added October 25, 2009
Suggestions from other N4M members regarding PIR
Take binoculars
Ask your sailor to set up a meeting spot within the hall. I guess it gets hectic when Liberty is called.
(I am not sure how our performing group returns their flags, etc. before Liberty.)
Be prepared! Some have experienced a non-Grad N Go status to be changed right up to PIR. This could mean a minimal visit at Great Lakes, spending most of your time at the airport.
Picture experiences: They are ordered by our sons and daughters to be picked up at the NEX PIR weekend. Experience prices ranged from $147 to $250 (with DVD).
Each Division designs a flag. Flag design items (sweat shirts, t-shirts,etc) can be purchased at the NEX.
"A" School note - civilian clothes are not worn immediately. Expereince by the attending families said they are weaned in within about two (2) weeks. It was stated they earn this right.
Most of their Sailors wanted to get out and see Chicago.

Christine gave us some great information regarding our seating ~ We sat directly to the left of the review stage. There should be signs with the divisions numbers where they will be and parents are encouraged to sit in that area across from where their division will be. There will be recruits from future graduating divisions to help with questions about seating areas. They are very polite young men and women. Don't forget to tell your son to order the PIR DVD and division "yearbook" when he orders his portraits.

Discussion Forum

I am getting ready! Today, I packed...

Started by MamaBear kk. Last reply by JulieR Nov 17, 2009. 46 Replies

Want to have some fun? We have slightly over two (2) weeks to pack and head to Great Lakes! There will be no cheating ~ LOL We are all on N4Ms several times a day. At least once a day, drop in to…Continue

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Comment by MamaBear kk on January 18, 2013 at 4:45pm

kimbokatbo ~ It has been such a long time since I have posted to the Navy For Mom site also.  When I saw your post, about Andrew, come through my email, I wanted to jump right on and say that your family is in our thoughts and wishing a progressive treatment to recovery for Andrew.  I bet the girls are grown and offer support.  We wish you and your family the best recovery for Andrew.  (((((((((((((((hugs))))))))))) ~ kkf

Comment by kimbokatbo on January 18, 2013 at 4:24pm

Have not posted on here in a long time but have a specific prayer request.  Our son was involved in a serious car accident Dec 28 and was airlifted to MUSC in Charleston, SC.  He has broken every bone in his face and we know there is some brain damage, just don't know the extent yet.  He did finally have facial reconstruction surgery yesterday and they just keep telling us how lucky he is to be alive.  We feel very blessed to have him still with us.  We are planning to move him to the Shepherd Center in Atlanta, GA Monday for rehab.  They have one of the best brain injury rehab programs in the southeast.  The surgeons initially told us best case would be Andrew 100%, so our prayer from the beginning has been just that, Andrew 100%.  We believe in the power of prayer so just wanted to put this out and ask you to say a prayer for him and our family as we go through this.  I can also say that his Navy Reserve unit and the local Blue Star mothers have been wonderful to us throughout this.  we are so fortunate to belong to such a group.

Comment by arlietx on October 5, 2010 at 8:41am
Hi all, nice to catch up. My sailor finished "C" school in August at Chicago and just reported to his ship Friday in FL. They are deploying today for a month and then will be making a long deployment after the first of the year to Africa. He said he gets pots and pan duty for three months when they go to Africa as it will be where he is in rotation, none too happy about that, lol. Will also, of course, be checking out on his EM job. He did get to come home for a couple of weeks, so was glad to see him. Was surprised how much he hung around the house.
Sounds like all are doing well, so glad to hear. MamaBear so glad that LauraE is doing well and will still be able to use the outfit. Tell her to pass it on to another navy wife who can use it, if she can't. Always thinking of all and your sailors and praying for all every night!
Comment by JulieR on August 29, 2010 at 5:15pm
Hello ladies, I haven't posted here in a while. Just wanted to update you on my sailor. Her ship the USS Kearsarge just deployed out on Friday to help with flood relieve in Pakistan. It has been hard to see her go and she won't be back until next spring. The ship deployed a month early and so our family send off party will have to go on over the labor day weekend without her. I hope all of the 901 sailors are doing well. MamaBear - good luck to your son as he changes to full support status. It is a wonderful thing he is doing. Kimbokatbo it sounds like your son is doing well also. Hugs and prayers go out to you all!
Comment by kimbokatbo on August 23, 2010 at 7:55pm
MamaBear, best of luck to your son on going full support. I am sure he is ready to get started. Enjoy your time with him. Where will he be stationed? My son is in Pensacola for 2 weeks but still doing weekend duty. It is nice having him home and seeing him continue his college. He hopes to have a new job lined up when he gets back home. Hope everyone is doing good.
Comment by MamaBear kk on August 21, 2010 at 12:22pm
How is everyone! I am so involved with our Northeast Ohio monthly events I rarely get to update. My son will be changing his status soon: Reservist to full support. It has been great seeing his smiling face on a regular basis but now all is changing; dropping the college classes, quitting the job, etc. He would have made the transition earlier but he decided to have Lasik Wavefront surgery to eliminate the glasses and contacts before he deployed. Since the Navy only provides the older PRK process; mom foot the bill for this surgery. Once they have this process the Navy places a 3 month hold on them; a little more time with him : ).

Some of your sons and daughters may have kept up with their friends in the 901 (11/20/2009) - many on Facebook. It is my understanding their three (3) RDCs have also moved on. I believe one has deployed and two are in OCS.

In September, some of the Ohio moms are having lunch with a Rear Admiral - I am excited!

For all those that remember LauraE (she posted pictures for us about 2 weeks before our PIR), I keep in touch with her and went to visit her and little Skylar before she went back to California to be with her husband. She is doing well and is expecting her 2nd little boy. arlietx ~ Your baby gift will be used soon! Sky was too big by the time I delivered the gift. I have to send her an email with your screen name so she can give you a proper thank you (my fault I kept forgetting).

I hope all is well with your families. Let me know how you are doing! : ) ~ kk
Comment by arlietx on March 30, 2010 at 9:58pm
Sounds like he is doing well. Know your happy to have him home. Mine still in A school in Great Lakes, but is doing well. Have a wonderful Easter as well :)
Comment by MamaBear kk on March 30, 2010 at 9:36pm
Have a Happy Easter!
Comment by MamaBear kk on March 30, 2010 at 9:35pm
Just catching up...our son/brother arrived home from A School (Corry Station in Pensacola, Florida) this past week and has reported to his Reserve unit. He is very happy to be home! This summer he will be working and reporting to his Reserve unit. If the timing works, he will be back in college in August.

When his plane landed, he sent me a text, "Just landed!" I responded with a picture of a huge clear bear cookie container full of his favorite just baked pumpkin chocolate chip cookies sitting on the AirTran luggage conveyor belt!

: ) ~ kk
Comment by JulieR on January 2, 2010 at 9:19pm
JAS-Thank you so much for your hospitality. My daughter had a wonderful time. She thinks the dessert is really cool. She is really hoping to get stationed out there in San Diego come March. It is so cold here. She went tanning today, I think hoping for warmer days. The high here is only going to be 20 or so the next several days. I hope your girl is prepared for the cold weather. This is just the beginnig. Happy New Year to you too and thanks again.

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