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March 13, 2014 from 5pm to 9pm – 3201 Buckley Rd., North Chicago
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March 20, 2014 from 5pm to 9pm – 3201 Buckley Rd., North Chicago
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March 27, 2014 from 5pm to 9pm – 3201 Buckley Rd., North Chicago
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Natasha, thank you for touching bases with us. Glad to know that your son made it to the Howard safely. I think those boring periods will be less and less as he is acclimated to the ship's routine and in particular his job. Because he is a junior sailor and new to this Command, he will gradually work on training and certifications he will eventually need to have.
My son is doing well. I get a call at least once a week and will have occasional chats on Facebook with him too. They just reached their halfway point of deployment. If all goes as planned, I will be meeting up with the ship in Pearl Harbor (last port stop) and taking the Tiger Cruise back to San Diego.
I hope everyone's sailors are doing well.
Thank you Nanette!! I actually already had her email address in my email contacts list just in case I ever needed to get a hold of her. Yes, I will email Eileen and see if I can get my name added to the newsletter list. I'm glad you have been getting frequent communication from your son. Mine is terrible about emailing, but good about calling every week.
I have sent many care packages in the past that required the customs forms. So, please let me know if you have any questions. I almost always use the flat rate USPS boxes. Unfortunately, they are not very big and I use the so called large one when I send jerky. But, I may have to send two boxes as it's hard to fit it all into one box. The customs forms are not as intimidating as they look. It can be confusing on how to properly place the Div. name/number and ship's address on the form. But, my local Post Office advised me not to worry too much about what line to place the address info as long as the complete address is on the form. You can also be general in your description of the contents being sent. I use to list my contents as jerky, but I was told recently by the PO to list it as "non-perishable food". Do not attach the customs form onto the box. The PO person will attach it. They need to stamp each carbon page of the form and will then give you a copy of the last page. You are not required to have the name and address written on the box if you are using a customs form. However, I still write my address and the shipping name and address on all my boxes. This is just in case there is water damage or any other damage to the form during shipping that may make it difficult to read the address info.
Thank you for your thoughtful offer to share some almond roca with my son. I'm sure he would love that!!
Hi Paige. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and New Year as well. In a way I'm thankful it went by so quickly so I didn't have much time to ponder about our first holidays without our son. First experiences are always tough. But time heals and we will get accustom to our son's new life, career, adventures and traditions.
I receive emails from the Howard's Ombudsman. Here is her information:
Nanette, thank you so much for sharing the link!! If not for you sharing, I wouldn't have known the newsletter was out. I printed it for the scrapbook already, lol. Do you know how to get letters from home into the newsletter? Is there someone on the ship these messages are sent to? I would like to send one to my son.
Billy has been good about staying in touch. He calls me or we chat on Facebook sometimes. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and Happy New Year!! I hope your son is doing well and enjoying his first deployment.
Oh, I'm making a mass amount of homemade beef jerky this weekend... actually started working on it last night. So, I will ask Billy to track down your son when he receives the care package from me with the jerky.
Happy New Year!
This is the link to the December Dragon Times:
The holiday season is upon us and I wish each of you and your families a wonderful Christmas and New Year. May God's light shine upon our Sailors and keep them safe this holiday season.
Happy Holidays Everyone!
Welcome to the group nicolejohnsmom!
Hi Paige, Hope all is well with you. It's funny how things kind of go back to normal after they deploy. The only thing missing from my sailor are the texts and phone calls. He has been able to send emails every few days and that's good enough for now. He also made a phone call while we were tree shopping last week. :)
My son is a GM - Gunners Mate. His division is CM and he works with the VLS - Vertical Launching System. I started collecting bits and pieces to put together in a scrap book. Found some of his certificates he received right before deployment so I'll be able to use those as well.
Thanks again for all your helpful ideas, comments and support!
Wishing you and your family a Happy Holiday Season!
Nanette, I hope you are doing well. I'm sorry it's taken me awhile to respond to your last post. I understand how crazy things had to be for your son. There is always so much for them to do in order to prepare for deployment. I'm sure your son appreciated your help in getting his apartment things boxed up. Billy elected to keep his apartment lease active during deployment. He loves his apartment complex and didn't want to risk not being able to get into the same place when they return. They also have a gated security parking garage there, so he has a safe place to keep his truck. He left his keys with Navy friends there who will be looking after his place and truck while he's away.
I really enjoyed putting a scrapbook together during their last deployment. Thanks to Facebook, I was able to obtain a great deal of photos to use in the scrapbook. I created all of the pages for the book using a word document on my computer typing in information about the photos that I inserted in each doc. I then saved and printed each page and inserted them into plastic protective sheet covers and put them into a 3-ring binder. I purchased a view binder so I could put a cover photo on the front. I also printed maps of the countries they visited and information about each country and their culture. Along with all that, I printed Navy news articles, news publications from other countries I found on the internet about the exercises the Howard was involved in, and the Howard's newsletters. I added some other personal touches too like famous Naval/Sea quotes to the scrapbook as well. I am just mentioning this to you to give you some more ideas to go along with what you've already done in the past.
The jerky has been a big hit. I sent a lot of it during the last deployment. I will be sending another box of it sometime this month. Once Billy receives the box, he goes around the ship handing jerky out to the crew. I package the jerky into quart size bags and usually have 60-70 bags made up. If you send me a private message with your son's name and the division he's assigned to, I will give that info to my son and he can make sure your son gets some of the jerky.
Your right, the length of time it takes for the mail to arrive to the ship varies. It all depends on where they are at the time. I think on average you can expect about two weeks for your packages to arrive if you use the flat rate priority boxes from the USPS. I had one before that took about 5 weeks and I had one shipment of jerky that never arrived at all.
My Best Wishes to You and Your Family!!
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