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Comment by Paige (Billy's Mom) on April 9, 2014 at 5:43pm

Thank you Nanette!!  I never did get around to contacting Eileen, so I appreciate you posting the link for the Dragon Times.

Definitely enjoying this Spring weather... it's been really nice here too.

Hope your son is doing well : )

Comment by ProudNavyMomNanette on April 9, 2014 at 5:37pm

Hi Everyone!

Attached is the link to the March Dragon Times. Hope you all are enjoying this Spring weather.



Comment by Paige (Billy's Mom) on April 3, 2014 at 4:17pm

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The guided missile destroyer USS Howard (DDG 83) transits the East China Sea. Howard is participating in Exercise Ssang Yong, an annual combined exercise conducted by U.S. Navy and Marine forces with the Republic of Korea. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Christian Senyk (Released) 140402-N-NT265-113
Comment by Paige (Billy's Mom) on March 3, 2014 at 10:48am

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.

Comment by Natasha on March 2, 2014 at 9:47pm
Hey guys... just touching base with everyone.My son boarded the Howard in Japan at the beginning of January. He says he is having fun but it is boring sometimes. .. Lol. How are your sailors doing?
Comment by Paige (Billy's Mom) on January 10, 2014 at 3:12pm

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!!  

Comment by ProudNavyMomNanette on January 10, 2014 at 2:34pm

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:

Eileen Newell
Command Ombudsman
(619) 341-0103
You might ask her to add your email address to her list. I think it was my son that put my email address on a list prior to deployment.
Thank goodness for technology! My son has been able to email every few days or FB me to keep in touch. He said Guam was very expensive. I haven't heard from him in a while which means he's been really busy out there in the middle of the pond.
I have yet to send him a couple of boxes of gifts and goodies. My husband picked up some customs forms which are really small. I'm leaving work early today to get more information on how to send the flat rate box to the ship.
Well, since you're making the jerky, I'll see about making some home-made almond roca ship that out next week and share with your son too! :)
Comment by Paige (Billy's Mom) on January 10, 2014 at 2:06pm

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.

Comment by ProudNavyMomNanette on January 10, 2014 at 1:22pm

Happy New Year!

This is the link to the December Dragon Times:


Comment by ProudNavyMomNanette on December 24, 2013 at 12:29pm

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.


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