Whats up Sportsfans ~ Joined The NAVY!

Discussion in 'Military & Vets' started by rileyjr16, Apr 26, 2013.

  1. rileyjr16

    rileyjr16 New Member

    Hey all. As most of you know, I joined the Navy in April 2012. I am now pleased to say I made E-3 (Airman) a little early. I'm on the USS Dwight D Eisenhower and we're currently out to sea for a bit. Well, an update, I made 9 months with my girlfriend Sunday, my transfer case in the truck finally went out and locked up. Um I'm catching airplanes on the flight deck with the arresting gear. Its fun, just sucks being away from home but thats how it goes. Can't wait to get back and have my woman and the truck up in Norfolk and meet some people. Airman Riley signing off. Take care guys
  2. tbplus10

    tbplus10 Super Moderator Staff Member

    Sounds like all is going good for the most part.
    Congrats on E-3, you studying for third class and Surface Warfare now?
    Working the deck during flight ops is probably one of the most dangerous jobs you could find, and probably one of the most exciting. Cyclic ops with 12-on 12-off wear you out fast but the days pass by real quick and before you know it the deployment is over.
    At least your on a good ship, I always liked the Ike she has a steady deck during blue water ops.
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  3. rileyjr16

    rileyjr16 New Member

    Right now I'm trying for air warfare. It's gonna be a while before I make 3rd class but I'm trying to study up on it. I enjoy the flight deck, wish my lcpo heard of 12 on 12 off haha. I'm working sometimes 20 hour days with 3+- hours of sleep
  4. SurrealOne

    SurrealOne Former Member

    Good to hear from you, bud! I'm glad things are going well. The military's a good life if you have the discipline for it ... and it sounds like you do!
  5. jake's silverado

    jake's silverado New Member

    Hey Riley long time no talk... Sounds like things are going well. As [MENTION=50075]SurrealOne[/MENTION] states sounds like dedication is paying off. Keep it up. Post a picture if you can...
  6. tbplus10

    tbplus10 Super Moderator Staff Member

    You guys on deployment or just work-ups?
    If you decide to stay in longer that warfare pin will be important, dual pins would help even more.
    Are you an ABH? I have a friend ay work that was an AB in the hanger deck on Ike during her early 2000's overhaul, he got out right before the first at sea period and now regrets never taking her to sea for at least the work-ups.
    Just remember your keeping all of us at home safe and we appreciate your sacrafices.
    Fair winds and following seas Shipmate!!
  7. rileyjr16

    rileyjr16 New Member

    ABE actually. But close enough haha. We are on deployment which is almost done. The. We hit the yards until i make third and go TAD probably to the Truman. It's not too bad here. A little hot but it's not unbearable. Can't wait for our next port though :)

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    ABE actually. But close enough haha. We are on deployment which is almost done. The. We hit the yards until i make third and go TAD probably to the Truman. It's not too bad here. A little hot but it's not unbearable. Can't wait for our next port though :)
  8. aloxdaddy99

    aloxdaddy99 New Member

    Congrats on E-3! Keep your a$$ down and your head on a swivel! Flight ops make the long days feel short. And it's young guys like you that keep old guys like me able to live as we wish in this great country. So a big THANK YOU to you and your shipmates.
  9. Sierraowner5.3

    Sierraowner5.3 New Member

    [MENTION=48233]rileyjr16[/MENTION]. let me know when u get back. i make it up towards NOB fairly often. meet ya for lunch or something one day. take ya out to hooters.

  10. aloxdaddy99

    aloxdaddy99 New Member

    Just not the one out by Damn Neck! LOL
  11. rileyjr16

    rileyjr16 New Member

    Rog that Alex. I'm lookin at being back off of leave on the 20th. I'll be home July 1st and easing on back up that way with my truck on the 16th so definately. Stopped off in Portugal for a bit. Be home (me) I'm a little over a week. We change commands on the 17-19 so... Fast cruise... Yay! Not
  12. ChevyFan

    ChevyFan Administrator Staff Member

    Stay safe out there, really appreciate you stepping up and giving some years to the Navy.

    The Navy's got a special place in my heart, both of my grandfathers had something to do with the Navy. I don't mean to hijack your thread, but I think the navy needs to be talked up from time to time.

    My Dad's Dad (Grandpa George) worked in the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard as a master shipfitter. He was "drafted to his job" during WWII and spent his time during the war finding better and faster ways to get commercial ships turned into Navy ships.

    For example, the Navy was getting all these merchant marine vessels and their doors open backwards compared to navy ships. So they were torch-cutting the hinges off all of the doors, then flipping the door around and making new hinges. At a big production meeting he offered up the suggestion, "why don't we just cut a big hole in the metal around the door and just flip the whole thing around and not mess with the hinges?" I think they gave him a promotion and a bottle of brandy for cutting the process down about 80%.

    My Mom's Dad (Grandpa Bob) graduated college in June 1942 and went immediately to the Naval Academy to become a pilot (where they made him play football for another year actually - that ticked him off as he was technically drafted by the Steelers, but anyhow...) and he eventually became a dive bomber then they gave him a Hellcat. He shot down a zero in his dive bomber so they made him a fighter pilot.

    He had 6 air-to-air kills, had to ditch a couple of times in the Pacific, was awarded the Navy Flying Cross and ended up as a flight trainer on the old abandoned Moses Lake Navy flight training center in the middle of Washington State.

    More recently, my brother (David) did 10-years as an air traffic controller before he made the jump to the FAA, I've got a cousin (Robert) who's going for 20-years, he just made Senior Chief Petty Officer (I forget where he's at now ...) and one of my best friends (Patrick) made it through nuke school and did some sub-time before he got picked up for ROTC and ended up working in navy hospitals for another few years.

    Not surprising, but we've been doing a lot of genealogy over the last few years and one side of the family has been into sailing, ship building and merchant marine ship owners for hundreds of years ... all the way back to the Mayflower and early Massachusetts settlers in the 1600's.

    Unfortunately, I was in a bad accident in high school so they wouldn't let me join any of the armed forces. I tried and they told me to go home.

    Anyhow, GO NAVY.

    Thanks, for letting me rant on this subject for just a few minutes. :)
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  13. rileyjr16

    rileyjr16 New Member

    hey not a problem! Can't wait to be in constant 3G and wifi so I can get on regularly again
  14. rileyjr16

    rileyjr16 New Member

    Well it's my last day in Portugal. After this, I'll be home in about a week and working on my truck some. She's got some problems. She got a new transfer case, hood, hood hinges, tailgate and bumper. So my brother has been working on her for me but I'll do some too when I'm home. Planning on takin her back up to Norfolk starting on the 16th. Be on the lookout for a help me post lol

    i be on regularly again soon to comment and help people.

  15. Drake_korthos

    Drake_korthos New Member

    Hey there shipmate (I know I know, I cursed at ya! you'll be ok. First round will be on me if yer ever round my neck of the woods), first off THANK YOU for your service! I know it's a bit late now, but congrats on Airman and it doesn't hurt to study early for the E-4 exam! Take yer time with yer ride, she'll see you through thick and thin during your career! Oh and a little friendly advice from another sailor: when you hit a foreign port, SIGN UP FOR AS MANY TOURS AS YOU CAN!!!!! you can hit up the bars after the tours! As much fun as I had, that's prolly my only real regret from my ship time! lots of tours, lots of pictures, and lots of drinkin afterwords LOL :party:. Thanks again, and keep yer head on swivel out there!

    USN Vet
  16. BurbanMan

    BurbanMan Member

    Congrats sir and thank you for your service!

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