(Focusing on the fun of my military experience. Not training or missions! 🙂
I was 18 years old and landed in Chicago. Snow everywhere and next thing I knew I was loading a van. We were all scared to talk. We sat in our seats until we arrived to base and then the hustle began. For the next 3 months I would spend Thanksgiving and Christmas with complete strangers and it had been my choice!
My Choice! I called home and couldn’t complain. I had signed up to serve my country and for the next 4 years I did just that. My job was Communications (Radioman now IT) and I spent my entire 4 years on ships!
I traveled to Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, Australia, Korea, Middle East, and the last year I spent in Washington State. I signed up to serve my country. I wanted to GIVE and gained so much instead!
Life on a ship was unique. You learn of double sided tape and applied it to all your belongings!! I was on an oiler and if we were out of fuel we rocked back and forth so bad we literally walked on walls! We played games, watched movies, and cards!! I was Spades Queen! We would have “Swim Call” and I am sure I left everyone with something to remember:
I was on the USS Fife in Washington State and we had deployed on a Cruise. The Captain announced “Swim Call” and I couldn’t wait to get into the ocean!! There I was wanting to make an impression and after a few jumps I decided to be a Show Off and dive! People had video cameras and I will never forget doing my “Awesome Dive” where in slow motion it was anything but awesome and became the worse “Belly Flop” I have ever done!! It hurt SO bad and the flop made such a loud noise that it silenced over 100 people…..I think that’s the reason my belly is permanently RED!! JK
I loved the Military travel, my friends and the experiences that I learned. I am from Arizona and had to endure Chicago weather which was in itself an experience. Seven layers of clothes and a Ski Mask to keep us warm!
I gained experiences that 10ish years later I am still talking about. I gained a title of a Veteran that I am proud to have earned! I gained friendships of Gold that I can still call and have so much to talk about! I gained a sense of discipline that can’t be written in books or explained. Experiences that are dear to my heart and Friendships that I will never forget.
I am honored and blessed to have served in our USN!! 😉