Saturday, January 22, 2011

My Sailor Girl - Part II

Amy's division at boot camp graduation. She is right in front, behind the A flag.

Posed pictures to show life in the barracks.

The two in front were the jerks of Amy's division and the cause of much of her issues. They really didn't like to be upstaged, and especially by a recent high school graduate, who just happened to be a girl.

She did get her E-3 out of everything... her comrade in arms -
Donna. Her mother was not very happy with Amy when she found out what she'd talked Donna into doing. I think that once they left boot camp that Amy never talked to her again. Wonder if she just did her time or if she stayed in longer?

Fast forward to the early summer 2000... I get a phone call from a local newspaper reporter who proceeds to let me know they have received a press release from the Navy regarding an "exercise" that Amy took part in on her ship. She said they wanted to include it on the front page of the newspaper and did I mind... Did I mind??? Heck, NO - that was AWESOME! The press release didn't include a picture so they asked if I could bring one down. I was happy to oblige. By this time, Amy had "shown" enough in her duties that she had progressed to Petty Officer 3rd Class - and she was just 19 years old.

Later, I also received a copy of the press release and a letter from the Public Affairs Center. We were very proud parents.

Amy ended up staying in the Navy for nearly 7 years and was a Petty Officer 1st Class when she got out. She achieved 2nd class in 2001 and 1st class three years later - at the age of 23.

At one point, she outranked her brother - for nearly a year. That was fun.

My Sailor Boy story to follow soon...


Chief aka Dad said...

Please tell Amy that an old retired Air Force Chief thanks her for her service :-)

Bouncin' Barb said...

As the daughter and sister of Navy men, I say she rocks!!! That's quite an accomplishment.

Thisisme. said...

I can quite understand why you are so proud of her (that's a lovely colour photo of Amy). She did really well, and at such a young age.

Rae said...

Very impressive. No wonder you are so proud of her.

Marla said...

Please tell Amy that fellow Navy parents are very proud of her and thank her from the bottom of their hearts. She is one of the reasons we are proud to be Americans.