25 Year Anniversary of my NAVY Enlistment

20161009 navy enlistment anniversaryNobody who joins the military ever forgets the date they join. It’s as second nature as their birthday, the date they get married or the date of their first child. Guess I’m feeling kind of nostalgic coming up on my 25th anniversary of the date I joined the NAVY. Having just finished up scanning over a thousand old pictures, I thought I’d put together a complete photo album of my US Navy tour. After looking through all the photos of these 4 whirlwind years of my life, I realize it was an experience of a lifetime that I would not have traded for anything. Proud to be a NAVY veteran.

Here is a “raw” PHOTO GALLERY that includes many of the activities and destinations of my tour.

Some highlights of my 4 years include:

  • Shooting automatic weapons & thumping M203 grenades with a Seal Team at AP Hill
  • Being Plane Captain/Landing Signalman Enlisted and working on the flight deck of an aircraft carrier
  • Sailing two six-month Mediterranean cruises and logging over 15 months at sea
  • Loading 2 of our helicopters into, and flying in a C5 Galaxy… the largest US aircraft
  • Watching/feeling a Phalanx weapon system shoot 75 rounds per second
  • Living 8-weeks on a cot in a tent eating MRE’s in Cuba during the Haiti conflict
  • Launching off an aircraft carrier in a C2 Greyhound
  • Transiting the Suez Canal twice

Destinations, assignments & liberty in the US:

  • Great Lakes, Illinois
  • Millington, Tennessee
  • Memphis, Tennessee
  • Jacksonville Florida
  • Daytona Beach, Florida
  • Pax River, Maryland
  • AP Hill, Virginia
  • Washington, DC
  • Norfolk, Virginia
  • Cherry Point, North Carolina
  • Fallon, Nevada
  • Reno, Nevada

Liberty ports & destinations over seas:

  • St Marten, Virgin Islands
  • Autec, Bahamas
  • Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
  • Naples, Italy
  • Rome, Italy
  • Brindisi, Italy
  • Corfu, Greece
  • Rhodes, Greece
  • Haifa, Israel
  • Jerusalem, Israel
  • Bethlehem, Israel
  • Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates

Waters I’ve sailed:

  • Atlantic Ocean
  • Caribbean Sea
  • Mediterranean Sea
  • Ionian Sea
  • Adriatic Sea
  • Red Sea
  • Arabian Sea
  • Gulf of Aden
  • Gulf of Oman
  • Persian Gulf

Aircraft I flew in:

  • Boeing DC-9 Passenger Jet (Several Flights)
  • Boeing 707 Passenger Jet (Several Flights)
  • Boeing 727 Passenger Jet (Several Flights)
  • H-60F Seahawk (USS Theodore Roosevelt to Brindisi, Italy)
  • HH-60H Seahawk (Several Flights)
  • C-130 Hercules (Norfolk, Virginia to Autec, Bahamas)
  • C5 Galaxy (Norfolk, Virginia to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba)
  • H-47 Chinook (Guantanamo Bay, Cuba to USS America)
  • C2 Greyhound (USS Theodore Roosevelt to Sicily, Italy)

Naval Ships I sailed on:

  • CVN-71 USS Theodore Roosevelt (471 days)
  • CV-66 USS America (7-days)

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