In The Navy

Well, I had big plans for writing in this blog every day and using it to track my experience on active duty and deployment to the Persian Gulf. As you can see I haven’t been following thru on those plans very well. My good friend Dan mentioned in an email that he had checked my blog and it didn’t appear that I was updating it. That has served as the impetuous for this post. We’ll see how long lasting the motivation is.

The guy that I’ve roomed with since December flew over the horizon today. His boots will be in the sand by tomorrow, I suppose. I will be flying out early with the crypto gear. I was originally suppose to leave on the 28th but I was told today that it has been moved out. I wasn’t given any more than that. Welcome to the Navy.

Some of you may know that when I returned to the Navy in 2001 they changed my rate from Operations Specialist (OS) to Information Systems Technician (IT). These past few weeks of training have been a real opportunity to learn that new job. I’m actually becoming a fairly good IT. IT2 Purkett, the guy I work with is largely responsible for that. He came off active duty in 2002 and is still very current in his knowledge of the rate. He’s also a good trainer, very interested in making sure I know what I need to.

The training schedule and planning leaves a lot to be desired. It is very hard to understand why we are doing what we are doing. We are currently operating 24 hours a day 7 days a week. As there are only two ITs that means that Purkett and I hour some pretty long hours. Whatever, soon we’ll go forward and things will change.


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