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Navy Nuke: Questions and Answers to what your Sailor will be doing as a "Nuke" in the United States Navy. This support group is for the families and friends with Sailors serving in the U.S. Navy Nuclear Program / Power Nuke School.

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Surviving Nuke School

Started by B'sNukemom&dad⚓️MM2(CVN75). Last reply by B'sNukemom&dad⚓️MM2(CVN75) Aug 24. 1 Reply

Your Sailor's Schedule Upon Arrival at Goose Creek

Started by B'sNukemom&dad⚓️MM2(CVN75). Last reply by B'sNukemom&dad⚓️MM2(CVN75) Aug 24. 1 Reply

Nuke A School Graduation Date

Started by David E Kahmann, Sr. Last reply by B'sNukemom&dad⚓️MM2(CVN75) Jul 9. 1 Reply

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Comment by B'sNukemom&dad⚓️MM2(CVN75) on September 24, 2015 at 10:26am

Good Morning.  I know we don't normally post any information on here that identifies a sailor but I think it's important to post this.  This Sailor - Vincent Ferdin - is missing.  He is in Goose Creek, SC, in the last part of prototype.  His mom, Rena Ferdin, was contacted by the Navy on Monday that he had been missing for 2 days.  HE IS STILL MISSING.  She is in Goose Creek & has been there since Tuesday.  Please share this with your sailors & perhaps someone will know something or remember something that could help in finding him. This has been posted on various FB groups and there is also a FB page dedicated to finding him "Finding Vincent Ferdin".  

Comment by B'sNukemom&dad⚓️MM2(CVN75) on September 3, 2015 at 4:11pm

Glad you had a nice time in Charleston Mike!  BZ to your son on his A school grad.

Comment by Mike on August 31, 2015 at 11:17am

I’m back from a great visit to Goose Creek. My wife and I went to the Nuclear Field A School graduation last Friday morning. About 70 young or so sailors, 20 EM’s, 20 ET’s and about 30 MM’s, it’s very different than PIR but still very special and very well done. Base access was a breeze, parking is good, and graduation is in the gym with plenty of seats. Be in your seat by 0845, the graduation will start on time at 0900. As your sailor comes across the stage be ready with your camera. Tell them before hand to stop as they are getting there certificate for a photo, the MC briefed us before the grad that the sailors can and should stop for a good photo op with the Captain. The A school director and the base captain spoke briefly, most of their points were focused on how proud you as parents should be that your son/daughter completed school and is now a Third Class petty Officer. The entire leadership team hung around to talk, take photos and answer questions.
Lots of fun things to do and see in Charleston, King St is a great place for food, Patriots Point for history. I stayed and recommend the Fairfield Inn & Suites in N. Charleston, great central location.

Comment by B'sNukemom&dad⚓️MM2(CVN75) on August 24, 2015 at 2:41pm

I bumped a couple of discussions above that might be helpful to those that are new to Goose Creek.

Comment by Ron Fordham on August 24, 2015 at 2:26pm

We just drove to Great Lakes from central Alabama in one day, then back following seeing our new baby nuke off a the airport to Goose Creek. We got home at 4:30am Sunday morning after getting up to go to the airport with our sailor at 2:30... That was rough, thank goodness for convenience store coffee and waffle house ;-) 

Comment by Mike on August 24, 2015 at 12:44pm

All great advice....I'm looking forward to the graduation Friday but the drive down from Virginia, well that's something else.

Comment by Ron Fordham on August 24, 2015 at 11:58am

Frank. that's darned good advice. We'll do out best to follow that. Parents to tend to take the negative route far to often. We're guilty of that. So this is really good for us to hear. We needed it right from the start. And the care packages is an awesome idea. Not sure what we'd put in it, but I'm sure we'll come up with something that she would want. 

Comment by Grant Miller on August 24, 2015 at 11:43am

I agree with Frank and Tom wholeheartedly. Our son got a temporary assignment to Kings Bay after Power School grad and on Hold. It was something new and he enjoyed it.

Comment by Rocco A Cavallo on August 24, 2015 at 11:33am son told me around mid September for his power school....doing watch duty and trying to relax and stay in shape of course. I agree with Tom's comments also...thanks!

Comment by Frank on August 24, 2015 at 11:30am

Your Sailor will learn how to study the "Navy" way and as long as he/she will stick to it and not buck the "Navy" way then success is fairly certain. Put in the hours studying after class and on weekends, afterall, it is their job, that's why they are there. Family support and encouragement also plays a huge factor. Speak and guide in the "affirmative" when communicating. I coached ball for years and found instructing with what I wanted the athletes to do instead of what I didn't want them to do or what they were doing incorrectly put the right thought in their heads. For instance, "stay down on the groundball" was better then "don't lift your head or glove on the groundball" or "don't drift to the flyball" wasn't as good as saying "beat the ball to the spot and get behind it". I think you get the idea, anyway, keep things in the positive and affirmitive so that their subconscience goes in the right direction. My wife and I also send a "care package" every couple weeks packed with everyday stuff as well as things from our home area and a surprise or two. It gives our Sailor something to look forward to as well as a little reward after grinding out coutnless hours studying. One last thing, do your best to answer the phone call when it comes in. They obviously want to talk and have something to say so do your best to give them an ear and voice on the other end instead of voicemail. Hope this helps, Ron, and best of luck to your Sailor and family.


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