Saying Goodbye to the Girls… We had a great time and I’m so happy to have met them 🙂
Wow. Japan. I can’t believe I’m moving to Japan. Once the deployment was finished things started moving in a whirl, I could barely keep up. I felt like things were just happening and I was almost two steps behind playing catch up.
I flew to Wisconsin for Christmas leave right when I got back and it was great. After returning back to Norfolk it was time to get serious. I was moved to the engineering department to get some experience because I was going to my next ship to be the Auxiliaries Officer and I needed to get as much training as I could before going, so I wouldn’t get eaten alive.
Unfortunately that move did stop my smooth transition out of my first tour and set me up for 10-12 hour days and stressful nights. I almost reached my breaking point during this time. I had never come so close before. Not in the beginning, not during the deployment, but the burden of helping run that department almost did me in. As bad as I thought it was, I can’t believe how prepared I became in just a few short months for my second tour.
And what happened two weeks before I left?! WE WON THE ASW BLOODHOUND AWARD FOR THE SECOND YEAR IN A ROW. It was the perfect ending. I had been very involved with the first award but winning it for a second year in a row was the best feeling because I knew that I was an important contributor this time. It was very satisfying. Senior wrote the award for the second year so I can’t take full credit for that but it was a great feeling knowing that my division and I had proven ourselves for the second time in a row!
My Goodbye’s to the destroyer were long awaited, but I was saddened. I had made so many friends and it was hard saying goodbye, but there is always an end that leads into a new beginning. And as the summer began I embarked on my new journey. It was time to head to Newport Rhode Island for Advanced Diesel school. Goodbye for now Norfolk, catch you on the flip side.
Disclaimer: All of the pictures in the slideshow were taken by a photographer on board my ship [MC2 Curtis]. I did not take these pictures and they are not mine.