Change of Command: 6 Things to Know

Change of Command: 6 Things to Know
Photo credit: US Navy

In the submarine community there are a number of time-honored traditions and ceremonies. We've previously talked about christening ceremonies, but what about a Change of Command ceremony? Here's a few things you should know. What is a Change of Command ? A Change of Command is a ceremony to honor the outgoing Commanding Officer (CO) [...]

So, You’re New to Submarine Life. Here Are 10 Things You Should Know

So, You’re New to Submarine Life. Here Are 10 Things You Should Know
USS Boise (SSN-764), US Navy/Mass Comm. Specialist 2nd Class Jeffrey M. Richardson

If you're new to submarine life, whether you're a parent of a newly-christened sailor or a significant other just learning the lingo, it can be incredibly overwhelming. Simply put, you don't know what you don't know. What type of submarine are they on? How often will they be at sea? What's the difference between an [...]

How to Support Your Spouse (And Yourself) Through Their XO Tour

How to Support Your Spouse (And Yourself) Through Their XO Tour
USS INDIANA, credit: US Navy

As a follow up from our department head post, we were asked to gather feedback on spouses who have experienced an XO tour! The "XO," or Executive Officer, is second in command and reports directly to the Commanding Officer (CO). An XO is responsible to the captain for all ship's work, drills, exercises, personnel organization, [...]

Military Childcare Benefits For Service Members

Military Childcare Benefits For Service Members

For dual working parents or single parents, searching for childcare at a new duty station can be overwhelming to say the least! Below is a guide to some of the military childcare benefits available to service members and their families. Child Development Centers The military offers subsidized childcare at Child Development Centers (CDCs) on bases [...]

6 Tricare Resources to Take Advantage Of

6 Tricare Resources to Take Advantage Of

In honor of World Health Day, we wanted to highlight some health insurance resources you might not be aware of. Tricare is the designated health insurance for military members and their dependents, and everyone's experience is different. Whether you love it or hate it, try to familarize yourself with the resources and processes to avoid [...]

The Submarine Birthday Ball: 5 Things to Know

The Submarine Birthday Ball: 5 Things to Know
U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jimmy Ivy III

The Submarine Birthday Ball is one of the most time honored traditions of the submarine community. National Submarine Day falls on April 11. On that date in 1900, the United States government procured its first modern commissioned submarine, the USS Holland (SS-1). Every year, wherever submariners congregate, there is sure to be a Submarine Birthday Ball. [...]