“Can You Hear Me Now?” Your Guide to Navigating Port Calls

“Can You Hear Me Now?” Your Guide to Navigating Port Calls
Photo Courtesy U.S. 6th Fleet Public Affairs, USS Indiana Conducts Safe Haven Port Visit in Rota, Spain

Submarine life is full of constant change and in a world now with COVID, quarantines and "clean piers," it seems that everything has been flipped upside down. Whether this is your first deployment or sixth deployment, port calls are no longer what they once were. Recently my husband was deployed for six months during the [...]

Feeling Salty? Questions to Ask Yourself When You’re Mad at Navy Life

Feeling Salty? Questions to Ask Yourself When You’re Mad at Navy Life

Is your spouse deployed? Is your spouse home but working crazy hours- SSN- Saturdays, Sundays and Nights is the accroymn right? New orders received and are your last choice? This usually leads to feelings of anger towards the Navy or maybe even your spouse.   It's ok to feel anger or frustration or sadness, but when [...]

10 Great Resources Available Through Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society

10 Great Resources Available Through Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society

When I PCS’ed to Hawaii, I wanted to do something that would help me keep my resume current, make friends, and give back to the military community. I am so glad that I found the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS). After I became a volunteer, I learned that NMCRS has some amazing resources available to [...]

The Ultimate Guide to Saratoga Springs/Ballston Spa

The Ultimate Guide to Saratoga Springs/Ballston Spa

Many people who hear “upstate New York” and “Naval Base” may be confused about what Navy sailors are doing stationed in Upstate New York. This area of New York is home to the Naval Nuclear Power Training Command, which is part of the training pipeline for submariners and surface sailors. We ended up in Saratoga [...]

17 Tips & Tricks For Surviving Shipyard

17 Tips & Tricks For Surviving Shipyard
The Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine USS Wyoming (SSBN 742) successfully undocks at Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Nov. 6, 2019. (Source: US Navy)

As submarine spouses, there may be times where we experience the dreaded “shipyard” period. Be it dry dock, extended overhaul, or a refit, these periods in the shipyard can be challenging for many different reasons. During my spouse’s first sea tour, his boat went into the shipyard for a few months. During that time, he [...]

Guam, to Live on Base or Off Base? That is the Question.

Guam, to Live on Base or Off Base? That is the Question.
Photo courtesy of Wikipedia

So, you’re getting ready to PCS to Guam...not only are you uprooting your life, once again, but you are moving your family and positions halfway across the world. Perhaps you’re familiar with this beautiful, remote island in the Pacific and know other spouses that can help guide your search for a place to set up [...]