Hi Friends of Samantha,
It’s been about 6 months since my last update So I’ll try to hit the highlights. First the present: Samantha is coming home for Christmas leave. She will get home late on the 17th and leave on the 26th. We will have a bon fire and open house on Friday, the 21st from 6pm, till the fire goes out. Please stop by and say hi to Samantha.
So in my last update the BUSH was stationed in Norfolk and spending a lot of time conducting training off the coast. I was able to spend a weekend with Samantha in July. We spent some time with our friend, Air Force Major Russ Baker. Russ usually works in Tampa, but was on assignment in Norfolk the weekend I was there.
The real reason I went to Norfolk was that Samantha invited me to go to a KISS concert in Virginia Beach with her and three of her buddies. It was my 30th KISS concert. It was their first. It Was AWESOME! They had fun too! 🙂
Shortly after that, the BUSH went into the shipyards in Portsmouth for a 4 month overhaul. Petty Officer Myhre was assigned temporary duty with the Damage Control Task Force. Her detail was assigned to remove and strip water tight doors. The doors – there are several thousand on the ship, must be refurbished to ensure they are water tight to prevent flooding. They were sent off ship to be finished and then returned. Samantha’s crew then re-installed them.
These pictures were posted on the ships facebook page. Hard and dirty work.
And speaking of facebook pages. This picture was posted on the Navy’s advancement page:
I guess that means it’s time to study!
Last month the ship hosted a holiday party at a nearby convention center. Alexa flew up to attend with Samantha and they both had a great time.
Our Thanksgiving holiday tradition is to celebrate with our good friends at the Sommers home. Samantha couldn’t get away this year, so we did the next best thing and used the serviceman’s best friend; SKYPE! Here she is spending air time with some of her family: Mom, Marisol, and Joe.
Last Saturday the BUSH went to sea for the first time in 4 months. On the way out she paid respects to my old ship, USS ENTERPRISE. Enterprise was being deactivated that same day after 51 years in the service of America. BUSH signal flags send: “BRAVO ZULU Big E” = Well Done ENTERPRISE. Here is a picture taken from the Big E as BUSH drives by.
So that brings us to today. Samantha is sick at home this weekend. I told her to eat oranges and take Nyquil and get better fast so you can come home! She misses her mommy very much. Samantha will get 10 days leave for Christmas. So please stop by and say hello on Friday night, December 21st.. We’ll have the fire going so bring a chair.
Thanks again to all our friends who keep our service Men and Women in your prayers. Please take a minute to shoot Samantha a call, text, or email. She’d love to hear from you.
Samantha’s PO Box for snail mail is:
PO Box 9879
Norfolk, VA. 23505
Thanks to all for your support for Samantha. God Bless you. And God Bless America.
A veteran is someone who, at one point in his or her life, wrote a check made payable to: “The United States of America”.
For an amount of: “up to and including my life.”
That is Honor.