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Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Twenty Years Ago Today

I just realized it's February 3rd; that means that 20 years ago today, I graduated from OCS in Newport with class 89001 and was commissioned an Ensign in the U. S. Navy. For some reason, it doesn't seem like it's been that long...


Anonymous bullnav said...


I think it was around 20 years ago, give or take a few days, that I got back to VMI for my last semester following a 35-day underway on the USS HONOLULU (SSN718) for my MIDN 1/c cruise. I managed to miss the first two weeks of my last semester...

2/03/2009 5:55 AM

Blogger a_former_elt_2jv said...

Lean and mean Joel. Lean and mean...

How are you feeling? I hope your post/pre spirits are still pretty high!


2/03/2009 6:54 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

50 years ago today the music died.

2/03/2009 7:04 AM

Blogger Lou said...

20 years ago today, I was sitting in class as part of NPS 8902, wondering what I got myself into...

2/03/2009 7:15 AM

Blogger Mike Mulligan said...

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mullen understands my message...why don’t you?

He gets it on what it means for the military and on a planet wide bases.

Strange this coming out now? Was he listening to us? I was in front of him?

Mullen: Crisis will squeeze spending

By John T. Bennett - Staff writer
Posted : Tuesday Feb 3, 2009 6:19:50 EST

The floundering global economy will force reductions in defense spending and likely drive up global instability, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said Monday.

2/03/2009 7:15 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy o-gang anniversary Joel!

2/03/2009 7:17 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

20 years ago today, I was in class 8903 (and later I was in your class). You probably entered OCS when I was leaving it. Happy anniversary. Hope you are feeling better.


2/03/2009 7:23 AM

Anonymous Ross Kline said...

(And there goes Trulligan again....)

I was underway with the USS Alaska (SSBN 732)(Blue) defending the right of trolls everywhere...

(Yes, Mike, that was a shot acroos your bow.)

2/03/2009 7:38 AM

Blogger Port Tack Start said...

20 years ago...I was in the second half of first grade and had no cares except for the present.

2/03/2009 8:42 AM

Anonymous Guinness said...

Happy Commissioning Anniversary Joel!

20 years ago (next week) I left warm and sunny Hawaii for SOAC in cold and snowy Groton.

I don't do cold weather anymore...

2/03/2009 9:15 AM

Anonymous Guinness said...

Hey Mike, since you like to cut and paste, here's one for you:

Main Entry: troll
Pronunciation: \ˈtrōl\
Function: verb
Etymology: Middle English, probably from Anglo-French *troiller, *troller; akin to Anglo-French troil,
Date: 15th century

1. Someone who posts controversial, inflammatory, irrelevant or off-topic messages in an online community, such as an online discussion forum or chat room, with the intention of provoking other users into an emotional response or to generally disrupt normal on-topic discussion.

2/03/2009 9:19 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations Joel.

Let's see, 20 years ago, I was in 9th grade and trying to figure how to talk to girls. It took me another couple of years to effectively figure out how to do that.

Thanks, J.

2/03/2009 10:04 AM

Blogger Mike Mulligan said...

We really got to stop making me the issue.

2/03/2009 10:04 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

20 years ago I was on the way to NRD Chicago. I'm trying to remember if I let anyone like the trolligan in the Navy. I really hope not.

2/03/2009 10:08 AM

Anonymous Guinness said...

Hey troll, if you don't want to be the issue, then STFU and go away.

2/03/2009 10:09 AM

Anonymous Jim Armstrong said...

If you don't want to be the issue, then why are you posting off-topic irrelevant items here? The comments were closed in the other thread for a reason. Are you capable of figuring out what that reason is?
If you want to do stuff like this, you can make your own blog, and post all the stupid stuff you want. Hey, you can even dictate what the topics of the post are! How cool would that be? Huh?
Now, why don't you mature a bit, and go do that. The adults here are growing weary of your childish antics.

2/03/2009 10:29 AM

Blogger 630-738 said...

20 years ago today I was starting my first hold job at RTC Orlando, after my first 3 companies of recruits. I became a Damage Control/Firefighting Instructor and stayed there for 9 months.

Mulligan: You're not the issue, you're the problem.

2/03/2009 11:06 AM

Blogger Mike Mulligan said...

Twenty years ago I was making great money and I was a licensed operator at Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant. I was trying to think up a way to stop the decline of the organization. I was so innocent back then.

2/03/2009 11:20 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

20 years ago I was submerged and undetected keeping the world safe for democracy while monitoring training activities. Hours and hours of sheer boredom followed by....

2/03/2009 11:28 AM

Blogger J120 Bowman said...

20 years ago, I was a college sophomore in NROTC.

Considering Feb 3 1989 was a Friday, I was probably already three sheets to the wind.

If I only knew then what I know now! Life was so much easier!

2/03/2009 11:42 AM

Anonymous kamster said...

Congrats Joel and keep on blogging.

Sidenote: Bullnav, that was a great underway... I remember that time period. Brings back all kinds of memories.

2/03/2009 11:51 AM

Blogger montigrande said...

BZ Joel

Twenty years ago, I was a SPU at A1W trying to figure out how Westinghouse was going to get our plant out of an overhaul, just after terminating EB’s contract (or failing to renew it). We had just had one of those “dead fish smell” occurrences and were working a shift schedule with “duty days” on the weekends. Man were we unhappy, we didn’t realize how good we had it…..

As an aside for Jim A: Mulligan has his own blog but it appears his readership is somewhat……lacking, no posts. So he has to come over here and pee in our pool.

2/03/2009 12:31 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...


Unlike most humans today, I do not have internet access at home. I depend on my work computer to keep me connected. Unfortunately my company locked us out from blogs and wiki three months ago due to bandwidth issues and I just recently convinced my IT folks to let me back into your blog. When I lost access, the feeling was much the same as when I quit smoking...significant withdrawls. When I regained access, the feeling was as that of a kid in a candy store...real excitement.

The day before I got locked out three months ago you had to block additional comments on the post of the day due to the idiot, Mr. M. As I regained access yesterday, I find that close to half of the comments from the recent post were from Mr. M. My point is that I was looking forward to reading almost three months of back posts and their comments. With Mr. M looming so large, I'm not sure that it's worth the effort. Please tell me there's three months of posts/comments that are relatively Mr. M. free.

Two other points, during my isolation from your sphere, you must have made an announcement concerning your medical issues. I missed these posts so do not completely understand the gravity of the situation. I do hope and pray that all works out well for you and your family.

Finally, I was hoping that EM Log would have returned while I was away. It does not look as if that's the case. I do, however, see similarities between EM's writing style and some of the comments to your posts. Maybe he's here and we just don't know it....


2/03/2009 12:34 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

20 Years ago was in Holy Loch onboard SIMON LAKE, we had just crossed the pond and relieved the HUNLEY.

2/03/2009 1:09 PM

Anonymous Mother. Mulligan said...

Mikey, Mikey!

This is your mother. You need to come upstairs from that basement right now. You need some fresh air sweetie. And mommy's feet a sore, come rub them for me. My corn is getting a little sore. Now be a good boy and stop being a little stinker with all the other grown ups here. They don't like surly little boys who can't stay quiet. Come now son.

Oh, and congrats to you Joel. I really regret the day I bought little mikey that sailor suit. Ever since he's thought he was an actual sailor! Children and their imaginations!

2/03/2009 1:13 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for making me laugh "Mom".

Congrats Joel,
20 years ago I was in Orlando going through the Nuke Pipeline.

2/03/2009 2:20 PM

Anonymous Michael Mulligan, Sr. said...

Twenty years ago, I came across a neatly-coiled pile of poop left by an Armenian aerobics instructor after eating curry chicken and fermented dog vomit. Naturally, I ejaculated into it.

Four years later, Trulligan emerged and shoplifted a copy of Mavis Beacon teaches typing. Fifteen years later, he finally figured it out.

2/03/2009 2:41 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh for Christ's sake, let's keep it clean...

2/03/2009 3:15 PM

Blogger Mike Mulligan said...

I hear you.

2/03/2009 3:23 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mother Mulligan, I'm going to turn you over my lap and lower your panties for a spanking with a strap! You now owe me one new Dell keyboard. I spilled beer on it while reading your post. That's how hard you made me laugh. Quite frankly I needed such a laugh after such a busy Thank You.

Mike as for you, when are you going to stop being a pest? Just go away wouldja'?

Thanks, J.

2/03/2009 4:15 PM

Blogger Bearpaw said...

Congrats Joel,

20 years ago, I was 4 months out of the canoe club, my son was 4 months and I growing my hair long. I said I wasn't going to cut it for 6 years. I only lasted about 6 months. Got it cut short again and been that way ever since.

I vowed to stay away from the nuclear plants and was working for Alcoa in Edison, NJ.

Now he is out at BYU Idaho going to college...sigh

Seems like eons ago now.

2/03/2009 4:22 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

20 years ago I had just gotten engaged, had 8 months left on my JO tour in San Diego, and was trying to figure out how to get my XO to let me fly home early from our revised deployment, so I could actually be there at the wedding. I made it, and will celebrate 20 years of marriage this July.

2/03/2009 5:18 PM

Blogger beebs said...

Twenty years ago my wife, who was still in the Navy, and I were settling into a new home near the Oakknoll Naval Hospital.

The good thing was that I was trying to get my wife pregnant, so we had a lot of conventional sex. Hubba Hubba.

2/03/2009 5:46 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

20 years ago today, I was 3. Probably spent the day playing with legos.

2/03/2009 6:19 PM

Anonymous Veemann said...

20 years ago I was in "out hull" training at S1W in your adopted home state. I remember the snow was as high as the bus on our rides out to the INEL and it was more than a few degrees below zero. We probably already had our first LDS (Last Day Swings) party and I was soon to discover exactly what it means to be above the safe driving speed on black ice - according to Idaho State Police interpretation. These two events were, of course (and fortunately), not related. Good times, good times...

I hope you are doing well Joel.

2/03/2009 7:01 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey! 20 years ago I was in the same S1W outhull class - 8807 EM. Every day, the EM staff stuck out there with us would take the day's Far Side and modify it, usually to make fun of twidgets.

2/03/2009 8:06 PM

Anonymous Guinness said...

Beebs, regarding your comment, " we had a lot of conventional sex." As opposed to what???

Ya know, never mind. I don't think I want to know...

2/03/2009 8:26 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congrats , Joel..

48 years ago, I was on a tin can out of Yokosuko..having ASW excercises..with USS WESPAC..

2/03/2009 11:05 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

20 years ago today was my 2nd day at my new job in the "real" world. $40K for 2 years hadn't been enough for me to extend my stay on the Only Real Cruiser. FTN, Ram Tuli and the Ike Bites folks show that the rest of the nuc were similar or even worse.
If I'd been a tuber like my brother and classmates, I might've done 20 too.

2/04/2009 12:03 AM

Blogger Zoe Brain said...

20 years ago... I'd just landed in Bremen, Germany at the start of what was to be a 6 year deployment overseas, working on the COSYS surface and ISUS subsurface combat systems.

2/04/2009 1:56 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

20 years ago I was working on the SEAWOLF PJ project.

Guessing Mulligan was probably just as retarded as he is now.

Hope all is going well with your treatment Joel.

2/04/2009 11:08 AM

Blogger His Wife said...

20 years ago I was 4! haha! But hopefully, my hubby will be where you are about 20 years from now! He's been on subs for the last 8 years (FAs) and is planning on 12 or so more! I love your blog and read faithfully! Congrats, keep it up, and I wish you health!

2/05/2009 1:32 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

20 years ago--lets see--I'd been retired out of the Nav for 11 years, and was working for the USAF at RAF Bentwaters-Woodbridge England. Home of the 81st TFW with six Squadrons of deployed A-10's. The wing did a "Hammer exercise" which tasks them to get everything flyable airborne ASAP. Launched 109 of 120 aircraft in a little over two hours. Man those were the days!!! Anyone else remember the Cold War??

Keep a Zero bubble....


2/05/2009 2:43 PM

Blogger BostonMaggie said...

I'm late to the party, but is it ever really too late to raise a glass and toast your anniversary?

2/08/2009 1:11 PM


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