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Friday, September 07, 2012

Navy Weddings

While there's some interesting submarine news out this week (my old boat Topeka returning home from deployment after a really crappy trifecta -- Yoko/Singapore/Guam -- of port visits, and the Navy signing some initial documents for the Ohio replacement that indicate the first one will go on patrol in 2031), I wanted to post today about weddings; mine was 27 years ago today:


As you can see, we didn't have a Navy wedding. I met my wife when I was going to school at NPTU Idaho; it was the old "a small group of guys going to Idaho realizing that all the Sailors live in IF and all the college girls are in Pocatello, so we should live in Pocatello" story. We decided to get married just before I transferred, and pulled the trigger fairly soon after I got to my next command (NROTC Unit at the University of Kansas, where I was assigned for NECP). Since we had the wedding up in my hometown, there was no Navy presence there, so it was strictly a civilian affair. That being said, I wish we could have done a Navy wedding, since I've always really enjoyed the traditions.

Do you have any good "Navy wedding" stories?

Update 1208 07 Sep: Also, the FY13 Major Command Assignments list is out, but I'm not seeing it anywhere else on the 'net, so I won't post it here until it's out in the open elsewhere. I was interested to see that the SSGN commands are considered a "major command". SUBRONs 1, 4, 5, 16, and 17 are getting new Commodores.

33 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

No good stories here, but happy anniversary!!

9/07/2012 10:55 AM

 
Anonymous PC Assclown said...

The PC Assclown here. It's been a couple of years since I've been allowed to post comments. You see, I only have internet access at my desk at work. And my employer's IT department chose a couple of years ago to not allow comments. And since I am not interested in going to my local library, where I could post comments, I've been stuck with just reading the ever increasingly inane drivel most of your comments have become. There have been a few times where some annoymous jackwad said something really stupid, where I felt the urge to reply in kind. But knowing I was blocked allowed me to get over those urges rather quickly.

For some reason totally unknown to me, all of a sudden I am once again able to post comments. I'm thinking this newfound accessability is probably short lived, so I'll make the most of this opportunity.

Actually, other than to say that that dumbass truck driving Mike troll from New Hampshipire Walmart toilet cleaner savior of humanity is still the biggest idiot I've ever encountered, I really do not have anything to say.

Birdie

9/07/2012 11:57 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Joel, What class were you in?
I was in 8401 at S5G.

9/07/2012 12:40 PM

 
Blogger Bubblehead said...

8406 A1W Enlisted, 8904 S5G Officer.

9/07/2012 12:51 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Had to leave a special Southern Belle behind after graduation from The Citadel. Was granted leave after the first boomer patrol to get married in '76 and have enjoyed every day since.

9/07/2012 1:04 PM

 
Blogger -J.Darling said...

We didn't have a Navy Wedding either. I let my sailor choose if he wanted it or not, and he opted not to. Ours was actually more Mardi Gras themed! I'm posting the wedding slowly on my blog. We didn't even use Navy colors.
www.jsjourneybook.com

9/07/2012 2:32 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My new wife was delighted to find out how satisfying and exciting the sex was upon my return from patrol. THEN... she found out sex could be just as satisfying and exciting with the blue crew ...

9/07/2012 4:59 PM

 
Anonymous Veemann said...

Happy Anniversary Joel! We didn't do a Navy wedding and I never regretted it. That said, I did attend a few including one where I was part of the sword arch and they were all very nice.

9/07/2012 5:12 PM

 
Anonymous JFK said...

Joel:

Happy Anniversary to you and your bride!

8406 A1W Crew A O-ganger
S5G Staff '89-'91
A long time ago!

9/07/2012 5:49 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Saw a few on the list I know.

Also, SSGN has always been MC.

9/07/2012 8:25 PM

 
Anonymous Last man on the left said...

Sword spanker. Twice. Giggidy.

9/07/2012 10:06 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=69447

VADM Richardson has been relieved by VADM Connor as COMSUBLANT.

9/08/2012 9:57 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Standard Pearl Harbor wife story. Pull in early for some equipment casualty, line forms in control for the married guys to call home to prewarn the wives they are back early so the wives can kick the Marines out of the house.

9/08/2012 1:25 PM

 
Anonymous NHSparky said...

Got married AFTER I got off my last boat (while in recruiting.) Bad enough I spent too many nights/weekends babysitting butthurt DEPpers and recruiters.

8801 S5G...just remember the "right hand rule for spill drills!"

9/08/2012 2:27 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What does this have to do with "The Stupid Shall Be Punished"?

9/08/2012 6:18 PM

 
Anonymous 3383 said...

I was in Idaho Falls (A1W 8507) and had no problem finding honeys.

Congratulations on your anniversary!

9/08/2012 9:02 PM

 
Blogger Curt said...

Joel, Congrats.

Class 7907 at S1W - 'lived' in Idaho Falls.

I did get married in my Dress Whites (Crackerjacks) - half-way thru my fist boat tour (TAUTOG, in Pearl).

Still married to my 'starter wife.'

9/09/2012 6:24 AM

 
Anonymous NHSparky said...

I was in Idaho Falls (A1W 8507) and had no problem finding honeys.

All anyone there needed was a pair of velcro gloves and some hip waders...

Seriously, yes, there were more than a few guys I knew who got married to girls up there, and then divorced, remarried, divorced...there was one guy in my class who was to become husband number FOUR for this woman (under 25, three kids) who then divorced him after he threw her out for calling his boat and claiming he had brought NNPI home (was his notebook.)

9/09/2012 8:07 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"What does this have to do with "The Stupid Shall Be Punished"?"

Seriously? You don't see the connection between marriage and the title of the blog?

Anyway, I started my anal kick at Idaho Falls. The women were so desperate they would let you do anything. After hitting one of those breeders in the buttocks, she'll fall in love.

Unfortunately, they don't understand that after you have given up the hershey highway, that pretty much makes you worthless and nasty for wife material.

The joys of being a Sailor!!

9/09/2012 8:58 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If she lets you hit her in the shitter she is a keeper.

Joel stop slow playing us on the Major Command list. I can't find it anywhere.

9/09/2012 5:38 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sailors will marry the first thing that spreads their legs for them.

The Stupid Shall Be Punished.

9/09/2012 8:37 PM

 
Blogger DDM said...

Happy Anniversary Joel!

9/10/2012 3:55 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Class 7709, S1W - The First and the Worst. Lived in Pocotello, spent many shifts listening to the IF guys discussing the night spent cruizing the bars there for a night of "Ida-hoggin".

9/10/2012 5:20 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here ya go - CSL 031515Z SEP 12:

1. THIS IS A COMBINED COMSUBLANT AND COMSUBPAC
MESSAGE.
2. THE FOLLOWING FY-13 MAJOR COMMAND ASSIGNMENTS HAVE BEEN APPROVED:
NAME CURRENT NEXT
CAPT MARK BEHNING CSP N9 COMSUBRON SEVENTEEN
CAPT MARK BENJAMIN CSS-15 DEP USS FRANK CABLE (AS-40)
CAPT BILL BREITFELDER CSP TRE USS GEORGIA (SSGN 729)(BLUE)
CAPT ERIK BURIAN CSS-7 DEP USS MICHIGAN (SSGN 727)(BLUE)
CAPT JOHN CARTER COMUSNAVCENT COMSUBRON SIXTEEN
CAPT HARRY GANTEAUME CSG-7 N3 COMSUBRON ONE
CAPT ED HERRINGTON NRLL USS EMORY S. LAND (AS-39)
CAPT JAMES JONES NNSY NAVIMF PACNORWEST
CAPT CARL LAHTI JCS SUBASE NEW LONDON
CAPT MICHAEL LEWIS LANT PCOI USS OHIO (SSGN 726)(GOLD)
CAPT BEN PEARSON OPNAV N97 USS MICHIGAN (SSGN 727)(GOLD)
CAPT DOUG PERRY JCS COMSUBDEVRON FIVE
CAPT TED SCHROEDER CSS-19 DEP TTF BANGOR
CAPT MARC STERN JCS CTF-69
CAPT JIM WATERS STRATCOM COMSUBRON FOUR
CAPT TOM ZWOLFER OPNAV N97 NAVSTA KITSAP
3. CONGRATULATIONS TO EACH OF OUR FUTURE MAJOR COMMANDERS!
4. RADM CALDWELL AND VADM RICHARDSON SEND.

9/10/2012 6:06 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Class 8005 S1W lived in IF married a beautiful young lady there in the Bonneville County Courthouse. Now working on year 32 of our marriage.

9/10/2012 12:14 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Back in the day, one of our TMs wanted to be married while standing on the bow planes, so we rigged out the bow planes next to the pier. In order for the happy couple not to get wet, some trimming of the boat was required to get the bow planes out of the water.

9/10/2012 2:15 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

CAPT ED HERRINGTON NRLL USS EMORY S. LAND (AS-39).....

Now, that is justice! Treat people like crap, continue being a self centered pompus ass, and let's see how long you last with the MSC crew on the EMORY S. LAND.

Enjoy Diego Garcia!

9/10/2012 5:28 PM

 
Anonymous 774 Sailor said...

CAPT Waters gets SUBRON 4. Good for him, best CO I've had. Guy was allergic to bullshit both up and down the chain, and always had a way of making the complicated very simple. Hope he does well.

9/10/2012 5:44 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why are GN's major commands but BN's are not? Seems like it should be the other way...

9/11/2012 2:49 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good for Ben Pearson! Great guy and a great officer. Hope to see him with stars one day! USS Michigan is going to love him!

To return to the topic about weddings.

Marriage is like owning a boat! The best day a boat owner has is a day he buys the boat and the day he gets rid of the boat!

Was WATERS the former XO on the Alabama Blue???

9/12/2012 1:24 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Back in the day T-Hull SSBN's were assigned to Bird Captains. Then somebody got smart. If you knew what the SSGN's really do, you would understand why they are major commands.

Happy Anniversary Joel!

9/12/2012 3:21 PM

 
Blogger Dave in St. Louis said...

Never married - so no comment on that.

Since we're discussing Classes, 8201 S8G.

To the last Anon.,
Yep. All my COs on Michigan (Blue) were full birds - Rickman, Woodworth, McCrory and Herrera. Of course, when I got there (first post-commissioning RO to report), they still had actual Doctors.

9/12/2012 8:08 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

CONGRATS to Harry Ganteame! Awesome leader!

9/20/2012 6:34 PM

 

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