Today’s #throwbackthursday is to 2014 when my Father and I had an article done on us on the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower.
Most sons spend their childhoods bonding with their fathers. For my dad and I our bonding did not start in earnest until many years later when we both were serving in the @usnavy .
I grew up with my mother in Southern Illinois. I graduated high school and immediately went into college at Eastern Illinois University for Criminal Law. It was always my dream to become a police officer and then transition into becoming a lawyer. However, at the young age I had no focus, guidance, or a legitimate plan on how I was going to accomplish all these big dreams I had. I dropped out of school because of it. I found myself working in a warehouse from 2011 to January 2013. I knew I needed a change. I saved money, packed up, and moved to my fathers in Virginia Beach. I was able to see my father on a daily basis, see all the things he was able to provide to his family. A roof over their heads, food, medical benefits, a steady paycheck and a career for himself.. This at age 21, made me realized this is something I wanted to do and I found myself a new dream. I wanted to have a career for myself, and be able to provide for a future family. I followed my in my father footsteps and I joined the United States Navy. I was fortunate to be able to serve on the same ship as his him for my first 4 years in the Navy and have him as a mentor in close proximity. I got the opportunity to explore the world with him for FREE and in return he got the chance to see me become a man and advance to a Second Class Petty Officer (E-5). I will never forget those first 4 years him. He has molded me into who I am today and I will forever be grateful for that. 6 years down, 14 to go!