Sunday, January 2, 2011

Welcome to 2011

Well, I barely updated my blog during 2010 even though A LOT happened this past year. I just got kind of bored with my blog and didn't use it. Now its 2011 and time to put this thing to work.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Wow...Almost a year since my last post...LOL

Well it has been a long time since I last posted to my blog...Almost a year to be exact. A lot has happened in the last year. Some good, some bad.

On the good side of things at work, I have been promoted to LPO of the Command Color Guard. For those of you who don't know what LPO means, it basically means I am in charge and the Color Guard is my responsibility. I finished all my qualifications here as a Navy Police Officer and obtained the position of Watch Commander. This however will be short lived as I will be transferring to the Security Training Department in January.

I have now lost my train of thought and only a couple other things I can think of are...I obtained my Associate in Arts Degree and also have taken up playing the keyboard...This is why I need to blog more often

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Spirit of Christmas

So today I go into work as usual when my buddy called me over to his van. He hands me an unwrapped Japanese Toy Police Car that has light up lights and siren, and says Merry Christmas. I am touched by the gesture but at that time had nothing to gift back...So as I walk to my car, I think to myself, what can I buy in return for him for Christmas...I don't have a lot of money to spare for Xmas this year, but I still feel obligated to give him a gift in return, even if it is something small.

It seems like another boring day on the pier standing watch when around early afternoon I receive a call. My buddy calls me and wants to know if my crew and I could cover his watch on Monday after our three day weekend so he could go do a volunteer project, I think nothing of it and agree that we can take care of him. My biggest thing with my unit is, we never say no to a shipmate who asks for help.

After working out the details, he asks me for another favor. This month we are pulling duty on the 25th, 26th, and 27th. With the holiday stand down, all sections are at minimal manning and have just enough people to cover each post. His father is going to be in town and he wants to spend the holiday's with him. He asks if we can again cover for him, for at least half a day each of the three days. He then tells me that can be my Christmas gift to him. We work out the details, and I agree it will be done. What he doesn't know though, is that I am going to go one step further...He will have all of Christmas day off to spend with his father, his wife, and his daughter.

It is interesting to read everyone's Facebook Posts, and posts on other sites about how much they spent on Christmas, what they bought, and who they bought for, how much shopping they did, how crazy it was trying to shop, finding the perfect gift, etc, and all the usual talk that comes along with Christmas. People tend to forget, that you can give a non material gift to someone through a gesture of goodwill and lending a helping hand, and to that person (ie my buddy) that is worth more than any material gift.

Lets not forget what the spirit of Christmas is really about.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Passed but not advanced....Nothing to be mad or upset about either

Well the results for the MA1 exam just came out today. It turns out that due to quota's, only 13 MA2's were advanced to MA1 Navy Wide...Now here is a brief summary of how I did.

Your Final Multiple: 200.16

Minimum Multiple Req'd: 215.29

YOUR OVERALL PERCENTILE WAS 98. YOU SCORED HIGHER THAN 98 PERCENT OF THE CANDIDATES IN YOUR RATE WHO TOOK THIS EXAM

SUBJECT CANDIDATE PASSED THE EXAMINATION FOR MA1, BUT DUE TO QUOTA LIMITATIONS CANNOT BE ADVANCED TO THE NEXT HIGHER PAY GRADE

Normally people get upset when they don't make it to the next higher paygrade...Am I kicking myself? Maybe a little bit...And now I know where my weak areas are that I need to study. But there is an upside to this story:

Last exam results:

Your Final Multiple: 190.5

Minimum Multiple Req'd: 205.03

YOUR OVERALL PERCENTILE WAS 89. YOU SCORED HIGHER THAN 89 PERCENT OF THE CANDIDATES IN YOUR RATE WHO TOOK THIS EXAM

SUBJECT CANDIDATE PASSED THE EXAMINATION FOR MA1, BUT DUE TO QUOTA LIMITATIONS CANNOT BE ADVANCED TO THE NEXT HIGHER PAY GRADE


My score increased by 10 and my percentile increased 9%.

That is something to be proud of and I am going to pin my profile sheet in front of me on my desk and make it a point to study my weak areas and next time I will not only make MA1 off the spring exam but I will also do it and graduate college at the same time.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

More of the M60 Machine gun

Since I have been going in nightly and cleaning this damn thing, I figured I would post more pics of my favorite gun :) The M60 Medium Machine Gun (source Wikipedia)

Eddie Manned

Harbor Boat Mounted

Humvee Mounted

Somewhat useful at night LOL

Mounted with Ammo ready to go (sort of)