Wives, daughters, sons, fathers
All of you be safe at homecoming. Hug them tight and welcome them home. And if anyone sees Andrew give him a hug for me please.
Dear Families and Friends of TRUMAN,
After nine months of being forward deployed, seven of which were in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility, we are finally in the home stretch, transiting back to Norfolk and returning to our loved ones!
Our final port visit was in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, which was a new and exciting place for most of the crew. It was a wonderful opportunity to experience a new culture, touring the many sites and enjoying the popular cuisine, particularly the various paella dishes. We interacted with the very hospitable locals, playing in friendly basketball and soccer games, as well as assisted in several community relations projects. Your Sailors and Marines represented themselves well, and the visit was also the perfect opportunity to rest, recharge and focus on the remaining leg of deployment after a month of diligent and productive operations at sea.
As part of our homecoming preparations, we have embarked several representatives from the Fleet and Family Support Center of Hampton Roads as well as a Virginia state trooper to provide your Sailors and Marines with various Return and Reunion programs. These informational seminars are meant to assist service members with an easier transition at home. Discussions have included relationships with family members and children, financial information, and even car buying strategies, all meant to reduce anxiety and to gain knowledge through discovery of common concerns and lessons learned from others. These programs have been extremely valuable, and we have been very fortunate to have these experts on board to help our return be even smoother.
Also, our homecoming will be streamed live at http://navylive.dodlive.mil/?p=26073. This link will activate sometime today and remain active through the homecoming events.
When you see your Sailors and Marines again, you will notice that they may look a little different. They’ll have more ribbons and warfare devices on their chest. They’ll have crows, an extra chevron or maybe even anchors on their white uniforms, or new officer insignia on their shoulder boards. They’ll be a little bit “saltier” as we say. They’ll have endured and overcome challenges, learned more about their shipmates and even more about themselves, and proved they have what it takes to defend our values and our freedom.
Thank you so much for your support, your sacrifices and your love as we stood the watch these past nine months. It’s been an exciting week and we look forward to seeing you on Friday!
CAPT S. Robert Roth, USN
USS HARRY S. TRUMAN (CVN 75)
Welcome to Navy Live blog coverage of the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group’s return to Naval Station Norfolk, Va., Friday, following a nine-month deployment to the U.S. 5th and […]
For those of us who cannot make it to homecoming it is being streamed live.
Navy at its finest xD
Trip is back on ! Just later than the rest of you xDD
OMG this has been exhausting!
I just wanna feel normal about this
Restriction is a form of punishment for misconduct. What it means is that you are restricted to limits placed on you when you get sent to Mast for an infraction. You are given extra work or duty (in most cases both) and can have your pay grade bumped down (sometimes down to E1) during this period of time. Also, if the infraction was severe enough you can be discharged after your restriction period.
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To those going to the Truman homecoming. I won’t be joining you.
My trip has been cancelled altogether. Fiance is on restriction and it’s unknown whether I will get to see him for more than a couple hours if even that.
I’ve decided not to make the 13 1/2 hr train ride with the kids. I don’t know the area and its a lot of pain and hassle with the kids.
Congrats to everyone. Deployment is almost over and you’ll get to see your S/o’s and family soon.