Friday, September 30, 2011

Chief Petty Officer Pinning Ceremony

Every year on September 16th, the Chief Petty Officer Selectees are Pinned and are then authorized to assume the title and wear the uniform of a Chief Petty Officer. The new chiefs are wearing their new Khaki uniforms for the first time. To those not familiar with the Navy their is a big distinction between their new uniforms, worn by the senior enlisted and those worn by the junior enlisted. Their new uniform becoming identical to that of an officer's uniform except with different insignia. 

Advancement into the Chief Petty Officer grades is the most significant within the enlisted Naval ranks.  
Since we are attached to a reservist squadron, although we are active duty, our ceremony was held on September 17th. 
 They Marched in...
Stood at attention...
They were pinned by friends, family and mentors...
Then they were almost Chiefs...

Their hats were placed by their sponsors, the bell was rung, and they were announced for the first time by their new title as Chief and were welcomed into the Chief's mess. 
 The new Chief!

We then headed over to the F troop, the Chief's Club. 
With the new title the Chiefs will gain new privileges, including access to the Chiefs club on base. They will also be afforded separate dining and living areas, and on any Naval vessel large enough their will be rooms off limits to anyone who is not a chief (including officers) except by specific invitation. The navy refers to this as the Chief's mess, or you may hear it referred to as the "goat locker". 



I had no idea what it meant to make Chief, until my husband made it.
I am so proud of my husband and happy to be a Chief's wife! 



XOXO,
Annie

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Fabulously Single: GIVEAWAY WINNER

Using Random.org comment #3 was chosen.
Congratulations to Tay, I hope you enjoy your Fabulously SIngle pack, full of Blogher11 swag! 

Thank you so much to all of the lovely ladies who entered, tweeted, posted and became a follower of my blog. And of course thank you to all my readers! If you didn't win this giveaway, check back soon I have more in the works! 

XOXO,
Annie

Friday, September 9, 2011

The Great San Diego Blackout 2011

2011 San Diego Blackout
Photo from http://www.flickr.com/photos/krishanson/6129593442/

Ok so maybe my title is a little dramatic and I personally was fine and without power for 7 hours. I did have a mini freak-out when the blackout first hit and I was home alone. My first thought was that I had tripped the breaker in my apartment again, nope not the case. As me and BB ventured outside we could see that it was the whole complex, still no reason to worry. I'm a Californian and have become accustomed to rolling blackouts on a super hot day like yesterday. Then my neighbor and apartment manager were discussing how far the blackout went, all of Imperial beach was shut down and downtown was completely without power as well. I still didn't not know the extent until I went back into my apartment.

My phone had gone on roam like it does when I get too close to Mexico, usually when I'm at the outlet mall. I know I am close to Mexico- as in I can see the hills of TJ from my house- but now my phone once again acted like I had left the country and  would not call or text out. I also was unable to connect to the Internet on my phone, luckily my Twitter and Facebook worked ;) I immediately started to follow SDG&E {San Diego Gas &Electric}, although yesterday they were just SDG, no E! They began to report how widespread the blackout actually was and were twittering live from their press conference, which was good since I had no other way to watch it! All of San Diego County, parts of Orange County, Arizona and even Tijuana were without power. Millions of people were left in the dark.
This is when panic began to set in... between the close proximity to the ten year anniversary of September 11th to my close proximity to several military installations. I will admit terrorist attack did cross my mind. SDG&E at the time had no cause for the outage. I of course have an awesome emergency kit {yup, my OCD again} unfortunately it is in my packout!!   I scrounged my apartment for flashlights, I found one and then ten minutes later found batteries for it... I did have several candles I bought on sale last week at the exchange and some matches that I had from my trip to LA {post to follow shortly}.

I also had a refrigerator full of food, but no grill.. my husband, who finally came home a few hours later, being the resourceful one promptly pointed out our stove was gas and still worked.. umm yeah babe, I totally knew that... but didn't think of it! Also right after the blackout hit coincidentally my toilet stopped flushing, since there are no windows in my bathroom it was impossible for me to tell what was wrong in the dark, husband also fixed this as soon as he came home, the chain snapped in two and we had to use pliers to fix it. Really I think I would have been more panicked if he had not come home, he called it peaceful and enjoyed his early and quiet bedtime.

SDG&E said that the line coming from Arizona had been tripped and caused the San Onofre Power plant which powers most of Southern California to fall offline. They are now claiming that it was an operator error, I don't know about you, but that still scares me. That one person can completely black out half of Southern California leaving millions in the dark. They first reported that we could be out of power until Saturday, we were lucky and our power came back on about 10:30pm last night while others were without power all night.

While there were people trapped in elevators and businesses were closed without power, there have been no immediate reports of major injuries because of the outage. It is nice to live in a safe and friendly town where there were no major problems, including looting or unrest. The main problem was with traffic accidents, people in San Diego just don't know how to drive! FYI people when the street lights are down  treat it as a four way stop.. not free range to drive like a jerk ;)
The freeway in darkness

SDG&E is asking that we still conserve power so that the system does not become strained and set our air conditioners to 78, luckily today is not nearly as hot as yesterday so hopefully that helps! I have our fans going, but our AC and unnecessary appliances ares till unplugged. Yes I did unplug  them all during the black out.


I was hoping to attend and post on Fashion Night Out at Fashion Valley last night, but this makes a great {and less expensive} story too!! I hope everyone stayed safe during the blackout.

XOXO,
Annie

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Chief Petty Officer Induction

       
Normally I wouldn't post about my husbands job or rank, but it occurred to me yesterday while talking to another Navy wife that there are probably other spouses out there going through the same thing I am. Hopefully this will help them understand what their sailor is going through and why.  Also so they know that they are not alone, other navy spouses are there for them and hopefully a command that they can turn to. Also I am so proud of my husband and want to do a little... or a lot... of bragging!! I am so happy and proud of my husband for making Chief after ten years in the Navy, he works very hard and I think he deserved this promotion ;)

Almost from the minute he made chief, the Chief induction began. For those of you who don't know what this is, it is basically 6 weeks of training and mentoring, ending with a final night of chief-select training and a pining ceremony. Induction plays a very important role in the sailor becoming a chief; it teaches them discipline, time management, and leadership which are all fundamental in becoming an effective chief. This process is voluntary, but highly recommended. They work long hours and between training and fundraising, most weekends as well. {my husband and puppy are currently curled up at the foot of the bed passed out, he has to be up at 2:45 in the morning, to me that's the middle of the night!} This is very stressful for the sailor as well as their family.    

My husbands command has been very supportive through the whole process. His Master Chief called me the day after the results were posted to explain to me the process and the meaning and tradition behind the induction and ceremonies. As a newer Navy wife I found this especially helpful since I had no idea what to expect or the meaning behind, well, anything to do with becoming Chief {besides what I read on the internet}. He also told me to not hesitate to call him if I had any question. The command has also had several weekend events for the Chief selectees and their families. This was great for me being new to the command, it gave me an opportunity to meet fellow wives who were going through the same things we were. Military wives are the strongest women I know and I consider myself grateful and lucky to be considered one of them! 

I can only speak about my experience, but we have had a lot of support and hope that other spouses do too. I know that not having children has obviously made this process easier on us than on others, but I have also found it helpful to become involved in command activities and Chief selectee fundraisers.  I am trying to help my husband out as much as possible, which is definately making it easier on both of us. 

The induction period ends with a pinning ceremony. Where the new chiefs "Anchors" are pinned on by a person of their choosing. I will be pinning my husband! 

The Chief Petty Officer's Pledge

I AM A CHIEF PETTY OFFICER IN THE UNITED STATES NAVY...

-- I SERVE MY COUNTRY AND HER PEOPLE WITH PRIDE AND HONOR.
-- I SEEK NO SPECIAL FAVORS.
-- I MAKE THINGS HAPPEN, AND DO THE BEST I CAN DO.
-- I AM CHARGED WITH A LEADERSHIP ROLE LIKE NO OTHER IN THE WORLD.
-- I DEVELOP JUNIOR OFFICERS AND MOLD MY SAILORS.
-- I ACKNOWLEDGE FULL RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE ACTIONS OF MY SAILORS...
-- BECAUSE THESE SAILORS ARE THE SEEDS OF FUTURE CHIEF PETTY OFFICERS.
-- I LIVE BY THE NAVY'S CORE VALUES OF HONOR, COURAGE AND COMMITMENT.
-- I SET THE EXAMPLE.
-- I ESTABLISH THE STANDARDS OF PERFORMANCE.
-- MY SAILORS ARE STUDENTS AND I AM THEIR TEACHER.
-- I GUIDE AND INFLUENCE THE LIVES OF THESE YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN.
-- IN THE FINAL ANALYSIS, I WILL DETERMINE THE QUALITY OF THESE SAILORS.
-- THEY LOOK UP TO ME BECAUSE I TREAT THEM WITH DIGNITY AND RESPECT.
-- BECAUSE THEY NEED A LEADER, I AM THERE FOR THEM.
-- AFTER ALL..

I AM A CHIEF PETTY OFFICER IN THE UNITED STATES NAVY.

I AM A MILITARY WIFE 

I am a military wife -- a member of that sisterhood of women who have had the courage to watch their men go into battle, and the strength to survive until their return. 

Our sorority knows no rank, for we earn our membership with a marriage license, traveling over miles, or over nations to begin a new life with our military husbands.

Within days, we turn a barren, echoing building into a home, and though our quarters are inevitably white-walled and unpapered, we decorate with the treasures of our travels, for we shop the markets of the globe. Using hammer and nail, we tack our pictures to the wall, and our roots to the floor as
firmly as if we had lived there for a lifetime. We hold a family together by the bootstraps, and raise the best of "brats," instilling in them the motto, "Home is togetherness," whether motel, or guest house, apartment or duplex. 

As military wives we soon realize that the only good in "Good-bye" is the "Hello again." 

For as salesmen for freedom, our husbands are often on the road, at sea, or in the sky, leaving us behind for a week, a month, an assignment. During separations we guard the home front, existing until the homecoming. Unlike our civilian counterparts, we measure time, not by years, but by tours -- married
at Knox, a baby born at Portsmouth, a special anniversary at Yorktown, a promotion in McDill. 

We plant trees, and never see them grow tall, work on projects completed long after our departure, and enhance our community for the betterment of those who come after us. We leave a part of ourselves at every stop. Through experience, we have learned to pack a suitcase, a car or hold baggage, and live
indefinitely from the contents within: and though our fingers are sore from the patches we have sewn, and the silver we have shined, our hands are always ready to help those around us.

Women of peace, we pray for a world in harmony, for the flag that leads our men into battle, will also blanket them in death. Yet we are an optimistic group, thinking of the good, and forgetting the bad, cherishing yesterday, while anticipating tomorrow.

Never rich by monetary standards, our hearts are overflowing with a wealth of experiences common only to those united by the special tradition of military life. 

We pass on this legacy to every military bride, welcoming her with outstretched arms, with love and friendship, from one sister to another, sharing in the bounty of our unique, fulfilling military way of life. 

The information disclosed above regarding military tradition is widely available on the Internet. Which is where I learned most of it during my research before speaking to our Master Chief.  For my resources and  more information please visit
           Goatlocker.org

Saturday, September 3, 2011

GIVEAWAY: Fabulously Single Pack

As promised here is some more Blogher11 swag for you girls.  
My Fabulously Single giveaway pack. 

Contents of Fabulously Single pack 
Wink ;) tote & Fabulously Single button courtesy of Kiss our Sass Party gift bag ;) hosted by Mely at  Sex, Lies and Bacon Jamie at Single Mom Survives powered by Match.com
The Man Plan by Whitney Casey courtesy of Kiss our Sass gift bag 
Pink Shades with coupon code for 8x8 photo book courtesy of Snapfish
 The Notebook DVD courtesy of Hillshire Farm
Envy Petite "G, Wet Platinum and Synergy lubricant, and 
Wet safe sex kit courtesy of Eden Fantasies
Maybelline, The Falsies Volume Express Mascara courtesy of CVS
Hawaiian flower hair-clip courtesy of Dole
Star 50 Handbags, gold purse courtesy of Blogher11 Swag bag

There are four ways you can enter to win:

        1.     Become a follower of my blog and leave a comment.  {if you are already a follower just leave a comment}

        2.     Become a follower on Twitter {@navywifediary}, and Tweet about my giveaway {be sure to include @navywifediary as well as the link to my post} Don't forget to come back and leave a comment that you sent out a tweet. 
        
        3.    Become a fan of Confessions of a Navy Wife on Facebook {Facebook.com/navywifediary} and leave a comment stating this.

        4.    Mention this giveaway on your blog with the corresponding giveaway link {here}, then leave a comment in this thread with the link to your blog post.

 * Please leave additional comments for all additional entries, so that they can be counted as more than one entry. 
You have until Midnight PST on Monday, September 12, 2011.
Winner will be picked at Random.

Good Luck!


XOXO,
Annie

Friday, September 2, 2011

Mommy and Me: GIVEAWAY WINNER

















Using random.org comment # 11 was chosen.  Congratulations to Erika from Chambanachik I hope you enjoy your Mommy and Me pack full of Blogher11 swag!

Thank you so much to all of the lovely ladies who entered, tweeted, posted and became a follower of my blog. And of course thank you to all my readers! If you didn't win this giveaway, check back soon I have a few more in the works!

XOXO,
Annie