Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Papa 182

Greetings,
Recruits who arrived on Oct. 27, 2009 formed as PAPA 182.

Please send letters of encouragement to:
SR (FIRST AND LAST NAME)
RECRUIT COMPANY P182/Healy Hall
USCG TRACEN CAPE MAY
ONE MUNRO AVE
CAPE MAY NJ 08204-5083

The company commanders for Papa 182 are IT1 Resendez, BM1 Bailey, and BM2 Thor.

Graduation for Papa 182 is scheduled for December 18, 2009.

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Rhonda said...
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Barbara said...

Hi PAPA-182 (Who's your Daddy!) I've waited all week for this!! I'm SR Reed's Mom and I Miss him terribly! Any opportunity to let Hank know how proud I am of him is so exciting to me!! I've burnt a hole in this computer viewing anything I can see about what you all are going through! What I've seen is AWESOME, and AWESOME are YOU!! Inch by Inch anything is a chinch. Stay the course,
I Love You Hank. Mom!

quadratic.crescendo said...

I am SR Matte's best friend, and I wish her all the luck in the world! I love you!! :) I miss you a lot and I think about you every day. ~Molly~

osuscot said...

Let's hope the worst is behind you now SR Tribuzi. Our prayers are with you.
Signed,
Your biological Papa

marlene gibbs said...

Hello SR Gibbs , we love and miss you much .. we are very proud baby .. c-YOU SOON .....

marlene gibbs said...

Hello, we are the parents of SR GIBBS ,WE LOVE YOU AND MISS YOU , C- SOON .....VERY PROUD BABY ,

Lori said...

Hi SR Cavaciuti
I miss you so much, I'm busting...
I'm so proud of you....
Look for mail, it will be coming this week and I hope you've had time to send us a letter.
Happy 20th Birthday 11/8/09
We're all set for graduation, can't wait...
YOU'RE MY LIFE
Love, MOM

jbeard said...

Good Luck SR Beard...we hope "Papa 182" is getting all of the pennants! We miss you and lok forward to Graduation.

Love Mom and dad

Brittany said...

Hello Papa 182!! I'm so excited that we can be updated on what is going on with you guys-hopefully everything is going great. I'm SR Cavaciuti's girlfriend..and am very proud of him.
I miss you terribly! One week down, seven more to go. You can do it babe! Can't wait to see you and give ya a big kiss.
MWAH I love you!
~Brit~

Robert said...

Well hello SR Cavaciuti, I am sure you are doing well. You have to know how proud we all are of you. We love and miss you terribly. Mom is keeping me constantly updated on the weather In Cape May. I know it better than the weather at home. I get texts "It's 55 and Sunny in Cape May but it's supposed to rain in 2 days. How is Nic going to run in that weather?"
Good luck to you and the rest of PAPA 182. I LOVE YOU, ROB

dorothy said...

Hi SR Reed- this is your Kreshi speaking. Well you finally made it. I'm so proud of you. Stay strong and hang tough! Love you
Kreshi

Kim said...

Hey SR Nash - Your family is very proud of you and behind you all the way. All your hard work is paying off. A letter went out today; write back if you have the time on Sunday. Looking forward to seeing you at graduation.

Love, Mom & Ed

Keep going strong to everyone in Papa 182 :-)

Sydney said...

SR Reed,
I'm so proud of you and I miss you so, so, much. I hope you got through this week okay and you receive my letters soon. I love you, Hank.

Love,
Sydney

Desiree said...

GOOD LUCK & stay healthy!!!!!
SR Love & to all of PaPa 182
Love your proud mom!!!!! I've let everyone know how to write you so you might be getting some letters(especially from your grandparents:0)) We'll see you soon!
Love you,
Mom & Dad ;0p

Pball4me said...

Hi Papa 182 families, I am SR Callahan's proud mom and am eager for any info about our kids. A little disappointed there isn't a photo posted. :( Hang tough PApa 182! You are on your way! One week down, seven to go until graduation day! You can do it!

Desiree said...

Good luck SR Love. Everyone asks about you everyday. We can't wait until the journal is up. You should be receiving mail soon. We are very proud of you HANG IN THERE!!
Love
Mom and Dad.

Nikkie said...

Best of luck SR Cassidy. We are so proud of you. Keep strong and healthy. We are eagerly waiting for your first letter and miss you soooo much.
Love You!!
Mom Dad and Erum

justin said...

Hi SR Western! I hope all is well with you and we are so proud of you. Everything is going well at home. Can't wait to see you at graduation. Know that all of us are behind you.

Love,
Mom & Justin

Mrs." Mike J" said...

Good Luck SR Steverson! I am praying for you and miss you so much. Mia and I cant wait to hear from you. I love you! Stay encouraged!

Love,
Your Wife

merk44_2000 said...

Good Luck SR Beard! Glad you landed safely--look forward to your graduation in December!! Love--Aunt M. :-)

judithloniak said...

I am SR Haenry Reed's mother's cousin. I am also a Navy Veteran, having served from 1984-1988 as a Hospital Corpsman. Hank, I am VERY proud of you! Get used to waking up at 4am, & going to bed at 10pm, with endless marching on the grinder, endless PT, and endless classes in Navy decorum & history. But I grew up in the Navy. I wouldn't trade those years for anything. Take a mental picture of yourself now, and then take another look at yourself after you've graduated. You will be amazed at how sharp & disciplined you've become. How proud you've become. Hint: if the chow is bad, try ice cream sandwiches with peanut butter. We lived on them in boot camp. I will leave you with 2 more pieces of advice, take every opportunity afforded to you, and NEVER volunteer for anything. Just remember, from a proud veteran to a new Coastie, Congratulations on taking this very large step in your growth & in serving your country during a very unstable time. I am VERY proud of you, and will stay in touch. Know your family loves you, and you have me, here in California sending you thoughts from 3,000 miles away. Stay safe, rest when you can, and keep your shoes spit shined. Love you, Judith

Lou said...

Hi Papa 182! I'm SR Huppenthal's Aunt Lou and I want to wish all of you the greatest success! T.E., we miss you!!!!!!! Love you and can't wait to hear all your stories when I see you at graduation. Keep strong!

Love, Aunt Lou

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Gram Ellie said...

Good Luck HR Reed -- Been thinking about you every day. Miss you and pray for you. We are anxioulsy awaiting word from you. Good Luck and will see you on the 18th. I can't wait.

Love, Grm

awomacka said...

Many Blessing to SR Womack and PAPA-182. I am praying for you all. I thought I was the only one going online everyday searching for whatever news or information I could find. SR Womack I love you and I am very proud of you. Keep your head up, this is a good thing for you. I understand from what I have read that it is tough and also what your Dad told us about his boot camp experience, but remember that you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you. We love you and your Dad and Amari said hello

angel said...

Good Morning SW Womack, I am so happy to know that I can post, I have been running to this computer just wanting to understand what you are going through as best I can. I love you, stay strong and healthy and remember that God made you strong. Love MOM

jbeard said...

SR Beard: I like the qoute that the "sea" is your "big blue office!" And I can't wait to see if you make your bed at home!! Love, Dad

STEVE said...

We are so proud of you SR Helms ! Your Mom, Sisters and I can't wait to hear from you. We all miss you terribly. Call your Mom first chance you get. We think about you all the time. Your the best !!

GO USCG and Miami Dolphins !

Love you,

Dad, Mom, Shy and the entire PSL family and friends

binder family said...

Kyle,
Buddy we are so very proud of you. Stay strong,work hard we love you . We are so excited to be able to see what you are doing. We can't wait to hear from you The whole Binder Family misses you. All call have been made so you should be receiving communication soon. Love you son
Mom

BIG MIKE said...

Greetings PAPA 182! This is a very proud uncle of one of your recruits. I will go by the name BIG MIKE he will know who it is, he better! Congrats to everyone for completing your first week of training, only 7 more togo, forget what day it is but keep counting down the weeks it will go faster. I've been watching alot of video on what you guys are going through and I can only tell you one thing DONT FALL ASLEEP IN CLASS!! As your mother said "AWESOME are you!" you are all awesome for doing something very few people do. Take care of each other, when one falls pick em up, you never know when you will need a hand and you only have each other to rely on. For those of you who care the Yankees are leading the WS 3 games to 2 with 2 games left in the Bronks to close it out, but like your training it aint over yet. Remember "whats gona work?" TEAM WORK. Leah and Maggie say hello and miss you very much, Maggie misses you more but Leah is keeping an eye on this page as well. Take care, all of you! Dec 18th will be here before you know it! it may suck right now but on Dec 18th you will know why you choose to be a Coastie! Love you guys, see you soon (BUYYYYY)

rolandgh said...

Hello SR Huppenthal and PAPA 182. I just wanted to let you know that I'm rooting for you all. (Not like with pom poms and a short skirt, cause that would be tacky, and something to save for graduation) but rooting for your continued successes and determination as you overcome the many challenges of camp.
To SR Hupp … remember no matter what, remember: grit your teeth, say “that word” and just do it and do It to the best of your ability.
Know that Mom and I are as proud as we can be and that we never stop thinking of you.

Sydney said...

HIIII Sr. Reed, thats so weird to call you, but ill do it all the time now. i hope your having a wonderful time=]! im sitting [had a nice long night of sleep] here smoking a cig and drinking a beer thinking about my good friend hank. BTW when you come back you are forbidden to fight me...cause i feel like that just wont be very fair. youll use your fancy coast gaurd moves to overcome me.
HANK IM SO PROUD OF YOU! i guess.
i miss you and good luck. BE GOOD.
bye,
izzy =]

Rhonda said...
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STEVE said...

SR Helms, I'm so excited to be able to blog. I've been checking everyday for something from Papa 182. Unable to use the computer at work to blog.

Know that we are all so very proud of you and thinking of you with every breath I take. Look for mail this week. Can't wait to receive a letter. Don't leave any details out. Want to hear all about your experience.

All my love,
Mom

From The Other Side said...

Hello Families! Just to let you know your recruit will not be able to view your comments while they are here in training. This site is a window into their world here in training as well as a place where families can communicate with each other and share in the joys and truimphs of your recruits throughout this process.

binder family said...

What do these standfore IT1 BM1 and BM2 ?

Lori said...

Okay so now that we know this is not going to be read by our SR's, we can either send messages on here or go to facebook USCG PAPA 182 to share pics and stories

Bohemiagirl said...

I am SR Gamlen's Mom and I am so thrilled to be able to send this to you, We love you, miss you and send prayers of encouragement. All our love.
Mom, Dad and the fam.

Lori said...

I'm SR Sutton's Mom. I love and miss you. I've been thinking about you every day. Hang in there. You'll be getting a letter soon. I am so very proud of you. Yes, I'm using your computer to send this:) I can't wait to see you at graduation. Love you, Mom

momendad said...

PAPA 182 families

It is true that your young guardians will not be able to read these, but when they earn their liberty in week 6 or 7 they have an opportunity to do so, so keep the comments coming. It also is a good way to converse with eachother about your feelings and create friendships via this blog, so keep doing so.

Darla said...

Go PAPA-182!!! Woohoo!!! Been waiting all week to see you on the screen. This is sooo awesome we can track your journey. SR Morgan...YOU ROCK!! You are going to be an awesome Guardian. I am sooo VERY PROUD of you. Lot's of hello's, love and prayers from sunny San Diego. Everyone is calling.."How is Elliott?" Can't wait to hear! I Love you Son, Mom XOXO

Christine Helms said...

Hi Hank!!! Me and the boys are routing for you!! We know you can do it! We are soo proud of you!!
We wish you all and your unit good luck!!
Chris Helms and the boys

Nikkie said...

Hey Papa-182 (especially SR Cassidy) and their families. Many prayers have been sent out your way. It's great that we can share the experiences that our loved ones send us and pass it on to all the recruits family and friends. Looking forward to hearing all of the details.

bryanstaub said...

Hi there!
It's Stefano Faldon's Dad
Hope everything is going well.
Be Strong, Be Great!
I believe in you!

gshepard said...

Hi SR Eanes we miss you very much and know that you are doing well because you are covered by God's Love,Grace and Mercy. We can't wait to see you and are so very proud of you. We Love you. Mom!

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Stephanilia said...

My SR Gamlen! I miss you so much it's sickening! You're constantly in my thoughts and prayers and you should be receiving a letter very soon :-)I hope you are doing well and staying strong. ALL MY LOVE BABE! - SNIC

Jessica said...

Hey Papa-182!! Ya'll are awesome. I'm SR Bush's wife. I love and miss you. Good luck and keep up the good work. See you soon!!
Love,
Jessica and Kylie

angel said...

Hello all I am the Proud Mother of SR Womack. Sometimes we feel that we are all alone in situations sometimes, but when I found this blog and saw all of this love and concern I all of a sudden didn't feel alone. I had been waiting since the day my son left for some sign of life. I've been all over the coast guard website and even went to the city of cape may's website. Our Loved one's will persevere and stand strong. I am praying for PAPA-182 and their families everyday. Looking forward to meeting some of you at graduation. Take care and have a blessed day. Angelitta Womack

PRcoastiemom said...

Angel, I too have been searching every website for info about our kids. I can't believe how much I miss talking with my son, SR Callahan. Silly, it's just 8 weeks. You can google Cape May live webcams to get a glimpse of the weather there. There is even a beach cam of a light house. I have also read the other company blogs. N-182 shared that the SRs may get a real home cooked Thanksgiving meal by being hosted by a Cape May family. Would that be nice? Hang in there P-182 families!

PRcoastiemom said...

Hi P-182 families, We are searching for cheap flights to graduation out of LAX, SFO, or San Jose. Anyone find any deals?

Ida said...

SR. Almeida, M.
WOW, you made it over a week! I've been reading about camp....know it's tough but also know YOU can do it. We have faith in that. We are praying for you everyday to be strong. We miss you so much...can't wait for 12/18. We are so proud of you...ever so proud! Papa-182, we won't forget that :) Love you, love you, "Mum" and Dad...xoxoxoxoxo

Ida said...

SR. Almeida, M.
I'm very proud of you! I was thinking about you on your birthday...big 21!!! Happy late birthday!!! I love you...hang in there, won't be long before you will be home for a few days and we will see you at your graduation! Love you and so proud of you :)
DAD

MOM said...

SR Martinelli: Hello my beautiful daughter. I can't tell you how proud I am of you! You are stronger than anyone I know. I miss and love you and think about you every day! I can't wait to hear you tell me all the things you have done and learned! I love you! Good luck!!! Love mom

Berry said...

LETS GO ROCKY!!!! We are the family of Stephano Faldon and so excited for him! We know he is doing an amazing job in Boot Camp and can't wait to see him in December! We are so proud of you and Jake and Razzy miss you too! :) Lots of Love!

Your Dad, Berry and Sierra

Darla said...

Hello to all PAPA-182 families. Anybody in San Diego? How are the travel plans going for graduation? :)

tamarrasw said...

Good luck SR Steverson. We are so proud of you. Can't wait to hear from you. Miss you much. Love you!

Tamarra and Leya

Mark said...

SR Absher, ya got two old Fleet sailors pulling for ya. Don't forget my waders! Hang in there Buddy We all miss ya

Ida said...

Angel...I too have been ALL over the internet and so happy I finally found this site. My son is at boot camp as well and we are all praying that all the men/women of Papa-182 are hanging in there...I'm sure they are. Hope to see you at graduation...we will be coming from Mass. Take care and stay strong :) Ida Almeida

Mark said...

Sr Absher, got some good news and some bad news. Bad news is your cousin feel off the wagon and wanted to borrow your cooler but you had it chained to ya truck so I just loaned her your truck. Brittany said she didn't mind walking to work for a little while. Good news is you had your insurance paid up so with that and the help of your brother-in-law its almost like new again. Oh, your dog got with the poodle down the street, thats going to be interesting but that will be another story. Just joking lighten up. we love ya

Darla said...
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S Denne said...

An Oscar 182 mom (Terri) started a blog that a lot of people are on and there is a lot of great info about the recruits...we are sharing letters and phone calls and all. If you are interested it is
http://momsofcoastguardbootcamp.blogspot.com/

angel said...

Hello Ida and Coastiemom, I miss my son so much. Sometimes I am busy doing something at work at home and he passes my thoughts and I get sad because I miss him, but happy because he is away doing such a great thing for himself and this country. We are in Riverside Co. southern california. I was just telling my husband that we better get busy making flight arrangements and hotel reservations. Cape May looks like a nice place to visit, but it is going to be cold when we are there. I can't wait to get to my computer so that I can read all of the posts it is so encouraging for me and I know all the young men and women will be touched when they are able to read all of the love coming their way. I know it is only 8 weeks, but they are still our babies :-). Take care all and SR Womack we love you kid, and as I always say,"you are my favorite son"(he's my only son).

angel said...

PAPA-182,keep your heads up and stay strong you've almost made it to your second week. What a great accomplishment. When sundays come I encourage you to take advantage of relaxing as much as you can. Always remember that your family is back home wherever that may be thinking of you. Sometimes our minds play tricks on us and will make us think that everyone is gone on with their lives but that is far from the truth. One thing no one can take from you is memories. Stay strong, mom of SR Womack

Justen's mom - Kindy said...

Hi Friends and Family of PAPA182,
I, too, have been all over the other sites and have been reading and participating in a LOT of other blogs... It helps to hear what the others are going through that are just one week ahead of our kids! Most of the OSCAR182 got their first letters today! It's exciting to hear about them, and can't wait to get my first letter!
We are from just outside of Lincoln, NE. My son (Justen) shipped out of Kansas City with 2 other guys - do either of those families happen to be on here yet? If so, I'd love to "chat" with you. I think I remembered that both of you were going to be at the "swearing in" on Tuesday morning and was wondering if either of you took any pictures?
Thoughts and prayers for ALL of PAPA182 and the families of Fort Hood!

angel said...

Thoughts and prayers go out to the families and friends @ Fort Hood, from PAPA-182

Ida said...

Hi Kindy,
I took a few pics of the swearing in on that Tuesday 10/27. There were only a handful of them getting sworn in....but I do remember the three going into the CG so one must have been your son. I also did a video of them getting sworn in however my camera was mostly on my son but I did move around a bit :)
And Angel....I think it's wonderful that our sons chose the CG....at least they will stay in the U.S. :)
Take care and Bless you all.
Ida (Manny's Mom).

angel said...

Good morning Ida, I have to say Amen sister to your comments. I feel that our children picked the best branch of the armed forces. Go Coasties! :-)

angel said...

PAPA-182, Good morning SR Womack. I was sitting thinking about swear-in and what a monumental one you had because your own father was ab le to swear you in. That was so awesome, and as I showed the video to my co-workers I came to realize just how special that moment was really for all of us, but more importantly you and your father. When I watch it I get goose bumps. I am so proud of your choice of going into the Coast Guard you and all of the other young men and women with you are wiser than you know. I have to go now, I am almost late to work everyday messing around with this computer trying to post a message. I feel that it is important. I love you very much. Mom

PRcoastiemom said...

Hi Angel and P-182 families, I am Connie, SR Brian Callahan's mom. We live in Paso Robles. I have had many of the same thoughts and feelings that you have expressed. We are in Paso Robles, Ca. That is on the central coast just 1/2hr north of San Luis Obispo. Will you be flying from LAX? The flights are so expensive but I'll pay whatever in takes to see my son graduate. I am so proud of these fine young men and women! This blog helps so much, I am very grateful.

Barbara said...

There have been only two times that reality has hit me as to what is actually happening here. The first time was as the airplane backed away from the jetway in Myrtle Beach. I realized that I saw for the last time the person I called "My Little Boy". The poor man sitting next to me just played 11 days of golf and was heading back to reality. He leaned over and said "I know how you feel" as I sat there trying not to cry all over his clean white shirt. The second was today, as I read the final journals by India182 and Juliet182. Today as the Yankees walk down the Canyon of Heros one "Little Boy" will not be there, he is fulfilling his own dreams. He is becoming a "Guardian"!

Dennis said...

Hey Hanker Banker, I hear there's ghosts down in Cape May, don't become one of them!! All the best and we all are pulling for you. Cuz Dennis

Ida said...

Angel ... Kindy ... and all the other Papa-182 folks...it feels so good to talk to others. It's so funny that my son is in Papa-182. Our 1 and only grand daughter was born 21 months ago, and we are Nana and Papa...she is my older son's little girl. So it was kind of special in 2 ways for us, special because our younger son made the best choice of his life and special because of our little angel...Avah. I can't wait for our first letter to arrive but it's just comforting knowing that we all have great sons/daughters and we are all caring/loving/supportive parents. Love and Bless you all. I pray for our sons/daughters of Papa-182 everyday!

FL-n8tive said...

Hi! Ida, I see that you have a few pics of the swearing in. My cousin swore in to go off to the USCG, and I'd love to see if I can spot him in any of your pics, or in your video. His mother doesnt have any way of posting pics, so if you share yours, I'd love to see them! Have a great weekend everyone!

FL-n8tive said...

something else I just discovered, since I'm trying to find out what the recruits are enduring during boot camp, if you go to youtube.com there are mini episodes called 'it's just eight weeks' and its taken during boot camp training.

Darla said...

Hello from San Diego to PAPA-182 families and loved ones. It so heartwarming to read and truly feel the love that is overflowing for our sons and daughters. My son, SR Morgan is 19. Being a single Mom for a long time, now it's like a huge void. Even though he is an adult and reaching for a dream and growing into a more amazing person, I miss my boy!! Having read the other company journals, you can't help but say wow! The maturity, unity and commitment to country exuding from the journals is amazing. We can all be so proud of all of them, whether they are ours or not. Love and prayers to all of you and your sons and daughters.

John E. Murray said...

SR Jaclyn Murray
I just want you to know how great it is that in less than three week we will see you again, keep up the hard efforts.
Mom and Dad

Claudia said...

Hello PAPA-182. I'm SR ARMAS's wife and I'm so proud of him and I can't wait to get my letter in the mail. I miss you so much!!! All your friends and family are behind you 100%, give it your all.

Love
Your Wife.

Mark said...

SR. Absher, Hows it going Buddy? Ya didn't catch too much grif over my blog about your cousin and ya dog did ya. Just trying to put a smile on your face. Travis's team won last night first round of play off for state score was 42 to 12.Mom is still looking for a letter I told her you might get to write this Sunday.We love ya hang in there.

Zandra said...

Hi SR Armas, It's Mom. I miss you so so much I can't wait to see you.I am counting the days. But I know your in good hands. I pray every day that God give you strength and be strong. Happy Birthday Son I Love You. Mom

Mark said...

SR. Absher, talk to ya tommrow.Love ya

STEVE said...

DSR Helms .....hows it going my brother? Think about you all the time. Can't wait to hear from you.
Love you buddy !! Dad

Zandra said...

SR Armas. Hi son your Mom here just woke up with you on my mind again and just had to write you. I hope your doing good I know it's hard but I have all faith in you. Can't wait to see you. Thanksgiving will not be the same without you. But I will see you for Christmas. I Love you
Mom.

angel said...

Good morning SR Womack, You are always in my thoughts, but I was missing you a little more this morning for some reason. Its sunday and I hope that you are taking advantage of as much rest as you can today, it may help to take you a long way. I sure can't wait to hear something from you it feels like it has been forever since I've heard from you. Your dad is missing you too said he thought about you yesterday when he cut the grass;-). Amari misses you of course. Well I just wanted to say hi and that I miss you a bunch, can't wait to hear something from you. Take care and stay strong is my prayer. Mom

STEVE said...

Hi SR Helms S.T.
Hey Son, Just finished watching the Dolphhins play NE. The news isn't very good. Good game though.

I'm thinking of you constantly, can't wait to hear from you. Wonder why Papa 182 doesn't have anyone making journel entries like the others.

I hope you all are able to get a letter sent off this week. Us moms want to hear from our heros.

All my love, Mom

Barbara said...

Hi Papa182 What a beautiful day here in NJ. The temp was 65 and sunny. No clouds no wind. It must have been beautiful in Cape May. We are about 2 hours north of the training camp so I'm sure it was a fantastic day for all the recruits. The weather should remain like this for the week. I am almost jealous that I am not at the beach. Almost two weeks down. Stay Strong!

Mark said...

SR. Absher, Well its been a beautiful day today sunny and 80Deg kept Emmy girl last night so she could tell me what to do. Still cleaning up the mess as you can guess. I sure hope you get to write your Mom and Brittney we all miss you. From the blogs it looks like no one has gotten any mail. Like they always told me no news is good news. We love ya.

me said...

Hi PAPA-182... Im SR Maynard's bestfriend and im missing her like crazy.. i kno your doing great kiddo.. ur mom would be so proud of you.. oh yea your dad misses you so much he exercises to keep his mind off of you..lol.. im sending a letter out tomorrow for you.. im so happy i found this site so i can finally mail out the letters ive wrote you everyday since you have been gone.. miss ya ma=]]

<3 Me

Rhonda said...

SR A. Matte - I hope you see this. Your family and friends are really cheering and praying for you. Be Strong! Be Brave! As I go to sleep tonight, it is with a lighter heart knowing that it is one day closer until I get to see you graduate.
I love you and miss you so much sweety.
Love, Mother Goose

Darla said...

SR Morgan I miss you! The companies don't to post until the third week of training, we can't wait to find out how you are all doing. Hang in there buddy!!! I love you, Mom

Rhonda said...

To all the family of Papa 182. Talked to my daughter today (she is in medical hold) and she told me that the last she heard, none of the “postcards” went out when they were supposed to. CC got IRATE because they either had no stamps on them, were filled out incorrectly, had nothing on them at all, or in a few cases, the recruits didn’t even give them back to him. SO if you have not received your post card yet, that is why.

MOM said...

Hello SR Courtney Martinelli:

I miss you and think about you every minute!!! I hope you are doing well and staying strong! I can't wait to hear from you! I love you with all my heart!!

Love mom!

Brittany said...

SR Absher...I have your farm going good on facebook and have cleand out the house being that I dont have anythings else todo than wait on a letter in the mail. If we dont hear from you soon I wont have anything left in the house and ima start on your room at your mom's. You will get use to the orange and white :-) Im very proud of you and sure hope your having fun! Its hard to with out you here! A letter soon sure would be good!!

Miss you much!
Love You!
Britt

Justen's mom - Kindy said...

Tomorrow is JOURNAL DAY!!!!! :-D Can't wait until I get home from work tomorrow.

bryanstaub said...

Another week behind you!
BE STRONG! BE GREAT!

Cant to wait to hear how well you and Papa 182 are doing!

See you soon,

Dad

Sydney said...

hank reed,
SR REED. lol (as you write in your letters now)

miss you so much. i listen to all the voice mails you left me the few weeks before you left. i wrote you two sets of letters already, so tag your it.

love you reed.
love, chick.

Mark said...

SR. Absher Its me again. just wrote you a letter but I will have to do some work for your Mom so she can pay me with a stamp. So i can't waste time gotta go. You keep your head down and don't take no wooden nickels. Keep smiling.Love ya

angel said...

Hello Coastguard family, I was just wondering I keep seeing you all write about this special that is coming on ESPN 11-11-09. I am on the west coast, can someone tell me what time it is coming on and what is the name of it. Thanks PAPA-182 Mom of SR Womack.

free2b61 said...

My daughter is SR Julie Jane't. She started with November 182, landed in the hospital with stress fractures and will be joining Papa on Thursday. Be nice to my girl.
Julie, I love you more than the sun and the moon and the stars. You are one tough cookie!

Joel said...

Hey SR Gonzalez, We miss you!! We are looking for flights to see you soon....Keep up the good work- stay strong!! Mom, Dad, Bro and me..Lellanis...miss you and love you very much!!
Gaby says "tio is in the cos gart"lol

Darla said...

Good luck to your daughter Julie!!!! I know you must be a worrying momma. She will be Ok!! Angel, the show is on at 10 ET. I guess that is 7am our time? ESPN2. Elliott I love you boy!!!!

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Rhonda said...

To Free2b61 - your daughter has joined an incredible group of recruits (if their parents are anything to go by). Join us on facebook at USCG Papa 182 and on the blog at http://momsofcoastguardbootcamp.blogspot.com/

Best group of people ever!

coastiewifejenna said...

Let me help answer a few questions about this blog. The recruits can't see this until and if they earn liberties in the 6/7 week. About Thanksgiving look up operation Fireside. Only recruits in weeks 3-8 will get to go. Also, the post only come out on Tuesday and they dont start until the recruits are in week three. So the blogs will end up being about two weeks behind. You should get a postcerd that they will get to write their first sunday there and then they get to write letters on the next sunday. This blog is really for you the families to communicate back and forth to make and share travel info and plans. Hope this is helpful. And questions just ask! Good luck families. It gets easier from here!

free2b61 said...

I am having "issues with the momsblogspot. I thought my daughter Julie was going to be in Oscar and I can't get out of Oscar or find Papa. I thought I was computer savvy. Help....I did find the FB site and asked to join...thanks

MOM said...

Hello PAPA 182!! Is today the day?? Do the journals get posted today??? I am so excited. I hope they are all doing well! I love you and miss you SR Martinelli!!!

Love MOM

Barbara said...

Yes it's Tuesday!!! Oscar182 posted in week two so let's all hope that PAPA182 will do the same. I got a quick note from Hank and he said everything is great! I'm thinking he did not unpack his address book before they checked his travel bag and that is why he was asking for all the addresses I put in there. Somethings will never change. I am still looking forwarded to tomarrows First Take show on ESPN2. We have multiple DVRs set. My eyes will be looking out for any glimpse of PAPA182. This is torture.

binder family said...

The show is called ESPN2 First Take it is on tomorrow around 8:00am New Mexico time

Barbara said...

I never thought that Hanks toothache and emergency wisdom teeth extraction would actually be a good thing, The Lord works in mysterious ways. From November182's blog about 20 of the recruits had some sort of dental work done during week 3. No excuse for Hank his teeth are gone!! Sorry Honey you still have to work hard no R.A.M.P. for you, whatever that is.

Brittany Moxley said...

SR Absher...Still missing you! Cant wait to see you in december!! Already started shopping for my trip. Lol. Its gonna be cold! Hope all is well!!

Love you Much!!
Britt

Brittany Moxley said...

SR Absher...Still missing you! Cant wait to see you in december!! Already started shopping for my trip. Lol. Its gonna be cold! Hope all is well!!

Love you Much!!
Britt

Desroches said...

Hey SR Desroches and PAPA 182 Week two complete you should be in great shape. Stay strong brave guardians.

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Claudia said...

Hello
PAPA-182 Friends and Family.I have a question and hopefully someone will have an answer, I've began to look for travel arrangements for my trip to my graduation day. It's my understanding that there is a five day leave permitted after graduation day however, I believe my husband is to report to A school some time in Jan will he come home or have to report somewhere after the five days are up?

Thanks
SR ARMAS's Wife

jhaynie said...

Hey SR Haynie, Dad just found this site, we are so excited. We can't wait for your graduation. Stay strong and keep your head up. You only have a weeks to go and you will get to start your new career. We miss you as does the the rest of the family. Love, Mom and Dad

Rhonda said...

Claudia,
My daughter is graduating the end of December. Her A school doesn't begin until Jan 11th so after her 5 days leave, she will be working out of the recruiting office until time to leave for A school. Hope that helps.

Christian SR said...

Hi SR Haynie,

Was very excited to find this site to leave you messages. I am sure you are doing an awesome job because that is the kind of person you are. Lots of letters coming your way, so look for them. Before you know it you will be at graduation. Keep up the hard word,

Love Dad

Barbara said...

Oh My PAPA, Or should I say, PAPA please preach. How many songs have the word PAPA in it. Let's amuse ourselves until next week.

PRcoastiemom said...

Just got home from work 1530 PST to find NO journal posting from PAPA 182! I am so disappointed! I was looking forward to it all day!

Justen's mom - Kindy said...

Me too!! The refresh button on my computer is getting worn out!! :-D

jhaynie said...

You guys are exactly the same as me!! I pushed refresh a gazillion times this afternoon hoping there would be a post. :-(

C J said...

Can someone help me with the Momsblog spot.
My daughter is SR Julie Jane't.
I am on facebook with some of you. I live in Sarasota Fl. It was nice to find you on FB look for USCG Papa 182

Thanks CJ

Darla said...

No postie from our Coasties! Next week! How is everyone coming along with reservations for hotels for graduation? Anxious Momma in San Diego!

Justen's mom - Kindy said...

Hi CJ! I saw you on the FB page this afternoon! Nice to see you on! If this is the mom's blog your talking about, the web site is:

http://momsofcoastguardbootcamp.blogspot.com/2009/10/oscar-182-cape-may-training-center.html?commentPage=2

Just copy and paste it! There are a lot of OSCAR moms and a lot from other companies too! Even several of us PAPA mama's!

There is also another FB page. In your FB search type in "Coastie Moms". Hope this helps!!

Barbara said...

Hi CJ I usually go to Oscar182's blog and look for terri's name and then click on it. That will take you to her personal site go to the bottom and she has the link. My only hope is that the historian for PAPA182 was late and didn't get it to the webmaster until late. I noticed that oscar didn't have a blog posted today either. And the commanders message wasn't changed. Oh so wishful!!!!

jbeard said...

SR Beard / Papa182: We received your post card today, so all of you Coastie Mom's should be getting it tomorrow. Remember that our children are safer where they are than at home. God bless them all, especially tomorrow on Armistice Day!

kleept said...

hey papa, this is sr lee's mama and I am so very proud of her and the rest of you in 182. Your family and friends think of you with the utmost pride every minute of every day. Hang tough, see you in december

angel said...

Hello PAPA family, SR Womack's momma here,and I read that someone got a postcard today, well I didn't and I am not to happy especially knowing that tomorrow is a no mail delivery holiday. All I can hope for is that it will come on thursday. I have been writing a letter or sending a card everyday, but it gets kind of tough to find things to talk about. Anyway I just try to keep the encouraging words flowing, I am not going to lie I am getting a little impatient. Trying hard not to, but I mean it is really tough. I just want to know that he is doing fine. Well we are 2 weeks down and I guess that the journal post won't be until next week in week 3. I've got my fingers crossed for thursday's mail. Take care all, Angel

Dad and Deed said...

Hello SR Monahan. It is Tuesday evening and I am just about counting the minutes until we see you on Friday. I've enjoyed reading the blogs, following your progress while at Cape May. You've been so busy and have made so many people proud. Stay safe and strong and know how much we love and miss you so very much. Always, Dad and Deed xoxoxo

BIG MIKE said...

"PAPA was a rolling stone" is another good line from a song Barbara! I dont really know who you are, but I like your thinking on how we can amuse ourselves by thinking of songs with the word PAPA in it! Lets see who else can come up with another one!

Rhonda said...

For the families waiting for news regarding Quebec 182, please join us on facebook to share stories and pictures of your recruits. You can join at USCG Quebec 182

maureen said...

SR Schubert....we are so very proud of what you are doing . We love you so much and can't wait to see you at graduation. Thor is fine, but misses you.

Much love,

Mom,Dad,&Grant

judithloniak said...

Hi Sr Reed! Hey Hank, How are you doing on this Veterans day? By now you've been somewhat indoctrinated & are getting used to the grind. EVERYONE feels as if they've made the biggest mistake of their lives in the first 2 weeks. It's tough training, but I know you'll do well because I know your Mom so well & how she raised you. It's 0450 in California & I can't sleep. Hopefully they aren't yelling at you too much. When I was in the Navy, my Company Commanders weren't allowed to curse at us. But we were women. I don't know how the guys were treated. We were also segregated. Women together & Men together. I don't know how it is for you, but some of the photos have the men & women marching together. As it should be. As I said, I was in during the Reagan years which was essentially Peacetime for the US. Have you eaten any ice cream sandwiches & peanut butter yet? I can't wait to see the photos of you at graduation, cleanshaven for the first time since yould grow facial hair! I'm sure you are doing fine. Just follow orders & study Coastie History hard. You'll make it much easier on yourself. And remember, Don't volunteer for ANYTHING! Love you, Judith

Klaren said...

Hi Papa-182. We are SR Reed's Aunt Klaren and Uncle Frank from Missouri. Hank, we are so proud of you. Grandma and Grandpa send their love and best wishes. We think of you often and hope that all is going well. Can't wait to see you in uniform. Love you very much!

MOM said...

Hello PAPA 182: I looked all day yesterday for the journal and it never came. I saw that Oscar 182 had posted a journal at the beginning of week 3 and was hoping the same would be true for you. I misss you my beautiful daughter SR Martinelli. You are on my mind 24/7. I hope you and the others are well and I will keep on waiting for the journal. Love you!!!

MOM

C J said...

Papa, you are in our thoughts everyday but today is for you. We are proud of our servicemen and veterans.
I am looking forward to a hug from my daughter SR Julie Jane't on Dec 18. I know she will be a different woman inside. Proud, proud, proud!!!!!

PRcoastiemom said...

All veterans, service men and women are in our thoughts and prayers today! Papa 182 We miss you all!

Darla said...

Thank you to our Veterans on this day. To our Sons and Daughters..we cannot be more proud of you! SR Morgan, you ARE sooo loved and missed. Possible 2o foot waves today at Cape May. OH MY!!!!!! XOXO

C J said...

For those of you who can't watch the ESPN special at 10am today. I just googled ESPN and watched the 3 promos for the special.I'm sure after the show is over the video will be available on the sight. It involves Oscar 182 but it will help us feel closer to our loved ones. I have a feeling my daughter SR Julie Jan't was in the hospital when it was being filmed.

Lori said...

To all of our children who are serving our country, my hats off to you all and just want to say Thank you on this special day

To Papa 182 we love you and miss you, keep striving for the best

C J said...

I am watching the ESPN special. Hoepfully one of the parents or loved ones of our SR's is savvy enough to record, edit and post the show on FB or Blog. They move the camera too fast for me. LOL
I hope they let my daughter SR Julie Jane't out of the hostpital for this. she was supposed to be released today. God how I miss being able to txt her all day long.

Barbara said...

I have the show on my and everyone elses DVR. My brother is glued also. No sign of PAPA182. However, there is another SR REED in the trainging camp. Good thing I made him get a bag with H.REED on it. Maybe I do know something. I'll keep everyone posted.

Barbara said...

I have the show on my and everyone elses DVR. My brother is glued also. No sign of PAPA182. However, there is another SR REED in the trainging camp. Good thing I made him get a bag with H.REED on it. Maybe I do know something. I'll keep everyone posted.

Rose said...

SR Whiteker,
Hello honey! Me and Emma miss you terribly...but are looking so forward to seeing you on December 18th at graduation. We watched the ESPN special today, but didn't see you there...but it made me so proud of what you are doing there. Love you, and hope to see you soon..Your wife Rose and babygirl Emma :)

angel said...

Hello PAPA-182 family, I am so excited, I was feeling a little down, but I got a call from my brother he was watching the ESPN special and saw my son in the audience. I can hardly wait to get home to see for myself. Happy Veteran's Day, and PAPA-182 we are proud of your service. Angel, mom of SR Womack

Barbara said...

Hi Angel, let me know about what portion you see your son. I have the whole thing taped, I can slomo it to see if there are others from PAPA there. That is exciting!!!!

Barbara said...

Hi Angel, let me know about what portion you see your son. I have the whole thing taped, I can slomo it to see if there are others from PAPA there. That is exciting!!!!

Lori said...

I would love to get a copy of the ESPN special if anybody has it. I'm a RN and I work nights. I slept this morning and missed the special. Thanks.

Justen's mom - Kindy said...

HI EVERYONE!!! I'm so excited - I just got back from my brother and sister in law's house and we watched the ESPN show in slow mo and PAPA was the group kneeling in the front!!!! My sister in law took pictures off of the TV and posted them on FaceBook for me!!! That really made my day - almost made up for no Journal yesterday!!!! :-D

Barbara said...

Hi Kindy please friend me on FB I'm Barbara Lubas from NJ I can't wait to see them

Darla said...

Hi Kindy. I am SR Morgan's. I do not have a facebook page yet and have been trying for 2 days. Nothing happens when I hit submit. I watched the show this morning, but it was hard to see all the faces. Is there any way you could e-mail them to me? I would be eternally grateful! dkmhhp1@yahoo.com

Kim said...

Hi Papa 182 families, I'm SR Nash mom, Kim. Some of the songs I thought of that contain Papa are Oh My PaPa by Eddie Fisher in the 50's, Papa Was a Rolling Stone in the 70's by the Temptations, I think, but I'm not sure, and Papa Don't Preach by Madonna in the 80's. In reference to the hotels, if you go under Cape May they have a section for entitled Coast Guard and they list several hotels that are near the training base. Some of them are pet friendly for those of you who want to take your furry four-legged friends; some hotels also have an indoor heated pool for those who like to swim. We received a post card on MOnday; not a lot of information. My son is my only child and he wrote they are very busy, but learning a lot and having a lot of fun. We are planning to go down Decmeber 17th. Hope to meet other Papa 182 families. Keep going strong Papa 182 and lots of support for all our sons and daughters serving throughout the military branches. Kim :-) My apologies if this message is on twice; I'm having a hard time posting it.

Barbara said...

Papa's Got a Brand New Bag by James Brown, and I'm sure there are alot of new tricks in that bag by now. My posts are going on twice also so maybe it's the site and not the Moms. I've watched the show many times saw the kneeling recruits but I can not see my son. I can take out the girls and glasses but that just does not narrow it down enough for me. Flesh of my own flesh, saints preserve us.

bryanstaub said...

WOW! How exciting to see the TV show "FirstTake" the ESPN that featured the Coast Guard Boot Camp at Cape May. I was even lucky enough to see my son. At least i think so. Super-Slo-Mo is cool.

Darla said...

FYI, we booked flights yesterday. Same flights today, $170 more. WOW! Going up, up,up! Kindy, I fianlly was able to set an account. Sent you a request.

C J said...

Hello,
Someone said they slowmode, took pics and posted on FB. I looked on USCG Papa 182 and they aren't there. Where are they.

Are we starving to see our kids or what?

Darla said...

Got some more songs for you all. Barbara Striesand's "Papa Can YOu Hear Me?" (love that one), Paul Anka's "Papa", Garth Brookes' " Papa Loved Mama".

BIG MIKE said...

Very good with the songs everyone! Keep em coming! BTW if any of you read my blog yesterday I do know Barbara, shes my sister. I just thought she would get a kick out of it and she did. The reason I'm so interested in what is going on with the recruits is because her son, SR Reed is not only my nephew but also my best friend! He spent the last month with me and my wife (Leah) in Myrtle Beach SC where I live. I drove him to Columbia SC, handed him over and been a mess ever since. I will be easily picked out of the crowd at graduation because I will be the 6ft 7in guy screaming like my sister and crying like a baby. I cant help it, to think of the long haired skinny kid that I last saw in Columbia sitting on the curb smoking a cig as I pulled away, to thinking of him on graduation day, a MAN in his dress blues makes me weak!! I can't wait, see ya'all there!!

C J said...

Barbara,
Where are you on FB? I have been on the USCG Papa 182
I still can't find Papa on the momsblogspot.
I posted pics of my daughter Julie on FB

angel said...

Hello Barbara, if go to about 1 hour and 11 minutes into the video is when I saw my son. It was so good to see him, cause now I feel recharged like a can go a little more. I would prefer to hear from him to see how he and the rest of them are doing, but I did get to see his face. WOW this whole process is tough. Anyway, SR Womack I love you and keep up the good work. Momma

MOM said...

Can someone tell me how to get to PAPA's FB page?? Thanks all you PAPA families!!!

MOM

C J said...

MOM.
from your FB page go to the seacrch box and type
USCG Papa 182
You will find me on there. I am Cynthia Janet but I go by C J

MOM said...

CJ:

Thank you sooo much. I will see you there later! I am at work now...Can hardly concentrate anymore!

MOM

Barbara said...

Oh Big Mike you are the best! We have to watch that vedio very closely. Hank must be in there somewhere. Good going Darla with the songs. I thought I had a good one with james brown but you have me beat. I cannnot concentrate either. I am going on a cruise next saturday I might jump off the boat if I can't get to the site for 7 days.

Darla said...

Good Day PAPA Family!!! Who needs caffeine anymore? We are all getting wound, I know I am. Barbara wear your lifevest! Our kids are getting pounded with some weather today, When the going gets tough, the tough get going!!! Hang in there PAPA-182..WE LOVE YOU!

angel said...

Hello Big Mike and Barbara, I have a song. I am mother of SR Womack. My song is a hip hop verse, by Notorious BIG, probably never heard of him. Anyways it says, "I love when you call me big PAPA. I just wanted to get in on the fun. Have a great day all, Angel

JOANNE said...

HEY CLAY

STILL WAITING TO HEAR FROM YOU. THINKING OF YOU ALWAYS. SO PROUD OF YOU.

LOOKING FORWARD TO DEC 18

LOVE
JOMAMA

BIG MIKE said...

Hello Angel. Thats a good one! Never heard of it! Keep em coming. Love you too sister! Buyyy!

Mike Sr said...

SR Steverson,
Congratulations on your success thus far. I know you are working hard and looking forward to the completion of this first step in your career. We are all poud of you. But no one is more proud of you than me. Keep up the good work and great things are sure to come your way. See you in a few more weeks. Love ya Son. Pop

C J said...

My daughter SR julie Jane't just called me. She was in November 182 and got hurt and wasin the hospital for 10 days. She was only allowed to call me today to tell me she is now officially assigned now to Papa 182. I heard "SOMEONE" in the backround telling her that all she could do was give me her new address. She was instructed to call me maam. That was weird. Anyway, I of course gushed, told her the whole time she was talking how much I loved her and I know you have to keep a straight face, and she would say yes maam. It was so nice to here her voice. I asked if she was at the ESPN show, she said no maam. I am so proud of her. I was hearing the woman and recruit in her, but in my mind seeing my little girl.

Mark said...

SR Absher, finally got a letter from you. I guess i can pull your mom off the fence now. It was great to hear from you. I know your busy just keep up the good work your doing.

Joel said...

hey SR Gonzalez, we saw you on tv, well just your profile but its certainly you, that nose is unmistakable..mom and dad already have seen it and we have it recorded to show everyone. Mom also told me that she just rec'd your letter, we're waiting for ours..keep it up bro! SR Gonzalez's little brother

osuscot said...

Got a long letter from my SR. He says there are having a rough time of it, but the food gives them plenty of gas and he has a hard time not laughing. Like when I was in basic, I guess it is hard and funny at the same time.
Go Pape 182 !!

Ida said...

Kindy, Can I get the facebook picture that you sister posted of Papa 182??? I had to miss the show because my other son was in hospital with appendicitis attack and didn't get home in time to see it. Just got a letter from my son in Papa 182...it sure was good to hear from him. He wrote on Nov. 8th! I cannot wait till 12/18 and we will also get to meet each other. Take care, Ida

Ida said...

Angel....LOVE that. "I love it when ya call me big Papa". That was good!! I will have to say that to my son who also is in Papa 182. Can't wait for 12/18 to see them all....By the way, I do know the song too LOL....

Darla said...

I GOT MAIL TODAY, TOO!!!!! It's amazing, I can see a change in my son already just from his letter. More dedication, maturity, seriousness, and compassion. And of course I got lot's of love, something I miss!!!! CJ, so gald you got to talk to your daughter, sorry to hear she was in the hopistal for such a spell! May God be with our sons and daughters and all of you. Love from San Diego!

Justen's mom - Kindy said...

Ida - and whomever else is on the FaceBook PAPA182 site.... I'm on my way to my sister-in-laws NOW!! We will be going through all of the video closeups of our PAPA kids and taking lots of pics and posting them to the FB site!!! Should be on in an hour or two!!!

GOT MY LETTER TODAY!! YEAH!! Justen is in the Chapel Choir and he says it is "awesome"!!!!!

Ida said...

Justen's Mom....HOW do I get to this Facebook site? I have tried USCG Papa 182 and it is saying no such site! I cannot find it. It's driving me crazy!!! Please help! Ida...

Justen's mom - Kindy said...

IDA - when you are on Facebook search me: Kindy Belew.... and send me a friend request, then I can send you an invite to the USCG PAPA182 site!

Gram Ellie said...

Hi Hank: We watched that TV rerun over and over and cannot find you, but we know you are there. Miss you and can't wait to see you. Hope all is well. Think of you often especially today when I went food shopping and had no one to bring in my bags.

Love you and am still praying every day for you.

Love, Gram

C J said...

I got 2 letters from SR Julie Jane't yesterday. she talked about her tie in the hospital, how hard it was to study, how painful her stress fractures and the physical therapy had been. but she got better, yeah. She also she has never been more excited to be a part of "something". She also said she sucked at shining her boondockers. Haha, she never was good at cleaning. she said the company commander loved making them do their ladders drills to the music of metalicca. Boy do I miss her.
Thanks to all the people on this blog. I think we are helping each other get through this.

C J

angel said...

Good morning PAPA-182 family, I got home from work last night and went to the mail box and I felt like the light from heaven was shining down on my mailbox and I could hear the glorious choir singing, "AWW AWW AWW". When I saw the letter from my SR. HALLELUJA! Talking about excitement, he sounded so grown up and positive. I feel so much better, and next week is week 3 so there should be some journal postings. Well I hope that everyone has a good day sincerely from Southern California. I love you SR Womack and you are the best son a mom could ever dream of having.

papamama CapeCod said...

Hi, Papa 182 Families and Friends!
It is so great to know that you are all out there all around the country feeling similar feelings like missing our son and worrying about his mental and physical well-being, while he is pushing himself to limits never before experienced --- And to be able to share with you our enormous pride in him and the rest of his company.
We have heard from him and he is well. In spite of all of the hard work and physical demands and lack of personal time, he seems to be feeling that this is all good. We are so happy for him because he may have finally found his calling. We are proud of the person that he was and the person that he is striving so hard to become.
See you all at graduation!

Barbara said...

Hi PAPA People!! We also received a letter from SR H. REED. He is great, He can't wait to come and hangout at Grams, go figure we had to beg him to show his face before. They started with 99
(BIG PAPA)in their company and have lost some, he said they are down to 92. He is also sounding different, changed somehow, for the better. On the ESPN special I only count about 55 in the group that we think is PAPA182. Maybe they had to earn that honor. So TGIF another work week down.

David said...

Hello Papa-182...For all of you who thought your parents were strict and over disciplined you, now is your reality check. If boot camp feels like another day at home, you were probably correct. If not then now you can value the way your families treated you when they thought you needed to be led in another direction. Being prior Coast Guard, many moons ago, I can honestly say I don't regret one day of it. Good luck to all of you and hang in there. JP's Dad...

PRcoastiemom said...

My letter finally came today! I waited so long and not very patiently I might add. The letter sharing really helped me through the waiting so I will share mine. Brian says Papa 182 is full of talkers and they are getting a lot of I.T. for it. No surprise really, they are just like us on this blog! He says it is harder than he thought but is "staying below the CC's radar", although he did get caught "resting his eyes" in class and paid for it. He misses soda more than he thought he would, driving his Jeep, and getting dressed at his own pace. He is the Catholic religous petty officer for Papa 182. I wonder what responsibilites that entails? Anyone know? He said it was a relief to go to Mass and experience something familiar again, a reminder of home. It was much to short and he clearly had not received any of my letters yet. It was post marked Nov 9th.

Justen's mom - Kindy said...

Hi all! Barbara, I thought I counted around 55 in the ESPN show too! Justen told me in his letter that they had "lost" 8, but he didn't say what they started with! 99 seems like a HUGE company!

For those of you on FACEBOOK and have not yet joined the USCG PAPA 182 group yet... join us!! We have several pics posted there of the ESPN show!!

It was such a blessing this week to see Justen's face AND get a letter the next day, he sounded so positive it really made me more at ease!!

Darla said...

Hi everyone! I agree with Kindy that getting our letters is a huge relief! I am not so sucked into the computer groveling for any bit of info. It's exhausting. LOL! My son also indicated there is a bit of the company getting into trouble. I don't like the sound of their consequences. It's getting cold, that makes have to lay on the cement upon waking quite chilly! Yes, they are rethinking how Moms and Dads really aren't so bad after all!!!! I definitely feel the changes coming on. If only he would call me Dearest Mother everyday!!! Love you son!! Every have a blessed weekend. I am gong to relax a little and keep the computer in sleepy mode! Chat soon!

Darla said...

Ok, I said I ws going to call it quits for a few days. I just watched the national news and saw how bad NJ is getting hit from Ida. I looked on the weather channel for Cape May. Strong winds and under state warnings, all kinds of warnings for Cape May. Keep our Coasties in thoughts and prayers.

Rose said...

I thought I would share my letter as well. My husband wrote that things there are very challenging, and that the 5am 'fire' drills on the cold pavement really suck. He also said that there are 2 really strick CC's, but one that is an alright guy. He sent his love, and said he really misses us, and even sounded a bit homesick. I was so grateful to just receive something real from him finally. The letter really helped me cope with him being gone from me and our little girl for so long. He reminded me that it is almost halfway over, and that time really fly's by there. He also mentioned that his bunk mate is a really great guy, and they have a lot to talk about because he is older like my husband. He didn't mention the recruits name...but only that he is 27 years old. I would really like to know who this is so I might get to know more about his buddy!

Rose said...

Does anyone know when the journal's are going to get started? I thought for sure there would be something by now....I noticed that there was never a journal for PAPA 180 or PAPA 181 either?! I don't know...maybe I am just being impatient!

Justen's mom - Kindy said...

Rose - are you from Missouri? I am still looking for the two families that Justen shipped out with from Kansas City.... and I know one of the guys had a little girl - my daughter played with her in the recruiters office.

No one knows why the journal was not posted last Tuesday, but we will now have to wait until next Tuesday. Someone said (I think it was on the FaceBook PAPA 182 page) that the past PAPA groups have been prior service companies.
Prior service companies are made up of members from other services that have decided to join the Coast Guard, and they are there for two or three weeks of refresher training. So I guess that meant they didn't need a journal! :-D

kleept said...

Sr Lee you made your sister First Class Petty officer Lee, USCG station san diego cry with your letter. We are all so very, very proud of you and she expecially is proud that you are a future guardian of the sea. Love USCG Mom

Barbara said...

HI PAPA182 Family, Yes the weather in NJ was horrible yesturday but not as bad as the news made it. Strong wind was the worst part of it. I am north of Cape May and they do get more storm surge then we do but I figure this is what they signed up for. Keeoing myself very busy. It makes time fly. Happy Day to all.

Rose said...

Kindy,
I am the Rose you met in KC...but we are from Wichita, KS not MO. Your daughter Taylor played with our little girl Emma. I am so glad to finally talk to someone familiar! I hope that Justen is doing alright and has sent home only good thoughts. Only 4 more weeks....we only have to hold on a little longer :)

Capt. Morgan said...

SR Morgan Hi son I can't wait to see you, please let me know how it's going, I go back on monday 11-16-09 but if you can e-mail or blog or call !!! love you son ,keep up the good work I'm so very proud of you , love DAD

Kim said...

Hi Papa 182 families, Does anyone have information on graduation in reference to how many people can attend per recruit? How many tickets is each recruit allowed? Does their five-day leave begin on graduation day? Thanks, Kim :-)

PRcoastiemom said...

Kim, I am pretty sure I read somewhere that leave starts the day after graduation but they are free to leave immediately after the ceremony. Also, I don't think there is a limit on the number of people attending. There may be a reservation required for the 0830breakfast if you plan on attending that and there is a $5/person charge. Hope this helps. I say the more the merrier! Our kids deserve to be celebrated!

Gina and Mike said...

Hey, SR Cassidy - your uncle and I miss you, and are very proud of you. We think of you often, and can't wait to read the journal. Be strong and be well, we love you, Aunt Gina & Uncle Mike

Kim said...

Thank you PR Coastiemom - The infomation you provided does help. A friend's son is in NOvember 182 - he wrote home saying the graduation lasts about 45 minutes, but wasn't sure on the number of people who can attend. I think more the merrier for our children as well to honor their important accomplishment. In case I missed any of your previous postings, where are you from? We are from upstate New York so the ride shouldn't be bad as long as the weather holds up. Kim

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