After many requests, we are moving our blog to a more “Navy” centered format. We are welcoming a couple of Navy “surface” wives to the blog, so we are very excited about that! We also hope to add a Marine wife. If you would like to join us or would like to write a guest post, please contact me at wendy(AT)

Enjoy the new place!

UPDATE:  31 Oct 07 – Kathryn experienced technical difficulties and was not able to make the show.  We apologize to our LIVE listeners for the inconvenience.  We are working to reschedule her interview.  Thanks everybody for your understanding!

Kathryn TroutmanEver wonder what it takes to get a federal job?

We will welcome expert Kathryn Troutman – author of the Federal Resume Guidebook – 4th Edition to Navy Wife Radio this Tuesday, 30 Oct. at 9pm ET.

Kathryn is the “expert” when it comes to this topic. At your local FFSC, chances are they have a workshop titled “10 Steps to a Federal Job”. Her books are used for these seminars.

For all the details head on over to Navy Wife Radio today!

Listen in Live Tuesdays at 9pm


Ok so what do you do on Saturday morning with no soccer game or husband at home…..look for some light reading material.

I so love it when I find a new blog that is interesting, a valuable resource or gives perspective and these all do.

Here are a couple that I found recently:

The USO Girls – Making a difference at the DFW Airport

Sand…Sun…and Soldiers – A piece of the USA in Iraq

Can I Borrow Your Life – Written by the Mom coping with her son becoming a Sailor –

Why I blog? – I tried forums for Navy Mom’s, forums for weight loss… It wasn’t right for me. With your own blog you can write what You want, talk about what You want, and when You want to. People that relate will comment, if they don’t no harm done… It works for me..

Couldn’t have said it better myself!

The fall out from the Hampton mess continues with the announcement the CO has been relieved due to “loss of confidence”. The new CO?? Well, his name will be very familiar to some on the Kings Bay’s waterfront. Oh gosh, where do I begin….it might have to wait until after Ive consulted my lawyer…..but he happens to be in Afghanistan so that might take awhile. I can’t wait for Marie’s comments on this one……!*!@!

From the Navy Times

From the AP

LOS ANGELES — The commanding officer of the nuclear-powered submarine USS Hampton was relieved of his duty Thursday because of a loss of confidence in his leadership, the Navy said.

Cmdr. Michael B. Portland was relieved of duty after a U.S. Navy investigation found the ship failed to do daily safety checks on its nuclear reactor for a month and falsified records to cover up the omission.

“His oversight of the crew’s performance did not identify these issues” on his own, Navy Lt. Alli Myrick, a public affairs officer, told The Associated Press. Portland’s commanders identified the problems during a routine review, she said.

It appears from a preliminary investigation on the Hampton that sailors in Submarine Squadron 11 had skipped the required analysis of the chemical and radiological properties of the submarine’s reactor for more than a month, even though a daily check is required.

The Hampton, a Los Angeles Class submarine assigned to Submarine Squadron Eleven, is the most advanced nuclear attack submarine in the world, carrying a torpedo, cruise missile, and mine-laying arsenal, according to information on the Navy’s Web site. The submarine is docked in San Diego.

Portland’s dismissal as commander is effective immediately.

Myrick said Portland will be temporarily assigned to squadron duty and the Hampton will not conduct operations until the Navy can confirm the operational standards have been met. Myrick said at no time was the submarine conducting unsafe operations.

“He has not been charged with any offense nor has he received non-judicial punishment,” Myrick said.

There was no phone listing for Portland in San Diego, and the Navy did not immediately respond to an AP interview request.

Portland’s removal comes after officials also discovered that logs on the Hampton had been filled out to make it appear the daily checks of the reactor water had actually been done.

Other members of the squadron discovered the lapse during a routine examination required as part of the redundancy built into the system so problems are caught. The examination was done as the submarine was nearing the end of a West Pacific deployment that concluded Sept. 17.

The investigation was first reported in Monday’s edition of Navy Times newspaper, which quoted an unidentified source as saying that failing to measure and maintain the correct water chemistry in the reactor over the long-term could cause corrosion in the propulsion system.

…..Portland will be replaced by Cmdr. William J. Houston, who previously was assigned as a special assistant to the Director of the Naval Reactors.


White Sands National Monument with the Sacramento Mountains in the background..

It has been raining here for three days. A drizzly, steady rain. Im used to the downpours of southern Georgia where you think the sky is falling. I love rain, but Im ready to see the blue sky.

My poor pups are tired of being wet all the time! 🙂

The book The Real Stars on Amazon.

The first time I read Ben Steins last column in his Mondays at Mortons bi-weekly column for E!Online I was shocked and touched someone “in hollywood” had such an affection for the military.

It made its away through the blogsphere and “email” lists with a ferver. I forwarded it to everyone I knew.

Now he has a book out that I can’t wait to read! It’s a tribute to the fine men and women in uniform. All proceeds go towards charity.

web_uss_topeka.jpg71016-N-6357K-021 SAN DIEGO (Oct. 16, 2007) – Family members look on as Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine USS Topeka (SSN 754) prepares to gets underway for a scheduled deployment. Topeka is homeported at Naval Base Point Loma. U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Yan M. Kennon (RELEASED)

Navy Wife Radio’s show tomorrow night features Pat Hrabe, the creator of the hit web series, Hey Shipwreck!

Visit for all the details!

Showtime 9pm ET – 10 /23/ 07

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Update:  Listen to the show via the archives here 

Oh were to begin….

Have you been following this story? I first read about it over at Bubbleheads blog. New today the Navy Times has the story on its front page.

From the

New details on submarine cover-up

Nuclear personnel aboard the submarine Hampton have been punished for lax safety procedures and for forging log books to cover their tracks, according to sources familiar with the ongoing investigation. read the story

Too funny!