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090511- Bravo Zulu

Dear Son,

It was good to see you today. I know I have said I am proud of you a few times before, but that was for the decision and commitment you made. I am proud of you today for what you have accomplished and the bearing it will have on the rest of your life.

The man whose hand I shook at PIR was not the boy that I dropped off at the recruiters office 2 months ago. You are more confident and sure of yourself. You looked me in the eye when I shook your hand and gave you the challenge coin. Your walk is different and you carry yourself with purpose. In 2 months, the Navy polished up what i worked on for 20 years.

When you went to the bathroom at lunch your buddy told Kyle that you mentioned numerous times that you said you missed throwing the football with him. As a parent that one sentence imploded me. Kyle admires you and misses you greatly and it was the single most important thing to him that he bring a football for you guys to throw while we were together. To see my sons connect like that melts my heart as a father.

I want to wish you luck in “A” school and to encourage you to keep your eye on the ball. Make good decisions, not only related to your career, but in your daily life as well. You sound like you have a financial plan, but don’t forget to have a plan for where you want to be when you get out of the Navy as well. I have mentioned before that the best laid plans are obsolete the moment they are interested, but that doesn’t diminish the need for a plan to chart your course by.

Please remember to call your mother weekly and let her know what is going on in your life. Send emails and pictures when you can and remember that wherever the Navy takes you, you are always a Texas boy.

Bravo Zulu, son.