Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Catch up


I have so much to catch up...

First, I started by reading all my friends blogs ... wow, I have missed a lot!

And I realize you guys have missed  so much as well....

So I am making it my goal ... to catch up by end of summer! Almost a 1/2 year wrapped into a summer...

Thank you all so much for missing me!  I have missed you too!



Tuesday, July 5, 2011

It's obvious...


Obviously,   I have been a slacker on the blog front.

Obviously,   I have been working hard on other ventures.... getting ready for Homecoming, but it's no excuse to neglect on blog friends!

Obviously,   Harry has made it home safe and sound...

Obviously,   we have been enjoying his return!

Obviously,   it's time to come back!

See you soon!



Friday, May 6, 2011

Final Push Home

Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group Reunites For Final Push Home

ROTA, Spain (NNS) -- Ships of the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and Marines of 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (26th MEU) concluded their final port visit in Rota, Spain, May 3.

The amphibious transport dock USS Ponce (LPD 15) was joined on April 30 by amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) and amphibious dock landing ship USS Carter Hall (LSD 50) in Rota to take on supplies, off-load ammo, refuel, perform maintenance, and prepare for the transatlantic journey to homeport.

Kearsarge and Ponce also hosted a Navy Shipboard Inspection Survey (INSURV) team which inspects the material condition of the ships.

"Kearsarge will conduct INSURV in August of 2012. While in Rota, we had our one year out assessment; this gave us a snapshot of where we are in our preparations for the inspection next August," said Lt. Cmdr. Mark Harris, Kearsarge C5I officer.

The Kearsarge ARG conducted disaggregated operations for most of its U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility (AOR) deployment. Kearsarge and Ponce entered the U.S. 6th fleet AOR, in early March, to support Operation Odyssey Dawn and the follow-on NATO-led Operation Unified Protector. Carter Hall completed its U.S. 5th Fleet tasking and entered the U.S. 6th Fleet to support Operation Unified Protector April 13. This April encounter was the first time the entire Kearsarge ARG had worked together since October 2010.

"We spent a great deal of time conducting split ARG operations during this deployment and each ship was successful in completing their individual missions," said Commanding Officer, USS Carter Hall, Cmdr. George Doyon. "Carter Hall is excited to be back together with the rest of the ARG."

With the last port visit behind them, the Kearsarge ARG is focused on the next stage of its 2010-2011 deployment.

"The ability to execute diverse missions over multiple fleets is a testament to the versatility of the amphibious navy," said Commodore, Kearsarge ARG, Capt. Peter Pagano. "We still have a very busy schedule ahead of us, we must stay focused and continue to prepare as we transit to offload 26th MEU."

The Kearsarge ARG/26th MEU is scheduled to return to homeport mid-May. After Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 266 (Reinforced) flies off, the Marines and vehicles of 26th MEU will debark and ships of the ARG will take on some of their family members for a "Tiger Cruise" back to homeport.

Kearsarge ARG is led by Commander, Amphibious Squadron (COMPHIBRON) 4, and is comprised of amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3), amphibious transport dock ship USS Ponce (LPD 15), and amphibious dock landing ship USS Carter Hall (LSD 50). Embarked detachments include Fleet Surgical Team (FST) 6, Tactical Air Control Squadron (TACRON) 21-detachment 1, Assault Craft Unit (ACU) 4, Beach Master Unit (BMU) 2, and Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 22.

The 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (26th MEU) is based out of Camp Lejuene, N.C., and consists of Battalion Landing Team (BLT) 3/8, Combat Logistics Battalion (CLB) 26, Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 266 (Reinforced), 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine regiment and the Command Element.


Saturday, March 26, 2011

Penciled-in Orders


We are "penciled-in"  aka easily changed for our next set of orders!

We are set to head a little south:

Cherry Point, North Carolina!

Give me a few days and I will see exactly how I feel!



Thursday, March 24, 2011

Bad Blogger... very bad!


From a 3+ month sabbatical...

It's amazing how time flies by when you are trying to run a household ALL BY ONESELF!

But hopefully, I am back to my normal blogging self...



Saturday, February 19, 2011

An Awesome View


I am debating....

We traded this daily view...

And this...

For daily house repairs!

So I am not sure which I prefer... It's a  toss up.

Being back in the states for the past year... has seemed to fly by!



Saturday, January 8, 2011

More Snow


I have bought my very first....

Ice scraper.

Never needed one before now!



Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year

Happy New Year!



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