Tuesday, November 15, 2011

USS Makin Island (REPOSTED)


Yesterday was the BIG day! My brother who is a 1st Lieutenant in the Marines left on the USS Makin Island Naval Carrier for his deployment.

This is a picture taken yesterday of the USS Makin Island Naval Carrier leaving the San Diego port. This drive by was very special and emotional as all family members were in the harbor waving flags, saying goodbye and watching their loved ones leave.
The USS Makin Island is setting out along with the USS New Orleans and the USS Pearl Harbor shown below. This picture was also taken yesterday as they set out on a course that I would rather not say on this blog. They will be gone anywhere from 7-9months. And something special the USS Makin Island is the first of it's kind......it has become a "hybrid"!
This is what my brother will be staying in for the most part..........roomy huh? Not for me!
And this is a picture Curtis took during training exercises before deplyment. They have done extensive training on/in case of "Pirates" off the coast of Somalia that we have been hearing so much about lately.
For the life of me I could not get this video to "embed" on my site but if you click on that link below it will take you to a San Diego news channel and their story on the USS Makin Island deployment. So please watch this short video...............
'Hybrid drive' warship departs on maiden voyage

My Mom, Dad, Sister and my brothers Girlfriend made the trip out to San Diego to spend the last 48 hours with him, drive him to the carrier and to be apart of the deployment ceremony. I think my sisters facebook message sums it up correctly.......
Waiting for Curtis and the other Marines to pass by on the USS Makin Island. Not sure I've ever had a more patriotic moment. I love my brother so much and I am so thankful for his service to our country.

It makes me sad that I wasn't there.....that is a moment that will never be re-lived. Why wasn't I there? Let's just call it "a mis-communication" on my part. This past weekend seems like it was a truly bonding and memorable time for my family!

Just keep my brother, the Navy men and all the Marines on these 3 ships in your prayers and on your mind. While our president is stating that troop withdrawal has started so many forget that more deploy each and everyday. 

I am sad and I will miss Curtis.


Becky said...

This is a beautiful post and I will be praying for you and your family. I understand your sadness. Due to choices and mis-communications of my own, I missed the births/deaths of my niece and nephew several years ago. I can only move forward and hope to be there for my sister and family going forward.

Amy said...

I'm so glad you decided to repost this! It was beautiful!!! Curtis knows how much you love him and what he means to you!!! Praying for you and your family!!!

Gary and Jessa Olson said...

I love you and the fact that post all the time. You are motivation.

It's your blog and you can write whatever you want!! We are human and all have feelings. ITS NOT A BAD THING!!

Don't let that dumb hater keep you down. You are extremely talented, beautiful, and caring person. If they knew you personally they wouldn't have wrote those things!!

You Can't Spell Practical Without Traci said...

I know that you are so proud of your brave brother!!!


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