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2005 - Badlands National Park, Wall, SD

During a family road cruise to the Black Hills of South Dakota, we made a detour through Badlands National Park to take in its beauty.

Enjoy the photographs (click thumbnails for larger view)..

1992 - Hase-dera Temple, Kamakura, Japan

Today we had time off from our work at FISC Yokosuka and took a day trip to Kamakura.  Kamakura is the former Samauri capital of Japan and is the home of many cultural attractions.  Today we visited the Hase-dera Temple, the Garden of Jizo, and the Great Buddha.

The Great Buddha here is the second largest Buddha in Japan, which was built in 1252.  Legend has it that in the year 1495, a great tsunami rolled in and washed everything away leaving only the Great Buddha standing.

The Garden of Jizo was named for the Patron Saint of the Departed Children.  I was told during my visit that the small idols lined up in the garden represented the souls of children lost to miscarriage, abortion or other premature death.

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1990 - Jungle Environment Survival Training

Jungle Environment Survival Training, otherwise known as JEST, is a course in the United States Navy originally designed for Navy pilots and Marine combat units.  On my last active duty for training at NSD Subic Bay, Philippines, I had the opportunity to take this course.  While it wasn't without trial and tribulation, it is an adventure I would repeat in a heartbeat.  After the United States left the Philippine Islands in 1992, the JEST camp was converted into a survival training facility for civilians and classifies itself as an amusement park.

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1990 - Jungle Environment Survival Training
Jungle Environment Survival Training Certificate

1990 - U.S.S. Missouri (BB-63) Port Call, Subic Bay, Philippines

While on duty at the tropical NSD Subic Bay, Philippines, I had the privilege of experiencing the historical U.S.S. Missouri (BB-63) as it pulled in for a port call.  In reality, the Mighty Moe was pulling in for replenishment on its route to the Persian Gulf in the middle east.  We had not been expecting the famous ship and just happen to be on "beach duty" as the Missouri ran through the channel into Subic Bay, where we watched it make its way to the harbor.

As suggested by one of our enlisted crew, our commanding officer arranged for us to visit and tour the ship.  It was not like any other ship museum tour.  We got the full tour from the working crew and could more or less visit any space that was not under security patrol (engine room, ammunition lockers, etc).

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1987 - Dollies Tavern, Olongapo City, Central Luzon, Philippines

I was recently perusing through my Navy enlistment files when I stumbled upon this photograph hidden amongst the papers. The actual date of this picture is unknown but it was taken mid month, December, 1987, at Dollies Tavern. Dollies Tavern no longer exists but it used to be located in the New Ever Hotel on Fendler Street Extension, just off Magsaysay Drive, behind Police Station "B" in downtown Olongapo City, Central Luzon, Philippines.

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1986 - Storekeeper Class A School, Meridian, MS

Following Navy Basic Training, I attended the Storekeeper Class A School, located in Meridian, MS.  The Storekeeper (SK) rating was awarded once the technical requirements of the Naval Technical Training Command (NTTC) were met.  As of 2009, the United States Navy consolidated the Storekeeper and Postal Clerk ratings into a single rating which is now called Logistics Specialist

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1986 - Storekeeper Class A School, Meridian, MS
Storekeeper Graduation Certificate
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1986 - Storekeeper Class A School, Meridian, MS
Class Picture

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