Be Together

Be Together

Be Together

The best leaders I worked for always made sure the man or woman on watch had someone coming to bring them a plate of food.

Meet Shelby Jae!

Meet Shelby Jae!

I finished school and moved to San Diego where I started working for the Navy as a civilian contractor training Sea Lions and Dolphins.  This is where I started diving in a professional setting.

I got my DD-214 on Veterans Day.

I got my DD-214 on Veterans Day.

I don’t view my DD-214 as a ticket out because I didn’t really want to go.

Gyms, pools, levees and calculators

Gyms, pools, levees and calculators

I had three weeks until the next group “classed up”. I replaced the levee, gym, and pool with a calculator, pencil, and a friend who was willing to spend time with me repetitively calculating left and reached surface times until I got it right.

Ice cream Sandwiches and Really Sad Canadians

Ice cream Sandwiches and Really Sad Canadians

     I was in New Orleans not too long ago.  My best friend and I had just left a wedding and decided to stop into a nearby bar to have a drink and catch up. Somehow, we landed on the topic of being on a small boat in the middle of the ocean. Of course, I had a sea story.

            Six days after returning home from my first 6-month deployment, I received a call from one of my higher ups. It was to inform me that even though I JUST returned home, somehow my...