I haven't been here in a while and thought I would post an update on our DS. After completing NROTC at University of Michigan, DS completed Nuclear Power School in Goose Creek SC, Prototype in Ballston Spa, NY and SOBC in Groton, CT. We have been fortunate to visit him in all locations! We just returned from Groton (sneaked in a quick visit between Nor'easters), where he is stationed and serving on the USS Pittsburgh. It is amazing to me, after all the education he has received, that he still basically knows little about submarine operations. All previous learning was theory, now he is learning practical application. This is my naive interpretation, anyway. He is working on qualifying now, and earning his dolphins, but it is a slow process with all of the other responsibilities everyone has. Check outs can be hard to come by. He has had additional Junior Officer schools to attend as well.