Wednesday, March 31, 2010

So long to Navy days

Today is officially Jesse's last day in the Navy. No, he is not "retiring" as that takes 20 years and Jesse's not designed to do that (praise God). But over the course of his 9 years of service, Jesse has learned many things including how to salute,

fold his clothes, make his bed, do a proper push up, start a fire, put out a fire,
fly a single engine plane,

fly a helicopter (the mighty SH60 Seahawk),

land on a violently moving ship in pitch darkness, lead as a Lieutenant, speak PDR, look good in a flight suit (sorry honey, I just had to put this one in there),

etc, etc...

Jesse has served overseas in the Persian Gulf (for 6 months in 2005), flying in 110 degree heat...the kind of heat where you have to ring the sweat out of your socks.

His pilot training took him from Washington to Illinoise, to Pensacola, Florida, to Corpus Christi, Texas, to Milton Florida...

(getting his wings)

and finally to San Diego for his land tour where he has worked for the SERE school.

SERE is a United States military acronym for Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape, a program that provides military personnel, Department of Defense civilians and private military contractors with training in evading capture, survival skills and the military code of conduct. Established at the end of the Korean War (1950-53), it was extended during the Vietnam War (1959-75) to the Army, Navy and United States Marine Corps.

It was during this time in San Diego that he would soon meet his wife.

"Welcome to the Navy Mrs. Skinner!"

We are all so proud of you Jesse, and I'm so excited to see where the next leg of our journey takes us. Bethel, here we come!

Lieutenant Jesse Jay Skinner
US Navy (2001-2010)


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