Home, the Deep Blue Sea

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Home, The Deep Blue Sea Leaving home was probably one of my biggest fears of my life. Stepping out of Texas, with only a back pack and the clothes on my back, and going into a whole new world. The United States Navy helps several people become independent to: see the other side of the picture, discover one’s weaknesses, teach how to build up financially and helps many become stronger physically but also emotionally. On the other hand, the Navy also destroyed sailors, soldiers and airmen’s sanity. Deployments not only destroyed my mind set; it destroyed several other people’s and many of their relationships, which most civilians will never understand why or even how. There I was, May 5th, arriving at aircraft carrier the USS Carl Vinson, fresh out of boot camp and I’m amazed at how huge this ship is. “Here’s your rack, Moreno. When you finish putting away your uniforms, Lawson will help you get to the mess decks.” Rack, enclosed bed, three walls, and a curtain for privacy from everyone else’s racks. The spaces between you and the person sleeping across from you was not even the length of your arms spread out. Our first deployment was just to get “Around The Horn”, around South America, because our duty station changed from Norfolk, Virginia, to San Diego, California. Our second deployment was six months long, probably the longest six months I’ve ever experienced. We were on a ship, more a city. It houses about 5,000 sailors. Just imagine the lines for “chow”, showers, computers to email or even the collect phones for those who want to call home. Working from five in the morning to ten at night takes a toll on your body. Most of us though, still consider working out a major priority, at least I know I did. My days consisted of only sleeping about five to six hours which varied depending whether I wanted breakfast or not in the morning. The constant running back…...

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