Another day at sea, a million things to do at home

Life aboard the USS Ronald Reagan

Another day at sea,” that’s what I was thinking in when I got out of bed for work this morning and walked outside. I got up at 5:30 a.m. today so I could call home and see how the wedding plans were coming along.

One of the tough things about being a sailor is that it is hard to do certain things at home (pay bills, etc.) when you’re not there. Especially something this big. There are so many things that needed to get done at home, its weird to plan everything and have it take shape while I’m gone. My beautiful fiancée Emily, half the world away, was crawling into bed as I awoke, so our conversation was short.

After I hung up with her, it was time to start the day! I walked into the carrier air traffic control center (known as CATCC here) for yet another beautiful day at sea. Things are starting to look up, because we are almost done with the mission we set out to do. The days are long, to be sure. But there is a big reward. It feels good when you can sit back at the end of the day with the knowledge that you had a major part in making sure the pilots and crew got back on board safe.

After work today, I had to finish up some of my supply work. I’m not just an air traffic controller; in my division I am also in charge of all of our money and how we spend it. I have to keep track of our budget and what we use it for. I also have to make sure we have everything we need to operate on a daily basis. This is what we call a “collateral duty” in the Navy; almost every sailor has one. It’s something we have to do in addition to our specialty, which in my case is air traffic control. After that was done it was off to shower and get some rest. Just before turning off the light, I put another check in the calendar…..Until next time!

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