Sea Story 7


Italian protesters outside the Naval Base Sigonella gate. Aerial view broadcasted on the guard tower’s TV.

Every year for the reserves, naval personnel has to go on what is known as an AT, or annual training. These trips can last for as little as two weeks to almost a full year. Either way, it’s good work and it keeps service members updated on their roles in the military.

I’m part of a reserve unit known as Naval Support Activity Naples, Detachment 106 Chicago. As an Information Systems Technician, my main role over at NSA Naples is to manage network systems and to operate general computer equipment wherever necessary. NSA Naples is not based in Florida, but it is based in Naples, Italy. If you can guess, every year I get to go to Italy to perform my AT. The work is a lot of fun and I get a lot of leave time to explore the city and Italy as a whole. More on that later. This last summer was my first year at Naples, so it was a unique experience to say the least.

The first day I arrived there, I reported to N6, also known as Information Systems. The shop was 100% government contractors, and all of them were pretty damn chill. The work was cake as well; I would go and DRMO equipment (basically take them apart and recycle them) and log them in a excel spreadsheet. It’s a bit below my ability level, but I’m not complaining. I’m getting paid for this.

A few days go by of doing that, and we are notified that in a few weeks, the base will be inspected by other government agencies to look for network vulnerabilities. In preparation for this inspection, the government contractors and I would do an in-house inspection to make sure that we don’t fail the big inspection. Did I mention that we’re doing an inspection?

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Weddings all around!

I was just at a wedding this weekend (my ex’s sister’s if anyone cares) and it was awesome!


And thanks to my new media internship, I was obsessed with getting as many cool pics as possible!

The wedding was at a resort near a Lake Michigan beach, so I got some nice outdoor shots, like this one with my little sister, who came as my ‘plus one’:


…Or, like the one with my shoes which I kept taking off because they were too darn difficult to stumble around in when I’m trying to take ground shots.


The wedding was next to this awesome gazebo and you can see the wedding party taking pictures through it if you look closely!


And finally, because I don’t want to bore anyone with descriptions of cakes and dresses and blah-de-blah, I’ll just say that the reception was in a ballroom overlooking the beach (I kept wanting to run out and take sunset shots, but couldn’t without being rude) and the dancing later was a blast!


…including one old favorite that I haven’t heard for years, so I am going to throw it up here, because I’m nostalgic and it’s a classic guaranteed to get the shyest out of their chairs! (plus, I’d never seen the music video before)

Enjoy your Sunday!