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#1 imaseoulman

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Posted 06 January 2011 - 05:14 PM

Well, it's been almost two years, but I'm finally officially qualified to operate a U.S. Navy Nuclear Power and Propulsion Plant! Thanks to every one who has wished me well along the way!

It's been a pretty tough program and it's a huge relief to be done with my initial quals. I get a week off and then, because I was lucky enough to be selected for further training (a good thing) as an Engineering Laboratory Technician. I start ELT school after the week off and the qual process for that takes about three months, so I'll be around for some northeast nerfing this spring...if schedules work out.

Also, since I'm just talking about my life, I had a baby on Dec. 27th. Beautiful baby girl with lots of long blonde hair. I now have three children under the age of three (until this weekend).
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#2 jamesthefisherman94

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Posted 06 January 2011 - 06:32 PM

Congratulations :D
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Posted 06 January 2011 - 08:55 PM

Are you working at the plant in Seabrook? Does that mean your up for Battlle of the Bunker 2? and Congratulations on the kid!
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Posted 06 January 2011 - 09:26 PM

Congratulations on the job and your children!
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#5 imaseoulman

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Posted 06 January 2011 - 10:05 PM

Are you working at the plant in Seabrook? Does that mean your up for Battlle of the Bunker 2? and Congratulations on the kid!

Plant in Seabrook? I have no idea what plant you're talking about. The navy only has training plants in Ballston Spa, NY (near Saratoga Springs, which is where I'm working) and Charleston, SC. Beyond that, it has plants on all submarines and air craft carriers around the world.

Battle of the Bunker 2? Not likely, but we'll see.
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Posted 06 January 2011 - 10:51 PM

Congratulations on your career and family! Three children under three is an amazing thing. My wife and I just had our second yesterday. That makes two under the age of two for us. Single guys: pick well and live a life with meaning and purpose! Gotta give credit to the amazing women who are willing to go through the incredible process that brings more little nerfers into the world (and who also put up with us the bigger nerfers).

Off topic: I have a tough enough time explaining this hobby to the refinery guys i work with. I cant imagine explaining the logic of foam ballistics to a group of guys who play with real, fully automatic weapons.

Edit: interrupted by crying toddler (ironically enough...) Didn't have time to proof the first post.

Edited by shmmee, 07 January 2011 - 01:12 AM.

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#7 Ozymandias

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Posted 07 January 2011 - 03:01 AM

Congrats!

Out of curiosity, what does an 'Engineering Laboratory Technician' do? Research & Development?

Edited by Ozymandias, 07 January 2011 - 03:01 AM.

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#8 imaseoulman

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Posted 07 January 2011 - 04:51 AM

Out of curiosity, what does an 'Engineering Laboratory Technician' do? Research & Development?

Oh no, it's way less cool than that. It's basically a combination rad tech and glorified pool boy. My responsibilities include monitoring and adjusting plant chemistry to maintain plant integrity and prolong core life. I'll also be in charge of monitoring everyone's radiation exposure, preventing exceeding any dose limits, and leading the response team to any sort of radioactive spill. So basically combination rad tech and glorified pool boy. I'll still have the designation to operate the plant, but that won't be my primary focus.
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Posted 07 January 2011 - 08:52 AM

Congrats and well done on the quals and being selected for the extra training.

But especially big congrats on the new addition to your family. My wife and I had three under three for about a month and a half last summer - so I know the blessings (and headaches) that go along with that!
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Posted 07 January 2011 - 03:23 PM

Nice work with the career and family. It's pretty sweet when long-term goals pan out.
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Posted 08 January 2011 - 01:23 AM

Hey, nice work man!! That sounds like a sweet job. And kudos on the baby in stuff. Best wishes in the future! :)
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Posted 08 January 2011 - 08:08 PM

Congrats on both. I have a child myself. A lil 2 yr old boy who already is getting into nerf. He steals my nitefinder and wants to shoot it but he is unable to cock it lol.
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Posted 10 January 2011 - 12:26 PM

just remember to bring your boom stick with you to work for when the zombies come, good luck and kudos.
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Posted 10 January 2011 - 10:24 PM

Thanks for the congrats guys.

Turns out being awesome comes with a price. There was a manning issue and they needed to send an ELT candidate to the other plant to qualify ELT there. They said it had to be somebody who was really good at what they do so they could learn a new plant very quickly (they are very different plants) so they can then do the advanced ELT training...so they sent me. This was supposed to be an easy week off until I started my next training, but now I'm already in training again.

Some day I'll get to breathe.
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Posted 10 January 2011 - 10:40 PM

Tough break....I hope you get to breathe soon. Anyway, congrats on the new job and the kids.

Edited by WicketTheModder619, 10 January 2011 - 10:41 PM.

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Posted 11 January 2011 - 01:16 PM

The price you pay for being so good at what you do. Take it as a compliment. :P
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Posted 12 January 2011 - 08:10 PM

Fuckin congrats, man. To have a guy in the navy thats nerfing is kinda cool.
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