Fun Time Navy




 
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June 5th, 2004  
Mark Conley
 
 

Topic: Fun Time Navy


No...Thatís not quite right...

One of the things that certain sailors did at the officer medical course, was to teach us other services exactly how entertaining they could be when it came time to expressing themselves to their own command structure. Take some of their traditions...please!

One of the most unusual things was the attempts to sabotage any official change of command ceremony by having, in some fashion, The initials to the term "Fun Time Navy" somewhere in the official photograph they take as the admiral or what ever transfers the command to another officers. The one that I was intimate with still makes me shake my head in wonder at the ingenious ways these guys pull it off...and no one tells a soul how its done. Fortunately, I wasnít sworn to secrecy...and this tale can be told.

I was one of the graphic aide developers at the course. I made essentially, all the signage for exhibits, special events and such, when I wasnít out in the field teaching the doctors. One such special event was change of command ceremonies for the Navy personnel. Now in all of the services, CoC is a very big shindig, but with the Navy, well, they made it an awesome ceremony. Guys would pipe the officers on "Board" with the little Bo'sums Whistles. The guys would "line the rails" in their dress whites. They were very traditional ceremonies.

Well, one of the petty officers came to me at the last minute, and said they needed signage to mark the official spots for the parking of the Division Commanders Distinguished guests. His examples showed me exactly how the lay out was to be, the color of the wording, and the whole nine yards. I was instructed not to deviate from the wording or the lay out at all. So, I did as was instructed, and produced the items required that day in the shop.

It wasnít till after the CoC, that I was called into the Air Force executive officers office, post haste. When I got there, there was one AF Colonel Laughing his tail off, and one red faced Navy Commander that was glaring bullets at me. In all my innocence, I respectfully asked what the problem was. That was when they showed me what the signs were all about.

I had made 15 Distinguished Visitor placards, with graphics of mermaids, anchors and such that fit around words that fit on narrow six inch wide parking signs, all like this:

Reserved
For The Navy
DIVONCC
Inspection
Party Only

Each one of them had stood at the head of each parking spot for each Naval Distinguished Visitor. Not only had everyone not noticed it till the signs were picked up later: There were several photos of people shaking hands in front of the signs in the parking spaces, after the change of command was over.

Fortunately, the guy that given me the layouts had signed out to a new berth on the west coast over the week end, leaving me to hold the inevitable bag. From the look on my colonelís face, I knew I didnít have anything to fear from him. It was that now, on board naval commander that was going to be my boss for the next year in training, which was going to be the problem.

Sheeessshh.
July 27th, 2004  
silent driller
 
 
I musta missed sumthin cuz I don't git it...
July 27th, 2004  
C/2nd Lt Robot
 
 
i dont get it either
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July 30th, 2004  
c/Commander
 
 
Same. Sorry, I'm not Navy yet so I guess it's a thing only a squid would know.
July 30th, 2004  
FutureRANGER
 
 
I got it Sir

How come this stuff always happens to you?
July 30th, 2004  
C/2nd Lt Robot
 
 
care to explain then?
July 30th, 2004  
FutureRANGER
 
 
Is that a challenge?

It was a tradition to include in the official picture for and Change of Command Ceremony the initials FTN for Fun Time Navy.

The signs in the picture read

Reserved
For The Navy
DIVONCC
Inspection
Party Only
July 30th, 2004  
C/2nd Lt Robot
 
 
was that it? i saw the FTN part
July 30th, 2004  
Mark Conley
 
 
the challenge was to get it in an offical navy change of command ceromony..and if you scored with an admiral in the picture...

by the way, the second trick is the word dip....
July 30th, 2004  
C/2nd Lt Robot
 
 
oooh ok.