Fleet Sunset During Straights of Magellan Transit - Puntiagudo in the backgroundI was one of the first women ever onboard a Chilean Warship. In this picture, we were about to take a tour of the Northern coast of Chile. THIS was an amazing experience!This was taken before the car accident. We were really happy at this point.. With my Main Engineroom GuysReenlisting My CPO - Whenever an officer is asked to re-enlist someone, it is A MAJOR HONOR! I memorized the code by heart for this.November 2000 - Last Day in Navy Receiving Navy Commendation MedalI was the Public Affairs Officer and was often seen with a camera at important functions. I think I embraced that part of my job because the other part was so hard.Completing my very first reenlistment on the slopes at Steven's PassMy parents flew out to Virginia Beach just before we left for our UNITAS deployment. They pinned on my LT railroad bars!First Women Onboard USS PAUL F FOSTER 0895 - We were all decked out in our Service Dress Whites for the upcoming Change of Command Ceremony!Finally earning the elusive SWO pin. That evening, the wardroom made me drink a HUGE Long Island iced tea--one of the only times I've ever been drunk in my life!Montevideo UR Orphanage Visit - During our UNITAS Deployment around South America, we brought large pallets of food and clothing to the orphanages when we would pull into port. I was fortunate enough to be the officer giving those children a tour of the ship.. and hopefully ignite some of their potential! US Naval Academy N Star sweater - stars for beating Army 1992-1993 season. Because I decided to stop swimming before NCAAs of my Junior Year, I never did get to sew on that 3rd star even though I was a part of the team when we BEAT ARMY! I loved my time swimming for NAVY.November 1993 @ NMCC with Admiral. My amazing day visiting the Admiral at the National Military Command Center. I'll never forget the time!Ring Dance for class of 95 ~ May 1994. We spent about 15 minutes at the Ring Dance so that I wouldn't get into too much trouble wearing civies. Although this wasn't my own Ring Dance, it was very special for me to share with Graduation Day May 25th, 1994. A day that I will never ever forget.. Plus, I always loved this picture. 🙂Graduation Day May 25th, 1994. A day that I will never ever forget.. Plus, I always loved this picture. 🙂The Cox Fund ~ Mexico 93. At the Quincanera (I know, I need a tilda here!) with the Urbano Family and my roommates.November 1992. My parents had just revealed their big surprise to me--a 1990 Acura Legend. A little perspective goes a long way: my dad LOVED this car and I helped him pick it out. I never imagined that I would be driving them back to the airport in my own car... My mouth hurt from smiling so much here.Spring of 1990 Rainne and I wearing our respective collegiate swimming parkas out!Plebe Summer of 1990 with my company (29)Plebe Detail 1992. I'm still proud of those guys to this day!End of Plebe Summer 1990 with my first love, Adam. We were all swimming in our uniforms after that hot summer with Coach Lenz.First Class Graduation Pic from USNA, Spring, 1994. To be perfectly honest, I never really loved this pic.Valentines Day, 1993 I flew home for a rare weekend to see my parents in Chicago. My dad surprised me with my favorite flowers, tulips!18th Graduating Company Class of 1994January 29th, 1994. Service Selection night with the best roommate ever.Renaissance Festival fall 1992 with "Elise" the day before the EE exam. I was completely stressed out and she was completely carefree. That's my best friend, exam-taker extraordinaire and free spirit! 🙂First women to select PAUL F FOSTERGraduation Day May 25th, 1994. Shaking the Deputy Commandant's hand after shaking Commander in Chief, President Bill Clinton's hand. I could hear my parents voices over the crowd at that instant..just like old times! Before the Academy Here's the amusing thing about this image--it's still hanging in my High School, J Sterling Morton West and ALL the information on it is wrong! I got 2nd in the 100fly and 8th in the 100 back at High School State. I was NEVER EVER a breast stroker!My Best Friend in High SchoolI got 3rd in the 100 fly in the spring Nationals and then top 8 in the Combined Jr/Sr Nationals just missing the Olympic Trials in 1988.First Nationals 86 - I think I was 13 years old here..?