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    Posted April 2, 2014 by
    Woodbridge, Virginia
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    Salute to troops


    Hello my name is Chief Petty Officer Jermaine Adams enlisted in the United States Navy. I was recently promoted to this rank last September a few days before the Navy Yard Shooting (Sept 14, 2013) which is where my promotion pinning ceremony took place. I am currently stationed at the Pentagon working for the Joint Chiefs of Staff. My Son Lamont Torns recently enlisted in the Navy and is currently deployed over seas on USS Pinckney. The funny thing about this story is that they day that I was promoted he also graduated from bootcamp. His ceremony for graduating bootcamp is called "Passing Review". Because we were both going through a special moment in our new Naval careers I was not able to attend his ceremony and he was not able to attend mine. My family was stuck in a dilemma trying to figure out who should go where for the ceremonies. Everyone ended up staying for my ceremony to make the long story short. I don't think this has ever happened before in military history that I can recall. That a father and son are both going though 2 special ceremonies in the same day. There was pretty much no way for me to make it to his ceromony because I had R.O.P. (Rights of Passage) the day/night before. That ritual is very very serious for becoming a Chief Petty Officer of the United States Navy.

    Lamonts specialty in the Navy is Logistics Specialist (LS). And the ship he is stationed on left earlier this year. What were the chances of us going through this on the same day at the same time? Truly unheard of!!

    I felt really bad because my son is following my footsteps and I was not able to be there to show all of my love and support. His mother Tammy Adams decided not to go because it was going to be a long drive and she was only going to be able to see him for a few hours before his curfew expired. We did end up seeing him for Christmas.

    We just wanted to let him know that we love him and miss him very, much and he has all the love here on the home front. And that we want him to make it home safe and sound. He does have 3 younger brothers also.

    Thanks so much HLN & Robin for taking the time and reading our story. Feel free to contact me for any questions.

    Chief Petty Offer Adams

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