PJ Clarke made a rash decision to join the submarine service. He was promised that the galley was open 24/7.
That was enough to get him to volunteer. Serving on the Snook and the Billfish, his career spanned 9 years and included West Pacs and spec ops that would make Tom Clancy’s novels look tame.
He put in the time and effort to get qualified in submarines and learned what he could accomplish anything he put his mind to.
The “shack” aboard the USS Billfish SSN 676
Rob Tiffany grew up in West Texas and set off to become a Navy pilot after seeing Top Gun. Of course, that didn’t work out, but he found the submarine service and had some great mentors.
He ended serving on the USS John Marshal that was outfitted to serve as a seal delivery submarine. Rob talks about his seal friends and the rest of his career.
Rob got into computer programming and ended up finding work in several high tech startups.
Currently, he is serving as Chief Technology Officer for Hitachi and he credits a lot of his success to his time in the submarine service.
David grew up on the West Coast of Scotland and was surrounded by water. His Mom said he always talked about joining the Navy, but he doesn’t remember why. He joined as an Artificer Apprentice in 1983. This position was created back in the Victorian Era as the amount of technical work required on ships increased.
David learned the book information and then he learned from a salty guy that he didn’t know it all.
From then on, David’s real education began.
David did some “sneaky” patrols and eventually became an officer, commanding the very place where he learned to be an artificer.
Dan Eddinger grew up on a farm in eastern Ohio. He played in the woods a lot and really didn’t have a plan after high school. He did fall in love with his high school sweetheart and decided to join the Navy (and he kinda forgot to tell his girlfriend).
But all was forgiven (they got married and still are married today), and they began their nuclear Navy, submarine career together. Apparently Dan had what it took to become an officer and 20 years later, he retired.
After several technical and leadership positions in the civilian world (Target Store Manager too), Dan decided to use his skills to start a company, Field Vets.
Field Vets connects contract companies with vets that need work. They can learn tower maintenance, cable TV installer or other technical jobs that pay well and could lead to more opportunities.
Check out field vets, it is free for vets and their is no obligation!
Contact Dan Eddinger on LinkedIn.com for more information.
Neil Midkiff got a tour of the USS Iowa when he lived in Rio de Janeiro as a child from the Naval Attache, Captain Andrews. At that point his mind was set, get in the Naval Academy and become a naval officer.
While in the academy, he saw a picture that showed Captain Gilmore order his sub to submerge when they came under fire, even though he knew it meant his death.
Neil was assigned to the USS Jack, SSN 650, and an incident in the Mediterranean when they were trailing a Russian submarine that cost the Captain his command.
By U.S. Navy photograph – http://www.navsource.org/archives/08/08604.htm, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=10248486