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Navy Boot Camp Family Newsletter May 2018

Welcome to the World's Greatest Navy Family.


This newsletter will be updated monthly with the latest tips and announcements that you should be aware of to make this once in a lifetime experience both memorable and stress free.


Breaking News - The following dates are Federal Holidays and your sailors will be off that day provided they don't have duty. Boot Camp Recruits who graduate that weekend and who are staying at Great Lakes for their "A" school, or for follow on training, are exempt from duty that weekend. Those scheduled to ship out to their "A" school outside of Great Lakes will depart on Saturday morning as usual. Always check with your sailor and make appropriate travel plans. Those who have graduated prior to those days will be off provided they are not scheduled for duty or watch.


Remaining Federal Holidays 2018


Monday, May 28th - Memorial Day

Wednesday, July 4th - Independence Day

* note - The main Base on July 3rd is open to Military and their families only for a pre-4th of July celebration and fireworks. The General Public is invited for the celebration on the Fourth of July.

Monday, September 3rd - Labor Day

Monday, October 8th - Columbus Day

Monday, November 12th - Veteran's Day

Thursday, November 22nd - Thanksgiving Day

Tuesday, December 25th - Christmas Day.


Always make your travel plans for the holidays as prices change and availability is limited.

Please don't wait until the last minute to make your taxi pick up reservations. Once you have your itinerary and need our service, please click on the reservations tab and make your appointment for pick up from either O'Hare, Midway, or Milwaukee.


For customized apparel that you can pick up at the meet and greet or on graduation day, go to 


Starting on June 1st, they have a shop set up right across the street from the Boot Camp Graduation Entrance at the Metra Station for your convenience.


For special Challenge Coins go to this is an eBay site and you can order coins to either be shipped to your home or picked up at the meet and greet. 


For a great free meal for your Graduate, please contact the restaurants below and make your reservations in advance. Contact them for the details.


Café Pomigliano - 160 East Cook Ave. Libertyville, IL 60048 Phone 847-247-2208 or 847-247-2209.

The website is The owner is a proud Viet Nam Veteran who served our country with honor, courage, and commitment.