PEARL HARBOR (Jan. 28, 2014) Electrician’s Mate 2nd Class Eric Krukowski, assigned to the Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine USS Santa Fe (SSN 763), hugs his wife following the return of the submarine to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam after completing a six-month deployment to the western Pacific Ocean. (U.S Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Steven Khor/Released)
A few years ago I had the great fun of visiting Pearl Harbor and speaking with spouses about navigating deployments and stress. I stayed at the Hale Koa for a couple of nights and the rest of the time on base. I literally felt like Hawaii was a different planet. It smells so good and the sunsets were amazing! The only thing missing from this incredible experience was my spouse. This was a true mom TDY/TAD and although I was working long hours, I sure wish he could of taken leave to accompany me! Darn Navy!
I love this photo! It happens to feature the sweetest couple and a submarine that is named for a city in my home state.
Welcome Home to the Sailors of the USS SANTA FE and Congratulations to the families! You made it!! Woot!
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