Dads: We Salute You!
Name: JohnPaul P. Gerona
Years in service: 6 yrs 9 mos
Years as father: 21 months
Kids: Happy 21-month-old son
Current Duty Station and job: USNH Guam/ LPO, Pediatrics
Q: What are your key responsibilities at work?
A: To assist in general supervision of all enlisted personnel attached to the Medical Homeport Pediatric Clinic. Maintain enlisted staff records, conducts counseling, and prepare evaluations.
Q: What are your key responsibilities at home?
A: Ensure wife is happy. Since I got married, I’ve lived by this ethos: “Happy wife, happy life.”
Q: How do you balance military life with family life?
A: When I’m at work, I work…hard so when I’m at home I don’t think about work. However, wife likes asking me “So how did your day go”?
Q: How do you keep in touch with family when you are TDY or deployed?
A: By utilizing the internet and/or data plan.
Q: How does the military community support your family?
A: By letting my family travel with me wherever I am stationed is the best support the military community could offer.
Q: How do you support your partner whether you are home or deployed?
A: I believe that the best way I support my wife is by being an active listener to her.
Q: As a military parent, what’s your top priority for your kids?
A: My top priority is to be able to provide the basic needs of my family, plus some TLC goes a long way.
Q: What are your plans or Father’s Day?
A: When is Father’s Day? Lol.
Q: Anything else you’d like to add?
A: These Qs actually made me feel good about myself. Sometimes, we (dads) get pre-occupied with life that we forget to compliment ourselves. Once in a while, it’s ok to stop and pause a second and tell yourself, “Great Job, Dad.”
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