Dads: We Salute You!
Name: Jerimie Rodriguez
Years in service: 15
Years as father: 15
Kids: Kamryn, 15; Zamya, 12; Jazlyn, 9; Tyson, 4
Current Duty Station and job: COMSUBRON 15, Guam, Assistant Communicator
Q: What are your key responsibilities at work?
A: Assist deploying submarines prepare for extended periods at sea.
Q: What are your key responsibilities at home?
A: Don’t anger my wife, do my kids homework with (for) them, I am also the Green Power Ranger at times, I prepare semi-edible meals when my wife is at work … or order pizza, bath-time Nazi, and all around cool dad.
Q: How do you balance military life with family life?
A: I try and keep my job out of my family situation. I don’t talk “shop” at home. I have learned not to be afraid to request time to do the little things that count, like going to plays or parent-teacher conferences or just taking my wife out to lunch. If you don’t MAKE time, you will never HAVE time.
Q: How do you keep in touch with family when you are TDY or deployed?
A: E-mails are big, especially in the submarine community. When we do get the opportunity to use the internet, video chats are the best (SKYPE, WHATS APP, or APPLE).
Q: How does the military community support your family?
A: There are all sorts of events to keep my family entertained and informed while I am away. MWR usually does a lot, like concerts and NEX sales events, and the base gym provides excellent support to keep the family fit while having fun. There is also a great Ombudsman program for my command and the base/region.
Q: How do you support your partner whether you are home or deployed?
A: I try and be a good listener. I like to try and solve problems, but the older I get the more I realize that being a good partner doesn’t always mean offering solutions but rather just providing an ear or a shoulder when needed.
Q: As a military parent, what’s your top priority for your kids?
A: Relationships. I think that it is extremely important for military kids to maintain strong relationships with family and friends. My kids call and video chat with our family back in New York constantly. They even continue to video chat with friends from previous duty stations and I encourage them to do so. It helps them to adjust and feel like they “fit in”, no matter where we go.
Q: What are your plans or Father’s Day?
A: What…plans? I’m allowed to make those??
Q: Anything else you’d like to add?
A: Military life can be very tough, especially for the members of the family that do not have the support of an entire warship or shore command at their immediate disposal. Military members often lose sight of that. We tend to think that we have it rough because we put ourselves in harm’s way. It is important that we put ourselves in the shoes of our family members, without whom we could never accomplish the mission.
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