Dads: We Salute You!
Name: Raymond S Hoke BMC(SW/EXW)
Years in service: 15 1/2
Years as father: 8
Kids: Daughter Kylee Hina Hoke and son Dylan Sora Hoke
Current Duty Station and job: Chief Boatswain’s Mate aboard USS SHILOH CG-67
Q: What are your key responsibilities at work?
A: Complete safety of all deck evolutions, flight ops, sea and anchor detail all while running a division of 30 junior sailors and 1 junior officer.
Q: What are your key responsibilities at home?
A: Being home and just plain being a dad.
Q: How do you balance military life with family life?
A: Being forward-deployed you have to make the most of the time you are with your family.
Q: How do you keep in touch with family when you are TDY or deployed?
A: I keep in touch with emails as much as possible.
Q: How do you support your partner whether you are home or deployed?
A: I support my wife with everything, even when I’m deployed. I’ll support her through thick and thin and she has been around for most of my deployed time.
Q: As a military parent, what’s your top priority for your kids?
A: To learn respect and do well in school.
Q: What are your plans or Father’s Day?
A: I’ll be underway.
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