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USS Lincoln: Look who's shaking hands

I'm so stoked! After this LONG 10-month deployment of the USS Abraham Lincoln, I watched the President's speech Thursday evening as I was interested in what he had to say, besides enjoying watching him "catch a wire." What a stunning victory for our President to come visit the troops himself. I can tell you, I know my husband as well as the others aboard USS Abraham Lincoln are very grateful for his presence and for him taking time from his busy schedule to spend time with the troops.

I've been a Navy wife these past 20 years and I got the thrill of a lifetime. After the President finished his speech, he stepped down off the podium and walked over to a line of khakis and the first hand he shook was my husband’s! I'm still hanging from the ceiling after seeing my husband on "live TV," but to see him shake the President's hand, that was just the icing on the top of the cake. What an honor! I e-mailed my husband and told him not to wash his hand and to put a plastic bag on it until he comes home on Tuesday (laugh).

In case you wish to know the identity of my husband, it's AVCM (AW) Rickey J. Farmer. He is LCPO of AIMD aboard USS Abraham Lincoln, CVN-72. Translation of this last line is....Aviation Master Chief (E-9), Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist and is the leading chief petty officer of AIMD (Avionics Intermediate Maintenance Department).

Debra Sears Farmer

Oak Harbor

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