Wanted to share our grad and go experience for other boot camp moms going to have the same thing.
We spent about 1/2 hour to 45 min with Tyler after graduation. He was very worried about getting back to get on the bus. The bus was leaving at 1pm.
We had a ride to the O Hare airport lined up with another lady here (thanks Becky) BUT Tyler found out he was flying out of Midway. We had no other choice but to take a taxi ($100). At the airport we waited for the sailors to arrive and it was wonderful seeing them all get off the bus and figure out what to do next, no commanding officers come with them. When they were up checking in we went to another attendant and they gave all family members a pass to get through security, you just have to ask.They will not give it to you until the sailors arrive.
Not all families knew about this and so some visited outside and missed out on nice comfortable chairs and all the restaurants. Our son had a steak dinner. We had about three hours with him while at the airport. Someone from the USO came out and gave them a lecture/pep talk about A school. The USO has nice furniture, games, snacks etc. All for free for the sailors and their families. IF your sailor ever misses their plane they told em to go directly to the USO and someone there would help them out.
On the way back from the airport we took city transportation and it only cost us less than $8 to get home. IF I knew ahead of time which airport he was going to i would have reserved a shuttle as they are half the price of a taxi. As it was the $100 was worth it to spend that time with our sailor. We also gave him his cell phone and charger, camera and charger. He didn't want anything else as he didn't have extra room to carry anything. They have to carry a larger sealed envelope with all their personal papers in it and aren't allowed to put it down anywhere. We will mail the other things he wants when he gives us his address. He called frequently and we were in constant contact with him all weekend.