The Men behind Bluejacket

As you've probably seen elsewhere, Bluejacket Authentic was born on a deployment to the Persian Gulf several years ago. What you may not know is who is exactly behind it. 

This is where I go into a long self-promoting bio about myself, but I'm nowhere near worthy of the attention as another man, AOAN TJ Waldhauser.

I first met TJ in June 2012 on the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower. I was a photographer/journalist working in the media shop, and he was an undesignated airman on the flight deck. You can probably guess who had the tougher job. 

As fate would have it, we ended up on assignment to Security Department as patrol officers. Just about every certification we both had, we learned together. Soon, we would stand watch together as patrol partners around the world. Eventually we were behind a M240 machine gun in the Persian Gulf one night when the idea for Bluejacket was first hatched. 

On July 3, 2013, USS Eisenhower pulled into Norfolk, Virginia. When the smoke cleared, we had been deployed 11 of 13 months. While we were away, children were born, Olympic games went on, elections happened, and tragedy struck. I would serve with TJ for 2 more years as we sat in dry dock in Portsmouth. We would continue working side by side, him in the armory and myself in the emergency dispatch center across the hallway. Later, we would end up on the same Security Reaction Force-Alpha team, learning to kick in doors and clear rooms together. Quite literally, we had each other's backs.

As the Navy tends to do though, we ended up going our separate ways as he left the Navy and I transferred to shore duty in South Carolina.

We kept in touch frequently through the ups and downs of our lives, and like many veterans, relied on each other for encouragement. On April 25, 2017 however, TJ Waldhauser unfortunately passed away, leaving behind a daughter and a wife. Bluejacket Authentic Threads is in fact a tribute to him and his legacy, as well as a tribute to all veterans. 

We here at Bluejacket Authentic strive to continue TJ's vision of a company that lifts other veterans up, tells our stories, and continues to make an impact in the military community. When you buy our clothing, you are supporting American veterans worldwide and continuing a dream.

So with that said, we hope you enjoy our original creations. Thank you for visiting our website, and thank you for your continued support.


John Haynes

Founder, Bluejacket Authentic Threads

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