Hello JPJ Families
Holidays! I enjoyed meeting many of you at the Command Holiday Party and I hope
that those who were able to attend had as much fun as Adam and I did. Once again,
ENS Harris, Chief Lovell, and the MWR Committee did a great job! They were
able to provide delicious food, a great slideshow of the crew, and great prizes including several game systems, a laptop,
and a 42 inch flat screen t.v.!
On December 6, 2007 the Command is holding a predeployment briefing at the Admiral Robinson’s recreation center
on dry side of 32nd Street. The briefing begins at 1830 (6:30 pm)
with pizza and sodas being provided. We will be having several guest speakers
that will give you a wide range of information to help you with this upcoming deployment.
While everyone from the Command and their families are invited, this is especially helpful for those who did not attend
the last briefing. I look forward to meeting you all there!
As the holidays approach I want to remind everyone that safety is the number one priority, after all you can’t
enjoy the party if you or someone you love gets hurt! With that in mind, please
remember to use designated drivers and drink responsibly if you do chose to drink.
I wish you and your family a happy holiday season
and a great New Year!
USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53)
(619) 743-5416 OMB line
Family Support Group
Dear JPJ Families and Friends,
I hope everyone is doing well and enjoying time
with their sailors. The holiday season is upon us and a good chance to spend quality time with family and friends, especially
with leave periods approaching us quickly. I would like to take the time to invite you all to our December meeting on the
Tuesday the 3rd at 6:30 pm. The meeting will take place at the Murphy Canyon Small Chapel and childcare will be
provided in the nursery. We will be discussing upcoming children’s events, date nights and fundraising activities. We
will also be asking for volunteers to help the committee chairs for these events. Hope to see you at the meeting if you live
in the area, if not, I will be sending out a meeting summary by December 10th.
Have a wonderful holiday season,
USS John Paul Jones, DDG-53
Important Contact Information
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American Red Cross: (800) 951-5600
Hospital San Diego ER: 619-532-8274
Medical Center San Diego Appointment Line:
and Family Support: (619) 556-7404
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What is the oldest military
award in continuous use in America ?
A. Bronze Star
B. Battle “E”
C. Purple Heart
D. Navy's Medal of Honor
Save the Dates!
December 6, 2007-Predeployment
Brief- Please join us for our predeployment
brief, being held at the Admiral Robinson Recreation Center on dry side at 32nd Street. Free childcare, pizza and sodas
will be provided.
December is National Drunk and Drugged Driving (3D) Prevention Month: The holiday season is supposed to be a time for family, friends, and festive celebrations, but it is
unfortunately also a time when there is a tragic jump in the number of alcohol-related highway fatalities each year between
Thanksgiving and New Year’s.
That is why USS John Paul Jones (DDG-53) is joining with other national,
state and local highway safety and law enforcement officials to remind everyone this holiday season to always designate a
sober driver before each holiday party or event involving alcohol.
Nationally, more than 17,000 people died in alcohol-related highway crashes
during 2003. Every 30 minutes, nearly 50 times a day, someone in America dies in an alcohol-related crash. Hundreds of thousands
more are injured each year. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), about three in every
ten Americans will be involved in an alcohol-related crash at some point in their lives.
Remembering to designate a sober driver before the party begins is just
one of several, simple steps to help avoid a tragic crash or an arrest for impaired driving during the holiday season. Other
• Never get behind the wheel of
your vehicle if you’ve been out drinking;
• If impaired, call a taxi –
use mass transit if available – or call a sober friend or family member to come and get you;
• Or, just stay where you are
and sleep it off until you are sober;
• If you are hosting a party this
holiday season, remind your guests to always plan ahead to designate a sober driver, always offer alcohol-free beverages during
the event, and make sure all of your guests leave with a sober driver; and
• Friends Don’t Let Friends
Drive Drunk. Take the keys and never let a friend leave your sight if you think they are about to drive while impaired.
Since 1981, every President of the United States has proclaimed December
“National Drunk and Drugged Driving (3D) Prevention Month” to help underscore the public’s commitment to
preventing impaired driving and promoting the use of designated drivers and sober ride programs. The month of December and
the New Year’s Eve holiday are also often highlighted by significant increases in state and local law enforcement efforts
to combat impaired driving such as the use of sobriety checkpoints and saturation patrols.
Driving impaired or riding with someone who is impaired is simply not
worth the risk. The consequences are serious and real. Not only do you risk killing yourself or someone else, but the trauma
and financial costs of a crash or an arrest for driving while impaired can be really significant and not the way you want
to spend your holiday season.
So remember, this holiday season, if you catch a buzz, catch a ride.
HOLIDAY MINI-PLANNER (FRIENDS)." National Highway Traffic Safety Association. 1November 2007. < http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/people/injury/alcohol/StopImpaired/HolidayPlanner/downloads/HolidaysFriendsOp-Ed.pdf
Navy Trivia Answer: D
The Navy's Medal of Honor, authorized December 21, 1861, is the oldest
continuous use military award in America.
Source: Smith Sr., Daniel. "Navy Historical Facts and Trivia." State Guard Association
of the United States. 1November 2007.
Ways to Save $ During the Holidays
The average family spends about $900 on
gifts, food and holiday decorations between Thanksgiving and Christmas. To reduce these costs try some of the following ways
1. “Shop after 6 p.m. the day BEFORE
the big sale. Usually the special discounts get put into the system after 6 p.m. the day before and you can beat the crowds.”
says Dan Butler, Vice President of Retail Operations and merchandising with the National Retail Federation.
2. Make and send free holiday “e-cards”.
3. Shop online or at the Navy Exchange
to avoid sales tax.
4. Pay cash. People who use credit cards
tend to spend up to 33% more on gifts and that doesn’t include any accumulated interest.
5. Create a shopping list and stick to
it. Include who you will buy for and how much you will spend.
6. Buy “family” gifts rather
than individual gifts such as a croquet set, a food basket or gift card.
7. Keep it light if you have to mail your
gift as it’s not unusual to spend as much on shipping as you do for the actual gift.
8. Shop for quantity rather than quality.
When buying stocking stuffers go to the Dollar Store and fill a stocking for less. Buy lottery tickets for adults.
9. Bake extra batches of cookies to share
with neighbors, colleagues and friends.
Shop for next year’s holiday supplies the day after the holidays at the 50% off sales.
Source: "Ten Ways to Save $ During the Holidays." IA
Family Connection. 27 November 2007.
I Am an Ombudsman
By: Gayle Brinkley
I am not a crutch
But I can support you
I am not a counselor
But I know one
I am not a taxi driver
But I can steer you in the right direction
I am not a rescuer
But I can help save lives
I am not a baby sitter
But I can refer you to a caregiver
I am not a gossiper
But I am a great listener
I am not an enabler
But I can provide tools to empower you
I am not a master of anything
But I know many experts who understand your need
I am not a Recreation or Health Specialist
But I am concerned about your Morale, Welfare &
I am not a busybody as I've been called
But I am an Official Command Representative
I am a Navy Family Ombudsman
And I am of service to You
The Navy Family
CONTACT YOUR SAILOR:
Sailors love snail mail! Although we have the convenience of email,
don’t forget to send letters and packages to your loved one at sea! Send
JOHN PAUL JONES (DDG-53)
Remember…sailors love snail mail!
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