has been a great month for us. We began the month doing
patrol work in the Western Pacific. During that time we
to Singapore to transport three Sailors from HIGGINS,
and NIMITZ who were on emergency leave. We did a
of weapons firing for both new qualifications and proficiency training.
more patrol work, we then pulled into Singapore
for four days to take
fuel, repair some equipment, and have some fun. Singapore
of the orient. One of the cleanest countries on the continent, it makes an enjoyable place to explore. We certainly
added to the economy of Singapore in the
many shops, restaurants and hotels. Some people went to explore SentosaIsland and others took the night safari at the world-renowned Singapore
Zoo. We had quite an adventure the second day there, when we had to move the ship from one berth to another. During
the shift, we were delayed by the movement of other ships and a large thunderstorm came up, reducing visibility
to less than
50 yards for about a half-hour. Though the Singapore pilot aboard wasn’t especially helpful, the team performed
extremely well, keeping the ship safe until the storm cleared and the other ships cleared the pier for us to moor.
After Singapore, we transited to Okinawa, Japan. Okinawa
was a good break for most people’s bank accounts as most of us stuck primarily to the U.S. Naval Base at WhiteBeach, Kadena
Air Force Base, and CampFoster. Some
people did manage to spend some time out on the Japanese economy to do a little sight seeing and take in the culture. After
taking on fuel in Okinawa, re-supplying the ship, and a tremendous amount of topside preservation,
we departed enroute to Palau. Our
three-day transit was marked by some intensive training, especially in the area of tactics. With only a short time underway,
it was important to get in as much training as possible.
Palau was a spectacular port visit. The visit was an important event
for engagement with Palau. No other
U.S. combatant ship had visited Palau for several years, and the Palauan government very much
appreciated our being there. Upon arrival around , the crew launched
into a flurry of well choreographed activity. While I went to visit the Minister of State, then the Vice President, then
the President of Palau in their offices, everyone else contributed to getting ready for a reception that evening. The
stringing of “friendship lights” up and over the mast, rigging of signal flag decorations around the flight deck,
setting up of tents on the flight deck, rigging of evening-style lighting in the tents, setting up of food tables and a bar,
preparation of the food and drinks, spotless cleaning of the arrival and tour routes, and many other tasks were all completed. Oh,
did I mention that a torrential downpour started 1 hour before the party and lasted ˝ hour? That’s right, but by
the time the first guests arrived (the Vice President and his family), everyone was looking great in their white uniforms
and ready to be gracious hosts. The reception was a huge success. The guest list was pretty much a who’s who
in Palau. All but one cabinet Minister,
tribal High Chiefs, state Governors, education and business leaders, Ambassadors and other representatives from Israel, the Philippines,
and Japan, were all in attendance. We
also had military representation from Australia. In
all, 6 countries were represented aboard JOHN PAUL JONES the evening of May 24th. The next day was no let-up,
with several of us attending the commencement exercises at the local college, touring the NationalHospital, devoting time to build playground
equipment near the national capital, and providing medical care on another island. Additionally more VIP tours were given
every day of the port visit by many of our Sailors. The next day more people were able to take advantage of the rich
beauty that is Palau, with the official
functions slackening off to a visit to the Community Action Team’s camp. Most people did several of the following
activities: visited the beaches, snorkeled, went diving, toured the unique islands, sailed, ate the outstanding cuisine, and
drank with the local population. Some of us went
to JellyfishLake, a
natural phenomenon where millions of stinger-less jellyfish populate a saltwater lake and you can swim among them. This
was one of the reward challenge prizes on “Survivor Palau”
and it was definitely rewarding for those who went.
As we closed
out the month, we joined the ESSEX Expeditionary Strike Group and crossed into the Southern Hemisphere. For many, this
was their first time crossing the equator and they chose to participate in the ancient ritual of passage from slimy pollywog
to Honorable Shellback in an enjoyable ceremony. Though we don’t do many of the harsh or disgusting things of the
past in the modern version of the initiation, it will still remain a vivid memory for every new Shellback and we welcome them
gladly as Sons and Daughters of Neptune.
I bid a fond
farewell to our outgoing Ombudsman, Georgia
Bear. Unfortunately with her husband’s transfer to San Diego,
she could not continue to serve in this position. Georgia
did some great work and we’ll miss both her and her husband, FC1 Kelly Bear, as part of the JPJ team. Fortunately,
we were able to find a couple of superior candidates for the job and I selected Heather Cox as our new Ombudsman. Heather
had been serving as our Family Support Group President and has taken on the job of Ombudsman with great enthusiasm. Please
contact her if you need assistance. Our Family Support Group may have lost Heather, but is as strong as ever under the
leadership of Julie Gushlaw, who volunteered to step in as interim President until elections can take place. Julie had
been serving as the FSG Vice President and has done an awesome job. Thanks to all three of these ladies for their generous
devotion of time and effort.
Keep the card,
letters, and emails coming to the ship. Everyone enjoys hearing from home.
James J. Housinger
Command Master Chief’s Corner
Hello JOHN PAUL JONES Family
May was a very busy month
with three port visits. Started off visiting Singapore,
a lot of the crew took MWR up on their SentosaIsland and Night Safari tours. Then we were off to Okinawa, Japan for a short visit to get
supplies and fuel. We closed out the month with a stop over at Palau.
Survivor enthusiasts will know where this island is. Please don’t think that it’s all play and no work, a lot
of hard work has been accomplished during our underway days and while inport.
The Biggest Loser competition
is still going strong along with the Tour De Pacific. Tour De Pacific is another competition where the crew records
how many miles (run/walking/elliptical) they do during deployment and you earn prizes at the end. Our Commanding Officer
is the leader right now, but he has a bunch of people right on his heels! GSM3 Holland won the first JPJ idol with a
song dedicated to all the Moms out there.
I would like to welcome our
new Ombudsman, Heather Cox. A lot of you had a chance to meet her at Family Support Group functions. I’m
looking forward to working with Heather during the rest of this deployment and after. Please give her the same support
and dedication you gave Georgia.
I’m sorry to say that
we have to say good-bye to Georgia Bear as our Ombudsman. Even though her tenure was short, she contributed greatly
to the JPJ family and friends. I would like to say thank you for helping make these first two months of deployment smooth
ones. The JPJ family would like to wish you and your husband,FC1 Bear, fair winds and following seas.
As usual, the extremely professional
Sailors of JPJ continue to demonstrate a tremendous amount of dedication to the command and the Navy. Some of those
being recognized for their outstanding contributions are:
New Senior Chief Petty Officer:New First Class Petty Officer:
New Second Class Petty Officers:New Third Class Petty Officers:
FC2 Bailey CS3
BM2(SW) Londono STG3 Frederick
FC2 Servin OS3 McClaskey
IT2 BeckettGM3 Ouimet
DC2(SW) GomezSH3 Perez Rodriguez
FC2 YoderHT3 Turner
GM2 LaffertyGSM3 Zuber
Navy Achievement Medal:Engineering Officer of the Watch:
Enlisted Surface Warfare Qualification:
GSM3(SW) Crew GSM3(SW)
Smith EN2(SW) Boles
of the Deck Underway Qualification:
Surface Warfare Officer Qualification:
Congratulations to all of
the Sailors listed above-well done Shipmates!
CMDCM(SW) Karol M. Kramer
Paul Jones Family,
is Heather Cox and I am your new Command Ombudsman.I am both proud and honored
that Captain Housinger has chosen me to serve the families of this command.At
my disposal are a wide variety of resources and information to assist you and your family and I am happy to help in any way
that switching Ombudsmen mid-deployment can be quite unsettling and even stressful for you and your family.In an effort to make this transition as smooth a possible all of the Ombudsman contact information is remaining
the same. The number is (619) 743-5416 and my email address is email@example.com.Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have.
(1-866-310-4650) will continue to be the way I get important information to your families.It will be updated every Friday.I will also be continuing to send out
“News of the Week” emails and the newsletters for your families.
I look forward
to getting to know both your family and you as I serve as your Command Ombudsman.Have
a great day!
One more month down, Yeah!!!
I hope you all are enjoying the beginning of summer and the end of the school year for many. This hectic time of year makes
the time fly by even faster. Hopefully you all enjoyed a few phone calls or emails from ports afar. Modern conveniences have
made deployments much more bearable.
Our May meeting was quite
productive. Among the things that we completed at the meeting were the United Through Reading banner and the shoeboxes
will be mailed off for the shoebox auction soon. Homecoming, Halfway and Night Before parties have all begun to be planned
and we are looking forward to each of these events. If you would like to help plan any of these events it isn't too late. Even
if you are far away your input is valuable. Let me know if you want to join by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We had "Date Night" on May
19th at Chevy's in MissionValley. For
those of you who were able to make it, I enjoyed eating dinner with each you. For those of you who were unable to come,
we hope that you will come to June's Date Night!
I hope that you will be
able to make it to our next meeting on June 7th. We will be meeting at the Murphy Canyon Chapel starting at . Have a safe and fun summer!
I hope you
all have a great day!
Kids Group Swimming Lessons
are offered for preschool through level 6 swimmers.Call for specific times.Each 2 week session runs from Monday-Thursday.Registration closes the Friday prior to the first day of each session.Admiral
Baker Pool, Mission Gorge (619) 556-8659. SUBASE
Pool,Naval Base Point Loma (619) 553-0934
many General Orders are there?
Answer at the end of the newsletter
Now at a Community Near
Branch -The Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC) has initiated a new program providing assistance to military families within
their housing communities. The new program is initially located next to the YouthCenter in MurphyCanyon; however, the staff will be traveling throughout San DiegoCounty to offer services.The goal is to provide services currently offered by FFSC and make them more readily available to spouses
and families by bringing the services directly to their communities.Another
goal is to partner with community organizations and combine resources to better ensure the healthy family concept.For more information, please call (858) 277-4259, or visit our website http://www.cnrsw.navy.mil/fsc
Through Reading® Update
There are so many benefits to reading aloud with your children.When you read aloud with your child you send them a message: that you value them and
the time you spend with them.The bonding time that is associated with reading
aloud is so important to your child’s growth.You also show them that reading
is an enjoyable activity and that you believe it is important.Don’t miss
out on the opportunity to read along with the video you have received.If you
do not have a copy of the book, go check out a copy from your local library.
ŘYou can send messages of encouragement and
praise relating to your child’s everyday life through the stories you read.
ŘProvides models for positive behavior.
United Through Reading®
Let your Sailor know their time was well spent.Complete the “Full Circle”
of communication by sending feedback to your Sailor about how the video is affecting your child.Send a picture, an email, or even home video of your child interacting with the video of your Sailor
reading aloud.Let them know how much the video means and encourage them to make
another tape!Also, don’t forget to let Jolene Mitchell (email@example.com) know your family’s reactions to the videos you receive.
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 mail to:
Sailor's Rank/Rate and Name
Department or Division
USS JOHN PAUL JONES (DDG-53)
FPO AP 96669-1271
Remember…sailors love snail mail!
Answer: B.11 There are 11 General
Orders, which are the orders that every sailor must follow throughout his or her Navy Career.