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June 2007                                                                    Issue 6



Captain’s Corner


Hello to all our JOHN PAUL JONES families,


May has been a great month for us. We began the month doing

some patrol work in the Western Pacific. During that time we

transited to Singapore to transport three Sailors from HIGGINS,

CHAFEE, and NIMITZ who were on emergency leave. We did a

lot of weapons firing for both new qualifications and proficiency training.


After more patrol work, we then pulled into Singapore for four days to take

on fuel, repair some equipment, and have some fun. Singapore is the

Jewel 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 Sentosa Island 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, JapanOkinawa was a good break for most people’s bank accounts as most of us stuck primarily to the U.S. Naval Base at White Beach, Kadena Air Force Base, and Camp Foster. 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 1pm, 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 National Hospital, 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 Jellyfish Lake, 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 and Friends,

May was a very busy month with three port visits.  Started off visiting Singapore, a lot of the crew took MWR up on their Sentosa Island 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:


GMCS(SW) Sepulveda                                FC1(SW) Monforte

ETCS(SW) Bogart                                        IT1 Scott


New Second Class Petty Officers:           New Third Class Petty Officers:


FC2 Bailey                                                    CS3 Agbayani                

FC2 Davis                                                     CS3 Cole

BM2(SW) Londono                                       STG3 Frederick   

FC2 Servin                                                   OS3 McClaskey                    

FC2 Swenson                                               STG3 Metz                    

IT2 Beckett                                                    GM3 Ouimet

DC2(SW) Gomez                                          SH3 Perez Rodriguez                         

BM2(SW) Robinson                                       IT3 Quiambao

ET2(SW) Snyder                                           SK3 Steele

FC2 Yoder                                                    HT3 Turner

GM2 Lafferty                                                     GSM3 Zuber

CTT2 Lewis                                                                    


Navy Achievement Medal:                        Engineering Officer of the Watch: 


ENC(SW) Thiss                                               LT Spencer

EM1(SW) Weeks                                          GSMC(SW) Gonzales

CS2(SW) Hartley                                          EM1(SW) Weeks 

EN2(SW) Tank


  Enlisted Surface Warfare Qualification:


                       GSM3(SW) Crew             GSM3(SW) Schad

CTT2(SW) Davis               IT2(SW) Peters

STG3(SW) Davis              ET2(SW) Stoudemire

STG2(SW) Poole              DC2(SW) Swayze

CS2(SW) Smith                EN2(SW) Boles


Officer of the Deck Underway Qualification:


   ENS Lam


                        Surface Warfare Officer Qualification:

                                                ENS Zubia


Congratulations to all of the Sailors listed above-well done Shipmates!

 Very Respectfully,

CMDCM(SW) Karol M. Kramer



Ombudsman’s Corner


Dear John Paul Jones Family,


My name 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 I can.


I realize 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  Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have.


The Careline (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!




Heather Cox

Command Ombudsman

USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53)

(619) 743-5416 OMB line

1-866-310-4650 Careline changed each Friday


FSG Corner

Hello JPJ Families!

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


We had "Date Night" on May 19th at Chevy's in Mission Valley. 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 6:30pm. Have a safe and fun summer!



I hope you all have a great day!


Julie Gushlaw

FSG Interim President



Resource Info


Kids Group Swimming Lessons


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


How many General Orders are there?


  1. 8
  2. 11
  3. 12
  4. 16


 Answer at the end of the newsletter


Now at a Community Near You!

Murphy Canyon 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 Youth Center in Murphy Canyon; however, the staff will be traveling throughout San Diego County 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



United 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.


Emotional Benefits

Ř  You can send messages of encouragement and praise relating to your child’s everyday life through the stories you read.


Ř  Provides 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 ( 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


FPO AP 96669-1271


Remember…sailors love snail mail!



Navy Trivia Answer: B.11 There are 11 General Orders, which are the orders that every sailor must follow throughout his or her Navy Career.



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