Hello JOHN PAUL JONES Family and Friends,
We started deployment off with some bad weather and rough seas. A lot
new Sailors along with the old salty ones had to get their Sea legs going early! The closer
we got to Hawaii the better the seas and temperature
got. We made a very brief stop in
Hawaii to pick up some of our shipmates that were going to school when we left San Diego;
it's great to have them back.
MWR committee has plenty of fun things plan for the whole deployment, starting off with Super Bowl Sunday. The crew will be able to wear their favorite team's jersey, ball cap and enjoy some O'Doul's. Every Wednesday
is crazy hat day and you should see some of the hats your Sailors wear! We have
JPJ Idol schedule again along with Battle of the Band, 3 on 3 basketball tournament
and so much more. I'll keep you informed on the events and all the winners.
Don't forget to email your Sailor's or snail mail will even work, Sailors love hearing from home!
CMDCM(SW) Karol M. Kramer
We are just
about one week into our deployment cycle and already there is good news! What
possibly be good about a deployment you ask? Well, for starters
we are already one week closer to our sailors coming home. Our sailors are safe,
although busy. We get to challenge ourselves.
The best, however, is that we get to plan homecoming.
are a chance for those of us at home to challenge ourselves and try to surprise our Sailor with something. You could chose to lose weight, quit smoking, organize your house, take a class or even learn to relax. The latter is my goal for this deployment. I
want to surprise my husband, Adam, by my ability to sit and relax. I am the first
to admit that this is going to be quite a challenge for me-the woman who hates to just “chill”. Deployments are
tough on everyone. The Sailors don’t like to be gone and we don’t
like to have them gone, especially with the quick turnaround that the JPJ has experienced.
If you dwell on the tough parts of deployments too much you could make yourself feel even worse. Think of this deployment as “Survivor:Deployment”. But
you aren’t going to just survive-you are going to win and your reward is homecoming.
If you feel you need or want help please let me know-I can assist you in finding the help you need.
deployment I am asking for your help. When you email or call me, please remember
to include your sailor’s rank and name. I ask for this to help maintain
security for our sailors. Also, I want to update both the mailing and emergency
While I am
sure that nothing will happen, if for some reason I need to contact you, it will be make getting in touch with you much easier
if I have the most recent information. If you have not already done so please
forward me the following information via email at email@example.com or through regular mail to 2843 Daniel Avenue San Diego, CA 92124.
If you receive
the newsletter but not emails also include your email. Thank you for your help
stay positive and as always, let me know if you need anything. I am here to help!
John Paul Jones (DDG 53)
(619) 743-5416 OMB line
Dear JPJ Families and Friends,
By the time you get this newsletter
we’ll all be about 2 weeks closer to homecoming, YEAH!! The FSG has so much planned for this deployment to keep us all
busy and provide each other support. The first children’s event will be held Saturday February 2, at Boomers on Claremont
Mesa Blvd from 1:30-4:30. This is paid for by the FSG and will be fun for all ages. The next event is our monthly meeting
on February 12th at 6:30pm at the Murphy Canyon Chapel. The FFSC will be at the meeting providing us with resume
writing and building class. We will also be discussing homecoming and establishing a committee (can you believe it, planning
for homecoming already!!). Our final February event will be our “Date Night” on February 23rd. This
event is also partially funded by the FSG and the theme is dinner and a movie out on town. We are also doing a couple of fund
raisers during deployment including cookbooks, JPJ support magnets and a spring basket auction.
To get more info on any fundraising or events look for flyers to come through the FSG, ombudsman or from your sailor.
Hope to see you all at our events and meetings throughout deployment.
Julie Gushlaw, FSG President
Fsg_53@yahoo.com-RSVP for date nights to this email or just to contact the FSG
firstname.lastname@example.org this email to contact the children’s committee and RSVP
for children’s events
email@example.com this email to contact our fundraising committee including
United Through Reading
On this first month
away from family, a Sailor feels the distance
between themselves and their loved ones more than ever. That’s why the USS John Paul Jones
(DDG 53) is participating in United Through Reading, which provides deployed Active Duty personnel the opportunity
to read stories aloud on DVD to the special children in their lives back home.
Your Sailor can contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any question he may have about recording times and locations.
Sailors either select a book from the Command’s children’s
book library or read a book they have packed with them. They are recorded reading
the book, and then the DVD (and book if owned by the Sailor)
is sent home to the child who can watch and follow along with a copy of the book. One
of the best parts of this program is the opportunity for your child to view the recording over and over again. According to research, reading aloud has been shown to be the single best predictor in a child’s
future academic success. Encourage your Sailor
to participate in United Through Reading and bring their face and voice into your home even when they can’t be there.
I would love to hear your family’s reactions to your first DVD! Please
feel contact me, your Home Front coordinator Jolene Mitchell, at email@example.com with any stories, question, concern or comments regarding the United Through Reading Program.
What is Scuttlebutt?
A. Trash to be burned
Save the Date!
February is National Black History Month: Originally called “Negro History Week”, Black History Month has been recognized annually since 1926 due
to the efforts of Dr. Carter G. Woodson, a Harvard graduate who was disturbed by the lack on respectable presence in history
books despite the presence and contributions of African American to the American government, society and way of life. After beginning both the Association for the Study of Negro
Life and History (now called the Association for the Study of Afro-American Life and History) in 1915, and the Journal of
Negro History, a widely respected journal in 1916 Dr. Hudson began “Negro History Week”. Dr. Woodson initially
chose the second week of February because the birthdays of two men who greatly influenced the African American population,
Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln, are observed during this week.
February 3: The
15th Amendment was passed, granting blacks the right to vote in 1870.
4: Rosa Parks Birthday
14: Valentine’s Day
17: Random Acts of Kindness Day
Ask the Ombudsman!
Question: When will you put out the ship’s schedule?
Answer: The simple answer is: I won’t. There are several reasons for this. First,
in order to help maintain the security of our sailors I will not disclose the schedule until it is safe to do so. Generally this means that when I get word that they have or are pulling into a port I will send out an
email to those on my roster. Second, Navy schedules are in a constant state of
flux. As some of you may already know from talking with your sailors, something
will be scheduled one week and then cancelled the next, and then reinstated. If
I were to put out that the ship will be in such and such place on this date and that day were to change everyone would be
Question: What is OPSEC and why does this concern me?
Answer: OPSEC stands for Operational Security. OPSEC is how we
keep potential adversaries from discovering the nation’s critical information, thus keeping the mission and our sailors
safe. Enemies have long since tried
to uncover information about missions, past, present and future, in order to gain insight into how our military works-and
they don’t just try to target the military member, they will try to find the information out from the families as well. To keep our loved ones safe we need to ensure that others don’t get bits of
information from us. Things that you want
to be careful about include, but are not limited to, details of the arrival or leaving of the ship, detailed information about
missions, and references to trends in unit morale or personnel problems. What can you do to help with OPSEC? You need to be careful and alert. Be aware of your surroundings
and where you are speaking about the ship. Be careful of what you
post on blogs or websites such as Myspace and Facebook. Don’t discuss ship’s
movements or ports until after I have emailed that the ship has arrived at its next port.
Remember that your sailor won’t be able to share certain things with you and that while underway, if he or she says that they aren’t going to talk about something or just doesn’t answer it
could be because of OPSEC.
Question: I have Power of Attorney but I can’t file my sailor’s taxes. What happened?
Answer: The IRS changed the rules and are now requiring IRS Form 2848 in order to file
taxes for your sailor. For information about your State’s requirements
please contact your State Department of Taxation.
The Family Support Group has a speaker who is speaking
to us about resume writing. Here are some tips below for you!
- Be sure all information is
- Include enough information
to make the employer wants to interview you.
- List only those jobs that
demonstrate responsibility and leadership.
- Omit discriminatory information
such sex, age, religion, race, marital status.
- Use information that is relevant
to the job you are seeking.
- Don’t present yourself
- Don’t use wordy statements.
- Don’t leave gaps in
length of employment.
- Don’t personalize the
- Don’t clutter the resume
with information regarding former work history.
- Don’t have someone
else write your resume
Resume Format Do’s:
- Be sure the resume is attractive
in format and easy to read.
· Be consistent in style and format.
· Use a format that is professionally appropriate
for the position you are seeking.
· Include references on a separate reference
- Keep the “bulk”
or your resume content to one page.
- Document work history by
using powerful accomplishment statements.
Resume Format Don’ts:
- Don’t try to make the
resume unusual and artistic in appearance
- Don’t mix print style
or use excessive bolding and underlining
- Don’t mention salary
history or wage expectations.
- Don’t use complete
sentences or pronouns.
- Don’t write in paragraphs
Margins: 1” Left, Right,
Top and Bottom;
Font Type: Arial or Times New
Font Size: Preferably 12 and
no smaller than 10;
Bold: Name and all resume headings;
Bullet: All accomplishment statements
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Navy Trivia Answer: C
SCUTTLEBUTT is the Navy term for rumor. It comes from a combination of the word "scuttle"
to make a hole in the ship's side, causing her to sink, and "butt", a cask used to hold drinking water. Scuttlebutt literally
means a cask with a hole in it. Scuttle describes what most rumors accomplish if not to the ship, at least to morale. Butt
describes the water cask where men naturally congregated, and that's where most rumors get started.
Source: Smith Sr., Daniel. "Navy Historical Facts and Trivia." State Guard Association of the United States.
27 December 2007.
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:
USS JOHN PAUL JONES
FPO AP 96669-1271
Remember…sailors love snail mail!
Happy Valentine’s Day!