Hello to all,
We have now passed the half way point of deployment
to go strong. Many things have changed,
since the last newsletter. We were looking forward to
a short stop in Guam but that was cancelled. Then we had visions
of Hong Kong, but again, that was cancelled. Then were told we were going to Osaka, Japan, and yes that was cancelled. Now
we are back on for Hong Kong. It will be about
40 days between port visits, so the crew will have earned this liberty port. There
are also rumors of another liberty port prior to our transit back to Third Fleet, but that will have to wait until the next
newsletter installment. Our schedule has been written in sand this deployment!
port visit to Pusan, South Korea was very enjoyable, though a little cold for a Southern California based ship. We all dressed
warm and experienced all the wonderful things that were offered. We welcomed many South Korean Sailors onboard for ship tours and they returned the
favor as we visited their ships. Though their ships are very clean and wide open,
I think our Sailors much more prefer life in JPJ. We also participated in a multitude
of outdoor activities, shopping and sight seeing.
from Pusan, JPJ kicked off the Foal Eagle Exercise by taking tactical control of two South Korean (ROKN) warships and conducted
a series of tactical maneuvering drills. It went extremely well and was a precursor
for the successes to come. Throughout the events, we had five ROKN personnel
onboard while sending two JPJ Sailors to the ROKS Kang Gam Chan DDH 979. Everyone
enjoyed the camaraderie experienced and the event was a huge success with our allied partners.
Following Foal Eagle, we
sailed out of the Sea of Japan to take station off the coast of Okinawa where JPJ and Chafee joined forces with the Essex
Expeditionary Strike Group (Essex, Juneau, Harpers Ferry). We were hand picked
to participate in their certification exercise and assume the roles of Surface and Subsurface Warfare Commander and Screen
Commander. We were basically responsible for defending the entire Group from
enemy submarines and surface ships while maneuvering each ship in the operating area.
It was very exciting and rewarding as all of our teams performed well and were given rave reviews from Seventh Fleet
and the Expeditionary Strike Force Commanders.
We are now in full force preparation for ULTRA-S. This is the Unit Level Training and Sustainment assessment that happens
every six months. Afloat Training Group, Commander Strike Group 11 and Commander
Destroyer Squadron 23 personnel make up this 30 person team that inspects all the ships in
Strike Group in every operational area. I know we will do well as the crew is very motivated and excited to show off their stuff.
will leave you with the GREAT news that each of your Sailors is doing extremely well in the very demanding environment of
Seventh Fleet Operations. We look forward to our return, but understand the importance
of what we are doing and why we are doing it. Take care.
Hello JOHN PAUL JONES Family and Friends,
We're finally at the half point of deployment and I'm extremely proud of how
well the crew is doing. Just finished up with ULTRA S which is a major inspection of all warfare areas and their
training teams, every team was praised on their outstanding performance.
Sailors were disappointed that Guam was cancelled; we were looking forward to showing
off all our athletic talent to the rest of the Battle Group. Now that we know where our next port is going to be, everyone
is looking forward to some relaxation in Hong Kong before heading east! But before we arrived
there we had a very strong showing of our favorite JPJ Idol competition and here are our winners:
1st place GM3(SW) Shaver & ETSN Smith,
2nd place was IC3 Ochsner
3rd place was SHSN(SW)
Brumfield and ENFN(SW) Dupard.
A week later we had
Rock Band competition and I think we should have given prizes for the best band outfit along with the best band! The
Wardroom didn't fair as well as they would have like to. Here are the very talented Bands that won along with the members
1st place was Nipple Refuge - STG3(SW) Frederick, STG2(SW) Turner,
STG2(SW) Rodriguez, FC2(SW) R. Johnson;
2nd place Plumber's Crack - MR2(SW) Gatchailian, HT3 Voss, HT3 Turner, HT2(SW) Kester;
3rd place 4 Guys 1 Cup - FC2(SW) Servin, FC3 Seto, IC3 Kaeding,
it's not all fun and games out to sea but when the crew has a chance to enjoy themselves it brings out the best in them.
I couldn't ask for a better crew to service along side with.
would like to personally recognize some outstanding JPJ Sailors on their recent achievements. Good job shipmates and
keep up the great work!
of the Quarter: CTT1(SW/AW) Mitchell
Sailor of the Quarter: PS2(SW) Miller
of the Quarter: DCFN Cummins
ITSN Chan ET3 Garcia
LT Belton FCCM Yee
Foster CTT1(SW/AW) Mitchell
STG2(SW) Nichols IC3 Ochsner
BM2(SW) Robinson OS2(SW) Spicher
SK2(SW) Harris HM3(SW) Arnold
Feliciano GSM3(SW) Verdugo
Karol M. Kramer
I hope you
all are enjoying some great spring weather. Take a deep breath and relax because we have passed the halfway point! With any luck it will be downhill from here and we can cruise on into homecoming.
the time for new beginnings. In our case, our new beginning starts with Homecoming! There are probably a lot of questions out and everyone is wondering about what it
will be like. Of course, all of the usual things run through our heads: When
will they be home? Where will they pull in? What decorations are we taking to
the pier? Will and how are we decorating the house? Is my sailor’s favorite
food in the house? What will it all be like?
But these aren’t the only things to start thinking of now. Even
though planning is already underway by the FSG for the ship’s homecoming, now
is the time to plan for yours. Discuss what you and your sailor would like, involve
any children, and most of all make it meaningful to your sailor and you. Don’t
do something simply because it is expected that “everyone” will do it. If
you love to decorate then by all means have at it but if you are like me and would rather not decorate then don’t worry
about it. This will be your homecoming so I hope that you are able to enjoy it
to the fullest.
also need to think about the actual transition into having your sailor home. There
are a lot of emotions that people will go through and a lot of adjustment. To
make matters even harder the ship has experienced two back to back deployments with workups and INSURV in between. Because of this our Sailors have been used to working hard on the ship just as we have been working hard
at home. They have had their routines and we have had ours. How will you coordinate your routines again? Don’t forget
patience will be needed by all. Spouses and significant others will need to be
patient with each other. Parents will need to be patient with children. There will be a readjustment period that everyone will go through. We have all grown and we will have to get used to having each other around.
Simple things like working together while putting away the dishes, cleaning the house, budgeting, and even showing
affection to one another may be difficult at first. This is normal but a lot
of issues can be avoided if you start talking now.
The FSG and
I have already begun thinking of the plans for our Homecoming event and I think you will enjoy them. Mistianna Cerami is our Homecoming Chair and she, along with her committee, is doing a fantastic job trying
to get everything together so that we can all have a fun and memorable Homecoming. As
you prepare for your homecoming please be aware that no balloons of any type will be allowed at the pier. There is a two-fold reason. First, we have someone with a
severe allergy to latex and it isn’t fair to that sailor or family member to have their homecoming ruined by a trip
to the hospital. Second, the Navy doesn’t allow Mylar balloons on base. There will be lots of other decorations and things going on pier-side. This will be a festive event for all involved! Be on the lookout
for more information as we get closer to Homecoming!
also wanted to thank VFW Post 1512 for kindly hosting the FSG’s Date Night in March.
They graciously allowed us to use join them for dinner and Karaoke . The members made the FSG feel welcomed and we enjoyed
meeting them. Thank you so much for all of your help!
John Paul Jones (DDG 53)
Family Support Group News
Dear JPJ Family and Friends,
Can you believe we have already made it
to the Half-way point of the deployment? March has been a great month with the Ceramicafe event for the children, date-night
and our Half-way party/picnic. The FSG would like to thank the Lemon Grove VFW Post 1512 for allowing us to hold our March
date night with them for dinner and karaoke. Everyone who attended had a great time. The first slide-show CD was sent to the
ship by our photography committee chair, Angie Miller. Thanks to all who submitted photos and to Angie for putting it together
for our sailors to view. Our next meeting will be April 1st at the Murphy Canyon Chapel and we will be discussing
homecoming activities. The April Children’s Event will be at one of the local bounce-house gyms and is being sponsored
by a generous donor. A date and time is yet to be determined. The April date-night is still in the planning stages, put we
are hoping to be hosting a special movie event by mid-month, look for flyers for both events coming soon.
hope to see many of you at the upcoming events.
Julie Gushlaw, JPJ FSG President
United Through Reading
you received your DVD yet? Encourage
your Sailor to make a recording that your child will be able to watch again and again. There is nothing like having a loved ones face and voice right there at home, even
if they are deployed. By participating in United Through Reading« the bedtime
story tradition can begin or continue.
you have received a video, don’t forget to complete the “Full Circle of Communication” by sending feedback
to your deployed Sailor in the form of a picture, video, or even a letter or email. Let your Sailor know their time was well spent and how much the tape means to you and your child. Mail your Sailor another book and another video could soon be on its way.
about ways to bring the story into your everyday life. Did the characters go
on a picnic? Why not pack a picnic like the one in the book? Did they bake cookies together? Try baking the same ones,
then talk about your favorite moments in the story. This is a great way to make
the special moments last.
Our next issue will
feature comments from our own participants on how the program is working for them and their families. If you would like to submit a comment, contact your United Through Reading« Homefront Coordinator, Jolene
Mitchell, at firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out a homefront survey on United Through Reading’s
ě Reading aloud with children will provide a solid foundation for their success in all of their educational experiences.
ě Spouse at home feels more parenting support.
ě Improves morale for all family members.
What is the uniform symbol of a Chief Petty Officer?
A. coffee mug
B. fouled anchor
Save the Date!
Many topics are
observed during the month of April. A few of these are: The Military Child, Child
Abuse Prevention, Autism and Stress Awareness. For more information on any of
these topics check out the following links:
Ask the Ombudsman!
Question: Why are we having all of
these schedule changes?
Answer: The simple reason: The needs of the Navy have changed. A more
complicated reason is that the world events may have changed and indicate a need
to shift locations or missions. Additionally, in order for a US ship to visit
a foreign port we must obtain permission from that country’s government. While
your sailor may have said “we are going to ports x, y, and z”, this isn’t always the case because the ship
may have been denied access to that port. Your sailor probably won’t be
able to tell you exactly why the ports have changed for a variety of reasons. First,
they may not know the answer. Second, OPSEC may prohibit discussions of why things
happen, especially if the mission changes. Please be aware that schedules change
in every branch of the military and that we aren’t the only command that has schedule changes. Patience is something that is hard to come by with schedule changes.
Just remember your Sailor doesn’t like the changes any more than you do, especially when it means that a phone
call home or a chance to get off the ship is that much farther away.
This Resource is for You!
From: About the Red Cross
The American Red
Cross, a humanitarian organization led by volunteers and guided by its Congressional Charter and the Fundamental Principles
of the International Red Cross Movement, will provide relief to victims of disaster and help people prevent, prepare for,
and respond to emergencies.
The Fundamental Principles of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement include: Humanity, Impartiality, Neutrality, Independence, Voluntary Service, Unity, Universality.
The American Red Cross (ARC) has a close working relationship with the US military and aids in getting emergency messages
to deployed members. In the event that emergency communication is needed the
ARC can do the following:
- Verify the circumstances of
a death, critical illness or injury, or other emergency affecting a service member’s immediate family
- Send an emergency communication
message to the service member’s location
- Ensure delivery of the message
- Follow up with the family back
If you are in need of assistance in getting an emergency message to your military member and you reside with your military
member please call 877-272-7337 (toll-free) and have the following information
- Service Member's Full Name
- Branch of Service
- Social Security Number
- Military Address
- Information about the deployed
unit and the home base unit (for deployed service members only)
If you do not reside with your military member, please call your local red cross
chapter, which can be located at www.redcross.org.
Other services that can be provided are, access to financial assistance, counseling and assistance to veterans
Source: “About the Red Cross: Mission Statement”. Red
Cross. 22 March, 2008. http://www.redcross.org.
Navy Trivia Answer: B
FOULED ANCHOR - The foul anchor as a naval insignia got its start as the seal of the Lord
Howard of Effingham. He was the Lord Admiral of England at the time of the defeat of the Spanish Armada in 1588. During this
period the personal seal of a great officer of state was adopted as the seal of his office. The fouled anchor still remains
the official seal of the Lord High Admiral of Great Britain. When this office became part of the present Board of Admiralty,
the seal was retained on buttons, official seals, and cap badges. The Navy's adoption of this symbol and many other customs
can be directly attributed to the influence of British Naval tradition. The fouled anchor is among them.
Source: Smith Sr., Daniel. "Navy Historical Facts and Trivia." State
Guard Association of the United States. 15 March
2008. <http://www.sgaus.org/hist_fac.htm >.
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:
PAUL JONES (DDG-53)
FPO AP 96669-1271
Remember…sailors love snail mail!
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