to the JOHN PAUL JONES family,
June has been
a great month for the ship. We’ve done a lot, and if you look at your calendar, you’ll notice we have completed
½ of the deployment. It may seem like it has been a long time (because it has), but that’s what Navy ships do,
they go to sea and operate. You should be proud of your JOHN PAUL JONES Sailors; they’ve pushed forward a great
reputation and made the ship perform superbly.
started out the month with the ESSEX Expeditionary Strike Group, consisting of USS ESSEX, USS JUNEAU, and USS TORTUGA, plus
a Marine Expeditionary Unit embarked across the three ships. This was some bonus time for us, since we would work with
the ESG later in the month. We assumed duties as the Sea Combat Commander, responsible for
and Anti-Submarine Warfare. We immediately impressed the Amphibious Squadron Commander and all the ships with our ability
to rapidly take charge. This led to an earlier than expected role of Screen Commander, responsible for all maneuvering
and stationing assignments of the force. Again, we did a spectacular job in that role. After a few days with the
ESG, we proceeded into Townsville, Australia for fuel, re-supply, and of course, fun.
welcomed us with open arms. The city went out of its way to make things easy for everyone and the crew had a great time. Many
people visited the places Master Chief Kramer notes in her column, so I won’t rehash that area here, but there were
ample opportunities to see
underway from Townsville, we crossed back over the Great Barrier Reef, and conducted some in-house training until returning
to Townsville to pick up some passengers destined for ESSEX. After that successful endeavor, we began Exercise TALISMAN
SABER 2007 (TS07). TS07 involved 20,000 U.S. Navy, Marine, Army, and Air Force service members, and about 12,000 members
of the Australian Defense Force. It was designed to increase integration of the U.S. and Australian forces in contingency
operation and was designed around a challenging scenario. In the time leading up to the amphibious assault in the Shoal Water
Bay Training Area in Australia, during the assault, and afterward, the force was Screen Commander. We served in all warfare
areas the entire time, but also at times assumed the duties of Air Defense
Force Track Coordinator, and Command and Control Warfare Commander. This was unprecedented as no other ship in the force
carried so many command duties. We also had the duty of “GREENCROWN,” responsible for the friend or foe status
of every helicopter and airplane flying from or to the Amphibious Objective Area, for a large portion of the exercise. This
was far beyond the normal scope and capability of a DDG, but JOHN PAUL JONES stepped up to the plate and knocked it out of
the park. Our ability to perform these duties individually was noted by our superiors; our ability to perform them simultaneously
and with such skill, was overwhelming. Your Sailors are setting the bar ever-higher.
As we wrapped
up the month, we finished the last few days of TALISMAN SABER and headed to our next port visit.
be the last Ombudsman newsletter from me. Sadly, all good things must come to an end, and I will have to turn over command
of these incredible Sailors and this magnificent ship on the 22nd of July to CDR Christopher Barnes. There
is no higher honor in our service than to command a ship. The last 19 months have been the highlight of my career and
anything after this is just icing on the cake. You should all be proud of the men and women who sail in JOHN PAUL JONES,
they are serving their country and making the world a safer place to live. They are serving with class, they are serving
with passion and drive, they are serving with respect for the environment, they are serving with dedication, they are serving
with honor, they are serving with skill, and they are serving with you in their hearts
James J. Housinger
Command Master Chief’s Corner
Hello JOHN PAUL JONES Family
June started off with a nice
long port visit in Townsville, Australia where a lot of the crew enjoyed one or more of the numerous tours offered by MWR.
A few went to the Great Barrier Reef Aquarium while others went to Billabong Sanctuary where you could get your picture taken
holding a koala, wombat, baby crocodile or a black headed python, great memories to take home and share with family and friends.
Others took up the Rainforest Trek and Swim, Wheeler Reef Snorkeling or one of the crew’s favorites, the White Water
Rafting tour. I would say all had a great time in Townsville. After our port visit we kicked off TALISMAN
SABER, a joint exercise with the Australian military. This kept everyone on their toes day and night. Your Sailors
have made contributions far beyond anyone’s expectations and are consistently recognized for it by our military leadership.
Again Supply cooked up an
awesome meal for the June Birthday meal. Sailors were treated like they were in a five star restaurant and at the end
of their meal all the cooks, waiters and waitresses (including the CO, XO, and I) sang Happy Birthday to them.
Every member of JPJ is busy
and every member is making a difference in the future of our great nation. Some of those being recognized for their
outstanding contributions are:
Senior Sailor of the Quarter: ET1(SW) Jared Pahl
Junior Sailor of the Quarter: CS3(SW) Daniel Hemingway
Bluejacket of the Quarter: GM3 Nathaniel Ouimet
Navy Achievement Medal: QM3 Allen
Enlisted Surface Warfare Qualification:
GSM3(SW) Dummer CTT2(SW)
Engineering Officer of the Watch:
Officer of the Deck Underway Qualification:
to all of the Sailors listed above-well done Shipmates!
CMDCM(SW) Karol M. Kramer
Command Master Chief
PAUL JONES Families and Friends,
As we enter
the month of July we are getting closer and closer to the time our sailors come home.
Now is the time to start thinking of Homecoming. 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.
and I have already begun thinking of the plans for our Homecoming event and I think you will enjoy them. Kirsten Duncan is our Homecoming Coordinator and she 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 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. The
sailors have been used to working hard on the ship 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
a little more immediate is the Halfway Party, which will be held at VFW Post 1512 in Lemon Grove. The FSG is putting together a Halfway Party for those who are able to make it and I am sure that fun will
be had by all! If you don’t know what the Halfway Party is this is a chance for us to celebrate how far we have come. The Halfway Party is our Wednesday or Hump Day if the deployment were a week. Please join us for a chance to let our hair down and celebrate!
On a related
note, I wanted to let you all know that I recently met with the Commander and other members of Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW)
Post 1512 of Lemon Grove, CA. Commander John Vojtas and other members of the
post have graciously opened their arms and building to us. For those of you who
do not know, Post 1512 “sponsors” our ship through a program with the VFW and US Navy. I look forward to working with this “All-State” post.
Both the FSG and I are thankful for the assistance the post is giving us during this deployment.
I want to extend my best wishes to CDR Housinger, his wife, Suzanne, and their children.
As they move on to what life has in store for them I am sure we will all remember them fondly. Both CDR and Mrs. Housinger have worked tirelessly to make our lives better. For those who didn’t know, Mrs. Housinger has been a driving force behind the FSG and a great help
and resource to me as I worked as FSG President and now as I began my job as Ombudsman.
We wish them fair winds and following seas as they forge ahead on new adventures!
Have a great
John Paul Jones (DDG 53)
743-5416 OMB line
Careline changed each Friday
Greetings JPJ Families
My first official
month as the JPJ FSG President has been busy and productive. The turnout for the June meeting was great. We were able to all
say our goodbyes to our Command Advisor, Mrs. Suzanne Housinger. She will be greatly missed and we wish her and CMDR Housinger
fair winds and following seas as they make their way East to their new command in July. Date night was held this month at
In Cahoots in Mission Valley. Thank you to those who were able to join us, I had a great time and hope to see even more of
you at our next date night. Committees for the Half-way Party, Night-Before Party and Homecoming have been hard at work planning
these great events. We gave secured the VFW in Lemon Grove for the Half-way Party and are looking into different venues for
the Night-Before Party. The FSG is hosting a July 4th Party/BBQ at the Cox’s House. We will be taping a video
at the BBQ to send to the ship for our loved ones to view in the galley. Last, but certainly not least, I would like to welcome
Alli Barrett as our new FSG Vice President. Alli has been involved with the FSG since coming to the ship and will do a fantastic
job in her new position.
Hope to see you
all at our next meeting and all of our events,
(DDG-53) FSG President
New Scam Targets Military Families
The American Red Cross reports a new scam that targets military families. According
to the Red Cross, a caller identifies herself as a Red Cross representative. The caller then informs the military spouse that
her husband has been injured and medevac'ed to a hospital in Germany and asks for information to complete "the paperwork."
The information requested is the SSN and birthdate.
According to Ms. Lesley A. Arsht, Deputy Under Secretary of Defense,
Military Community and Family Policy, "We want our military families to know that information regarding the health and welfare
of their loved ones will be provided to them by someone they know within the chain of command."
The Department of
Defense is using a number of resources to warn military families about this scam. DoD appreciates the support the American
Red Cross provides every day and is grateful for their quick response in helping our military families deter identity theft.
Source: www.ffsp.navy.mil under Alerts
Free Mailing Supplies!
When you send a
care package to a deployed Service Member, do you find yourself searching for empty boxes in the aisles of the commissary?
The United States Postal Service, recognizing that most care packages are sent overseas using priority mail, has created a
"Mili-kit". Each kit contains boxes, address labels, and custom forms. You can order these free boxes by calling 1-800-610-8734
and ask for a CAREKIT.
You'll still have to fill the box with love and goodies, and you'll still have to pay for and
affix postage, but it will save you some space in your shopping cart!
More information on packing, addressing and shipping
items can be found at www.usps.com/supportingourtroops/.
and more can be found at www.ffsp.navy.mil
word means ice cream, candy, potato chips and other
assorted snacks, or even the place where they can be purchased to many sailors?
- Goat Locker
Answer at the end of the newsletter.
United Through Reading® Update
passed the halfway point! Many of us have already had the pleasure of participating
in United Through Reading®, but the program isn’t over yet. Just as we
are continuing to receive tapes, let’s continue to send responses back to our Sailors.
A picture or videotape of your child interacting with the video is the perfect way to show them just how much that
we all start to think about the things we will do when reunited with our Sailors, what better way to say “I’m
Coming Home” than with a videotape? Encourage your Sailor to make another
tape to announce their homecoming. Remind them to include personal messages to
your child about the ways they will enjoy spending time together when reunited. And
if they haven’t participated yet, now is the perfect time to get their face and voice in front of their child.
Don’t forget to
contact our United Through Reading® Homefront Coordinator, Jolene Mitchell at firstname.lastname@example.org
to get your participant comments included in next months newsletter.
Save the Dates!
July is National Hotdog Month: The hotdog’s original
name, the frankfurter, is because Frankfurt-am-Main in Germany is credited with creating the hotdog in 1487 and was also called
“hot dachshund sausage”. The term hotdog was coined in 1901 by sports
cartoonist Tad Dorgan because he couldn’t figure out how to spell “dachshund”. Other names include “wieners”, “red hots”, “franks”, and “dogs”.
are high in protein because they are made of skeletal muscle of one or more animals
despite the National Hotdog and Sausage Council’s reference to hotdog ingredients as “specially selected meat
trimmings”. Despite the high sodium and fat content they can be a
good source of protein, iron and vitamins. Make sure to check those labels though,
because some brands include salt and sugar. Beef, pork and poultry are the most common meat ingredients. The standards of
the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) require that at least 96.5 percent of a hotdog be meat and insists that a hotdog
can’t contain more than 30 percent fat and 10 percent water with only 3.5 percent of the ingredients to be binders,
like milk, soy or cereal. The USDA also requires all hotdogs to be checked if
they cross state lines and they all have to have their ingredient lists submitted and approved by the USDA.
the best food safety the USDA says to never leave hotdogs at room temperature for more than two hours or no more than one
hour when the temperature tops 90 degrees. Also, check the expiration date and
never buy a package that is past the “best by” date or one that you know you won’t use the hotdogs before
The “proper” method for layering condiments on the hotdog, according to
the National Hotdog and Sausage Council , is wet first (like mustard or ketchup),
then chunky (like relish or onions), then cheese and any spices. So whether you
like Chicago, Kansas, or your own special style of hotdog, relish that hotdog and know that you are enjoying a great American
July 4, 2007: Fourth of July Freedom
Festival at FASW Point Loma Festivities begin at 3pm with fireworks at 9pm. Free
Admission, Live Entertainment, FunZone
28, 2007 20th Anniversary NBVC Admiral’s Cup Triathlon
A 400-meter ocean swim starts the race at 0800, held at the NBVC Point Mugu swimming beach. The
swim is followed by a 20K bike ride and a 5K run. This year, Team Semper Fi, a group of injured Marines and Sailors
who have taken up adventure sports in their recovery efforts, are our special guests. To sign up for the event go to www.active.com or for more information
contact Ms. Amanda Haskell at Amanda.Haskell@navy.mil or Mr. Kent Blankenship at Kent.Blankenship@navy.mil or
call (805) 989-7940.
volunteering? Contact the people listed above for specific information.
July Youth Activities
7/6 Mall & Movie Night $7
2-5 pm 13-17
yrs. Bayview Hills
Movie Day Free 1-5 pm 5-15
Movie Day Free 1-5 pm 5-15
yrs. Village at Serra Mesa
Summer Party $2
2-4 pm 5-12
yrs. Silver Strand
6:30-8 pm Grades K-5 MCYC
8:30 pm Grades 6-8 MCYC
7/16-20 July Arts & Crafts
1-3 pm 10-12
yrs. Bayview Hills
7/20 Kids Night Out $5
Source for events: www.mwrtoday.com
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 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!
Navy Trivia Answer: A. Geedunk
GEEDUNK - To most sailors the word geedunk means ice cream, candy, potato chips and other assorted snacks, or even the
place where they can be purchased. No one, however, knows for certain where the term originated, but there are several plausible
1.) In the 1920's a comic strip character named Harold Teen and his friends spent a great amount of time at Pop's candy
store. The store's owner called it The Geedunk for reasons never explained.
2.) The Chinese word meaning a place of idleness sounds something like gee dung.
3.) Geedunk is the sound made by a vending machine when it dispenses a soft drink in a cup.
4.) It may be derived from the German word tunk meaning to dip or sop either in gravy or coffee. Dunking was a common practice
in days when bread, not always obtained fresh, needed a bit of tunking to soften it. The ge is a German unaccented prefix
denoting repetition. In time it may have changed from getunk to geedunk. Whatever theory we use to explain geedunk's origin,
it doesn't alter the fact that Navy people are glad it all got started.
Source: Smith Sr.,Daniel. "Navy Historical Facts
and Trivia." State Guard Association of
United States. 15 June 2007. <http://www.sgaus.org/hist_fac.htm