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August 2008                                                                               Issue 8 

CO’s Corner


Greetings to the JOHN PAUL JONES family,


We bid a fond farewell to CDR James Housinger who I

relieved as Commanding Officer on 22 July in a ceremony held

on the flight deck inport Guam.  The crew did a magnificent job

in preparing the ship for my arrival and for the ceremony.  As expected, John Paul

Jones was immaculate and the crew was professional in welcoming me aboard.  CDR Housinger will shortly be doing great things for the navy as part of the Navy Staff in Washington DC.  I look forward to the next 18 months and all the excitement that it will bring.

July was another busy and successful month for the ship.  We’re now past

the ˝ way point and the crew is really starting to look ahead to Tiger Cruise, homecoming, and our post-deployment leave/upkeep period.  As always, your Sailors have done an outstanding job. We started the month of July transiting to Tonga to participate in another Maritime Influence Strategy port visit for Seventh Fleet. 


This was an important engagement opportunity for the Navy, as Tonga has been steadfast in their support for the U.S. Government’s foreign policies.  Several Officers were invited to a “Beat of Retreat” ceremony hosted by the Tonga Chief of Defense in honor of a departing French General (Commander, French Forces Pacific).  We also hosted a reception the second evening in port.  That day was also interesting, as we had intense rain in the morning (forming lakes on the ship), the trash/CHT ship alongside us took a heavy roll and tore off some stanchions and an electrical junction box, the one good liberty boat had a mechanical breakdown, and the company supplying tents/tables/chairs for the reception would not come out to the ship in bad weather.   The weather finally broke in the early afternoon, and we were ready in time (just in time) to hold our reception on the flight deck.  It was perfect.  The reception was co-hosted by JPJ and the U.S. Ambassador.  We had most of the high government officials from Tonga aboard for that one as well.  Since the King who had reigned for 40 years died last September, and his birthday was July 4th, there had never been a U.S. Independence Day celebration in Tonga.  But that was the theme of our reception (we even had fireworks... we fired some flares off during the party).  6 countries were officially represented at this one as well (U.S., Tonga, France, Australia, New Zealand, and the People’s Republic of China (PRC Ambassador came)).


While in Tonga, Your Sailors participated in four Community Relations projects; including village clean-up projects, a mentoring/Q&A session with troubled teenagers, and repair of a bus that served community projects.  All four events were received extremely well by the Tongan people and were coupled with opportunities to participate in some local customs.  Some Sailors were able to take part in a traditional “Kava” ceremony, where they drank a milky substance made from the Kava root.  Most said it tasted like dirt or cardboard.  Another group was able to enjoy a traditional meal cooked in an o’mou, an underground oven.  All four projects were rewarding for both the Tongan locals and the Sailors who participated.

After departing Tonga, we transited to Guam to participate in an exercise with USS CHEYANNE, a Fast Attack Submarine, USS JUNEAU, an amphibious ship, and USCGC WASHINGTON, a Coast Guard Cutter.  The exercise lasted for two days and was a training opportunity for the crew of the submarine that gave JOHN PAUL JONES some good practice in formation steaming. 


In addition to the Change of Command ceremony, our Sailors were able to get out in town for some much-needed rest and relaxation, interact with the Chilean Navy Sailing ship Esmeralda, and replenish their personal items at the NEX and the local stores.


We’re back at sea now, conducting training and preparing for our rendezvous with NIMITZ Carrier Strike Group.  You may remember that we started the deployment with the Strike Group, but parted ways with them at the end of April.  The entire Strike Group will participate in exercise VALIANT SHIELD early next month which should prove challenging for the entire crew.




Christopher K. Barnes




CMC’s Corner

Hello JOHN PAUL JONES Family and Friends,             

After our longest underway period of this deployment we pulled into Tonga to celebrate the 4th of July.  A hand full of crew members took advantage of the tours offered by MWR.  Some visited the Royal Palace, Royal Tombs, Majestic Blowholes, Flying Foxes (fruit bats) and Tongan National Centre, while others took up the Sunset Tour with Island Feast. 

Then it was off to Guam for our Change of Command ceremony.  On a nice hot sunny Sunday morning we said “Fair winds and following seas” to CDR Housinger and his wife Suzanne and welcomed aboard our new Commanding Officer, CDR Barnes.    

Your Sailors are still hard at work keeping the world and the sea lanes safe.  All are looking forward to our return home and seeing family and friends again.  I would like to personally recognize some outstanding JPJ Sailors on their recent achievements.  Good job shipmates and keep up the great work!

Command Advancement Program:

GSE1(SW) Cabamongan     HM3 Saechao

Navy Achievement Medal:

ENS Bissonette                  BMC(SW) Barnett

FC2(SW) Haupt                   FC2(SW) Johnson

HT2(SW) Kester          GM2 Lafferty

CTT2(SW) Ocana          GM2(SW) Rungfarsangaroo

STG2 Turner                     GSM2(SW) Mello

GM3 Bradley                     EN3 Daniel

EM3 Li                          GM3(SW) Singh

AOAN(SW) Dannenberg             GSMFN Malloy


Good Conduct Medal:


IT2 Beckett                     OS2 Libby

BM2(SW) Londono         IT2(SW) Morearty

IT3(SW) Morris                  OS2 Smith

OS2(SW) Spicher         GM3 Bradley

SK3 Hairfield                   GSM3(SW) Niosco

IT3 Quiambao                    IC3 Robinson

GSE3 Schultz                    SHSN Ramat

HN Saechao


Letter of Appreciation:




Enlisted Surface Warfare Qualification:


FC2(SW) Johnson         STG2(SW) Nichols

FC2(SW) Davis                   FC2(SW) Servin

STG3(SW) Frederick              EN1(SW) Morris

EN2(SW) Lopez                   AOAN(SW) Dannenberg


Surface Warfare Officer Qualification:


ENS Murphy


Engineering Officer of the Watch Qualification:


LTJG White                      ENS Bissonette


Tactical Action Officer Qualification:


LT Fremming                     LT Spencer


Announcing new JPJ Babies:


GM3 Ouimet’s wife Anna Mae gave birth to their daughter Gwendolyn Marrin on 30JUN07.

SK3 Steele’s wife Kimberely gave birth to their son Travis Rey on 14JUL07.


Very Respectfully,

CMDCM(SW) Karol M. Kramer




Hello JPJ Families and Friends!


                I hope you all had a safe and happy July.  As we ended the month of July we have gained a new Commanding Officer of the USS JOHN PAUL JONES family.  I want to welcome aboard CDR and Mrs. Barnes and look forward to working with them.   


August is the time of year where people start thinking about ending the summer and beginning the school year and in our case Homecoming!  There are probably a lot of questions out and everyone is wondering about what it will be like.  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.

August is also the National Immunization Month.  I have included some information about immunizations in the newsletter.  Remember to keep your child’s and your immunizations up to date.  The beginning of the school year is always a great time to check them since most children are required to have immunizations.


The FSG’s Halfway Party was a great success.  Several prizes were awarded, including free babysitting, $50 to an area steakhouse, and a wide variety of gift cards and prizes.  Congratulations to Melissa Poole, Halfway Party Chair and the other members of the Halfway Party-you did a great job!


I also wanted to thank VFW Post 1512 for kindly hosting the FSG’s Halfway Party.  They graciously allowed us to use their building to hold the party.  The Post Commander, JJ Voight, and several other members even helped to set up the party.  Thank you so much for all of your help! 


I hope you have another great month and enjoy preparing for your sailor’s return!


Heather Cox

Command Ombudsman


Family Support Group News

Has another month really gone by? Unbelievable how fast the time passes when you are busy with family, friends and FSG activities. This month the FSG was very busy. We held a July 4th BBQ at the Cox’s house and had a wonderful turnout and fantastic time. We also had our monthly meeting, this time held at the VFW Post 1513 in Lemon Grove. We all were very grateful to the VFW Commander for allowing us to hold the meeting there since the Murphy Canyon Chapel canceled on us last minute. July 22 we held the FSG Half-way Party at the VFW too. We jokingly called it the 2/3 party, but were happy that the cruise is more than half-way over. We were all happy to meet Mrs. Barnes, our new Command Advisor and Commander Barnes’ spouse. Thanks to Melissa Poole and the rest of the Half-way committee for putting on a great party.  Again the turn out was great! The FSG is in the midst of planning for the Night-before party and Homecoming.

Such a short time to go and so many things to plan for and I hope that everyone will join us for the next meeting, Thursday August 2nd at the Murphy Canyon Chapel at 6:30.


Have another great month,


Julie Gushlaw

FSG President



United Through Reading® Update   


     Our Sailors will soon be making their way home- something we are all looking forward to!    By participating in United Through Reading®, the Sailors and families of the John Paul Jones                              (DDG-53) have been able to stay connected in a special way.  The DVD’s we have received and the pictures, video, and other responses we have sent back have built memories and moments that have served us well throughout this deployment.  The benefits of our time spent reading aloud will continue to be seen even after our Sailors come home.  As we talk about all the things we will soon do together, think about making reading aloud on a regular basis one of those special activities.

Let Family Literacy Foundation© know about your family’s experience participating in the United Through Reading® program.  Simply go online and fill out a Homefront Participant’s survey on the Family Literacy Foundation© website,  This is your opportunity to provide them with feedback that they will use to continue to improve the program.




In what year was the first uniform instruction for the US Navy given?

                   A. 1855

                   B. 1782

                   C. 1810

                   D. 1791


Save the Dates!

August is National Immunization Awareness Month:  August is recognized as National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM). The goal of NIAM is to increase awareness about immunizations across the life span, from infants to the elderly.  August is the perfect time to remind family, friends, co-workers, and those in the community to catch up on their vaccinations. Parents are enrolling their children in school, students are entering college, and healthcare workers are preparing for the upcoming flu season.

Why are immunizations important?

Immunization is one of the most significant public health achievements of the 20th century. Vaccines have eradicated smallpox, eliminated wild poliovirus in the U.S. and significantly reduced the number of cases of measles, diphtheria, rubella, pertussis and other diseases. But despite these efforts, today tens of thousands of people in the U.S. still die from these and other vaccine-preventable diseases.  Vaccines offer safe and effective protection from infectious diseases. By staying up-to-date on the recommended vaccines, individuals can protect themselves, their families and friends and their communities from serious, life-threatening infections.

Who should be immunized?

Getting immunized is a lifelong, life-protecting community effort regardless of age, sex, race, ethnic background or country of origin. Recommended vaccinations begin soon after birth and continue throughout life. Being aware of the vaccines that are recommended for infants, children, adolescents, adults of all ages and seniors, and making sure that we receive these immunizations, are critical to protecting ourselves and our communities from disease.

When are immunizations given?

Because children are particularly vulnerable to infection, most vaccines are given during the first five to six years of life. Other immunizations are recommended during adolescent or adult years and, for certain vaccines, booster immunization are recommended throughout life. Vaccines against certain diseases that may be encountered when traveling outside of the U.S. are recommended for travelers to specific regions of the world.

Source: "Overview of NIAM."  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 9 July 2007.                                                                     



August 8 2007: Health Care Town Hall Meeting   RDML Christine Hunter, MC, USN Commander Naval Medical Center San Diego cordially invites all Military Personnel, Ombudsmen, and TRICARE at NMCSD and clinics. Direct questions to Andrea L. Graves, Head, Patient Relations, (619) 532-6418.

Wednesday, 8 August 2007
Naval Medical Center San Diego
Building 5 Auditorium

Operation Havoline Star
Program Keeps Families Driving
Havoline with Deposit Shield motor oil brand is partnering with Operation Homefront to launch a national program called Operation Havoline Star, which will provide 1,000 free conventional oil changes, including lube and filter, at participating Texaco Xpress Lube locations. Eligible military families can receive one gift certificate for one free oil change redeemable at participating Texaco Xpress Lube locations across the country through Dec. 31, 2007. Military dependants with an active-duty service member currently deployed overseas are eligible for the program and can apply through one of Operation Homefront's 31 local chapters or on the Operation Homefront website <>

MWR Youth Bowling Camp
Learn to bowl or improve your game! Attend one or both sessions of the USBC Youth Bowling Camp at Sea ‘N Air Lanes, North Island. Session 1 takes place Saturday, July 7 & 14 and Session 2 takes place Saturday, August 4 & 11. Camp is from 10 am-Noon both days and is open to kids age 8-16. You can’t beat this! The cost is only $5 per child per 2-day session and includes coaching, handouts and use of shoes and equipment. For more information or to register contact Sea ‘N Air Lanes, NASNI, at (619) 545-7240.

How to Contact the Red Cross to Send an Emergency Message
Active duty service members stationed in the United States and their immediate family members may call the Red Cross Armed Forces Emergency Service Centers for help 7 days a week, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

The toll-free number (800) 951-5600 and is available through base or installation operators and from local on-base Red Cross offices. Other family members who do not reside in the service members' household, members of the National Guard and Reserves, retirees and civilians may access Red Cross services through their local Red Cross chapter, which is listed in local telephone books and at

Overseas personnel stationed on military installations should call base or installation operators or the on-base Red Cross offices.

At overseas deployment sites, contact the American Red Cross deployed staff.
When calling the Red Cross to send an emergency message to a family member, it is helpful to 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)

Navy Trivia Answer: D.

The first uniform instruction for the U.S. Navy was issued by the Secretary of War on 24 August 1791. It provided a distinctive dress for the officers who would command the ships of the Federal Navy. The instruction did not include a uniform for the enlisted man, although there was a degree of uniformity. The usual dress of a seaman was made up of a short jacket, shirt, vest, long trousers, and a black low crowned hat.

 Source:  Smith Sr., Daniel. "Navy Historical Facts and Trivia."  State Guard Association of  the  United States. 9 July 2007.     < >.       

Dear Families and Friends of the USS JOHN PAUL JONES,


Please allow me to introduce myself.  My name is Heather Cox and I am happy to be of service as your Command Ombudsman.  Below is a description of an Ombudsman and what I can do for you. 


What is an Ombudsman?  Navy Ombudsmen are trained volunteers, and military spouses within the command.  Ombudsmen serve as a crucial resource for all family members – spouses, parents, and extended family members - especially during deployments.  Appointed by the Commanding Officer, Ombudsmen serve as a communication link between the families and the Command Leadership.  Ombudsmen are also valuable contacts for information and referrals to military and civilian community resources. Ombudsmen work closely with the Commanding Officer and Command Master Chief, to raise awareness of family issues and act as an advocate for families.  The Ombudsman Code of Ethics guarantees support of the command’s mission, professionalism, and confidentiality, within program guidelines.


How can my Ombudsman help me?  Your Ombudsman can help you find the resources you need to solve almost any problem, from critical emergencies to routine requests.  Your Ombudsman will also keep you informed regarding current events and programs having to do with the command and family support.  As a communications link, the Ombudsman passes information from families to the command, as well as sharing information from the command leadership as appropriate.  As your Ombudsman, I will send regular newsletters and create an email tree to send information to families.  Ombudsmen have a direct link to the command, and are the source of official and accurate command information, especially during emergencies.


How do I contact my Ombudsman? Your Command Family Ombudsman is standing by to assist you 24 hours a day.  You can reach me at (619) 743-5416 or by email at  I take routine questions between the hours of 7AM PST – 9PM PST and you can reach me 24 hours a day in emergencies.  Our command has established a careline, which is a voicemail system with a recording of information regarding command activities and local resources.  You can leave a message for me at this number, with your name and contact information, and you will receive a return phone call within 24-48 hours.  For emergencies, please call (619) 743-5416.


It is also vital that I know how to contact you to relay information. Please be sure that I have your most current phone number, mailing address, and email address.  Also, if you will be out of town for an extended period of time, please leave me a contact number where you can be reached in case of an emergency.  If you would like to receive newsletters and information at a different address, or would like to add other family members to the newsletter or email distribution lists, please let me know.


Thank you very much and I am looking forward to hearing from you!



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:


Service Member’s Name


FPO AP 96669-1271


Remember…sailors love snail mail!


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