Happy Labor Day
As you know from last month’s newsletter,
was in dry dock at NASSCO shipyard and getting some much
needed maintenance accomplished. The six weeks spent in the
dry dock were very successful, though at sea testing in October
will provide the final test. On 27 August, we moved the ship safely out of dry
dock from NASSCO and over to Continental Marine San Diego Shipyard for the last three weeks of the maintenance period. Having the ship back in the water is quite a good
feeling and I know the sailors were tiring of walking up and down the dry dock multiple times a day.
After we depart CMSD in mid
September, we will conduct an additional three weeks of maintenance and testing at 32nd St Naval Station. Our first underway will be for a few days in early October to conduct “sea trials”. Sea trials is conducted after a major maintenance period with the contractors onboard to test all the equipment
that was worked on. It usually takes two to three days of pushing the systems
to the limit to ensure they will be ready when needed, in battle.
Soon after sea trials, JPJ
will commence its Training Cycle. The first underway will take us off the coast
for many, many drills and training scenario’s with a trip to Mexico sandwiched in the middle. It will be good for the crew to get back into an “operational” frame of mind again. I really
sense from the crew that they are ready to get out of the maintenance period and be a Warship again.
Each and every sailor has been working tremendously hard over these last two months and our success is because each
understands the importance of what they are doing and how it pertains to the mission.
I am very proud of each and am again very excited to take them all back to sea.
Christopher K. Barnes
PAUL JONES Family and Friends,
We are finally out of dry dock and I know the
crew is happy they don't have to climb those
We are still not done with the yard period till middle of this month and
Engineering is getting ready for their equipment to come back on line.
It's great to see JPJ
like we could get underway at anytime, since that is where a ship belongs. But before
we get back
to being haze gray and underway the crew is hosting a Ship's Picnic for JPJ Family
& Friends. I'm looking forward to seeing all the friendly faces again and having great time.
The Captain's Cup will be wrapping up shortly; only have flag football & softball
left. Combat System won golf with Khaki a close second. Operations finally
came through with wins in both Bowling & Billiards. ASAN Abecia was the overall Billiard champion, he was unbeatable.
Khaki took the volleyball competition and has the overall lead. Engineering, Combat Systems & Weapons are all very
close second place, the winner with be decided by these last two sporting events. Come cheer on your favorite team!
I would like to extend a "Congratulations on a job well done" to the following Sailors who were recently for
sustained superior performance:
Navy Achievement Medal:
Good Conduct Medal:
Letter Of Commendation:
Karol M. Kramer
I hope you have had a pleasant summer and were able to enjoy some much deserved time
your Sailor. September is as busy month for many of us since it is the beginning
of school. For everyone
driving, please be aware of the children as
they get on and off the school buses and in school zones.
Military children have special difficulties
with school years because of the number of moves that they make due to their parent’s military service. In an effort to help create smooth transitions and to have an advocate for these children, the Navy has
launched a program that has been successful for the Army and Air Force. This
program has School Liaison Officers that will work with the parents, schools and Navy to help the child succeed in school. I have included more information for you in the This Resource is for You! section. I have met both of the San Diego School Liaison Officers and they are dedicated to helping you and your children get the help you need.
The end of summer brings the beginning of the
so-called “fire season” here in southern California. Of course, I
like to say that there are two seasons here-rain and fire and the rain only seems to last for about 2 months at the most. I am sure that many of you remember the wildfires of October 2008. In the CAL FIRE jurisdiction 434,667 acres were burned, costing $298.3 million in suppression costs and
$254.1 million in damage costs according to the CAL Fire website. Many homes
were evacuated, and damaged or lost. This is the time to look at your emergency
plan. The Navy has Operation Prepare to help you with this. Even if you don’t carry a military ID card you can access the information you need at their website
https://www.cnic.navy.mil/cnic_hq_site/OpPrepare/index.htm. Take the time to make a emergency kit in the event that a disaster occurs. Remember that you will need to be able to care for yourself, dependents and pets for
3 days, just in case you aren’t able to be reached right away.
In an effort to ensure that the Chain of Command
is able to account, assess, manage, and monitor the recovery process the Navy Family Accountability and Assessment System
was created. If you are already on your Sailor’s page 2 (typically a spouse and child) you are already in the system
but make sure all of the information is up to date by going to www.navyfamily.navy.mil. If you are unable to get online you can call the 24-Hour Navy Emergency Coordination
Center at 1-877-414-5358.
Be on the lookout for a new Ombudsman website. The IT’s on the ship are working with me to create a new, more secure website
through which I can help you. As this website comes online I will pass out more
information. A huge thank you goes out to the IT’s, especially IT1 Kangas,
for working with me on this.
I look forward to seeing you at the Command
Picnic on September 19, 2008. Have a great month!
USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53)
(619) 743-5416 OMB line
Family Support Group News
Dear JPJ Families
winding down and children are heading back to school. The FSG will be contributing to the Command BBQ on
September 19 by providing two moon walk bouncers and financial support. Don't forget to have your sailor pay the $4/
family member fee for the picnic. This can be paid to the MWR representative on the ship. The FSG is continuing to take nominations
for the position of Secretary for the FSG. We are also seeking a chairperson or Co-chairs for the children's committee. If
you are interested in either of these important positions and have a few hours a month to volunteer please reply to the FSG
email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I'm looking forward to seeing many of you at the picnic. Enjoy the
time with your sailor while the ship continues to be in the yards.
JPJ FSG President
Special News Alert!
Are you a military
tenant whose landlord is facing foreclosure? If so here are some important things for you to know from Naval Base San Diego:
1. While some local districts may require longer notice, NEW California law requires 60
day notice of eviction.
tenants displaced from leased or rental properties due to landlord forclosure may be eligible for transportation of household
goods. Contact PSD and keep all paperwork pertaining to the foreclosure. Changes in this policy are retroactive
to July 30, 2008.
may be sought through the Service Members Relief Act to delay court proceedings. Check
with Navy Legal to get more information.
Members may be approached by a third party offering “cash for keys”, which is an attempt to get the Service Member
to leave earlier than the required 60 days notice. The tenant now has the so
called upper hand and can negotiate a more appropriate deal for leaving early or waving any part of the 60 day notice.
you are going to rent, check out the property records to see if a notice of default has been issued for the property. This will help avoid unnecessary problems as a notice of default is a precursor for
Members and their dependents should seek assistance from their local Navy Legal Office if they are facing this problem.
LOCAL ASSISTANCE IS AVAILABLE FROM NLSO SW LOCATED ABOARD NAVAL BASE SAN DIEGO BLDG
56/619-556-2349 AND NAVAL BASE CORONADO BLDG 318/619-545-6437.
ARE FROM 0800-1045 MONDAY, WEDNESDAY AND FRIDAY AND ON TUESDAY AND THURSDAY FROM 0800-1045 AND 1300-1445.
IS ALSO AVAILABLE FROM THE FINANCIAL EDUCATORS AT THE ON-BASE FLEET AND FAMILY SUPPORT CENTERS OR CALL (619) 545-3676 FOR
COMMANDS STAND READY WITH A STAFF OF DEDICATED PROFESSIONALS TO ASSIST SAILORS AND THEIR FAMILIES.
Traditionally, from what is a tattoo of a pig on one leg of a sailor
and a rooster (cock) on the other supposed to protect a sailor?
C. Command Master Chief Kramer
Important Dates in History!
September is National Preparedness Month : This is the month for you to make sure that you are ready for any emergency situation may crop up. Take some time to make a plan and a kit to use in the event that there is an emergency
that requires you to fend for yourself or evacuate. Go to https://www.cnic.navy.mil/cnic_hq_site/OpPrepare/index.htm to check out Operation Prepare’s website for ideas and tips and to the Navy Family Accountability and Assessment System
website, www.navyfamily.navy.mil, to acquaint yourself with the system. The American Red Cross also has some
great information on their website (www.redcross.org) to help you prepare. Don’t be caught unprepared!
September 1, 1942 - Establishment of Air Force, Pacific Fleet, VADM Aubrey
W. Fitch, USN
5, 1776 - Adoption of first uniforms for Navy officers
September 7, 1864 - USS Wachusett
captures CSS Florida at Bahia, Brazil
September 10, 1813 - In Battle
of Lake Erie, Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry, flying his "Don't give up the ship" flag, defeats British squadron and says:
"We have met the enemy and they are ours..."
September 13, 1939 - Navy
suspends transfers to the Fleet Reserve after 20 years service and retains men on active duty.
September 17, 1787 signing of the U.S. Constitution
September 22, 1776 - John
Paul Jones in Providence sails into Canso Bay, Nova Scotia, and attacks British fishing fleet.
September 23, 1779 - Captain
John Paul Jones in Continental Navy frigate Bonhomme Richard captures HMS Serapis.
September 24, 1960 - First
nuclear powered aircraft carrier, USS Enterprise (CVAN-65), launched at Newport News, VA
September 30, 1954 - Commissioning
at Groton, CT, of USS Nautilus (SSN-571), the world's first nuclear-powered ship
This Resource is for You!
School Liaison Officers (SLO)
The Navy is bringing a new program online to help provide an advocate for military children
and help provide the best possible educational environment. This program has been utilized by the Army and Air Force successfully and the Navy is looking to
meet or exceed their level of success.
As many of you may have had to deal with, military children, who typically move every couple of years, can have problems
moving from one school district to another due to differences in the school systems.
A School Liaison Officer’s principal purpose is to serve as an agent between parents, educators and the command
so that military-connected children experience a smooth transition during the transfer between schools.
The School Liaison Officer serves as an advocate for the military child at all levels of
the K-12 education process, coordinating services for military children and their parents with internal organizations including
but not limited to all Fleet and Family Support Programs (FFSP), Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP), Child and Youth
Program (CYP) activities as well as external organizations such as the Armed Services YMCA, Healthy Start Military Family
Cluster, and Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society.
The School Liaison Officer serves as subject matter expert in education-related issues such
as Military Impacted Schools, Department of Education, Colleges and Vocational schools and financial aid institutions.
Currently there are two School Liaison Officers but the Navy is in the process of employing
For more information please go to http://www.cnrsw.navy.mil/fsc/schools.htm
If you are out of the San Diego area but would still like more information on a SLO in your
area please contact either of the SLO’s listed below
School Liason Officers/Southwest Regional School Liaison Officers
School Liaison Officer
School Liaison Officer
Regional School Liason Officers
Navy Region Mid-Atlantic:
474-1999 ex. 6316
Navy Region Southeast:
Navy Region Northwest
Ask the Ombudsman!
Question: I am pregnant and need to know what to do if my baby comes when
my sailor is underway.
Answer: Congratulations! Having been pregnant during two
deployments, I completely understand the worry. I was fortunate that Adam got
home two weeks prior to each child being born but I am a planoholic so being unsure if he would make it was quite nerve racking.
The first thing that needs to be said is that I am sure the
Command will do everything they can to get your sailor home, however this is not always possible and is based on the needs
and availability of the ship and Navy. For whatever reason some Sailors are just
not able to come home and you will want to make sure you have planned for that possibility. Who will watch any other kids
you may have? What about pets? Typically
“normal” births require a 24-48 hour stay after delivery but what if a complication occurs or if your labor takes
longer than “usual”? This are all things that you need to plan for
whether or not your Sailor is able to be home with you. I am a big proponent
of over planning because then your bases are covered.
That being said, your
Sailor needs to talk to his Chain of Command (COC) and fill out leave paperwork. As
with anything, if your Sailor keeps his COC informed they are able to be more proactive in preventing SNAFU’s from occurring
and gives the COC a chance to help plan what will happen in case this does occur.
There is a way to fill out the leave paperwork so that leave starts after the
baby is born, so if your Sailor is unsure of how to do this he needs to speak with his COC.
Next, your Sailor needs to take with him any paperwork that
could be needed to cross the border, in case they are in a foreign port if he is able to come home. A passport would be the best thing, but if nothing else your Sailor’s birth certificate, driver’s
license and military ID card. Also, make sure that you have money set aside in
case a plane ticket is needed.
When you go into labor the hospital can send a Red Cross message
for you and/or you can contact me. This way we can get word to the ship as quickly
as possible. My suggestion is to do both.
Have someone call me and make sure they know your husband’s rank and division and also have the Red Cross message
sent. Red Cross messages can take some time but by doing both you Sailor gets
the message quickly while it is also “confirmed” by the Red Cross.
I hope that helps and I wish you the best of luck!
Would you like a question answered that others
may need an answer to? Please email
me at email@example.com, call the Careline (1-866-310-4650)and leave a message or call
me directly on the OMB cell phone!
Navy Trivia Answer: D. Drowning
A tattoo of a pig on one leg of a sailor and a rooster (cock) on the other is a charm against
Source: Smith Sr., Daniel. "Navy Historical Facts and Trivia." State Guard Association of the United States. 3 August 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:
USS JOHN PAUL JONES
FPO AP 96669-1271
Remember…sailors love snail mail!
National Preparedness Awareness Day