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October 2008                                                                             Issue 10

CO’s Corner

Hello JPJ Families,

 

            We are now back at 32nd St Naval Station and putting

The shipyard in our rearview mirror.  We safely moved the ship

to Pier 3 on the evening of 17 September.  Though all the work is

not completed from the SRA period, it is nice to be back at the Naval Station.  We immediately commenced an additional three week maintenance period to finish up what was left over and to do the many equipment checks to ensure everything is working properly.  I can tell the crew is happy to be back!

 

Our first underway period is scheduled for early October to do our “at sea” testing that is required when leaving an SRA period. Our second is to spend  time conducting focused training to ensure we are ready for our first set of inspections in early November, and then again in early December. 

 

We are wrapping up the Captains Cup Competition with softball, though it looks like the Khaki Team has already earned enough points to claim victory.  It has been a very enjoyable time as your Sailors have had an opportunity to blow off some steam during working hours. 

 

I was happy to see so many families at the Command Picnic and get a chance to talk to some of you.  The food was great and I saw some kids and sailors enjoying the FSG hosted bounces.  MWR was also able to raise a great deal of money through the dunk tank bidding for additional gifts at this year’s Christmas Party.  I’m seeing more and bigger door prizes than last year. 

 

            I see daily the great things each of your Sailors are doing and am very confident in their ability to safely and effectively carry out the many assigned missions we will see in the future. They are truly the best and I am proud of them all!

 

 

 

Christopher K. Barnes

CDR                    USN

Commanding Officer 

 

 

 

CMC’s Corner

 

 

 Hello JOHN PAUL JONES Family and Friends,
  


    We're back to being haze gray and underway.  Sea trails were 8-9 OCT 08, it's when we  tested all our equipment and systems that were worked on during our yard period.  Along with testing everything we also tested the Sailors on all the training they have received these last couple of
months and of course they came through with flying colors.  At the end of the month we'll begin testing our weapons system and I know we'll do outstanding there too.


      Captain's Cup is finally over with and as predicted Khaki Team was the overall winner with Weapons and Combat Systems tying for second place, followed by Operations then Engineering and NAV/ADMIN/Supply tying for last place.  Here is the list of MVPs for each sporting event:

Basketball: GM2 Bradley                Soccer: GSM1 Villatorro

 

Volleyball: ET1 MacDonald          Bowling: OS1 Neihart

 

Billiards: ASAN Abecia                 Football: STG2 Miller

 

Softball: ET1 Myrick

 

Outstanding job to everyone that participated in this year's Captain's Cup!          


    I would like to extend a "Congratulations on a job well done" to the following Sailors who were recently for sustained superior performance:


Senior Sailor of the Quarter: FC1(SW) Alcala

 

Junior Sailor of the Quarter: GSM2(SW) Crew

Bluejacket of the Quarter: ENFN(SW) Lariosbriones


Very Respectfully,

 


CMDCM(SW) Karol M. Kramer

 

 

OMBUDSMAN’S CORNER

 

Happy Halloween!

 

I really enjoyed seeing many of you at the BBQ in September.   Although I was a bit late, I did enjoy seeing the CO, XO, and CMC getting raffled off for the dunking booth.  A huge thank you goes out to the ship for a great BBQ and to the FSG for the bouncers!

 

I love the month of October.  The weather starts to cool down (even here in San Diego) and I

look forward to all of the fall festivities, including Halloween.  Halloween and being able to see the kids dress up and go trick or treating is second only to Thanksgiving and Christmas (which are tied) as my favorite holidays. Despite all the fun, please be careful out there.  Later in the newsletter are some tips for a safe Halloween.  I am sure we have all heard them before, but a refresher never hurts.

 

October is also National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  As I went through the Commissary, and later Walmart, the other day I couldn’t help but notice all of the pink on packaging.  Don’t get me wrong, I think it is great that these companies want to help “fight for a cure” but don’t forget that you are your own first line of defense.  And guys, although male breast cancer occurs for under 1% of all breast cancer cases, men can get breast cancer as well according to the National Cancer Institute.  Whether you are male or female: get checked regularly and make an appointment with yourself each month for a self exam. 

 

As many of you know the ship will be performing tests and getting ready for their next deployment cycle.  Please be patient, understanding, and flexible throughout the next few months.   Your sailors would rather be home with you, but it is extremely important that they ensure the ship is working well and that they are ready for their inspections that the Captain discussed earlier. 

 

Please let me know if you need anything or have any questions.  I hope you have a safe and fun Halloween.

 

Heather Cox

Command Ombudsman

USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53)

(619) 743-5416 OMB line

1-866-310-4650 Careline

jpjombudsman@yahoo.com

http://jpjfamilynews.tripod.com

 

Ask the Ombudsman!

Question:  What is WIC and do I qualify for it?

 

Answer:   The Women, Infants, and Children program (WIC), is a nutrition program run by the federal and state governments that helps pregnant women, new mothers and young children eat well and stay healthy.   Generally, WIC is available to low income pregnant, breastfeeding , and postpartum women and children under age five who are at nutritional risk and who are at or below 185 percent of the federal poverty level.  Please check the chart below to see if you are eligible.  You can call 1-888-942-9675 to find a WIC office in California.  If you live in another state or in DC and are in need of WIC assistance you can go to http://www.fns.usda.gov/wic/Contacts/tollfreenumbers.htm to get more information.

 

WIC Income Guidelines

 

185% Federal Poverty Level Effective (Effective from July 1, 2008 to June 30, 2009)

 

Gross Income

# of persons in Family Unit

Annual

Monthly

Twice-Monthly

Bi-Weekly

Weekly

1

$19,240

$1,604

$802

$740

$370

2

$25,900

$2,159

$1,080

$997

$499

3

$32,560

$2,714

$1,357

$1,253

$627

4

$39,220

$3,269

$1,635

$1,509

$755

5

$45,880

$3,824

$1,912

$1,765

$883

6

$52,540

$4,379

$2,190

$2,021

$1,011

7

$59,200

$4,934

$2,467

$2,277

$1,139

8

$65,860

$5,489

$2,745

$2,534

$1,267

Each Add'l Member Add

$6,660

$555

$278

$257

$129

 

 

Ask the Ombudsman!

Question:  What is WIC and do I qualify for it?

 

Answer:   The Women, Infants, and Children program (WIC), is a nutrition program run by the federal and state governments that helps pregnant women, new mothers and young children eat well and stay healthy.   Generally, WIC is available to low income pregnant, breastfeeding , and postpartum women and children under age five who are at nutritional risk and who are at or below 185 percent of the federal poverty level.  Please check the chart below to see if you are eligible.  You can call 1-888-942-9675 to find a WIC office in California.  If you live in another state or in DC and are in need of WIC assistance you can go to http://www.fns.usda.gov/wic/Contacts/tollfreenumbers.htm to get more information.

 

WIC Income Guidelines

 

185% Federal Poverty Level Effective (Effective from July 1, 2008 to June 30, 2009)

 

Gross Income

# of persons in Family Unit

Annual

Monthly

Twice-Monthly

Bi-Weekly

Weekly

1

$19,240

$1,604

$802

$740

$370

2

$25,900

$2,159

$1,080

$997

$499

3

$32,560

$2,714

$1,357

$1,253

$627

4

$39,220

$3,269

$1,635

$1,509

$755

5

$45,880

$3,824

$1,912

$1,765

$883

6

$52,540

$4,379

$2,190

$2,021

$1,011

7

$59,200

$4,934

$2,467

$2,277

$1,139

8

$65,860

$5,489

$2,745

$2,534

$1,267

Each Add'l Member Add

$6,660

$555

$278

$257

$129

 

Navy Trivia:

When was the USS Constitution launched?

 

A.  October 21, 1797

B.  September 23, 1798

C.  March 24, 1879

D.  July 4, 1887

 

Important Dates in History!

October is National Arts & Humanities Month:   National Arts & Humanities Month was established in 1993 and is celebrated every October.  It has become the nation's largest collective annual celebration of the arts after having been started to promote Americans to investigate new aspects of the arts and humanities in their lives, and to begin a lifelong habit of active participation in the arts and humanities.

National Arts and Humanities Month's four primary goals are:

  • To create a national, state and local focus on the arts and humanities through the media.
  • To encourage the active participation of individuals, as well as arts, humanities and other interested organizations nationwide.
  • To provide an opportunity for federal, state and local business, government and civic leaders to declare their support for the arts and humanities.
  • To establish a highly visible vehicle for raising public awareness about the arts and humanities.

 

 

October 1, 1880 - John Phillip Sousa becomes leader of Marine Corps Band

 

October 2, 1799 - Establishment of Washington Navy Yard

 

October 3, 1962 - Launch of Sigma 7 (Mercury 8) piloted by CDR Walter M. Schirra, Jr., USN. In a mission lasting 9 hours and 13 minutes, he made 6 orbits at an altitude up to 175.8 statute miles at 17,558 mph. Recovery by USS Kearsarge (CVS-33).

 

October 7, 2001 - Operation Enduring Freedom begins with carrier air strikes, and ship and submarine Tomahamk strikes.

 

October 9, 1942 - First three schools for enlisted WAVES open at Stillwater, OK (Yeoman), Bloomington, IN (Storekeepers), and Madison, WI (Radiomen).

 

October 10, 1845 - Naval School, later the Naval Academy, opens in Annapolis, Maryland with 50 midshipmen and seven faculty

 

October 11, 1968 - Launch of Apollo 7, the first U.S. 3-man space mission, commanded by CDR Walter Schirra, JR. USN. MAJ Ronnie Cunningham, USMCR served as Lunar Module pilot. The mission lasted 10 days and 20 hours. Recovery was by HS-5 helicopters from USS Essex (CVS-9).

 

October 13, 1775 - Birthday of U.S. Navy. The Continental Congress establishes Continental Navy, later the U.S. Navy

 

October 21, 1797 - Launching of USS Constitution at the Charlestown Navy Yard, Boston, Massachusetts. The ship is now the oldest commissioned ship in the U.S. Navy.

 

October 31, 1941 - German submarine U-552 sinks USS Reuben James (DD- 245), which was escorting Convoy HX 156, with loss of 115 lives. First U.S. ship lost to enemy action in World War II

 

Source: http://www.history.navy.mil/wars/datesoct.htm

 

 

This Resource is for You!

 

Exceptional Family Member Program

The Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) is a mandatory program designed to identify family members with-long term health care or special education needs. The program:

  • Assists service members in identifying available services at their next assignment area;
  • Confirms the availability of medical and educational support at overseas locations;
  • Identifies those who require assignment within major medical areas;
  • Identifies those who are eligible for voluntary homesteading.

Who enrolls?

An Exceptional Family Member (EFM) is defined as an authorized family member residing with the sponsor who requires special medical, psychological, or educational services.

The EFM Program requires mandatory enrollment as per OPNAVINST 1754.2 series for any family member who:

  • Resides with the sponsor;
  • Is enrolled in DEERS;
  • Is affected by a physical, emotional or educational condition;
  • Requires ongoing special medical care or special education not generally available in isolated areas or overseas locations

How do I enroll?
Contact your local EFMP Manager .  In San Diego your EFMP Manager can be reached at (619) 532-6893.

Where can I get more information?

 

Fleet and Family Support has a class called  EFMP Orientation.  This monthly class is being held on the following dates in October


Oct 6, Mon, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM, Murphy Canyon Chapel Annex, 3200 Santo Rd.
Oct 8, Wed, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM, Murphy Canyon Chapel Annex, 3200 Santo Rd.
Oct 9, Thu, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM, NBSD, Bldg. 263, Classroom 3
Oct 16, Thu, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM, NBC, Bldg. 318, Conference Room
Oct 20, Mon, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM, Murphy Canyon Chapel Annex, 3200 Santo Rd.
Oct 21, Tue, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM, Murphy Canyon Chapel Annex, 3200 Santo Rd.
Oct 23, Thu, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM, NBSD, Bldg. 263, Classroom 2

 

Resources For EFMP members:

  • EFMP Coordinator
    • MCRD:  Call (619) 524-6078
    • Navy:  Call (619) 532-6960.
  • Armed Services YMCA (ASYMCA):  Call (858) 751-5755 for information on monthly support groups for EFM families (with free childcare!), support for children with autism or pervasive developmental disabilities, in-home social workers, and resources.  
  • Building Bridges Together:  Information and referral phone line and free workshops for families with special needs.  Call (619) 477-0242 or visit www.buildingbridges2gether.org for more info.
  • Childcare Enhance Referrals:  Childcare referrals for children with special needs at (800) 481-2151.
  • Exceptional Family Resource Center (EFRC):  Information, education, and support.  Services in English and Spanish.  Call (619) 594-7416 or see http://www.efrconline.org
  • EFM Social Club:  Call (858) 505-4136 for information on monthly social activities for EFM families.
  • San Diego Regional Center:  Serving people with developmental disabilities and their families.  Tons of resources, caseworkers, some funding for qualifying individuals, and early intervention programs.  Call (858) 576-2996 or (800) 282-8252.
  • Team of Advocates for Special Kids (TASK):  Access free workshops, advocates to help you navigate the school special education system, and more.  Vvisit www.taskca.org
  • San Diego City Schools Special Education Ombudsperson:  Call (619) 725-8187

Halloween Safety Tips

WHEN TRICK-OR-TREATING:

  • A Parent or responsible Adult should always accompany young children on their neighborhood rounds.
  • Remind Trick-or-Treaters:
    • By using a flashlight, they can see and be seen by others.
    • Stay in a group, walk slowly and communicate where you are going.
    • Only trick-or-treat in well known neighborhoods at homes that have a porch light on.
    • Remain on well-lit streets and always use the sidewalk.
    • If no sidewalk is available, walk at the farthest edge of the roadway facing traffic.
    • Never cut across yards or use alleys.
    • Never enter a stranger's home or car for a treat.
    • Obey all traffic and pedestrian regulations.
    • Always walk. Never run across a street.
    • Only cross the street as a group in established crosswalks (as recognized by local custom).
    • Remove any mask or item that will limit eyesight before crossing a street, driveway or alley.
    • Don't assume the right of way. Motorists may have trouble seeing Trick-or-Treaters. Just because one car stops, doesn't mean others will.
    • Never consume unwrapped food items or open beverages that may be offered.
    • No treats are to be eaten until they are thoroughly checked by an Adult at home.
    • Law Enforcement authorities should be notified immediately of any suspicious or unlawful activity.

AFTER TRICK-OR-TREATING:

  • Wait until children are home to sort and check treats. Though tampering is rare, a responsible Adult should closely examine all treats and throw away any spoiled, unwrapped or suspicious items.
  • Try to apportion treats for the days following Halloween.
  • Although sharing is encouraged, make sure items that can cause choking (such as hard candies), are given only to those of an appropriate age.

Source:  http://www.lafd.org/hween.htm

 

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:

 

Service Member’s Name

USS JOHN PAUL JONES (DDG-53)

FPO AP 96669-1271

 

Remember…sailors love snail mail!

 

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Happy Birthday Shipmates …

From our humble beginning with six frigates more than 200 years ago, we have become the most dominant and influential naval force ever to sail the world's oceans. We ensure freedom of the seas, project power in support of national interests and support allies and partners around the world. We are at once powerful, yet compassionate when reaching out to others in need.

 

~ Admiral Gary Roughead

Chief of Naval Operations

10 October 2007