IT1(SW) Orr FC2 Hathway
GSM3(SW) Verdugo ET3 Weinrich
BMSN Mendiola DCFN Walker
Rawdon CS3 Fields
CMDCM(SW) Karol M.
I love the month of November! The fall chill is in the air (well, everywhere it seems but here in San Diego), Black
Friday is approaching, the holiday lights start going up and of course the scent of the turkey dinner with all the fixings
(minus cranberry sauce) are all part of why I love the holiday season . My husband
likes the Thanksgiving Day football games and my children haven’t quite figured it all out yet.
As the holiday season begins and all of
the stresses of family life, shopping, work and a general lack of time creep
up on you, take some time off. Say no to activities that may be too much for
you or your family. After all, do you really need to go see that obscure family
member or friend on the busiest night of your week after you have worked all day, ran out to get that last minute gift for
so and so, and took care of your family? By taking some time and really enjoying
your holiday you may find that your stress level goes down. If that doesn’t
help, seek counseling. In the “This Resource is for You!” section
I have listed some resources to use. If you need additional resources please
let me know, and I will see what I can find.
On November 7, 2008 JPJ will be having
a Change of Command Ceremony. With this in mind I would like bid farewell to
both CDR and Mrs. Barnes. I have enjoyed working with them and wish them fair
winds and following seas. I would also like to welcome CDR Hancock and his family
aboard the JPJ.
In connection with the Change of Command
I am updating the Ombudsman rosters. If you would like to continue to receive
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However, if I do not receive a response this will be your last newsletter. Thank
you for your help with this.
I wish everyone a wonderful and safe holiday!
USS John Paul
Jones (DDG 53)
Important Dates in History!
November is Military Family Appreciation Month: November is when the United States takes some time to show its appreciation
to those left behind when the service member deploys. As many of you already
know from the previous year’s deployment schedule, life can be quite difficult when our loved ones are gone. You are the ones to make sure the children and animals are
cared for and the household and cars are kept running, all while worrying about what is going on with your Sailor. When Sailors aren’t deployed we are preparing for more deployments, Permanent Change of Station (PCS)
moves, underway periods, or one of the many other aspects of military life that you may have come to know. As a family member, you often don’t get to pat on the back and you definitely don’t get the
promotions but you are an integral part of your Sailor’s success. Your
courage, resolve and dedication are greatly appreciated, even though you aren’t told that enough! Thank you for the support you have shown your Sailor and as a result, the support you have shown to USS
JOHN PAUL JONES (DDG-53), the Navy and the United Sates.
November 1, 1941 - President Franklin
D. Roosevelt places Coast Guard under jurisdiction of Department of the Navy for duration of national emergency.
November 3, 1853 - USS Constitution
seizes suspected slaver H. N. Gambrill.
November 5, 1945 - Ensign Jake C. West (VF-41) makes first jet landing on board a carrier, USS Wake Island (CVE-65).
November 6, 1942 - First officer and
enlisted women from training schools report for shore duty around the USA.
November 16, 1776 - First salute to
an American flag (Grand Union flag) flying from Continental Navy ship Andrew Doria, by Dutch fort at St. Eustatius,
November 27, 1961 - Navy reports first
use of its cyclotron at Harvard University to treat a human brain tumor. After three treatments, the tumor of the 2-year old
patient shrank by eighty percent.
November 28, 1775 - Congress adopts
first rules for regulation of the "Navy of the United Colonies."
November 29, 1890 - First Army-Navy
football game (Navy won 24 to 0).
True or False:
“Devil to Pay” originated from shipboard life.
Ask the Ombudsman!
Question: Are there any resources
for things to do doing the upcoming holidays? If so, where do I find them?
Answer: There are tons of things
coming up for the holidays! In San Diego, the USO, ASYMCA, MWR and VFW Post 1512
will all be having activities for us to enjoy. You can find information at the
prospective websites or from the Holiday Program packet that I emailed out to local spouses.
If you didn’t receive the packet and would like a copy, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know. Another
great San Diego resources is Family Magazine. Each month this free magazine is
published with articles, events and even some coupons. You can check it out online
at www.sandiegofamily.com. If you live out
of the area do an internet search for “family magazine” and your city’s name and see if you have one for
your area. If you are looking for other local resources out of the San
Diego area check out your local newspaper or base to see if you find something there.
This Resource is for You!
As the holiday
season approaches people quite often become overwhelmed with the activities and feelings that the season brings. If you feel you need some help dealing with something or if you have been told to get some help by friends
or family then try one of the sources below.
Sources for Military Members and their Dependents:
Tricare Counseling must be referred
from an MD or DO and must be followed by a physician. For more information please
check out http://tricare.mil/mybenefit/home/MentalHealthAndBehavior or call Tricare at one of the following Regional phone
Chaplains Nationwide: Call 1-877-4-1-TOUCH
or check out http://www.chaplaincare.navy.mil/index.htm
Diego: 619- 556-1921
Fleet and Family Support Clinical counseling is short-term counseling to help you sort things out and get to the heart of the problem. It can
help you come up with a plan to deal with the problem or situation you are facing. It can also help by providing contact information
for other services and resources in your community. At FFSC, clinical counselors hold a masters or doctorate degree in counseling,
social work, marriage and family, or psychology. These professionals are experienced and fully qualified to assist those in
Nationwide: www.nffsp.org click on Family Center Locations
San Diego: (866) 923-6478; 619-556-7404; (619) 553-7505; (619) 545-6071
Military One Source 1-800-342-9647 or www.militaryonesource.com and click on “Counseling” on the right hand side
of the screen
**Quoted from Fleet
and Family Support Center’s website: https://www.nffsp.org/skins/nffsp/display.aspx?moduleid=8cde2e88-3052-448c-893d-d0b4b14b31c4&mode=User&action=display_page&ObjectID=5ffe2fef-0ebf-412d-b914-11d63318ab81
If you are not
eligible for one of the above check out your options with your physician, Social Services offices, 211, insurance company,
or phone book.
Ways to Save $ During the Holidays
The average family spends about $900 on gifts, food and holiday decorations between Thanksgiving and Christmas.
To reduce these costs try some of the following ways to save:
1. “Shop after 6 p.m. the day BEFORE the big sale. Usually the special discounts get put into the system
after 6 p.m. the day before and you can beat the crowds.” says Dan Butler, Vice President of Retail Operations and merchandising
with the National Retail Federation.
2. Make and send free holiday “e-cards”.
3. Shop online or at the Navy Exchange to avoid sales tax.
4. Pay cash. People who use credit cards tend to spend up to 33% more on gifts and that doesn’t include any
5. Create a shopping list and stick to it. Include who you will buy for and how much you will spend.
6. Buy “family” gifts rather than individual gifts such as a croquet set, a food basket or gift card.
7. Keep it light if you have to mail your gift as it’s not unusual to spend as much on shipping as you do
for the actual gift.
8. Shop for quantity rather than quality. When buying stocking stuffers go to the Dollar Store and fill a stocking
for less. Buy lottery tickets for adults.
9. Bake extra batches of cookies to share with neighbors, colleagues and friends.
10. Shop for next year’s holiday supplies the day after the holidays at the 50% off
Source: "Ten Ways to Save $ During the Holidays." IA Family Connection. 27 November 2007.