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December 2008                                                  ISSUE 12

CO’s Corner


Holiday greetings JPJ Families,


As I post my first note here in the

newsletter, I hope it finds you and your family

well.  It has been just over a month now since I took command and I can honestly tell you it has been the most rewarding month of my Naval career to date.  I could not have asked for anything more.  JPJ is truly a warship ready to go in harms way with an incredible crew. 


The past few weeks have seen every area onboard tested with a successful ULTRA-C and ULTRA-E.  These are two large hurdles that we have now cleared in preparation for deployment.   And on that note, I am sure you are aware now that our deployment has moved up from our original plan.  We will be hosting two Pre-Deployment Briefs on 21 & 22 January that will be essential in getting information out that will ensure family members are also ready for the deployment.  It will also be a great opportunity for me to meet all the family members that I have not yet met and I look forward to seeing you all there.


Have a safe and happy holiday season!




Sam Hancock


Commanding Officer


CMC’s Corner

 Hello JOHN PAUL JONES Family and Friends,
    MERRY CHRISTMAS & HAPPY NEW YEAR!  I hope everyone has a happy and safe

holiday season. 

    I'm sure all of you have heard by now that we are deploying very soon.  So what does that mean

for you?  The pre-deployment brief  on 21 & 22 January 2009  is where you can get all the answers to all those questions you are having now or will have during deployment.  Plus it will give you an opportunity to say good-bye to our awesome Ombudsman Heather Cox. 


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: GSM1(SW) De Leon
Junior Sailor of the Quarter: IT2(SW) Tierney
Bluejacket of the Quarter: OS3 Bittner

Senior Sailor of the Year:  FC1(SW) Alcala
Junior Sailor of the Year: GSM2(SW) Crew
Bluejacket of the Year: EN3(SW) Lariosbriones

Navy Achievement Medal:

HM2(SW) Arnold

New Second Class Petty Officers:

CTT2 Aflleje        FC2 Ahrens            SK2(SW) Atchison
OS2 Burnham            GSM2(SW) Feliciano    FC2 Gieraltowski

STG2(SW) Metz        FC2 Moore            IC2(SW) Robinson
CTT2 Salinas        GM2(SW) Shaver        SK2(SW) Steele

New Third Class Petty Officers:

OS3 Anguiano        CS3 Barnes            OS3 Bittner
STG3 Boegel            GM3 Boucher            BM3 Cagle
DC3(SW) Cummins        OS3 Derrick            QM3(SW) Earls
OS3 Huntt            STG3 Irving            CTT3 Katzenmeyer
EN3(SW) Lariosbriones    EN3 Swan            YN3 Thomason

Very Respectfully,
CMDCM(SW) Karol M. Kramer






Dear JPJ Families and Friends;


The year is already drawing to a close and I can’t believe everything that has happened this year.  While the past year has been happening I thought nothing of everything that was going on, however looking back I am amazed at what has happened.   Birthdays have been celebrated, deployments survived, readjustments to having our Sailor home, my daughter started preschool, my son has started walking and we welcomed a new CO to the ship.  It’s always amazing to me that at the start of every year I think, “oh wow…a whole year, that’s plenty of time to complete ______”  and at the end I wonder where the time went.  This year there is an extra bit of bittersweet in my thinking.


Why, you ask?  Well, my husband, Adam, has received orders to Maine this year, so we will be leaving the ship in February. While I love doing this job, I will not be able to remain as the Command Ombudsman once we leave because this position is typically filled by a spouse of a ship’s Sailor. 


With the winter holidays upon us I hope you will all be safe.  While Sailors have access to the Arrive Alive program here in San Diego County, I hope all will remember to drink responsibly and use a Designated Driver if you chose to go out to celebrate.


I enjoyed seeing many of you at this year’s Command Holiday Party.  Each year Adam and I have gone I have always been impressed and I love getting to know everyone. 


Have a safe and happy holiday season, and as always, let me know if you need anything!



Heather Cox

Command Ombudsman

USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53)

(619) 743-5416 OMB line

1-866-310-4650 Careline



National Drunk and Drugged Driving (3D) Prevention Month


The holiday season is supposed to be a time for family, friends, and festive celebrations, but it is unfortunately also a time when there is a tragic jump in the number of alcohol-related highway fatalities each year between Thanksgiving and New Year’s.

That is why USS John Paul Jones (DDG-53) is joining with other national, state and local highway safety and law enforcement officials to remind everyone this holiday season to always designate a sober driver before each holiday party or event involving alcohol.

Nationally, more than 17,000 people died in alcohol-related highway crashes during 2003. Every 30 minutes, nearly 50 times a day, someone in America dies in an alcohol-related crash. Hundreds of thousands more are injured each year. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), about three in every ten Americans will be involved in an alcohol-related crash at some point in their lives.

Remembering to designate a sober driver before the party begins is just one of several, simple steps to help avoid a tragic crash or an arrest for impaired driving during the holiday season. Other reminders include:


• Never get behind the wheel of your vehicle if you’ve been out drinking;


• If impaired, call a taxi – use mass transit if available – or call a sober friend or family member to come and get you;


• Or, just stay where you are and sleep it off until you are sober;


• If you are hosting a party this holiday season, remind your guests to always plan ahead to designate a sober driver, always offer alcohol-free beverages during the event, and make sure all of your guests leave with a sober driver; and


Friends Don’t Let Friends Drive Drunk. Take the keys and never let a friend leave your sight if you think they are about to drive while impaired.


Since 1981, every President of the United States has proclaimed December “National Drunk and Drugged Driving (3D) Prevention Month” to help underscore the public’s commitment to preventing impaired driving and promoting the use of designated drivers and sober ride programs. The month of December and the New Year’s Eve holiday are also often highlighted by significant increases in state and local law enforcement efforts to combat impaired driving such as the use of sobriety checkpoints and saturation patrols.

Driving impaired or riding with someone who is impaired is simply not worth the risk. The consequences are serious and real. Not only do you risk killing yourself or someone else, but the trauma and financial costs of a crash or an arrest for driving while impaired can be really significant and not the way you want to spend your holiday season.

So remember, this holiday season, if you catch a buzz, catch a ride.


Source:  " HOLIDAY MINI-PLANNER (FRIENDS)."  National Highway Traffic Safety Association.  11 November  2008.      < >.    




Navy Trivia:

How many Admirals of the Navy have there been?

                                                       A.  1

B. 10

C. 30

D. 40


Ask the Ombudsman!


Question:  What does the Command Ombudsman do?  What is involved?  Is it right for me?

Answer:         An Ombudsman is a highly trained volunteer able to offer support and guidance to command families and acts as an official liaison between the command and the command families.  As an Ombudsman you serve as the primary link/liaison between the command families and the command; serve as a communicator of information between the command and the command families; communicate regularly with command families via newsletters, careline, phone tree, and/or e-mail; provide information and outreach to command family members; interact and cooperate with organizations and military offices to support and assist command families such as FFSC, NMCRS, American Red Cross, Chaplain's offices, legal offices, medical treatment facilities, etc.; refer individuals in need of professional assistance to appropriate resources and finally act as an advocate for the command families. Is it right for you?  Well, honestly that is something only  you can answer.  It may be right for you if you are friendly, caring and want to help others while being able to keep from adopting their problems as your own. 

This Resource is for You!


Troop Tube


Military One Source has made available TroopTube a new video-sharing site for troops and their families. Troop Tube is the only video-sharing site for military families sponsored by the Department of Defense and extends the virtual military community by enabling service members and their families to connect with each other and share videos wherever they may be.


TroopTube is for military families, allowing you to share videos about your family events, military events, and send and receive messages to your sailor. Videos must fall within accepted boundaries of community standards and safety and are limited to 5 minutes or 20MB. TroopTube will not post videos that compromise military missions, nor will TroopTube post videos featuring graphic violence and obscenity. TroopTube adopts standards proposed in DoD Directive 5230.9: Clearance of DoD Information for Public Release.


System requirements to post and view videos:

  • Operating Systems
    • Windows 2000
    • Windows XP
    • Windows Vista (including recent service packs)
    • Mac OS X 10.3 or higher
  • Browsers
    • Internet Explorer 5.0+
    • Firefox 1.1+
    • Safari 1.0+
    • Google Chrome 1.0+
  • Media Players
    • Adobe Flash Version 9.115
  • Internet Connection
    • Broadband connection with 500+ Kbps

While TroopTube does not edit videos all videos are screened prior to being posted.  Any videos that violate the site’s standards will not be posted.  For more information check out


Important Dates in Naval History


December 2, 1775 - Congress orders first officers commissions printed

December 3, 1775 - LT John Paul Jones raises the Grand Union flag on Alfred. First American flag raised over American naval vessel.

December 7, 1941 - Japanese carrier aircraft attack U.S. Pacific Fleet based in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

December 13, 1775 - Continental Congress provides for the construction of 5 ships of 32 guns, 5 ships of 28 guns, and 3 ships of 24 guns

December 15, 1943 - Bureau of Naval Personnel Circular Letter on non-discrimination in Navy V-12 program.

December 15, 1965 - Launch of Gemini 6 with Captain Walter M. Schirra, Jr., USN, as Command Pilot. The mission included 16 orbits in 25 hours and 51 minutes. Recovery was by HS-11 helicopters from USS Wasp (CVS-18)

December 18 1902 - Admiral of the Navy George Dewey receives orders to send his battleship to Trinidad and then to Venezuela to make sure that Great Britain's and Germany's dispute with Venezuela was settled by peaceful arbitration not force.

December 21, 1968 - Launch of Apollo 8 with Captain James A. Lovell, Jr. as Command Module Pilot. During the mission Lovell was one of the first two people to see the far side of the moon. The mission lasted 6 days and 3 hours, and included 10 moon orbits. Recovery was by HS-4 helicopters from USS Yorktown (CVS-10).

December 22, 1944 - Commissioning of first 2 African-American WAVES officers, Harriet Ida Pickens and Frances F. Wills.

December 26, 1862 - Four nuns who were volunteer nurses on board Red Rover were the first female nurses on a U.S. Navy hospital ship.

Source: “Dates in American Naval History: December.”  Navy Historical Center. 11 November 2008. .


Navy Trivia Answer:  A.


There has been only one Admiral of the Navy.  He was Admiral George Dewey who was best known for his victory at the Battle of Manila Bay during the Spanish-American War.  During this battle only one man under his command died and the death was due to heat stroke.  In recognition of this Congress passed Congressional Act of 24 March 1903 which authorized a single officer to hold the rank of Admiral. 

Sources:  "Navy Terms and Trivia."   The  Goat  Locker.  11 November 2008.  <>.       

                     “George Dewey.”   Wikipedia.  11 November 2008.



Upcoming Holiday Events




Balboa Park December Nights - San Diego's favorite kick-off to the holiday season, will take place for the 31st consecutive year on Friday, December 5, 5:00-10:00 p.m. and Saturday, December 6, noon-10:00 p.m. In the spirit of the holidays, participating Balboa Park museums open their doors free of charge from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. both evenings. The largest free community festival in San Diego, December Nights is expected to attract more than 300,000 visitors over two days.

December 13, 2008 VFW Post 1512 is hosting a Children’s Christmas Party complete with a special visit from Santa and Mrs. Clause when they will pass out the a gift to every child 10 and younger who RSVP’d and attends.  To RSVP please contact your Ombudsman at or 619-743-5416 before November 29, 2008.

Pacific Life Holiday Bowl –December 30, 2008 check out for more information


San Diego Auto Show - Dec 31, 2008 - Jan 4, 2009 for more information check out

San Diego Bay Parade of Lights - Sunday, December 14, 2008 and Sunday, December 21, 2008
5:30 PM until 9:00 PM in San Diego Bay check out for more information.



First Night Escondido 2008
December 31, 2008 6:00 p.m. to 12:15 a.m.
Tickets: $10 per person ($15 after 12/25)
California Center For the Arts Escondido, 340 N. Escondido Blvd. Escondido, CA 92025

The Biggest and Best New Year's Eve party in North County San Diego! Each year First Night Escondido presents an event that celebrates community, the arts, and the New Year with 13 stages of music and dance, the best of restaurant and vendor foods, hands-on art activities, and two dazzling fireworks displays! Fireworks Extravaganza at Midnight Children "Ring in the New Year" Fireworks Celebration at 9 pm and midnight. For more information go to

Big Night San Diego
Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina, 1380 Harbor Island
Sunday, December 31, 2008, 9:00 pm - 2:00 am
Tickets: starting at $109.99 per person (advance purchase, all-inclusive, 21 and up only). VIP tickets also available

This event has become popular with young adults because of its size and the price is all-inclusive of food and drink. Big Night features 12 party areas including casino and Mardi Gras areas, six dance floors, party bands and DJs. No big name bands, but lots of partying and dancing.

New Year's Eve Gala Aboard the Midway Aircraft Carrier
December 31, 2007 8PM – 1AM
USS Midway, Navy Pier
Individual Tickets: $159 per person

This event is unique (and pricey) but where else can you celebrate the New Year aboard an aircraft carrier? Fill Your New Year’s Eve With magic aboard the Midway Aircraft Carrier. Permanently docked at the Navy Pier, the Midway lets you enjoy views of the bay. Sip champagne while watching the city lights from the flight deck. Dance to Big Daddy Orchestra. And enjoy extravagant dinner stations prepared by Peartrees Catering.

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The North! the South! the West! the East! No one the most and none the least, But each with its own heart and mind,

Each of its own distinctive kind, Yet each a part and none the whole, But all together form one soul;

That soul Our Country at its best, No North, no South, no East, no West, No yours, no mine, but always Ours,

Merged in one Power our lesser powers, For no one's favor, great or small, But all for Each and each for All.
Edmund Vance Cooke
                                     Each for All, in "The Uncommon Commoner"