Spring 2002
Home Up

Spring 2002

Secretary’s Corner

Spring already…at least here in southeastern Virginia, although it felt like summer only a few days ago…and less than 6 mos. to the Reunion in Norfolk in Oct.!!!

Included in this issue:

READ ON!

P. Maytham
Secretary

Reunion Update

Nauticus

U.S. Naval Museum

Reunion 2002, cont’d. -

USS John Paul Jones DDG-53

CO’s Column

As reported in the last newsletter, the JPJ DDG-53 returned home to San Diego early last December for a well-deserved "rest" and local operations, following a most successful deployment to the Arabian Gulf. There, the ship and crew had seen plenty of "action" in support of the southern No-Fly Zone and UN sanctions preventing Iraq from illegally exporting oil; and, especially, during Operation Enduring Freedom, when the JPJ served as the Navy’s principal Tomahawk cruise-missile "shooter" against the Taliban and Al Quaida terrorists in Afghanistan.

While the past few months haven’t been as "lively" as they were in the Middle East, the JPJ’s skipper, CDR Dave Steindl, USN, and crew have been involved in another type of "action" that many of you shipmates will remember only too well:

SHIPYARD OVERHAUL!

Since the yard period ended a few weeks ago, and the ship returned to duty, things have been very busy and hectic, indeed, getting the ship "ready for action" and deployment once again!

As CDR Steindl wrote in an e-mail on a recent Friday afternoon:

"It’s been a crazy week here…but everything ended up roses despite the long hours and multiple inspections. Our magazines were certified, our flight-deck was certified, and all our aviation equipment and procedures were certified. I’m going home a happy camper today!"

Roughly 30 JPJ Assn. Shipmates will be joining CDR Steindl and the crew of the JPJ for a Family Day/Guest cruise May 10th, sailing from the Naval Weapons Station at Seal Beach, Calif., down to San Diego. I’m sure we all wish we could join them!!

We commit thee to the sea …..

OLD GEEZERS

"Geezers" are easy to spot:

At sporting events, during the playing of the National Anthem, Old Geezers hold their caps over their hearts and sing without embarrassment. They know the words and believe in them. Old Geezers remember the Depression, World War II, Pearl Harbor, Guadalcanal, Normandy, and Hitler. They remember the Atomic Age, the Korean War, the Cold War, the Jet Age, the Moon Landing, not to mention Vietnam.

If you should bump into an Old Geezer on the sidewalk, he’ll apologize. If you pass an Old Geezer on the street, he’ll nod or tip his cap to a lady. Old Geezers trust strangers and are courtly to women. Old Geezers hold the door for the next person and always, when walking, make certain the lady is on the inside for protection.

Old Geezers get embarrassed if someone curses in front of women and children, and don’t like filth on TV or in the movies. Old Geezers have moral courage. They seldom brag, unless it’s about their grandchildren.

It’s the Old Geezers who know our great country is protected, not by politicians or police, but by the young men and women in the military serving their country. Our country needs Old Geezers with their decent values and moral integrity. We need them now more than ever.

Thank God for Old Geezers!

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DON’T FORGET:

October 10-14, 2002

Norfolk, Virginia

BE THERE!!!

Radisson Hotel Norfolk

Welcomes

USS John Paul Jones Association Reunion

October 10-14, 2002

Accommodations and Features:

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Please complete the form below, and mail, fax, or phone in your reservation by Sept. 10, 2002

Radisson Hotel Norfolk

700 Monticello Avenue
Norfolk, VA 23510

Tel: (757) 627-5555
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