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Spring 2003

Secretary’s Corner

‘Spring has sprung, the grass is ris’, wonder where the birdies is…’, at least here in Tidewater! As with spring, lots of things going on. In this issue:

Last Call ……

We lose a DD-230 shipmate.

Sick Bay –

Shipmate Bernie English suffers stroke while undergoing bypass operation.

Reunion Update Philadelphia 2004 is only a year away!

Sea-Bag :

Dues

Database update

JPJ website

TRICARE update

Brothers aboard DDG-32

Change-of-Command, DDG-53 –

Certificate of Appreciation

DDG-53 "CO’s Column":

CDR Dave Steindl, departing

CDR Roy Kitchener, arriving

JPJ Family Cruise – May 9, 2003

Have a great spring, and HAPPY EASTER to all! And don’t forget our next reunion in Philadelphia in March 2004!!

Pete

Pete Maytham
Secretary

Last Call …….

♠ We recently learned that shipmate Bruce Young (DD-230) of Canton, Michigan, has died. Unfortunately, we have no details about the circumstances, nor his dates of Bruce’s service aboard the PJ.

Sick-Bay

Burr McFarland, WT1/c aboard the USS Luce (DD-522) during WWII, and fellow water-aerobics exerciser of DD932 shipmate Bernie English, emailed us to advise that, during a 4-bypass operation early Feb., Bernie suffered a second stroke (mild one fall ’02), with debilitating effects, even though the bypasses worked fine.

Shipmates and well-wishers can reach Bernie by mail at: 703 Lynn St., Story City, Iowa 50248; or by email, via Burr McFarland, at: DD522@isunet.net.

Reunion Update

Shipmate Dick Wagar and his reunion committee have been busily planning for our next (9th) reunion in Philadelphia in March 2004. Hotel selection is about to be finalized, affording easy access to great tour sites:

Penn’s Landing (Maritime Museum; USS Olympia; USS Becuna)

USS New Jersey (BB-62)

Historic Philadelphia (Independence Hall; Liberty Bell; Old Towne district)

Atlantic City

Brandywyne Museum; Longwood Gardens

Seabag

DUES R DUE – (a little rhyme from John McKechnie)

"Some pay their Dues when due,

Others - when overdue.

Some – never do; how do you do?

Have you paid your dues?

Look at your envelope to see if your

Dues are due.

Roster Database – Thanks to all who took the time to update their database information. We are always looking for more E-mail addresses (helps save on postage).

Send all changes to to: 

John McKechnie
540 Alameda Blvd.
Coronado, CA 92118
(619) 435-3978
John540@juno.com

JPJ Website – Check it out (http://www.ussjohnpauljones.org/):

Pictures (Norfolk reunion; Change-of-Command, Feb. 2003; DDG-53 ops; newsletters; "Good & Humorous Thoughts" too numerous and extensive for the newsletter); list of members (accessible to Dues payers only – if you don’t have a password, contact John McKechnie at john540@juno.com)

TRICARE Update – For those eligible for TRICARE Senior Pharmacy prescriptions, be advised that Express Scripts became the provider of the new TRICARE Mail Order Pharmacy, effective March 1, 2003. Details can be obtained by calling Express Scripts Customer Call Center at 1-800-305-2179, or e-mail at: www.express.com

Brother Duty – through brand-new member, Roger Brossard, we just learned that he and his brother, Curtis, had overlapping service time aboard DDG-32. Roger was on board from 1967-70, while Curtis was aboard from 1968-71! Great!

Welcome aboard the JPJ Assn.,

Roger.

JPJ Change-of-Command

Certificate of Appreciation –

Thursday 27 February 2003

"Shipmates,

Today, in the rain and wind of Pier 2, Naval Station San Diego, your

Treasurer presented departing DDG53 CO CDR Dave Steindl, USN with a Certificate of Appreciation for the great support given to the USS JOHN PAUL JONES ASSOCIATION. RADM Tom McNamara was present representing the JPJ Association membership.

We will be attending the C-of-C tomorrow, and we pray for dry weather. The crew was mustered (all of us were under a tent) to practice for the Change-of- Command. scheduled for tomorrow 2/28/03, CDR Roy I. Kitchener, USN, relieving - welcome aboard CDR Kitchener.

The ship’s XO, LCDR Paul Schlise, was kind enough to make these arrangements so that we might have an audience without interfering with tomorrow’s Change-of-Command.

Below is the wording of the presentation. The Certificate of Appreciation itself can be seen on the JPJ website.

This beautiful certificate, the idea of Pete Maytham in Smithfield, VA; was designed and produced by Don Wall in Goodlettsville, TN; shipped to CAPT Olsen in Arlington,VA and framed here in San Diego".

 

Change-of-Command cont’d.

Text of Certificate of Appreciation presented to CDR David F. Steindl:

· GOOD AFTERNOON SHIPMATES, I AM JOHN McKECHNIE, A FORMER JUNIOR OFFICER ON BOARD DD932 AND TREASURER OF THE USS JOHN PAUL JONES ASSOCIATION (SHE WAS MY FIRST DUTY STATION).

· I AM HERE REPRESENTING THE 392 MEMBERS OF THE USS JOHN PAUL JONES ASSOCIATION. AN ASSOCIATION OF MEMBERS WHO SAILED, AS YOU HAVE, ON ONE OF THE 7 SHIPS IN OUR NAVY’S HISTORY TO BEAR THE NAME OF THE FATHER OF THE U.S. NAVY – JOHN PAUL JONES.

· THE PURPOSE OF THE ASSN IS TO HONOR JOHN PAUL JONES AND TO PROVIDE A FORUM AND A PERIODIC REUNION OPPORTUNITY, SO THAT SHIPMATES CAN RENEW AND ENJOY THE CAMARADERIE THAT JOHN PAUL JONES SAILORS SHARE. WE HAVE HAD 8 REUNIONS SINCE WE FORMED, AND IT IS INTERESTING TO SEE HOW THE CREWS FROM THE DIFFERENT ERAS MERGE.

· YOU WHO MAN THE DDG-53 ARE "SPECIAL" BECAUSE YOU SERVE IN THE SHIP THAT HONORS THE WARRIOR - THE COMMANDER WITHOUT PEER - JOHN PAUL JONES, WHO SET THE STANDARDS FOR HEROISM AND PROFESSIONAL PERFORMANCE THAT STILL STAND TODAY. - IF HE WERE ON ACTIVE DUTY TODAY, HE WOULD WEAR THE BADGE OF THE SURFACE WARRIOR ON HIS CHEST JUST AS MOST OF YOU DO.

· YOU INVITED US TO YOUR COMMISSIONING, AND IN RECENT YEARS YOU LET US SAIL WITH YOU ON THREE FAMILY DAY CRUISES. OF NOTE WAS THE FAMILY DAY CRUISE DURING OUR MARCH 2001 REUNION HERE IN SAN DIEGO – A REAL HIGHLIGHT FOR OVER 100 FORMER JPJ SAILORS AND THEIR FAMILIES. IT IS INTERESTING HOW NOSTALGIC OLD SAILORS BECOME AFTER A FEW YEARS AWAY FROM THE SEA.

· DURING THE REUNION CRUISE, SHIPMATE GRADY PEASRSON – USS PAUL JONES (DD230) 1937-39, WAS ON BOARD SITTING ON THE 01 LEVEL BY THE CRUISE-MISSILE LAUNCH TUBES. I ASKED HIM WHAT HE THOUGHT ABOUT THIS DESTROYER, AND HE SAID, "THIS AIN’T NO DESTROYER, IT’S A LIGHT CRUISER".

· THE JPJ ASSOCIATION WOULD LIKE TO PRESENT THIS CERTIFICATE OF APPRECIATION TO CDR STEINDL, REPRESENTING ALL OF YOU, FOR THE GREAT ASSISTANCE YOU HAVE BEEN TO OUR ASSOCIATION. WE LOOK FORWARD TO THE DAY WHEN YOU WILL JOIN US TO RENEW AND ENJOY THE CAMARADERIE THAT JOHN PAUL JONES SAILORS SHARE.

· THANK YOU FOR ALL THAT YOU HAVE DONE. OUR PRAYERS ARE WITH ALL OF YOU AND THIS FINE SHIP, AND WE WISH YOU FAIR WINDS & FOLLOWING SEAS IN THE CHALLENGING DAYS AHEAD.

John McKechnie, CAPT, SC, USN (Ret.)

CO’s Column

USS John Paul Jones DDG-53

CDR David F. Steindl, USN

Greetings and Farewell John Paul Jones Association Members:

November 2002 – February 2003 has been another great period for JOHN PAUL JONES. We were at sea the entire month of November doing Battle Group work-ups with the CARL VINSON Battle Group. JPJ distinguished herself as the top ship in the Battle Group logging the most submarine contact time, serving as the primary Link 11/16 data-link ship, and conducting the most boardings of "suspected sanctions violators". The crew performed magnificently and JPJ was certified by THIRD FLEET as ready to deploy. VINSON Battle Group has recently deployed without JPJ due to an urgent requirement to get her on station and JPJ’s tasking to participate in the Sea Swap experiment. It appears the JPJ schedule will continue to be driven by Sea Swap, resulting in a Fall 2003 deployment.

After an enjoyable holiday standdown, the ship has been focusing on preparations for the Board of Inspection and Survey inspection the last week of April. We conducted a Power Systems Assessment, a Pre-INSURV Groom, and are on track for a Combat Systems Readiness Assessment and Hull/Mechanical/Electrical Systems Readiness Assessment in March. The crew is working hard to get this tough inspection under our belt.

I was relieved of command of JPJ on 28 February at Naval Station San Diego. The crew’s preparation for the ceremony was impressive as usual, with the ship looking spectacular, the ceremony well-rehearsed, and the crew looking sharp in their Full Dress Blues. RADM McNamara, CAPT McKechnie, and CAPT John Kelley from the JPJ Association were all in attendance. They had also made an appearance at our rainy, windy rehearsal the day before to present me a Certificate of Appreciation from the JPJ Association. Thank you very much for that great honor and the beautiful certificate.

I was relieved by the finest officer that I know in the United States Navy, CDR Roy Kitchener. CDR Kitchener has a great deal of experience on the best ships in the Navy and will make JPJ even a better ship. I would like to thank the JPJ Association for their outstanding support of the JPJ crew and of myself. It is an honor to serve on such a fine warship with such a distinguished history. Thanks also to all of you for your service to your country. I am very thankful to have had the pleasure of this association with so many patriots.

Sincerely,

CDR David F. Steindl

CDR Roy I. Kitchener, USN

Members of the John Paul Jones Association, I’m the new guy, so I know I’m supposed to keep this short. I started out on a Farragut Class DDG, so you can imagine how thrilled I was to receive orders to command not only our newest class of destroyer, but also the namesake of perhaps the Navy’s greatest warrior!

My predecessor, CDR Dave Steindl, is truly among the very best in the Navy. He brought the fighting spirit of John Paul Jones into the 21st century, and I intend to carry it forward. We have a number of material inspections to overcome in the near term, but the summer will be dedicated to maintaining the edge and honing our combat skills for the upcoming deployment. There are a lot of great opportunities coming our way, including a few well- deserved port visits, for which I’m certain the crew will set a new fleet standard.

There are ships in the Navy and then there are great ships...JPJ is clearly the latter. The legacy of our namesake and past JPJ sailors continues today in the crew’s fighting spirit and commitment to excellence. It amazes me how these traits are rekindled in every sailor that steps aboard. This crew is clearly maintaining the greatest and oldest legacy in the United States Navy.

Once again, I’d like to let you all know how honored I am to be the CAPTAIN of such a fine ship as JOHN PAUL JONES and as the newest member of the JPJ Association.

Sail safe!

CDR Roy I. Kitchener, USN

Biography – CDR Roy I. Kitchener

Roy Kitchener is a native of Trumbull, Connecticut. He attended Unity College in Unity, Maine, graduating in 1984 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science.

Commander Kitchener began his Naval career at the Naval Officer Candidate School, Newport, Rhode Island, where he was commissioned an Ensign 26 March 1985. His initial sea tour followed on the Guided Missile Destroyer USS DEWEY (DDG 45) as Gunnery Officer and Navigator. Other afloat tours include Operations and Training Officer in SPECIAL BOAT UNIT TWO SIX (SBU 26), Republic of Panama, where the unit conducted combat operations during Operation Just Cause; Weapons Officer and Combat Systems Officer in USS SAN JACINTO (CG 56); and Executive Officer in USS COWPENS (CG 63).

Commander Kitchener’s shore assignments include: the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California, where he earned a Masters of Arts in National Security Affairs, specializing in Western Hemisphere area studies; the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations, as the Surface Warfare Directorate’s Naval Surface Fire Support Program Officer; and on the staff of the Surface Warfare Officer School, as a Combat Systems Instructor in the Command Training Department.

His decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal with gold star, Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal with two gold stars, Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal with three gold stars, along with various service and campaign awards.

Commander Kitchener is married to the former Sharon Ann Zarifian of Trumbull, Connecticut. They have four children, Kimberly, Cody, Jake, and Gordon. They reside in Tiverton, Rhode Island.

USS JOHN PAUL JONES (DDG53) FAMILY CRUISE DAY

RESERVE FRIDAY MAY 9, 2003

Dues-paying members of the USS JOHN PAUL JONES ASSOCIATION have been invited to board the USS JOHN PAUL JONES DDG53 for a FAMILY DAY cruise from/to 32ND STREET NAVAL STATION, SAN DIEGO. The only cost to participants will be $5.25 for the Steel Beach picnic. Make checks payable to: "FOOD SERVICE OFFICER"

Participants will board from 0700-0800 and should expect to return to Naval Station San Diego at approx. 1600.

The JPJ Association contact will be CAPT John Kelly (Tel: 619-461-4589; E-mail: jpkelly@cox.net).

Parking: Directions and a map to the lot follow. This should provide easy access for all cruise participants, as well as a central gathering point for larger groups. We will have crew members available at the lot to assist you with any questions or concerns you might have. JPJ will provide transportation from the lot to the ship and back.

Activities: The cruise will include tours of the ship, full power run, ship-handling drills, gun and small arms demonstrations, etc.

Mail Completed Security Info Sheet and lunch money to:

LTJG Harry Watkins, USN

USS JOHN PAUL JONES DDG53

FPO, AP

96669-1271

WELCOME ABOARD USS JOHN PAUL JONES (DDG 53) FOR FAMILY DAY CRUISE 0700-1600 09 MAY 2003.

PASSENGER INFORMATION SHEET

__________________________________________________________________

Sponsor (Name, Rate, Division) or Organization (JPJ Assoc., Navy League, etc…)

___________________________ _________________________________

Name of Guest (Last, First, M.I.) SSN

______________ ____ ____ ___________________

Phone Number Sex Age Citizenship

__________________________________ ____________________________

Next of Kin Relationship

___________________________________________________________________

Next of Kin Address

____________________________________ ___________________________

City, State, Zip Code Next of Kin Telephone Number

Important Notes:

1. Guest Meal Price is $5.25 (Make checks payable to: FOOD SERVICE OFFICER

2. Minimum age for embarkation is 8 years.

3. Items not to bring on Family Day Cruise:

a. Firearms, knives or explosives

b. Alcohol

c. Large or expensive jewelry

d. Any excessively valuable items

4. Items to consider bringing: Jacket, sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, comfortable walking shoes, and a camera.

Medical Restrictions/Questionnaire:

1. Guest must be able to walk up and down ladders without experiencing shortness of breath.

2. Guest taking medication must take it before embarkation or bring medication with them.

3. Are you diabetic? Y/N

4. Are you taking blood pressure medication? Y/N

5. Have you had or have seizures? Y/N

6. Do you have any heart problems or conditions? Y/N

* If you answered yes to #3-6 please explain: