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Late Summer – 2007

Secretary’s Column

Hope you all had a good summer …. hard to believe it’s over, school’s open, and the stores are already getting filled with Halloween and Christmas things! Happy New Year to all before it’s come and gone!

There’s lots to report in this issue:

·   New Members -  3 from DD-932, incl. a plankowner; and 2 from DDG-32.

·   Old shipmates – 3 MMs and 1 BT get together in Brooklyn 44 yrs. later

·   Last Call ...... We say farewell to two DD-932 shipates:

·   Fred Bishop, 22 Apr. 2007, at home in Brunswick, Maine, surrounded by his loving family.

·   John E. Schaeffer, Sr., 15 Jul. 2007, at home in Joppatowne, Maryland.

You are missed … rest in peace.

·   Sea-Bag – several items of interest:

§   Legislation allows vets to salute flag

§   Tin Can Sailor membership

§   VA claims assistance

§   Louisiana fire claims home of DDG-32er

·   Good & Humorous Thoughts

·   CO’s Column (DDG-53) -  Report of “our” ship’s very busy and productive deployment by CDR Jim Housinger and his relief, CDR Chris Barnes.

·   Newport Reunion Update -   Attendees; Plan of the Days

·   “A VET”

·   Request:    Please send in your sea-stories, pictures and news about yourself and your shipmates.

HAVE A GREAT AUTUMN!!!

Pete Maytham, Secy.
105 Joshua Rd.
Smithfield, VA 23430

New Members

From DD-932:

·  Rich Miner, W. Falmouth, Mass.

·  John O’Connell, plankowner, Framingham, Mass.

·  Dean Palmer, Clarkesville, GA

From DDG-32:

·   Ben Valverde, Pomona, Calif.

·   Lyle Walden, Rising Sun, MD

Sea-Bag

·   3 MMs, 1 BT 44 Years Later –

   4 shipmates who served together aboard DD-932 in the early 60’s got together in Brooklyn recently.

Jack Douglas, Pete Gerkman, Dave Silva, Jack Weber
Jack Douglas, Pete Gerkman, Dave Silva, Jack Weber

·   Legislation allows Vets to salute flag
N
ew legislation clarifies allowing Veterans and service members not in uniform to salute the flag. This may seem like a small change, but all Veterans can now render a smart hand-salute to the flag during all appropriate public events. Pass this on.

·   Tin Can Sailor Membership – If you’re not already a member of this fine organization, sign up by writing to:
Tin Can Sailors, P.O. Box 100, Somerset, MA 02726, or call 1-800-223-5535, or by email at tcs@destroyers.org.

·   VA Claims Assistance -  A recent study by the Institute for Defense Analysis shows that wounded veterans who approach the V.A. without professional assistance receive on average about one-third of the compensation that those who are represented by a lawyer or service organization, like the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) get.  DAV representative Eric McGinnis said, "That's not surprising at all. If you know the proper vernacular, a few simple phrases, it makes things a lot easier. But you'd be hard-pressed to find a vet who knows exactly the right things to say and do."  McGinnis' experience in that arena is both professional and personal. The Army veteran came to work for the DAV after the organization helped him obtain compensation after the VA initially told him he'd get none. "It's a common story," he said.  Complicating matters further, is a compensation process that requires veterans to approach the VA, openly advertising their own physical and psychological wounds in  order to receive benefits. "These aren't always people who are comfortable advocating for themselves," said McGinnis.  Utah State Department of Veterans Affairs Director Terry Schow said it would be nice if the system weren't so adversarial and complex that veterans needed help from outside groups to obtain just compensation for their wounds. "The process is so involved and complicated, that I think it's just wise to do that. And so we encourage everyone to get assistance from a service organization."

·   Shipmate’s house burns down – We received a depressing note during the summer from Charlie Shaeffer, Sr. that his house burned down this spring in Denham Springs, LA. We hope you’ve since been able to rebuild, Charlie.

Good & Humorous Thoughts

  1. Birds of a feather flock together and crap on your car.

  2. When I'm feeling down, I like to whistle.. It makes the neighbor's dog run to the end of his chain and gag himself.

  3. A penny saved is a government oversight.

  4. The real art of conversation is not only to say the right thing at the right time, but also to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.

  5. The older you get, the tougher it is to lose weight, because by then your body and your fat have gotten to be really good friends.

  6. The easiest way to find something lost around the house is to go out and buy a replacement.

  7. He who hesitates is probably right.

  8. Did you ever notice: The Roman Numerals for forty (40) are " XL."

  9. If you think there is good in everybody, you haven't met everybody.

  10. If you can smile when things go wrong, you have someone in mind to blame.

  11. The sole purpose of a child's middle name is so he can tell when he's really in trouble.

  12. There's always a lot to be thankful for if you take time to look for it. For example, I’m sitting here thinking how nice it is that wrinkles don't hurt.

  13. Did you ever notice: When you put the 2 words "The" and "IRS" together it spells "Theirs."

CO’s Column – DDG-53

As you will recall, the JPJ deployed to WesPac just before Easter last April. During her tour at sea, CAPT-selectee James Housinger was relieved by CDR Christopher Barnes at a change-of-command ceremony in July on Guam. We are grateful to both Jim and Chris for their joint effort in preparing this CO’s Column. By the time you read this, “our” ship and its crew will have returned home to San  Diego for a well-deserved period of R & R for the crew and a “breather” for the ship before getting underway again to go back in harm’s way.

Dear JPJ Association members,

It was as genuine honor to be the Commanding Officer of DDG 53 for nearly 20 months.  Now moving on (or back, as it were) to Washington, D.C., there is certainly a let down from the level of accomplishment and excitement of being part of a great ship and a great tradition, but Suzanne and I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible up in Newport this fall to help continue some of that tradition.

Sincerely and Very Respectfully,

Jim Housinger

CO’s Column – DDG-53

I am proud and honored to introduce myself as the 11th Commanding Officer of USS John Paul Jones DDG-53, having relieved CDR Jim Housinger in a ceremony onboard the ship on 22 July 2007 in Guam.  By the time this is published, we will be on our transit home from our Westpac Deployment having successfully accomplished many important missions in what felt like a traditional 7th Fleet Westpac.

We deployed on April 2nd with the rest of the NIMITZ Carrier Strike Group.  After carrier landing qualifications, we transited to Hawaii.  Upon arrival, we participated in an Undersea Warfare Exercise (TENABLE CHAMPION) with multiple submarines and land-based aircraft.  Our warfighting teams also pushed forward some unique tactical thought that has been adopted by the Strike Group as doctrine.  This doctrine included some innovative and unique methods to protect the aircraft carrier during a torpedo attack.  It has been one of my goals to have JOHN PAUL JONES at the leading edge of tactical prowess and development, and we’ve done that.

After the USWEX, we transited to Guam.   We participated in two COMRELs for the Ayuda Foundation, which provides medical and literacy supplies throughout Micronesia and a local animal shelter.

In May we started off doing some patrol work in the South China Sea.  During that time we transited to Singapore to transport three Sailors from HIGGINS, CHAFEE, and NIMITZ who were on emergency leave.  After more patrol work, we then pulled into Singapore.  We had an adventure the second day there, when we had to move the ship from one berth to another.  During the shift, we were delayed by the movement of other ships and a large thunderstorm came up, reducing visibility to less than 50 yards for about a half-hour.  Though the Singapore pilot aboard wasn’t especially helpful, the team performed extremely well, keeping the ship safe until the storm cleared and the other ships cleared the pier for us to moor.  We did a COMREL for underprivileged children in Singapore, hosting them at a pool for the day.

After Singapore, we transited to Okinawa, Japan for fuel, resupply, and preservation.

We then transited to Palau.   The visit was an important event for engagement with Palau.  No other U.S. combatant ship had visited Palau for several years, and the Palauan government very much appreciated our being there.  While I went to visit the Minister of State, then the Vice President, then the President of Palau in their offices, everyone else contributed to getting ready for a reception that evening (arrival at 1330, reception at 1830).   The stringing of friendship lights, rigging of signal flag decorations around the flight deck, setting up of tents on the flight deck, rigging of evening-style lighting in the tents, setting up of food tables and a bar, preparation of the food and drinks, spotless cleaning of the arrival and tour routes, and many other tasks were all completed.  A torrential downpour started 1 hour before the party and lasted ½ hour.  But by the time the first guests arrived (the Vice President and his family); everyone was looking great in their white uniforms and ready to be gracious hosts.   The reception was a huge success.  The guest list was pretty much a who’s who in Palau.  All but one cabinet Minister, tribal High Chiefs, state Governors, education and business leaders, Ambassadors and other representatives from Israel, the Philippines, and Japan, were all in attendance.  We also had military representation from Australia.  In all, 6 countries were represented aboard JOHN PAUL JONES the evening of May 24th.   The next day was no let-up, with several of us attending the commencement exercises at the local college, touring the National Hospital, devoting time to build playground equipment near the national capital, and providing medical care on another island.  Additionally more VIP tours were given every day of the port visit by many of our Sailors. 

As we closed out the month of May, we joined the ESSEX Expeditionary Strike Group and crossed into the Southern Hemisphere.  We successfully welcomed over 100 Sailors to the status of “Trusty Shellback” as we crossed the equator.  We started out the month of June with the ESSEX Expeditionary Strike Group.  This was some bonus time for us, since we would work with the ESG later in the month.  We assumed duties as the Sea Combat Commander.   We immediately impressed the Amphibious Squadron Commander and all the ships with our ability to rapidly take charge.  This led to an earlier than expected role of Screen Commander.   After a few days with the ESG, we proceeded into Townsville, Australia for fuel, re-supply, and of course, fun.

During our visit in Townsville, which was along with USS PAUL HAMILTON, we were given a unique opportunity.  No U.S. armed forces have ever been extended an official welcome from the Aboriginal and Torres Island Strait communities.  …not until JPJ and PAUL HAMILTON showed up (this was a big deal from the Embassy’s point of view and it was a very special honor for us).  Many of the crew were treated to traditional dances from the Wulgurukarba people, the Bindal people, and the people of the Torres Strait Islands.  Many of our Sailors also participated in Community Relations projects, mainly associated with preserving and rejuvenating the landscape.

After departing Townsville, we began Exercise TALISMAN SABER 2007 (TS07).  TS07 involved 20,000 U.S. Navy, Marine, Army, and Air Force service members, and about 12,000 members of the Australian Defense Force.   In the time leading up to the amphibious assault in the Shoal Water Bay Training Area in Australia, during the assault, and afterward, the force was expanded to 15 ships (5 U.S. and 10 Australian).  JOHN PAUL JONES served as the Sea Combat Commander and Screen Commander.  We served in all warfare areas the entire time, but also at times assumed the duties of Air Defense Commander, Force Track Coordinator, and Command and Control Warfare Commander.  No other ship in the force carried so many command duties.  We also had the duty of GREENCROWN, checking in all the aircraft flying to and from the Amphibious Objective Area.  You might recall that JPJ participated in TS05 on the last deployment.

We left TS07 enroute to Tonga for another Maritime Influence Strategy port visit.  I had calls with several government officials.  Several Officers and I were invited to a “Beat of Retreat” ceremony hosted by the Tonga Chief of Defense in honor of a departing French General (Commander, French Forces Pacific).  We also hosted a reception the second evening in port.  That day was also interesting, as we had intense rain in the morning (forming lakes on the ship), the trash/CHT ship alongside us took a heavy roll and tore off some stanchions and an electrical junction box, the one good liberty boat had a mechanical breakdown, and the company supplying tents/tables/chairs for the reception would not come out to the ship in bad weather.   The weather finally broke in the early afternoon, and we were ready in time (just in time) to hold our reception on the flight deck.  It was perfect.  The reception was co-hosted by me and the U.S. Ambassador.  We had most of the high government officials from Tonga aboard for that one as well.  Since the King who had reigned for 40 years died last September, and his birthday was July 4th, there had never been a U.S. Independence Day celebration in Tonga.  But that was the theme of our reception (we even had fireworks... we fired some flares off during the party).  6 countries were officially represented at this one as well (U.S., Tonga, France, Australia, New Zealand, and the People’s Republic of China (PRC Ambassador came)).

The crew participated in four COMRELs including village clean-up projects, a mentoring/Q&A session with troubled teenagers, and repair of a bus that served community projects.

Upon leaving Tonga we were able to conduct some much-needed Unit Level Training in preparation for our upcoming assessments.  We were able to take some time for the crew to relax as well, stopping along the way to Guam for an afternoon swim call.  We had 5 Midshipmen on board for the transit and were able to give them a great introduction to life aboard a Navy warship.  As we approached Guam, we joined up with USS Juneau and USS Cheyenne for a Torpedo Exercise in which Cheyenne fired exercise torpedoes at John Paul Jones and Juneau; who dutifully performed as targets.  After this 2-day exercise, we returned to Guam for a few voyage repairs and the Change of Command ceremony.

The Change of Command ceremony was a wonderful event that kept with many of the time honored traditions of the departure of the old and the arrival of the new Commanding Officer.  The Executive Officer, Kristin Stengel, was Master of Ceremonies with the entire crew in participation.  CDR Housinger’s wife was in attendance and the Commanding Officer of the USS Frank Cable AS-40, Capt Leo Goff, was the Guest Speaker.  The ceremony was followed up with a small reception on the flight deck.

Upon Leaving Guam in late July, we headed west to re join the Nimitz Carrier Strike Group for what would be an exciting exercise with the KittyHawk and John C Stennis Carrier Strike Groups.  Enroute we conducted a great deal of Unit level Training in preparation for our assessment that would occur in September.  Valiant Shield 07 commenced on 07 August with Navy and Air Force participants numbering over 30,000 personnel.  This joint exercise focused on the command and control elements of a multi carrier strike group and joint operations, air defense and under sea warfare.  John Paul Jones performed in a superior manner earning many accolades for her performance as an Anti Submarine Platform. 

As Valiant Shield wrapped up in mid August, the ship enjoyed back to back liberty ports in Hong Kong and Singapore where the crew participated in Comrel projects at a disabled home, hosted boys town (Singapore) onboard the ship and helped with a meals on wheels program.  In addition, we participated in some inter ship sporting activities of which we dominated, inter navy relations activities and of course some good old fashioned navy liberty.  Again, more Unit Level Training was held as the month ended in Singapore.

September began underway from Singapore enroute to the Indian Ocean in support of MALABAR 07.  This extremely important multi nation exercise consisted of six nations (U.S., Australia, India, Japan, Korea, and Singapore) conducting combined operations, many for the first time as an international team.  We led or participated in ship maneuvering exercises (DIVTACS), ASW events, surface gunnery exercises, air defense events, and of course the most stressful of all, the photo-ex.  The JPJ team performed superbly in all events and was a proud ambassador of our country as we move toward more combined operations.  We even squeezed in some unit level training in preparation for ULTRA-S.  

Upon the conclusion of MALABAR, the ship began its return transit to San Diego.  The unit level training seems to be paying off as we have successfully completed the seamanship, navigation and SAR events as well as the aviation, strike and VBSS events for our certification.  As I write this we are conducting the engineering events and will finish with the Combat Systems, medical and Damage control events just  prior to pulling in to Hawaii.  In Hawaii, we will pick up our family and friends for the Tiger Cruise that makes up the last leg of our return transit to San Diego.  I leave you as we are just a few days from Hawaii and looking forward to a warm reception in San Diego and a very enjoyable Tiger Cruise.

Sincerely and Very Respectfully,
Christopher K. Barnes
Commander, U.S. Navy
Commanding Officer

JPJ On Deployment

070814-N-9760Z-081 PACIFIC OCEAN (Aug. 14, 2007) - USS Princeton (CG 59), USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) and USS Pinckney (DDG 91) transit behind the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) during a joint photo exercise marking the conclusion of Valiant Shield 2007 (VS07). The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group (CSG) and embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 11 are deployed in the U.S. 7th Fleet. Valiant Shield 2007 was the largest joint exercise in recent history, including 30 ships, more than 280 aircraft, and more than 20,000 service members from the Navy, Marines Corps, Air Force and Coast Guard. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Eduardo Zaragoza (RELEASED)


JPJ (middle ship) Proudly Flies Namesake’s Battle-Flag During Valiant Shield 2007

Newport Reunion – Plan of the Days

FRIDAY NOVEMBER 9, 2007

1500-          REGISTRATION AND CHECK-IN, BEST WESTERN MAINSTAY INN (401-849-9880)
1500-2400- HOSPITALITY SUITE OPEN FOR BUSINESS

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 10TH

0800-1000  BREAKFAST AT THE MAINSTAY
1000-1700  FREE TIME-  SELF GUIDED TOUR OF BATTLESHIP COVE , DESTROYER MUSEUM IN FALL  RIVER RECOMMENDED
1700           CLAM BOIL/LOBSTER BAKE, ATLANTIC BEACH-CLUB  (INDOORS)
2000-2400  HOSPITALITY SUITE OPEN

SUNDAY NOVEMBER 11

0800-1200  CHURCH SERVICES (SEE PROGRAM FOR DETAILS)
1000-1500  NEWPORT TOUR FOR THOSE SIGNED UP;  OTHERWISE FREE TIME
1200-1700  Hospitality Suite Open
1730           MEMORIAL SERVICE- BASE CHAPEL
1830           BANQUET(coat and tie for gentlemen) - Commissioned Officers Club-Naval Station, Newport
           
       Featured speaker:  William Middendorf (Former SecNav and Ambassador to OAS)
2100-2400  HOSPITALITY SUITE OPEN

MONDAY NOVEMBER 12

0800           BREAKFAST IN THE MAINSTAY BANQUET ROOM, FOLLOWED BY BUSINESS MEETING
1000          CHECKOUT

  Attendees (as of Sep. 15, 2007) –

Al & Claudette Lundgren James & Barbara Steely
Al Olsen, Jr. & Daughters Fran Olsen, Dotty Olsen-Dehon, Beth Tracewell Jerry & Connie Neeland
Andy & Marilou Longo Jim & Suzie Effland
Bill &  Karen Gallagher Joe & Pat Gore
Bill & Emily Heathman Joe & Willie Bruce
Bill & Pont Hall Joe Burns
Bob & Jeanne Brown John & Barbara McKechnie
Bob & Maureen Tavaglione John Kelly
Bob Calandra Joy  Pearson & Granddaughter Cheryl Budaj
Bob Hildebrand & Cheryl Madden Mac & Barbara Malackanich
Burney  Burnham Mike & Martha Richardson
Charles & Agatha Wyler Nick & Pat Colella
Charlie & Jeannette Towers & Guest Elaine Ritchie Pat & Gloria Scollard
Chuck & Nancy Zeisser Peter Maytham
Chuck & Susie Davis Ray & Mary Schmidt
Clint & Margie Kreitner Rich & Barb Knaul
Dave & Ethel Sherman & Guests Paul and Barbara Coffee Rich & Bobbie Miner
Dave Neisius Richard  & Linda Wagar
David & Carol Silva Ryan Agnew & Heather Jackson
Dick & Toshii Moore Ski & Grace Pawski
Dick & Wendy Comiskey Steve & Angela Lombardo
Don & Margaret Wall Terry & Candi Agnew
Don Riggs, Jr  Son of Don Riggs Tom & Bonnie Gorgone
Doug & Gretchen Weiser Tom & Claire McNamara
Ed & Gail Ettinger Tom & Holly Cole
Ed & Joan Thompson Tom & Irene Moran
Frank & Pat McDevitt Walt & Caroline Szczypinski
Fred & Marcia Bryant Walt & Marlene Malzahn
Gene & Nancy Artzer Warren & Pat McCarty
George  & Mary  Williams Reggie Peterson
George Grove
Harvey Diamond

A VET

"A veteran - whether active duty, national guard or reserve, retired, or discharged from any of these - is someone who, at one point in his life, wrote a blank check made payable to 'The United States of America', for an amount of 'up to and including my life.' That is Honor, and there are way too many people in this country who no longer understand it."

-- Author Unknown --                                                                                         (Submitted by Ed Ettinger)