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:
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.
– several items of interest:
§ Legislation allows vets to salute flag
§ Tin Can Sailor membership
§ VA claims assistance
§ Louisiana fire claims home of DDG-32er
& Humorous Thoughts
Column (DDG-53) - Report of “our” ship’s very busy and productive
deployment by CDR Jim Housinger and
his relief, CDR Chris Barnes.
Reunion Update -
Attendees; Plan of the Days
Please send in your sea-stories, pictures and news about yourself and
A GREAT AUTUMN!!!
Pete Maytham, Secy.
105 Joshua Rd.
Smithfield, VA 23430
· Rich Miner, W. Falmouth, Mass.
· John O’Connell, plankowner, Framingham, Mass.
· Dean Palmer, Clarkesville, GA
· Ben Valverde, Pomona, Calif.
· Lyle Walden, Rising Sun, MD
MMs, 1 BT 44 Years Later –
Jack Douglas, Pete Gerkman, Dave Silva, Jack Weber
Legislation allows Vets to
New 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.
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 email@example.com.
· 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.
& Humorous Thoughts –
Birds of a feather flock together and crap on your car.
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.
A penny saved is a government oversight.
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.
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.
The easiest way to find something lost around the house is to go out and buy a replacement.
He who hesitates is probably right.
Did you ever notice: The Roman Numerals for forty (40) are " XL."
If you think there is good in everybody, you haven't met everybody.
If you can smile when things go wrong, you have someone in mind to blame.
The sole purpose of a child's middle name is so he can tell when he's really in trouble.
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.
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,
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
Reunion – Plan of the Days
NOVEMBER 9, 2007
AND CHECK-IN, BEST WESTERN MAINSTAY INN (401-849-9880)
1500-2400- HOSPITALITY SUITE OPEN FOR BUSINESS
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
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
BREAKFAST IN THE MAINSTAY BANQUET ROOM, FOLLOWED BY BUSINESS MEETING
& Claudette Lundgren
|James & Barbara Steely|
Olsen, Jr. & Daughters Fran Olsen, Dotty Olsen-Dehon, Beth Tracewell
|Jerry & Connie Neeland|
& Marilou Longo
|Jim & Suzie Effland|
& Karen Gallagher
|Joe & Pat Gore|
& Emily Heathman
|Joe & Willie Bruce|
& Pont Hall
|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|
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)