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‘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:
Change-of-Command, DDG-53 –
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!!
Last Call …….
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:
USS New Jersey (BB-62)
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.,
Thursday 27 February 2003
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.
CDR David F. Steindl
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.
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’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: email@example.com).
: 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.
: 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
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
4. Items to consider bringing: Jacket, sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, comfortable walking shoes, and a camera.
* If you answered yes to #3-6 please explain: