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Hopper Newsletter May 2011


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Hopper Newsletter May 2011

  1. 1. U S S H O P P E RHOPPER Ohana News Amazing Grace “Dare and Do” May 2011 Commanding Officer: CDR Kevin Melody Executive Officer: CDR Al Lopez Command Master Chief: CMDCM Jay Stuckey Ombudsman: Kristin White Ombudsman newsletter Congratulations to BM1(SW) Julian make comments on things we haveCO’s Corner and CWO2 DeWitt who thought of posted. Don’t post anything which these names! would reveal our future schedule, Another exciting development was where we are going, or when weAloha to all of our HOPPER Ohana the USS HOPPER Facebook Fan page might get there. Also remember this isback in Hawaii and on the mainland! which went live on April 21st. Thanks a family page; please keep posts inWelcome to the first Ombudsman very much to IT1(SW) Isom who was good taste.newsletter of the 2011 deployment. I the driving force behind this effort. He Your Sailors are out here doing awould like to start off by thanking and the PAO have already posted fantastic job for their Navy andKristin White, our Ombudsman, for some photos there that you can see. country. We recently recognized threeputting this newsletter together. The purpose of the fan page is to of those Sailors by announcing the A lot has happened since we left on allow our family and friends back Sailors of the Quarter. CongratulationsApril 15th. The MWR Committee has home to see a little of what we do to the 2nd Quarter Senior Sailor of thebeen very busy starting off the while we are gone. Please take a look. Quarter FC1(SW) Marvin (Combatdeployment with a contest to name If you decide to make comments on System Department), the 2nd QuarterHOPPER’s two new small boats. The the fan page, please review the Junior Sailor of the Quarter CTT2previous boats were named Amazing posting rules which you can find on (SW) Gatlin (Operations Department),and Grace. The challenge to the crew the fan page itself. Remember your and the 2nd Quarter Blue Jacket of thewas to come up with names which Sailors on HOPPER are far from Quarter GMSN Bojorquez (Weaponsrecognized HOPPER’s namesake and home and while we want to let you Department).our homeport. The winning names know how we are doing, we also want Take care back home, we arewere Koa, the Hawaiian word for to be mindful of OPSEC. We will only thinking of you.warrior, and Nano, as in nano-second, post things on the fan page whicha term which Admiral Hopper used have already happened. We ask our CDR Kevin Melodyfrequently in her lectures. family and friends back home to only Commanding OfficerOmbudsman Newsletter May 2011 1
  2. 2. U S S H O P P E R D D G 7 0 Nulla vitae elit at neque laoreet Vivamus dapibus, risus ac congue auctor, ligula purus placerat lectus, sit amet pretium magna wisi sit amet est. Suspendisse imperdiet nulla Ombudsman’s Corner Helpful Websites:Aloha Hopper Ohana! I hope you are all doing well www.greatlifehawaii.comand are continuing to adjust to your loved one beingaway. The first month or so, once deployment begins, www.militaryonesource.comis usually the most difficult and that readjustment canlast up to six weeks for some.You may be feelingover-whelmed, forgetful, lonely, depressed and evenrelief. A lot of our routines have been disrupted andnow we need to establish new ones. Please know FACEBOOKthat this is all normal. The best way to fight many of HOPPER Ombudsman is now onthese feelings is to get involved and feel connected. Facebook! Please feel free to sendA great place to start is our FRG. Who better tounderstand what you are going through than those a friend request!who are going through the exact same thing at theexact same time? Other ideas could include gettinginvolved with a community support group, volunteerorganization, sports activities or enrolling in collegeclasses. A proactive approach to developing new Confidentiality & Reportablesroutines and getting involved will help tremendously. Please know that any information you shareAs our Ombudsman, I work closely with the with the Ombudsman is considered strictlyCommanding Officer and the Command Master Chief confidential, however there are certain issues that require reporting to the Command for theto raise awareness of family issues and act as an safety of all involved. Those items includeadvocate for families. I can help you locate • All suspected/known child abuse/neglectresources you may need to solve most any problem.I also have a direct link with the Command and will • Alleged domestic abuseprovide you with official and accurate Command • Suspected/potential homicide, violence orinformation. If I can be of any assistance, please do life endangering situationsnot hesitate to contact me. You can reach me at • All suspected or potential suicidal risks808.864.3199 or by email at, Kristin White2 Ombudsman Newsletter May 2011
  3. 3. U S S H O P P E R D D G 7 0 FRG Board FRG Corner President: Sarah McClain Aloha Hopper families, Vice President: Amy Norman I hope you all are adjusting to the deployment Treasurer: Sara White easily. I just want to take a second and put a reminder out about the first FRG meeting at Halsey Secretary: Sandy Thompson Terrace Community Center at 6:30pm on May 3rd. This meeting is going to be very important. We are going to be doing a brief introduction because we If you would like to be added to the FRG Email list in have added some new faces to the FRG board. We addition to the Ombudsman are also going to be doing an OPSEC (operational Email list, please email security) brief because there is a lot of stuff we! need to go over with you all to keep our Sailors safe. We will also be going over our goals for this deployment for our fundraisers and would love to hear your ideas. Sadly I cant use everyone’s ideas Upcoming Events: because there are a lot of rules I have to follow but we would still love to hear them. We can’t wait to May 3, 2011~ FRG see you there. If you have any questions about the Meeting meetings please e-mail me at 6:30pm Halsey Terrace Community Center FRG President Sarah McClain Happy Mother’s Day! Happy Mother’s Day to all of our Moms out there! Whether you are a Sailor with children waiting for you back home or are the Mom of one of our Sailors on board USS HOPPER or if you’re a Mom to one of our many HOPPER kids, this day is for you! Enjoy and thank you for all you do.Ombudsman Newsletter May 2011 3
  4. 4. U S S H O P P E R D D G 7 0 Military Spouse Appreciation DayHeres to you, the one whowaits, no matter the May 6, 2011distance, no matter the time.Heres to you, the one who Recipe for a Military Spousefights your own battle at 1 1/2 cups Patiencehome, between the tears and 1 cup Couragesleepless nights. 3/4 cup Tolerance dash of AdventureHeres to you, the one who 1 pound of Abilitywill never give up, even when To the above ingredients: Add 2everything around you tablespoons elbow grease and letseems to be falling down. stand alone for one year. Marinate frequently with salty tears. Pour off excess fat and sprinkle ever so lightlyAnd heres to you, because with money then knead dough untilwhile people may think they payday. Season with international Mauris egestas lacus sit ameknow how tough it is to be ahero, no one but us will ever spices. Bake 20 years or until done. Makes unlimited servingsknow how tough it is to love SERVE WITH PRIDE Vivamus pulvinar, purus ultriciesone... ultrices ullamcorper, dolor diam euismod nisl, vel consectetuer eros mi sit amet Congratulations! Celebrations & lorem. — Quisque Massa Ronsse on April 22nd! Happy Birthday to OS3 Love, Mom Happy 6th Birthday to LS2 Nganga’s son Alan on May 25th! “Wishing you love, sunshine and laughter...Not just for today but for all the days after...Love Mom, Dad and Ethan” Happy 3rd Birthday to Nathan Melody (CDR Melody) on April 30th! Happy Birthday to GSM3 Grdina on May 5th! “Happy Birthday with much love from me and all the Grdina canines and horses here in Luray, Virginia...Love, Mom” Happy 39th birthday to CWO2 Young! Love, Dolly Congratulations to Brendan Young (CWO2 Young) for achieving the rank of purple belt in Taekwondo. Happy Birthday to FCSN Hall on May 6th! “"Happy birthday, Rebekah! Love, Dad and Mum" Happy Anniversary to FC1 De La Paz and his wife Jessica on May 7th! Happy 1 Year Anniversary to FC3 Daniels and wife Megan on April 23rd! Happy 1 Year Anniversary to ITC Prince and his wife Paulette on April 25th! Congratulations to Dajane Rasberry(HM1 Wyche) on her straight As! Congratulations to Moriah Rasberry(HM1 Wyche) for being on the honor roll and graduating from Moanalua Middle School! Congratulations to Megan Taufi (wife of EN3 Taufi) on her graduation from Ashford University, Clinton, Iowa on April 30th with a bachelors degree in Health Care Administration! “Wish you could be here!” Congratulations to Third Class Petty Officer Jordan Andre Matte. “We are so proud of you! From, Mom, Kameron, Blake, Madison & Kevin”4 Ombudsman Newsletter May 2011
  5. 5. U S S H O P P E R D D G 7 0 OPSEC Dont discuss future destinations or ports of call! Dont discuss future operations or missions! Dont discuss dates and times of when we will be in port or conducting exercises! Dont discuss readiness issues and numbers! Dont discuss specific training equipment! Dont discuss peoples names and billets in conjunction with operations! Dont speculate about future operations! Dont spread rumors about operations! Dont assume the enemy is not trying to collect information on you so he can kill you, he is! Be smart, use your head, and always think OPSEC when using email or phone!Ombudsman Newsletter May 2011 5
  6. 6. U S S H O P P E R D D G 7 0 ON ISLAND FAMILY FUN Registration starts April 18 for single service members who have custody of their children and for dual active duty and must be done in person. Open registration for all other eligible patrons will begin May 2 and is available online only. See for more information. THE NEWCOMERS LUNCHEON is held monthly at the Tradewinds Enlisted Club/J.R. Rockers and is open to all personnel on PCS orders (including family members on PCS orders) during the first three months of arrival. Saturday, May 28 Two FREE Shows - 2 p.m. & 6 p.m. (doors open 30 minutes prior) Hickam Fitness Center Gymnasium FREE  Join the furry, fuzzy and friendly muppets you know and love as they perform a special show for military families. Youll meet Katie, a military kid on Sesame Street who is moving!  Open to all military-affiliated personnel and their sponsored guests.  Seating is first come, first served; no tickets needed.6 Ombudsman Newsletter May 2011
  7. 7. U S S H O P P E R D D G 7 0 Mother’s Day Brunch Tickets On Sale Now Sun 8 May Officersʼ Club: Lanai | 10 a.m. & 1 p.m. Dining Room | 10:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. Tradewinds Enlisted Club: 10 a.m. & 12:30 p.m. $28.95/adult, $14.50/child (ages 7 – 12), $7.25/child (ages 4 – 6), FREE/ ages 3 & younger Treat Mom to a fabulous brunch on her special day with a plethora of offerings sure to please the whole family. Call Saturday, May 7 448-4608 ext. 11 to make your reservations at the Officersʼ Club, or 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. 448-2271 ext. 226 for reservations at the FREE EVENT AT THE HICKAM ARTS AND CRAFTS CENTER Enlisted Club. Come see more than 130 vendors selling their original handmade art, jewelry and craft ware next to the Hickam Arts & Crafts Center. This popular annual event is open to the public. If you’re a vendor and want to register for a booth, contact the Arts & Crafts Center at 448-9907, ext. 112. Text anytime forSaturday, May 14, 2011 information Richardson Field on upcoming 8:00 a.m. - Noon events:  Open to the public For MWR activities, Free admission! text MWR to 89074.  For Single Service Member For more information, call (808) 449-3354 programs, text LIBERTY to 89074.  For movie info, Registration Dates: text SHARKEY to 89074. March 14 -  Until all stalls are soldOmbudsman Newsletter May 2011 7