Hopper Ombudsman Newsletter August2011


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Hopper Ombudsman Newsletter August2011

  1. 1. U S S H O P P E RHOPPER Ohana News Amazing Grace “Dare and Do” august 2011 Commanding Officer: CDR Kevin Melody Executive Officer: CDR Al Lopez Command Master Chief: CMDCM Jay Stuckey Ombudsman: Kristin White Ombudsman newsletter CO’s CORNER Aloha HOPPER Ohana, while onboard HOPPER. He has been a significant Welcome to the halfway edition of the Ombudsman part of the success of the ship. Fair Winds and newsletter! Your Sailors have been doing a fantastic Following Seas, Shipmate! job accomplishing all different missions out here for Again congratulations to everyone back home for the last three and a half months. During that time they making it to the halfway point and thank you for all the have thought about you often and conversations support you give us out here. We are thinking of you! frequently revolve around what family and friends are doing back home. That was never more true than after CDR Kevin Melody we saw the fantastic pictures and videos you sent to Commanding Officer surprise your loved ones out here. There were lots of smiles, lots of laughter, and not many dry eyes during the halfway party. Thanks to everyone who sent in pictures and video. As we start the second half of deployment, our Command Master Chief, CMDCM(SW/AW/FMF) Stuckey, is nearing the end of his tour on HOPPER and will shortly be transferring to NCTAMSPAC in Hawaii. He has done a fantastic job taking care of all the Sailors here on HOPPER. He will definitely be missed. The Chiefs have put together a nice farewell to him but I would like to take the opportunity to personally thank CMC for everything he has doneOmbudsman Newsletter August 2011 1
  2. 2. U S S H O P P E R D D G 7 0 From the Chiefs’ Mess Command Master Chief (CMDCM) Jay Stuckey will say his goodbyes to USS HOPPER DDG 70 and her crew August 9th. He will be relieved by CMDCM Rob Cuddeback prior to reporting to Naval Computer Telecommunications Area Master Station (NCTAMS) Hawaii as their Command Master Chief. During his CMC tour onboard HOPPER he was a devoted advocate for every Sailor. The job of CMC is ever changing and always challenging. He was often seen mentoring, counseling, and guiding his Sailors in all facets of their professional and personal lives, recognizing and praising their accomplishments or providing a shoulder to lean on when life presented challenges seemingly insurmountable. His constant concern for the crew was evident, he continuously asked Sailors about their family and the workplace. CMC Stuckey made HOPPER Sailors his absolute top priority. He made it a point to know each Sailor professionally as well as personally. He understood that every Sailor is what makes HOPPER the great ship that she is. He has spent countless hours working with detailers to do his best to get Sailors to the right job following HOPPER. He has continually pressed to keep HOPPER manning at the highest levels. CMC Stuckey has supported the crew with passion and excellence. The USS HOPPER Chiefs’ Mess and crew would like to thank CMC Jay Stuckey for everything that he has done, and bid him Fair Winds and Following Seas. Good luck at NCTAMS Hawaii! ALOHA CMC Stuckey! Congrats to the following CPO Selectees! MAC (Sel) Kenneth Weakley BMC (Sel) Maricel Julian2 Ombudsman Newsletter August 2011
  3. 3. 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 Aloha HOPPER Families~ I hope this newsletter finds you all continuing to do well through this deployment. Reaching the halfway point feels like a huge milestone and one which should be celebrated! Thank you to all of you who sent in videos/pictures for your Sailors. I hear that it was much appreciated on the ship during their Helpful Websites: celebration. I would also like to thank DCC (SW) Montenero www.greatlifehawaii.com and FCCS (SW) White for the hard work that they put into www.militaryonesource.com making that project a success for all of our Sailors. Frequently, this halfway marker gives us a renewed strength and feeling of confidence. It seems to break up the monotony FACEBOOK of the deployment duration and give us a boost! As the saying HOPPER Ombudsman is now on goes: it’s all downhill from here! Of course we will continue to Facebook! Please feel free to send a miss our Sailors, but the countdown seems within reach now and we know that we can do this. Continue striving for those friend request in order to receive goals that you set at the beginning, remain active within some additional links to family type of support group and before you know it, we will be talking resources and information. about Homecoming. As the Ombudsman, I am a volunteer appointed by the Command to serve as a liaison between the families and the Confidentiality & Reportables command. I work as an advocate for the families and I can Please know that any information you share provide you with many resources to address most problems. I with the Ombudsman is considered strictly am always available for you, so please feel free to contact me confidential, however there are certain issues at any time, for any concern. I can be reached by email at that require reporting to the Command for the hopperomb@gmail.com or by phone at 808.864.3199. safety of all involved. Those items include • All suspected/known child abuse/neglect Take Care, • Alleged domestic abuse Kristin White • Suspected/potential homicide, violence or life endangering situations • All suspected or potential suicidal risksOmbudsman Newsletter August 2011 3
  4. 4. U S S H O P P E R D D G 7 0 FRG Board FRG Corner President: Sarah McClain Hello Hopper families, Vice President: Amy Norman I want to start by saying Happy 1/2 way to you all. The FRG Treasurer: Sara White has had a very successful first 1/2 and can’t wait to see what the last 1/2 will bring. Thank you to all of the spouses who Secretary: Sandy Thompson came out to Bucca to celebrate the 1/2 way marker. The turn out was great and the food was delicious. If you would like to be added to the August 2nd will be our monthly meeting. It will be held at the Catlin Park Community Center at 6:30. We will be starting our FRG Email list in addition to the Scentsy fundraiser that day also. There will be a representative Ombudsman Email list, please email from Scentsy set up so everyone can see the new items and smell some of the new scents. If you cannot make the meeting frghopper 70@yahoo.com! you can order online as well. This fundraiser will be open the whole month of August. All you have to do is go to lauriecoleman.scentsy.us and click on the HOPPER link Upcoming Events: on the bottom. When you do this a portion of your order will be donated to the Hopper FRG. August 2, 2011~ My board and I are really excited about the homecoming FRG Meeting preparations and helping with anything you may need help with the 2nd 1/2. If you have any questions please contact the FRG 6:30pm Catlin Park Community at frghopper70@yahoo.com. Have a great August! Center Sarah McClain USS HOPPER FRG President ~Our spouses serve as we serve, every bit as much. They do not bear the arms, but their open arms provide strength and comfort. They do not set the ships course, but their internal compass keeps the family ready and on track. They do not ford the stream or build the bridge, but the bridge they provide back to the home sustains and improves the morale and performance of entire units.~4 Ombudsman Newsletter August 2011
  5. 5. U S S H O P P E R D D G 7 0 CONGRATS to the entire HOPPER crew and to all of the HOPPER families for making it to the HALFWAY point! Way to go!Ombudsman Newsletter August 2011 5
  6. 6. U S S H O P P E R D D G 7 0 We Miss You HOPPER Crew!!6 Ombudsman Newsletter August 2011
  7. 7. U S S H O P P E R D D G 7 0 Celebrations & Congratulations!✦Happy Birthday to the Love of my Life...LTJG Long Tran! I love you and miss you lots!, Fromyour one and only✦Happy birthday to ENS Dan Hemmer on August 5. We love you and are really proud ofyou. Dad, Mom, Dave, Laura, LeAnne and Zoey!✦ET2 Lopes- Extremely blessed that we came into each others lives on August 19th! Our journeytogether began that day and I am so thankful for you and all that you do for me and our family. Ilove you beyond words and miss you very much! Always & Forever babe...✦Sarah McClain, I wish you a happy birthday (July 1st) and it’s been an unbelievable 10 years(May 17th)! Tell The Hunter and Kendall I love and miss them both. (submitted by IT1 McClain)✦Happy Birthday to my son Alika, Daddy loves and misses you very much. I promise we will havesome birthday cake when I get back. I love you! (submitted by ET2 Lopes)✦GM2 Andrew D. Putman, August 29th, Happy Birthday! We are very proud of you and miss youtoo much.Love you too much, Dad, Mom, Amanda, Penny and Phoebe✦HAPPY 9th Birthday Mikalynn! I miss you TONS and cant wait to celebrate! I love you to themoon and back! (submitted by YN1 Archuleta) Mauris egestas lacus sit ame✦HAPPY Birthday my Husband! I hope you enjoy your day! Love and Miss you BUNCHES!(submitted by YN1 Archuleta)✦Happy Birthday to my beautiful wife, just wanted to let you know I miss you every day and can’t Vivamus pulvinar, purus ultricies ultrices ullamcorper, dolor diam euismodwait to come home to you. (submitted by IT2 Thompson)✦Happy 1st birthday, Johnny. I love and miss you and your mommy like crazy. (submitted by QMC nisl, vel consectetuer eros mi sit amet lorem.Mathews)✦BM2 Boyd August 6th - Happy Birthday! We love and miss you. Love, JoeyLynn & Makenzie✦HM1Quisque Massa Alisha Wyche would like to wish their daughter, Moriah a very — James Wyche andbig Hau`oli Lā Hānau!✦Happy Birthday to my beautiful wife Alisha (Slim), I love you more and more each year…(submitted by HM1 Wyche)✦Happy Birthday Moriah, Love you MJ… “Stay focused”(submitted by HM1 Wyche)✦Happy 22nd Birthday IT3 Cameron Evans! We love you, Dad, Mom & Noah✦Happy Birthday on August 29th Putty Bear (GM2 Putman) from your island ohana! Love Erin,Shaners, and the rest!✦FC1(SW) Gabriel De La Paz and wife Jessica proudly announce the birth of their blessing anddaughter, Gemma Olga De La Paz on June 28, 2011 at 1456 at Tripler Army Medcal Center. Babygirl weighed 7 pounds 3.4 ounces and measured 21 inches.✦Happy 15th Birthday Dalton! Love ya! Dad (submitted by ENC Fellows)✦Aug 23rd: Happy birthday to my beautiful wife Kimberly from YLH (submitted by ENS Francis)✦HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Rebecca Gaster on August 1st!!! Love you lots, John. (submitted by ENSGaster)✦GSMFN Ryan Francisco is a new father! Baby boy born on July 31, 2011 at 8:26am weighing7lbs 14oz and 19 3/4 in long.✦ET2 Lopes- Happy 6th Birthday to our oldest son Alika! We love you!Ombudsman Newsletter August 2011 7
  8. 8. 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!8 Ombudsman Newsletter August 2011
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  11. 11. U S S H O P P E R D D G 7 0 ON ISLAND FAMILY FUN 2nd Annual Parent Child Golf Tournament Saturday, September 10 3:30 p.m. Barbers Point Golf Course $50 Operation Hele On Mock Deployment for Children Friday, August 19 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Makai Recreation Center Enjoy a FREE lunch, MWR Type to enter text information booths, sponsor booths, prize wheels, keiki activities and much more ! MWR Youth Programs (affiliated with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America) offer a great sports program for youth ages 3 - 18 years.Ombudsman Newsletter 11