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USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93)
Imua e na Koa Kai
Message From the CO
09 February 2024
From: Commanding Officer, USS CHUNG-HOON (DDG 93)
To: Prospective Shipmates and Friends of the CHUNG-HOON Ohana
Subj: WELCOME ABOARD
ALOHA! Congratulations on receiving orders to USS CHUNG-HOON (DDG 93). We are Hawaii’s mightiest destroyer, currently home ported in San Diego, California. If you have received orders to USS CHUNG-HOON (DDG 93), please email email@example.com and we will provide you with a sponsor to help make your transition as smooth as possible. We are excited to have you on board and welcome you to the CHUNG-HOON Ohana!
USS CHUNG-HOON is the ship - our crew, THE BEST CREW IN THE NAVY, brings her to life. We are a team of professionals, who act like a team, and get the job done - always. We are proud of our heritage and our direct connection with CDR Chung-Hoon and the crew of USS SIGSBEE. SIGSBEE was excellent throughout WWII, and extraordinary on 14 Apr 1945. SIGSBEE fended off numerous Kamikazes and successfully battled damage caused by one which got through.
Their honor, courage, and commitment that day are an inspiration to us, and I believe it will be for you as well. If you have orders to CHUNG-HOON, congratulations and E Komo Mai (Welcome)! We look forward to your arrival and for you to join our team of amazing professionals. Please consult the reporting information in this web page and don’t hesitate to reach out to your sponsor for additional information.
If you have questions please contact the Command Master Chief, the Executive Officer, or me - anytime. As you get ready to step aboard, prepare to hustle! In no time you will be a valued member of this amazing CHUNG-HOON team - and we don't move slowly. We will provide training and education challenges and have a good time doing it. It will be hard work, but it is an important job and you are joining the best team in the fleet. I hope you are as excited about serving in CHUNG-HOON as I am having you join our crew.
If you know a Sailor aboard CHUNG-HOON, you can be very proud of his or her honorable service in our nation's Navy. This great crew is carrying out the ship's motto (Imua e na Koa Kai, or Go Forward Sea Warriors) as we represent our Nation's interests in distant corners of the world. We are moving forward with a purpose and every member of this incredible crew is pushing each other to achieve unbelievable result.
If you are intrigued by namesake we proudly serve aboard the first United States Ship to carry the name CHUNG-HOON. Our country is a melting pot of cultures, and our ship and crew are evidence of that. Our namesake, Rear Admiral Gordon Pai'ea Chung-Hoon, was the first Hawaiian-born Admiral in the United States Navy. You can learn more about his life and service to our country on this web site. We are extremely proud to carry this name, and to maintain close ties with Admiral Chung-Hoon's family and his beautiful island home. IMUA!
IMUA e na KOA KAI!
Kevin M. Schaeffer
USS CHUNG-HOON (DDG 93
Aloha! from your Command Sponsor Coordinator. I want to be the first to say welcome aboard shipmate! You are reporting to one of the Fleets finest Destroyers. This is a challenging assigment, but it is a great ship and I am sure it will be very rewarding for you. Please browse the website for information about the command and check out our electronic Welcome Aboard Package below for information about Hawaii and reporting aboard. If you need a sponsor contact me via email. I look forward to seeing you on the deckplates.
Imua E Na Koa Kai!
I am your command ombudsman.
An ombudsman is a volunteer position designated by the command to serve as a communication link between the commanding officer and command family members, as well as your go to person for information and referrals. I am available if the ship is pier side or underway and send receive and receive communications between the CO, XO and CMC and our families. I am your advocate ready to support, assist, and guide you with the Navy family resources available to you. I also follow the guidelines of confidentiality as required by the Navy Family Ombudsman Program.
One of my essential responsibilities to the USS Chung-Hoon and our families is to maintain good contact information for our families, particularly when the ship is deployed or underway. This enables me to act as disaster coordinator in the event of an emergency (typhoon, hurricane, tsunami, etc.) and work with the command to ensure everyone is accounted for. I appreciate your support and understanding and request that you please call or email me your plans and contact information if you leave the islands for an extended period of time, while the ship is deployed.
Here is a little about me. I have been with my sailor and the ins and outs of Navy life for almost 20 years. We have been stationed in Hawaii since 2006 and are living life aloha style. Kids, many moves, and several deployments later, I have had both the opportunity and challenge to embrace many hats. Like many of you, I cherish and appreciate the moments with my sailor when he is here. I also give myself permission to miss him and keep moving forward when duty calls, he is working long hours, or out to sea. And, I get both giddy and anxious with anticipation when a return is close. I am sincerely looking forward to providing support that you might need during your time at the command.
You may contact me through phone or e-mail. I am available 24 hours a day for emergencies. Contact information is included below. Please note, the Care line is a recorded message and provides information only. It is not set up to receive messages. The best way to get a hold of me is to email or call the mobile number. I check both periodically throughout the day. Many thanks for all you do to support our crew and I look forward to meeting you.
1. What is an Ombudsman?
Every Command has an Ombudsman who is a spouse of a sailor at the Command. The Ombudsman serves as the liaison between the command and the families. The Ombudsman is the point of contact for the families. He or she can assist families with navigating through Navy life through resources and information.
2. How can an Ombudsman help me?
Navy Family Ombudsmen are key resources for family members, particularly during deployments. Ombudsmen maintain current resource files with information on military and civilian community agencies that can help families solve a variety of problems, and successfully meet the challenges they face before, during, and after deployments. In addition to providing referral information, Ombudsmen can facilitate communication between the Command and family members. Ombudsmen may publish or contribute to command newsletters or maintain care lines, which have recorded messages with information for command families that can be accessed 24 hours a day. Ombudsmen can also assist families in contacting the Command for a variety of reasons.
3. What is the role of the COMNAVSURFPAC Force Ombudsman?
The Force Ombudsman provides oversight and guidance for all the Surface Ship's Ombudsmen in the Pacific Fleet Area of Responsibility. You can contact the Surface Forces Ombudsman at (619) 301-6983 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
4. What is an IA assignment or tour?
An IA is an Individual Augmentee. A Sailor may receive orders to go IA and this means that he or she will deploy as an Individual, not with their command. Sometimes an IA will deploy and be stationed with another branch of the Military. http://www.ia.navy.mil/
5. What is NFAAS?
Navy Family Accountability and Assessment System. This is how the Navy will track your family and assess your needs during an emergency. https://www.navyfamily.navy.mil
6. How can I find out more about medical, dental or Navy family resources?
Contact your Command Ombudsman. He or she will guide you to your resources.
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