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The Fightin’ FTZ Philosophy
A Fitzgerald sailor knows Y WE FIGHT
WE- we, not I
F- Frame of mind, attitude is everything!
I- Integrity and intention, do the right thing and be intentional in your actions. Procedural compliance always.
G- Goals; be bold in setting them and relentless in pursuit.
H- Humility, be humbled in all that you do. Respect others.
T- Teamwork, leads to effectiveness, efficiency, and combat readiness.
By Charles Swindoll
Welcome aboard! I am pleased to have you coming aboard. The command is located in Naval Base San Diego.
The Department you will be assigned to is responsible for policy and implementation of many "people" programs in the Navy and consists of several special assistants and six divisions, which are supported by a staff of over 300 personnel.  These responsibilities include Personal Excellence and Partnerships; Physical Readiness; Navy Drug and Alcohol Programs; Equal Opportunity; Casualty Assistance and Retired Affairs; Navy Music Program; Morale, Welfare, and Recreational Services; and Personal, Family and Community Support.  As you can see, we cover a wide variety of programs that affect virtually all Sailors at some time during their careers.  I know you will find your tour to be challenging, informative, 'and rewarding.  Our command 's Web site can be accessed at

Please let your sponsor know when you will be reporting aboard. For any questions you may have about living and working in this area, contact your sponsor at COMM/DSN (619)556-3891.  Also, my Command Master Chief Ronmel J. Aleman is available at (757)777-5529 and our Command Ombudsman, Isabella Palacios, may be reached at (520)431-4665 for assistance.
Again, welcome aboard!  I am very pleased that you are joining our team and look forward to meeting you.
                                                            CDR Jayson C. Larson

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New Arrivals
If you have orders to USS FITZGERALD (DDG 62), congratulations and welcome aboard The Mighty FITZ!
Installation information, including directions for reaching the base, is available on the Naval Base San Diego website at
Military personnel checking in during non-working hours should contact the quarterdeck at (619) 556-3891.
If you are currently under orders and haven’t been contacted by a sponsor, please reach out via the ship’s Sponsorship Coordinator information.
Welcome To San Diego
NBSD Base Handbook
NBSD Bus Schedules
Facilities and Resources
Navy Voting Assistance Program
DEERS/RAPIDS Appointment Scheduler
Make an appointment for an ID
Visitor Control Center
Welcome Aboard San Diego! Info on being stationed in San Diego
Religious Programs
Transportation Incentive Program (TIP)

CS1 McCary, Brandon
Sponsorship E-mail:
Quarterdeck # (619) 556-3891
            Mrs. Isabella Palacios
            Phone # (520) 431-4665

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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

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.

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.

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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