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Dear New Shipmate, Welcome aboard!! Congratulations on your orders to one of the Navy's finest warships. As a new member of Team KIDD, we want you to know you are a very proud team of United States Sailors. We guarantee you will not be disappointed with this assignment. We are looking forward to having you as a member of our team. If by some chance you have not already been contacted by your sponsor, please contact our sponsor coordinator at or myself at In order to provide a smooth transition and relocation, we'd like to ask you to please provide your sponsor and/or our sponsor coordinator with the following information: - Total Years of Service - Previous Assignments - Marital Status - Number/Ages/Relationship of Dependents - Any Special Family Member Needs (EFM)? - Would you like government quarters if eligible? - Leave and arrival intentions - Any special hobbies or skills - Leave address, phone number and email address Living space and places to keep all your belongings aboard KIDD is very limited. Please remember this when you pack for your move. If you arrive with more than a Sea bag and Garment bag, then you probably have too much stuff. We want you to come with a full sea bag because we are world wide deployable at any time. Ten different pairs of your favorite sneakers and a pair of work boots for each day of the week may not work out that well with our limited storage space.  The Everett area is extremely beautiful, but fairly expensive! The cost of housing, food, and entertainment is high. There are still plenty of things to see as hiking, skiing and other outdoor activities are readily available.  In the event we are not in Homeport on your arrival to Naval Station Everett, please report to Transient Personnel Unit onboard Naval Station Everett (Bldg 2000). Please make a note of your new mailing address: RATE/RANK FULL NAME (ASSIGNED DIVISION) USS KIDD (DDG 100) FPO AP 96670-1212 If you are married or have children, we would like to extend a warm welcome to your family. We hope to meet them at the earliest opportunity. If you are single with custody of your children, or married to another military person with children ensure your dependent care certificate/family care plan is current and within the last three months prior to transferring. The work and schedule are tough, but manageable. We are a Warship that needs to be ready at a moments notice to deploy anywhere. That means that we have to work hard to keep ourselves, our ship and our families ready to take care of business with very little prep time. You'll be expected to do your part from the moment you step on board but don't worry, we'll help you every step of the way! You can expect your sponsor to write you, call you and to provide an email address where you may contact them to answer questions, and help ease your transition to TEAM KIDD every step of the way. We know that you're probably very excited to get here, maybe even a little nervous. That's OK, and to be expected. As long as you bring your positive attitude, motivation and an open mind, you will absolutely enjoy your tour onboard KIDD! I look forward to your arrival. Once again, welcome to the KIDD Team!! Sincerely, CMDCM(SW/AW) James T. Graves Command Master Chief USS KIDD (DDG 100) "Pirates of the Pacific"

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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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