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Message From the CO
09 February 2024

From: Commanding Officer, USS MIGUEL KEITH (ESB 5) MILCREW (BLUE)
To: Prospective Shipmates and Friends of the MIGUEL KEITH


Congratulations on your orders to USS MIGUEL KEITH (ESB 5) MILCREW (BLUE). Let me be the first to welcome you to OUR ship. I am certain you will find your upcoming tour to be professionally, challenging and personally rewarding.

Our ship is unique in a way that we are a hybrid crew of 44 civilian mariners and 101 Navy Sailors. Civilian or military, we are ONE team and work together to accomplish the ship’s missions. You will play a big role in our future successes. You are joining a team that represents the fighting spirit of Lance Corporal Miguel Keith, USMC. My expectation is that you will uphold the highest standards of our profession, letting our core values of Honor, Courage and Commitment be your guide. As United States Sailors, we have been entrusted by the American people to defend this nation, maintain the world’s sea lines of commerce and to provide humanitarian assistance at home and abroad when called upon. Whether in or out of uniform, you are and will always be a United States Sailor and that is something to be proud of.

As much as I expect of you, you should expect the same of me. From the ship’s most senior officer to the lowest ranking enlisted Sailor, we all play a critical role. Our command culture is built on a foundation of respect, trust, and open communication both up and down the chain-of-command. I encourage your feedback for ways to improve and expect your forceful back-up should you see anything unsafe. Our command motto is SEMPER IN PUGNA – meaning “Always in the fight!” We need your very best effort every day in ensuring MIGUEL KEITH and you remain in the fight, through anything that may happen.

To assist in making your transfer as smooth as possible, a sponsor will be assigned to you. Your sponsor will contact you to help answer any questions you may have. Please provide your email address and/or cell phone number to the sponsor coordinator at so we can rapidly provide your sponsor’s contact details and to answer any questions you may have about living or working in the San Diego area. Additionally, our Senior Enlisted Leader, CMDCM Adams, is available at

Our Command Ombudsmen, Mrs. Brenda Garcia and Mrs. Marchaey Ferrell may be reached via email at for assistance prior to your arrival and throughout your time on the MIGUEL KEITH.

Again, welcome aboard! I am very pleased that you are joining our team and look forward to meeting you.


                     CAPT Joe Droll
                               Commanding Officer
                                         USS MIGUEL KEITH (ESB 5) Blue



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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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USS Miguel Keith (ESB 5)

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