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USS Milius (DDG 69)

“Others Before Myself”

USS Milius Welcome Aboard!From the Commanding Officer, CDR Rob Niemeyer: 

On behalf of the officers and crew of USS MILIUS (DDG 69), I’d like to welcome you aboard. Your assignment to a destroyer indicates you are among the best in your field and you are joining a team of dedicated and professional Sailors who truly take pride in MILIUS, the Navy, and the country.

The 19th Arleigh Burke Class Destroyer, MILIUS was commissioned in 1996. She is named in honor of a courageous naval aviator, CAPTAIN Paul L. Milius, who gave his life for his aircrew during combat action over Laos in 1968, giving us our motto of “Alii Prae Me” which translates to “Others before Self”.

The Arleigh Burke class of destroyer is built around the Aegis combat system and the SPY-1D multi-function phased array radar. A multi-mission capable ship, MILIUS is one of 21 Ballistic Missile Defense capable platforms. Her last four deployments were Ballistic Missile Defense patrols -- to detect and track ballistic missiles of all ranges – including Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles and report track data to the missile defense system. We can expect this will be a focus area for future deployments.

For information about the command, you can view our homepage at, our facebook page USS MILIUS (DDG 69) or contact our command ombudsman at email address

We will be happy to assist you and provide additional information to help make your transition to MILIUS a positive one. Your sponsor is the critical link in getting information. You should be in regular contact with your sponsor prior to reporting to ensure we have your contact information and that you know the location of the ship. If you are still in need of a sponsor or have issues, contact our sponsor coordinator at

If you would like more information about the area, please do not hesitate to coordinate with your sponsor, our command sponsor coordinator at or our command master chief at

Congratulations on your orders to our great warship. I look forward to meeting you upon your arrival. Again, welcome aboard.

CDR Rob Niemeyer
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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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