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USS Sampson (DDG 102)

"Through Courage and Arms"

01 March 2024
From: Commanding Officer, USS SAMPSON (DDG 102)
To: Prospective Shipmates and Friends of SAMPSON NATION
Congratulations on receiving orders to USS SAMPSON (DDG 102)! We are the pride of the Pacific Northwest and Naval Station Everett’s most lethal guided missile destroyer. If you have received orders to SAMPSON NATION, please email 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 SAMPSON NATION!
USS SAMPSON (DDG 102) is the fourth warship to honor her namesake – Rear Admiral William T. Sampson.  Our motto is “Through Courage and Arms,” developed from the courage Rear Admiral Sampson displayed in his leadership commanding vessels that defeated the Spanish fleet during the Spanish-American War, and “arms” from Rear Admiral Sampson’s commitment to science and technology as the Chief of the Bureau of Ordnance. SAMPSON NATION carries his legacy forward, committed to Be Ready, Be Agile, and Be Lethal.
Our nation expects SAMPSON to be ready at a moment’s notice – ready to fight today – and our commitment to training, maintenance, and personal/family readiness will ensure we answer the call. We will not rise to the level of our expectations but fall to the level of our training, and we will train to fight and win. We will increase our proficiency and master our craft. We will master our training, our equipment, and our tactics. Practice makes permanent.
We continuously self-assess our capability, training, and processes, and rapidly self-correct with tenacity. We must verify every system, every procedure, and every process to rebuild our trust in SAMPSON’s capability. We are highly adaptable. We are prepared to execute missions across the full spectrum of military operations, from disaster assistance and humanitarian relief, theater security cooperation, homeland defense, deterrence, and combat operations. We are ready to adapt and respond to future challenges.
We prioritize warfighting readiness, rising to all challenges, fixing/elevating barriers, and aggressively training to ensure we remain ready to fight and stay in the fight.  We aggressively take action to maintain operational readiness. We do not wait for it.
If you have questions please contact the Command Master Chief, the Executive Officer, or me - anytime. As you get ready to step aboard, prepare for the fight! In no time you will be a valued member of SAMPSON NATION!  I hope you are as excited about serving in SAMPSON as I am having you join our crew.
Be Ready, Be Agile, and Be Lethal! Through Courage and Arms!
CDR James D. Hostetler
Commanding Officer

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 Sampson (DDG 102)

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