USS Sterett (DDG 104)Welcome aboard USS STERETT DDG-104!

Welcome Aboard! Congratulations on your assignment to the United States Navy’s finest guided missile destroyer, USS STERETT (DDG 104), the fourth ship to bear this proud name. You are very fortunate to have been selected to join the fabulous crew of USS STERETT. Our motto "Forever Dauntless" is accomplished by maintaining the highest standards of professionalism, which is exactly what all STERETT Sailors strive to achieve. The officers and crew are looking forward to welcoming you upon your arrival.

You will have a sponsor assigned to you by your gaining Department. Your sponsor will be available to answer any questions that you may have prior to your arrival. Your sponsor is a vital part in making your transfer to the USS STERETT a success.

If the ship is away from homeport when you are scheduled to report, check into Transient Personnel Unit (TPU) located on the “Dry Side” Bldg. 3142, Brunton Hall, Naval Station San Diego, CA. There, you will receive instructions on how to contact the Ship. TPU is open 24 hours, seven days a week, and is ready to assist you if needed.

Additional contact information can be found on the Ship’s website www.STERETT.navy.mil; by emailing the Command Sponsor Coordinator at sponsor@ddg104.navy.mil or by writing the ship at the following address:

Commanding Officer
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A welcome aboard package will be mailed to you shortly after we receive your orders. It will provide general relocation information about the Naval Station and the San Diego area.

Once again, welcome aboard the Navy’s finest warship, I look forward to working and serving with you.

Andrew Koy
CDR, U.S. Navy
Commanding Officer

Reporting For Duty on USS STERETT
Congratulations on receiving orders to the finest ship in the U.S. Navy Fleet! The hardest part about transferring to a new command is knowing where to go and how to get there. In addition, it can also be tough to set up living and moving arrangements. We have included some very helpful information to assist you in your transfer. Should you have any questions or need help with anything, you can always Contact Us or your sponsor. 

Request A Sponsor
If you are in need of a sponsor from USS STERETT, you can e-mail us at: sponsor@ddg104.navy.mil and we will assign a sponsor to you and have them contact you as soon as possible. When you e-mail us, please include as much contact information as possible to include home, work, and cell phone numbers as well as any work and/or personal e-mail addresses.
Command Sponsor Coordinator:   sponsor@ddg104.navy.mil

Uniform Of The Day
Uniform of the Day will be Navy Working Uniform for E-1 and above.

Working Hours
Working hours are 0700 to 1630 Monday through Friday. PT is run on a Departmental Basis. Contact your sponsor for further details.

A Relocation Checklist For Military Personnel
Very good checklists can be found at your local Family Service Center Relocation Office. These are usually the best source of information to make your move as painless as possible. However, this page may serve to remind you of some of the important items that are sometimes overlooked.

Issues that affect military assignment:

Have you...
Received your orders?
Completed sea-duty screening?
Obligated service for the duration of your new assignment?
Received a signed transfer evaluation and filed it in your service record?
Notified your sponsor of flight information? Arranged ground transportation?

Obtained a passport?
It is not required, but highly recommended that all military members get a tourist passport prior to departing the United States. Active duty military are not eligible for a "no-fee" passport, but their family members are, ensure they have one! A passport makes it easier and quicker to depart some of the various countries we visit. You never know when you will be required to return to homeport or the U.S. to attend a school or go TAD.

Complete a Change of Address card at the local post office. You can also fill this out on-line at www.usps.com/moversnet. Remember, this changes your address at the post office, not with whomever is sending you mail. You must notify individuals, companies, and any magazines you have subscriptions with separately. Most companies, including magazines, have a toll-free number you may call to change your delivery address.

Provide all relatives (spouse, parents, etc.) with a copy of your PCS orders. If there is an emergency requiring them to contact the American Red Cross (ARC), your orders will allow the ARC to quickly determine your location and contact you.

Make arrangements to cancel utility services and pay final bills. Most utility companies will forward a final statement and receipt of payment to your new address if you ask. Ensure you take care of ALL of the following, as necessary:

Water company
Electric company
Natural gas company
Trash/waste services
Telephone (including CELL phones)
Any maintenance related fees you may have incurred.
And of course, ensure you sponsor is aware of your arrival date. They can also confirm temporary lodging, ground transportation, pet reservations, etc.

Your mailing address will be:
Your Name and Rank (SR John Doe)
Your department/division
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ombudsman
The Navy Ombudsman

Navy Family Ombudsmen are a critical communication link between the Commanding Officer and family members. They must be the spouse of an active duty or Reserve member of the command. Once appointed as the command Ombudsman, the volunteer receives standardized Ombudsman Basic Training (OBT). OBT provides the basic knowledge and tools necessary to be an effective representative of the command and an advocate for family members.

The Ombudsman represents and reports to the Commanding Officer who maintains ownership of the command Ombudsman program. Ombudsmen are primarily Information and Referral Specialists who help command family members gain the assistance they need to succeed as part of the extended Navy family. This is especially critical for deploying commands. Although Ombudsmen are not paid for their services, authorized expenses, such​ as mileage, childcare, and office supplies, can be reimbursed when approved by the Commanding Officer. The most significant value to the Ombudsman is the satisfaction of helping other command family members. Also, the skills and experience gained benefits the volunteers throughout their lives.

Contact Our Ombudsman:

Mrs. Sylwia Stetz 619-709-2251

Mrs. Ashley Sullivan 619-709-2468

Careline: 1-877-275-0332 or (619) 556-0817

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 surfaceombudsman@gmail.com

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. http://www.ia.navy.mil/

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. https://www.navyfamily.navy.mil

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.

This is an official U.S. Navy website

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