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Congratulations on your orders to USS WILLIAM P. LAWRENCE (DDG-110). Welcome aboard! I am the Commanding Officer and wanted to welcome you to the crew. The ship is named for a modern Navy hero, Vice Admiral William P. Lawrence, USN. A pioneer of naval aviation in the jet age, Admiral Lawrence was a prisoner at the infamous Hanoi Hilton during the Vietnam War for over six years after being shot down in 1967. He went on to become Superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy, Commander U.S. THIRD Fleet, and Chief of Naval Personnel. He touched the lives of thousands of officers and Sailors through his lessons on leadership, honor and perseverance while on active duty and in retirement. Together, we will continue to honor the legacy Admiral Lawrence left; his spirit is alive in this ship and we will take it to sea to serve the Nation.

During Admiral Lawrence’s time as a POW he lived by the motto “NEVER GIVE IN!” which we carry on as our mantra. Keeping this in mind, we will train as we fight and we will NEVER GIVE IN! I expect positive leadership and personal mentorship from everyone everyday. As creative leaders, fostering an environment for professional and personal development we will succeed. I look forward to your arrival as it is an honor and privilege to serve with each and every one of you. NEVER GIVE IN!

CDR Brandon Burkett
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 William P Lawrence (DDG 110)

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