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www.facebook.com/groups/ddg109ombudsman Good evening 109 Family! Candice here to remind you that we have a new Ombudsman...
11/02/2022

www.facebook.com/groups/ddg109ombudsman

Good evening 109 Family!
Candice here to remind you that we have a new Ombudsman Facebook group. The group is private and requires the authorization from your Sailor to join. This is set in place to ensure information security.

If you have not already done so, please visit www.facebook.com/groups/ddg109ombudsman and submit a request to join. Please note that all pending requests have been sent to your Sailor's navy.mil account and are awaiting their authorization.

We look forward to seeing you over there!

Good morning Jason Dunham family and friends, CMC here.I wanted to get on this morning to announce and congratulate Mrs....
10/26/2022

Good morning Jason Dunham family and friends, CMC here.
I wanted to get on this morning to announce and congratulate Mrs. Candice Bigwood-Baker as our new Ombudsman. With that said, there is a new contact number and a new page. The old page will remain up for a few weeks while transition and then we will close it.

The new number is: 904-701-2405
The email is: [email protected]
The new page is:
www.facebook.com/groups/ddg109ombudsman

Congratulations again to Candice. She looks forward to serving our families and is a great addition to your support team!
-CMC

Good morning Jason Dunham family and friends, CMC here.

I wanted to get on this morning to announce and congratulate Mrs. Candice Bigwood-Baker as our new Ombudsman. With that said, there is a new contact number and a new page. The old page will remain up for a few weeks while transition and then we will close it.

The new number is: 904-701-2405

The email is: [email protected]

The new page is:
www.facebook.com/groups/ddg109ombudsman

Congratulations again to Candice. She looks forward to serving our families and is a great addition to your support team!

-CMC

10/25/2022
10/19/2022

A message from your Voting Assistance Officer:

Good evening Jason Dunham Families,

My name is Emily Gothard, and I am the Voting Assistance Officer onboard. As election season approaches, I wanted to put out my contact information in case anyone needed help in this matter. We can help you find the resources you need, register to vote, or file for an absentee ballot. Feel free to email me at [email protected] or email the Assistant VAO at [email protected]. Thank you for your support!

Very respectfully,
ENS Emily Gothard

09/29/2022

Recent post from our CMC:

Good morning Jason Dunham family and friends, CMC here.

I wanted to reach out and check in on everyone as Tropical Storm Ian is approaching. The news reports of South West Florida have alot of damage and I am glad that this hurricane is now a tropical storm.

Still, it remains a large storm and is dangerous. Please remain sheltered in place and do not venture out unless absolutely necessary. It may seem ok to do so, but things can escalate very quickly if your out in the storm. With all the water around, you just don't know what is under the water.

If you need any type of assistance, please reach out to your or your Sailors Chain of Command, myself, the Ombudsman, or the FRG. Watch the local news, follow all recommendations, and please stay safe!

-CMC

09/27/2022

So more information for effects on base:

As of right now, We will be going to COR 2 sometime tomorrow.

In COR 2, only main gate will be open. Main gate will close for shelter in place at COR 1.

855 4navfac is the number to call if you see anything like gas leaks or fire on base

Wildlife will be in flood waters 🐍🦎🐊. PLEASE USE CAUTION IN FLOOD WATERS!!!!

NS Mayport Quarterdeck will remain open

Please take all Halloween decor down in housing. Housing will be making run through for all non secured items tomorrow. If not secured they will be writing up residents.

I will post all information as I get it.

CMC

09/27/2022

With the the incoming storm, please reach out to [email protected] with any questions, concerns or needs and they will be answered or forwarded to CMC.

Stay safe!

09/27/2022

From the Command page:

Good morning Jason Dunham family and friends, CMC here.

Just wanted to reach out with a small tidbit if information. I know that with a hurricane inbound, it can be a scary time for all of us. I encourage you, if you have not already, download the Jaxready App. This app has alot of useful information for flood zones and storm info. Also, get on and follow the Mayport Naval Station page ask they post useful information. We will post what information we get here, as we get it.

If you have not, please today get a hurricane preparedness kit together. As the storm gets closer to us, items at the store will be harder to get. Fill your vehicles gas tank as well.

We are watching this storm closely and are making preps here onboard. That may keep your Sailor here at work longer than you would like. Please make sure that you are prepared at home while we prepare here.

More to follow soon.

CMC

Shared post from the Jason Dunham Command page:Good morning Jason Dunham family and friends, CMC here!  I hope everyone'...
09/25/2022

Shared post from the Jason Dunham Command page:

Good morning Jason Dunham family and friends, CMC here! I hope everyone's week was a great one and your evjoying your weekend.

I wanted to post some pictures from recent events on board. Congratulations to the four Sailors who were advanced to the next paygrade using the Meritorious Advancement Program (MAP):

OS1 Craig
QM2 Keene
QM2 Dudley
DC3 Gonzalez

Awesome work from these Sailors. Well deserved advancement!

-CMC

09/24/2022

Families,

It has been my honor to serve as your Ombudsman. Thank you for this. At this time I have resigned and am turning over everything to the CMC. Thank you again for everything. Please continue to support your Sailors and our Navy!

Thank you always,

Christopher Hooper
Former Ombudsman, USS JASON DUNHAM (DDG 109)

09/14/2022

Families of USS JASON DUNHAM (DDG 109),

Today is the 52nd Ombudsman Appreciation day. While it is a day to celebrate Ombudsman and our very important role in our Navy Family, we couldn't and wouldn't be able to do what we do without your assistance and support. We have been through a lot since I took over as the Ombudsman:

Predeployment Workups
Deployment
Deployment extention
Return to homeport
Yard Period.

Our Sailors take on the hard roles and long hours during their service to our nation. Our families stand beside them and encourage them. Supporting them in every step until their last day in uniform. I was honored to serve our Navy for 17 years before retiring and becoming a full time Naval spouse. I, like a lot of people feel that service above self is a great attribute. I jumped at the opportunity to tackle the hard role of Ombudsman when the opportunity presented itself.

I have met a lot of our families and have been excited to work with CDR Kiser, CDR Keller, and Command Master Chief Roth to ensure that we have good communication between our Sailor's Leadership and families. I am grateful daily for all the support and confidence everyone have given me. So, even though today is about recongnizing Ombudsman, I want to recognize you. Again, we couldn't do anything without you! Thank you families for your support! Thank you to the CO, XO, and CMC for their belief in me and guidance when needed. A HUGE thank you to my fellow Ombudsman Navy wide, Navy Region Southeast, and here at Mayport Naval Station.

I will continue to support our families as long as I can. I am available to you. I am proud to be your Ombudsman.

Thank you,

Christopher Hooper
USS JASON DUNHAM (DDG 109)
Command Ombudsman

09/06/2022

Congrats Chief Selects. Sooooooooooooo very proud of all of you! Keep up the great work and keep hitting the deckplates running!

Christopher
Command Ombudsman

08/16/2022

For your situational awareness. Be safe everyone.

FYI
07/29/2022

FYI

A should attend for all new Navy spouses.
07/29/2022

A should attend for all new Navy spouses.

Our full fall schedule is open for registration. We have 2 virtual sessions and 1 in-person option available to learn all the tips, tricks, and resources to make this crazy Navy Life the very best it can be. Register for free at www.nsfamilyline.org/compass-registration

Great info to keep cool this summer!!
07/13/2022

Great info to keep cool this summer!!

As we live in the hurricane capital....lol  please take notes.   PREPARE FOR THE WORST, HOPE FOR THE BEST!
07/13/2022

As we live in the hurricane capital....lol please take notes. PREPARE FOR THE WORST, HOPE FOR THE BEST!

🌀 Today is the first day of the 2022 Atlantic Hurricane Season! Before a storm threatens your community, take the time now to develop your household's hurricane plans & stock up disaster supply kits.

➡️ Learn more ways to be prepared for the season at FloridaDisaster.org/PlanPrepare.

06/26/2022

This is not a drill I repeat this is not a drill this is the Day of homecoming!

To the families and friends of sailors of USS JASON DUNHAM I would like to say thank you for supporting your sailors through a very arduous deployment. You should be justifiably proud of your sailors for all they accomplished during the past seven months out to sea.

The officers and crew of USS JASON DUNHAM, my heartfelt congratulations and welcome home. You have done a deployment unlike most. You’ve traveled around the world showing the flag and being ambassador‘s for our country. You’ve qualified and many of you have advanced. Take pride in all that you accomplished this deployment. I am so very proud of you all and proud to call you shipmates!

to friends and family and the officers and crew alike welcome home, enjoy your time together and have a great navy day!

Semper fortis,
Christopher Hooper
Command ombudsman
USS JASON DUNHAM

06/24/2022

Make sure you watch this video and download the MyNavy Family App! It's a great resource!

06/23/2022

Congratulations to all of the Sailorrs who promoted! It is a well earned achievement. Proud of you all!

Christopher Hooper
Command Ombudsman

06/08/2022

FYI. Have your voicee heard

05/28/2022

🌀 The 2022 Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday begins this weekend! This 14-day tax holiday gives Floridians the opportunity to prepare for hurricane season by saving money on disaster prep items.

➡️ Download a disaster supply kit checklist before the tax holiday: FloridaDisaster.org/Kit.

05/24/2022
Today, this gem of a lady celebrates 101 years young!   Her name is Mrs. Ima Black, wife of the Navy's FIRST Master Chie...
05/17/2022

Today, this gem of a lady celebrates 101 years young! Her name is Mrs. Ima Black, wife of the Navy's FIRST Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy or MCPON. She stays enagaged with our U.S. Navy! Help us send her some love!! Like, share, and comment!!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MRS. BLACK!!!

Thank you to all the spouses out there!
05/06/2022

Thank you to all the spouses out there!

04/18/2022

Families,

I would be remiss to go through April without recognizing military children.

April is Month of the Military Child. The things that Military Children undergo are life altering in a lot of situations. Our children show that military children, although young, are resilient! As Sailors we often miss our children and are excited to show off pictures and messages of/from the kids. It is those pictures and messages from the kids that keep us going when we are away from our families. Back home, often, spouses rely on our kids to keep our spirits up. Even when we are feeling lost for words, our kids give us purpose and hope. So, as your Command Ombudsman, thank you to all the kids that support our Sailors and spouses! We couldn’t do what we do without you.

Semper Fortis,

Christopher Hooper
Command Ombudsman

FYI Families!
04/14/2022

FYI Families!

Effective today we are now in HPCON Alpha. This decision was made due to local community transmission rates, capacity of local hospitals and medical capabilites of military treatment facilities.

What does this mean -

When the HPCON is A, or “Alpha,” there’s a limited health alert. Maintain your routine actions but also:

Routinely clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
If you’re sick, call your medical provider for instructions on receiving care before going to a clinic or hospital. Make sure your installation is aware of the symptoms of your health threat.

04/11/2022

Families,

I know we have all gotten news that we don’t like. I’m sorry. Things like this cannot be avoided. As I’ve been saying, “We are not just called a Navy Family, We ARE a Navy Family.” Lean on one another! Utilize the FRG for the socia aspect and myself for the resources. We must band together to bring this deployment to a close. We are in this together! As bad as we have it back here, think how bad our Sailors have it. 🙂

Semper fortis,

Christopher Hooper
Command Ombudsman

04/09/2022

JASON DUNHAM Families, a word from the Commanding Officer:

Jason Dunham Families,

I know many of you have seen the news reports of the Harry S. Truman Strike Group being extended on deployment. We received the official word today that we will be extended for a little over a month. The Ombudsman and FRG will have the schedule shortly and will let you know the details as they can. We understand that extensions create anxiety and we are supporting each other out here as a united team. We know there are challenges back home, and I ask that you use the support of the Ombudsman, the FRG, and the extended Jason Dunham family.

Sincerely,

CDR Michael Kiser
Commanding Officer

Thank you to all of our JASON DUNHAM families that came out to make the homecoming lei for the ship!     It turned out w...
04/09/2022

Thank you to all of our JASON DUNHAM families that came out to make the homecoming lei for the ship! It turned out wonderful! I can’t wait to see it draped on the bow of the ship!

04/08/2022

JASON DUNHAM Family and Friends,

Good evening. I had the honor of talking to quite a few families tonight with regards to the homecoming. Please let me put your minds at ease:

Several ships in the Truman Strike Group are extended, however, Jason Dunham remains on track to return home on time.

If you have questions regarding homecoming date please contact me. If there is a change in the date you will get it from Susan Roth or myself.

My phone remains on for all the families. Have a great NAVY night!

Semper Fortis,

Christopher Hooper
Command Ombudsman

Staying busy!    We are ready for y’all to come home!!
04/05/2022

Staying busy! We are ready for y’all to come home!!

04/01/2022

Chiefs,

On this occasion of your 129th birthday I would like to extend my sincerest happy birthday to the Chief Petty Officer mess. As a retired First Class Petty Officer I understand the value of “THE CHIEF”! I worked for some of the best Chiefs that I ever could’ve asked for during my career in the United States Navy. The Chief is the backbone! You make everything work. So on this occasion of your 129th birthday I would like to extend a hardy “Navy Chief, Navy Pride” and happy birthday shipmates! Take care Chiefs.

V/R,

Christopher Hooper
USS JASON DUNHAM (DDG 109)
Command Ombudsman

Amazing work JASON DUNHAM!
03/24/2022

Amazing work JASON DUNHAM!

Congrats to FLTCM James Honea on his selection as the 16th Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy.   He will relieve MCP...
03/10/2022

Congrats to FLTCM James Honea on his selection as the 16th Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy. He will relieve MCPON Smith later this year.

03/01/2022

Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler! Happy Mardi Gras everyone!!!

We have been without our loved ones for 3 months….we got this! We are strong and we are even stronger together! 💪💪💪. It’s all downhill from here! 🙂.

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