From the Commanding Officer, CDR Mike Rak:
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 www.milius.navy.mil
, our facebook page USS MILIUS (DDG 69)
or contact our command ombudsman at email address email@example.com
or via telephone at (619) 417-9980
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
. If the ship is underway on your report date, check in with the Transient Personnel Unit (TPU), Bldg 3142, Room 153 Naval Station San Diego, CA 92136
. The TPU phone number is (619) 556-3185
, DSN: 526-3185
. The ship's in port phone number is (619) 556-3939
, DSN: 526-3939
If you have dependents and you desire military housing, you should communicate with the San Diego Navy Housing Office as soon as possible. Their telephone number is (619) 556-8443
or DSN: 526-8443
. Immediate permanent military housing upon arrival is not usually available; your sponsor can assist you during your transition by providing you with more detailed information. More information is also available at www.militaryonesource.com
If you would like more information about the area, please do not hesitate to coordinate with your sponsor, our command sponsor coordinator, BM1(SW) Borden
or our command master chief, CMDCM (SW/AW) Houlihan
Congratulations on your orders to our great warship. I look forward to meeting you upon your arrival. Again, welcome aboard.