Kiska (AE 35) - Naval Cruise Book

 - Class of 1987

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E vgil' 1 i I 1. ffil.--' COMMRNDER JOHN J. BEPHO, Ill Commending Officer CDR John J. Bepko, lil was born and raised in Milford, Connecticut. After graduating from the Uni- versity of Connecticut, he enlisted in the Navy in June 1968. While attending Radarman "A" School, CDR Bepko was selected for Officer Candidate School, and was commissioned an Ensign in September, 1969. Following commissioning, CDR Bepko served as Gunnery Officer, then Combat information Center Offi- cer aboard USS ORLECK QDD 8861, homeported in Yokosuka, Japan. Following Destroyer School he served as Operations Officer on USS BAUSELL QDD 845i, also homeported in Yokosuka. While on BAU- SELL, he participated in the evacuation of the Repub- lic of Vietnam and SS Mayaquez recovery operations. He was next assigned as counterintelligence!Human intelligence Officer of U.S.!Taiwan Defense Command, at Taipei, Republic of China, from 1975 to 1978. From 1978 to 1979, CDR Bepko ws Executive Officer of y USS PRESERVER QARS 81, out of Little Creek, VIFQE' ia. In December 1979, CDR BepkO fepoffed F0 med al val Postgraduate School, Monterey, California. an graduated with a Master of Science Degree ln Jungof 1981. ln October 1981, CDR Bepko took commafll u USS EXCEL QMSO 439i, homeported at Treasure S land, California. A , USS Prior to selection as Commanding Off'C?V' U55 KISKA, CDR Bepko served as Executive Officer, PYRO QAE 243, from July 1983 to March 1985. F54 was promoted to his present rank in October. 1J im CDR B9pko's personal awards include the Fon Service Commendation Medal, Navy Comrt19fld3d'a' Medal, and the Ministry of National Defense.M9 Cam Republic of China. In addition, he wears various paign medals and unit awards.

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FROM THE Cf-WPTHIN Everything that a ship does, every drill, every ex- ercise, every refueling, every inspection . . . is for one reason and one reason only . . . to prepare us to serve our country with honor in combat. This past year we have worked long and hard to prepare for this deployment, for it is on deployments like this one to the far off corners of the earth that ships are most likely to encounter that terrible fact of life - that there are those who would enslave innocent people - and it is our responsibility to keep those people free. Not all men and women are cut out for this diffi- cult responsibility, but l thank God that the men l led in KISKA are ready to serve with honor in war as well as peace. My pride of you men in KISKA has no bounds. We steamed thousands of miles, handled thousands of tons of ordnance and kept all ship's systems oper- ational. All this was done without a single major mis- hap. You performed superbly. While inport, we saw K R many other cultures and races and enjoyed the sights and sounds of Japan, Hong Kong, Korea and the Phi- lippines. We saw that the barriers of language and customs are easily bridged by courtesy and respect, and the international symbol of friendliness, a smile. We saw that people in other countries make do very well without most of the luxuries that we in the United States enjoy, luxuries such as air conditioning, a car and space to park it, refrigerators, paved roads. You men who were seeing these things for the first time came back, l'm sure, with a new view on what it takes to be happy. The highest compliment a Commanding Officer can pay his men is to say that he is ready and willing to lead them in combat. l have, do now and will con- tinue to emphatically say that about you. On this de- ployment you served your country, your Navy and me superbly and with great honor. 'I .' . 'lug f .r K. -.... .1 , ' . 4'- ' - 1 , ' 47' 5'-.23 All

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