2023 OMBUDSMAN APPRECIATION DAY:
R 311936Z AUG 23 MID600053306517U
FM CNO WASHINGTON DC
INFO CNO WASHINGTON DC
MSGID/GENADMIN/CNO WASHINGTON DC/N00/AUG//
SUBJ/2023 OMBUDSMAN APPRECIATION DAY//
RMKS/1. September 14th is a day set aside for Navy personnel and families to
show appreciation to command ombudsmen for their dedicated service to the
Fleet, Fighter, and Family. This practice goes back to the inception of the
program in 1970, when Admiral Elmo R. Zumwalt, Jr. introduced the Navy Family
Command Ombudsman Program via Z-Gram 24. For over 50 years, the dedicated
volunteers of this important program have been making a difference. As we
approach the anniversary of the Ombudsman Program, let us take a few moments
to review the value of a command ombudsman and the benefits of the Ombudsman
2. The contribution ombudsmen make to the success of the command's mission
is immeasurable. Their efforts in supporting Navy families enable Sailors
and commands to focus on mission requirements, all while knowing families
have a trained and reliable resource to provide support on the home front.
3. To our Ombudsmen: Your diligence and steadfast commitment are
unmatched. Your key line of communication between the command and families
ensures they have access to trusted support and referral services that are
essential to family readiness. Although families may experience uncertain
times or crisis events in their lives, you continue to bring compassion
through your communication and ensure families feel supported at all
times. When families receive information, resources, support and assistance
to better navigate their circumstances, it increases overall resiliency and
makes them better equipped to navigate the military lifestyle with greater
strength. On behalf of all Navy families, thank you for your service!
4. Commanders: You have an important role in ensuring your ombudsmen are
ready to serve and are successful. Commanders shall communicate with their
ombudsmen regularly to gauge command families' morale, health, and welfare
and to share command information that is relevant to our Navy families.
OPNAVINST 1750.1G CH-2 directs commands to provide an updated roster of
command family members in order to relay official information directly
related to family readiness.
5. Additionally, commanders must ensure that the Ombudsman Registry is
maintained and updated as changes occur. Ombudsman Monthly/Quarterly
Worksheets should be uploaded by the prescribed due dates to reflect the hard
work being done by your ombudsmen. And last but certainly not least,
commanders should attend local Ombudsman Assembly Meetings with your command
ombudsmen in order to demonstrate a strong and cohesive command
unit. Commanders should make every effort to support their ombudsmen by
fulfilling all requirements as set forth in OPNAVINST 1750.1G CH-2.
6. Ombudsman Coordinators: You serve as a valuable resource to ombudsmen
and commanding officers. Your guidance and understanding of the Ombudsman
Program provide a firm foundation to all who are affiliated with the
program. Thank you for your service.
7. Navy team: Please take the opportunity to express well-deserved
appreciation and gratitude to these selfless volunteers who are so crucial to
the success of our Navy. Make every effort to recognize your ombudsmen at
this special time of year!
8. Additional information about the Ombudsman Program is available at
9. Released by ADM L. M. Franchetti, Acting Chief of Naval Operations.//