The Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) established the Mrs. Sybil Stockdale Ombudsman of the Year Award. Mrs. Stockdale set an unflagging example for her support to families of other POWs during the seven year internment of her husband, Vice Admiral James Bond Stockdale, in Southeast Asia.
Mrs. Stockdale’s commitment to Navy families exemplifies the foundation of the Ombudsman Program today. She set the example by establishing the National League of Families of American Prisoners in Southeast Asia to provide support for families of other POWs. Over 40 years later there are more than 2,000 dedicated volunteers serving Navy families as Ombudsmen.
Nominated by their commanding officers, these ombudsmen maintain the highest standards of professionalism and create a healthy sense of community by being positive role models for command members and their families. They serve as a principal source of assistance and support during deployment, mobilization and times of emergencies. Recipients of this award have exhibited selfless dedication and service to the command families. Pictured below is the 2017 Mrs. Sybil Stockdale Ombudsman of the Year Award winners and Chief of Naval Operations (CNO), Admiral John Richardson his wife, Dana.
During the month of September, commanding officers Navy wide host Ombudsman Appreciation events to honor their ombudsman's service. We honor Mrs. Stockdale’s commitment to Navy families by presenting the Mrs. Sybil Stockdale Ombudsman of the Year Award to four outstanding ombudsmen in the month of April.
Supporting documents for the 2018 Mrs. Sybil Stockdale Ombudsman of the Year Award include the following:
- NAVADMIN 092/18 SUBJ / MRS SYBIL STOCKDALE OMBUDSMAN OF THE YEAR AWARD
- Mrs. Stockdale Ombudsman of the Year Standard Operating Procedures (SOP)
- Sample Cover Letter
- FFSC Director's Sample Letter
- Mrs. Stockdale Ombudsman of the Year Score Sheet
- Mrs. Stockdale Ombudsman of the Year Points of Contact (POC)
- OPNAVINST 1750.1G CH-2 Navy Family Ombudsman Program