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.
Chief of Naval Operations, (CNO), ADM John Richardson (left), his spouse, Dana Richardson (right) pose with the 2018 Mrs. Sybil Stockdale Ombudsman of the Year awardees at the Naval District Washington Ombudsman Appreciation/Key Spouse Luncheon held October 16, 2018 at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling's Bolling Club. Pictured left to right with the Richardsons are Kumi Bergstraser and Garrett Zopfi, U.S. Pacific Fleet; Tiffany Croshaw, U.S. Fleet Forces; Johnna Johnson, U.S. Navy Shore activities and Barbara Schumaker, U.S. Naval Reserve Force.
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 at a region Ombudsman Appreciation Event held in September or October. Supporting documents for the 2019 Mrs. Sybil Stockdale Ombudsman of the Year Award will be posted in January of 2019.
Sample documents for the 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