How do I become an Ombudsman?
Appointed by the Commanding Officer, Command Ombudsmen are volunteers and spouses of service members within the command. You can apply for this position when the command advertises for volunteers or request to be placed on a standby list of volunteers for future consideration when a position(s) becomes available. Volunteers are screened, selected and appointed by the Commanding Officer. A board, which can include the Command Master Chief, Executive Officer, current Ombudsman, and/ or other command members, as directed, may assist the CO.
What training is provided to the Ombudsmen?
Family members, with command support, receive Ombudsman Basic Training (OBT). OBT consists of 9 modules that provide required knowledge and skill development necessary to perform effectively as the Command Ombudsman. The workshop provides resource avenues for helping families through crisis, daily living and is open to perspectiveOmbudsmen, CO’s, XO’s, Chaplains, CMC’s, COB’s and their spouses. Ombudsmen can continue their education via additional local training.
Is financial support available to Ombudsmen?
The command, budget permitting, may provide supplies, equipment and reimbursement for such expenses as childcare and mileage.
What support is available for the Ombudsmen?
In support of the Navy Family Ombudsman Program, the Fleet and Family Support Center Ombudsman Coordinator provides Ombudsman Basic Training and Ombudsman Advanced Training, collaborates in the planning of events, offers current information about the Ombudsman program, local resources and more. The Ombudsman Coordinator is available to assist commands with Ombudsman appreciation, recognition, and information on the program and its guidelines. These services are available to all Ombudsmen in the performance of their duties as well as to all commands for the management of their Ombudsman Programs.
For more information, call the Sigonella Ombudsman Coordinator at 095-56-4291 or 314-624-4291 (DSN).
How can I find my Ombudsmen?
The Fleet and Family Support Center Ombudsman Coordinator maintains a roster of all area Ombudsmen. Contact the FFSC at 095-56-4291 or 314-624-4291 (DSN).
How can an Ombudsman help me?
Navy Family Ombudsmen are key resources for family members, particularly during deployments. Ombudsmen maintain current resource files with information on military and civilian community agencies. These agencies can help families solve a variety of problems and successfully meet the challenges they face before, during, and after deployments. They publish or contribute to command newsletters, maintain care lines and assist the families by contacting the chain of command for a variety of reasons.