R 011046Z SEP 17
FM CNO WASHINGTON DC
INFO CNO WASHINGTON DC
MSGID/GENADMIN/CNO WASHINGTON DC/N00/SEP//
SUBJ/2017 OMBUDSMAN APPRECIATION DAY//
RMKS/1. 14 September 2017 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 ADM Elmo R. Zumwalt, Jr. introduced the Navy Family
Command Ombudsman Program via Z-Gram 24.
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. Ombudsmen, your diligence and steadfast commitment are unmatched. You
are a key line of communication between the command and families, offering
information and referral services that are essential to family readiness. On
behalf of 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
Ombudsman 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 familiy members in order to relay official information directly
related to family readiness. Commanders should make every effort to support
their Ombudsman by fulfilling all requirements as set forth in OPNAVINST
5. 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 attend a recognition event
6. Additional information about the Ombudsman Program is available at
7. Released by ADM J. M. Richardson, Chief of Naval Operations.//