USS Ingraham
Decommissioned January 30, 2015
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USS Ingraham Family Matters



Ombudsman Phone (425) 387-1193
CARELINE# (425) 304-5222


The role of ombudsman is a unique opportunity for a Navy Spouse. She/He is an official volunteer appointed by the Command. An ombudsman is the information link, or liaison, between command leadership and Navy families to include spouses, parents, extended family members, and significant others. Ombudsmen serve as a crucial resource for all, especially during deployments. As part of the Command Family Support Team, she/he works closely with the Commanding Officer and Command Master Chief and always adheres to the Ombudsman code of ethics, which guarantee support of the commands mission, professionalism, and confidentiality.

Ingraham in AlaskaThe Ombudsman is a valuable contact for a plethora of resources and referrals on both the military and civilian community, to include local and national, that can help with financial support, food banks, counseling, spouse employment, volunteer opportunities, deployment support, children’s services, healthcare, education, legal, fun and free stuff and much, much more.

Battel EnsignThe Ombudsman will also keep you informed regarding current events and programs having to do with the command and family support as well as the military and civilian communities. She/He has a direct communications link to the command, and is the source of official and accurate command information during everyday routine, deployment, command emergencies and disasters. You will find this vital information via the INGRAHAM Ombudsman careline, email and phone tree.

Ingraham on the rightThe Ombudsman is an advocate for both the command and command families but she/he must empower the family members to help themselves. The Ombudsman cannot do for others what they must learn to do for themselves. Therefore, she/he will happily provide information and make referrals. With that said, please do not hesitate to call the Ombudsman if you need any help whether it be a routine question or an emergency, or perhaps you just need someone to listen and talk to. The Ombudsman can aid you in crisis intervention for such things as death of a loved one, child abuse or neglect, domestic abuse, suicide or sexual assault. Remember though, the Ombudsman is not a counselor she/he can only assist and aid you by giving an ear to listen to and giving you referrals. Please remember that the Ombudsman is here for you and anything that you tell her/him will be kept strictly confidential!  

Ship currently located at:

Todd Shipyard Seattle, WA
1801 16th Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98134-1085
QD phone: (206) 682-7456

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is an Ombudsman?
Every Command has an Ombudsman who is a spouse of a sailor at the Command. The Ombudsman serves as the liaison between the command and the families. The Ombudsman is the point of contact for the families. He or she can assist families with navigating through Navy life through resources and information.

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 that can help families solve a variety of problems, and successfully meet the challenges they face before, during, and after deployments. In addition to providing referral information, Ombudsmen can facilitate communication between the Command and family members. Ombudsmen may publish or contribute to command newsletters or maintain care lines, which have recorded messages with information for command families that can be accessed 24 hours a day. Ombudsmen can also assist families in contacting the Command for a variety of reasons.

What is the role of the COMNAVSURFPAC Force Ombudsman?
The Force Ombudsman provides oversight and guidance for all the Surface Ship's Ombudsmen in the Pacific Fleet Area of Responsibility. You can contact the Surface Forces Ombudsman at (619) 301-6983 or send an email to

What is an IA assignment or tour?
An IA is an Individual Augmentee. A Sailor may receive orders to go IA and this means that he or she will deploy as an Individual, not with their command. Sometimes an IA will deploy and be stationed with another branch of the Military.

What is NFAAS?
Navy Family Accountability and Assessment System. This is how the Navy will track your family and assess your needs during an emergency.

How can I find out more about medical, dental or Navy family resources?
Contact your Command Ombudsman. He or she will guide you to your resources.

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