CVW-17 is looking to fill the critical role of Ombudsman for the command. An ombudsman is a spouse or other family member of a Navy Sailor who has volunteered their time and effort to guiding other families through various problems that may arise from time to time. The roles and functions of command family ombudsmen are varied:
•Serve as the primary link/liaison between families and the command. Serve as a communicator of information between the command and command families.
•Provide information and outreach to command family members. Interact and cooperate with organizations and military offices such as Family Service Centers, chaplain's office, medical treatment facilities, Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, American Red Cross, and legal assistance offices. These organizations are valuable resources in obtaining assistance for command family members. •Refer individuals in need of professional assistance to appropriate resources. Ombudsmen may provide support to individuals and refer them for counseling.
•Act as an advocate for the command family members. Ombudsmen, by using their knowledge of the system, can help access the appropriate level of chain of command for intervention and for the forwarding of appropriate requests/grievances while exercising confidentiality.
Ombudsmen are primarily Information and Referral Specialists who help command family members gain the assistance they need to succeed as part of the extended Navy family. This is especially critical for deploying commands. Although Ombudsmen are not paid for their services, authorized expenses, such as mileage, childcare, and office supplies, can be reimbursed when approved by the Commanding Officer.
The skills and experience gained look great on a resume, but the most significant value is the satisfaction of helping other families!
If you are interested in volunteering for this position, please contact CMDCM Tim Nettles at 559-998-0326 and firstname.lastname@example.org.