Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Rick D. West and his wife, Bobbi West, Navy Ombudsman-at-Large, released the following message to the fleet marking Ombudsman Appreciation Day on September 12.
Bobbi and I would like to take the time to say 'thank you' for all your hard work and dedication to our Sailors, families and our great Navy for the past 41 years. Since Admiral Zumwalt established the ombudsman program, the outstanding volunteers who have stepped up and have served in this important role have left a lasting positive impact that resonates across the Fleet every day.
We honor you, our Navy ombudsmen, who are Navy spouses and highly trained volunteers that provide a vital communication link between commands and families. When our families are faced with the challenges of deployments or family emergencies, our dedicated ombudsmen promote resiliency and self-reliance by providing guidance that assists families to regain a sense of normalcy.
Our ombudsmen serve with a genuine desire to help and represent the very best of the program's tremendous legacy. Mission readiness is tied to family readiness, and family readiness is tied in part to the selfless dedication of our extraordinary ombudsmen.
Please join Bobbi and me in offering our sincere gratitude and appreciation to our Navy ombudsmen and their 41 years of excellence.