YOKOSUKA, Japan (NNS) -- Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) (SW/FMF) Joe Campa Jr., and his wife Diana met with ombudsmen from Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka (CFAY) and tenant commands April 9.
Diana Campa, Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) ombudsman-at-large, had the opportunity to listen to some of the concerns of Navy families stationed in Japan.
"One of the concerns I've heard out here (in Japan) is spouse employment," said Diana. "Another issue is child care. I think sometimes it is difficult to try to look for work or take classes if our child care doesn't have the space for hourly care or also some of the shift work for 24 hour care."
Mrs. Campa looks forward to meeting with ombudsmen during her travels and the opportunity to express to them her gratitude for their sacrifices and dedication to Navy families.
"One of the things I look forward to is meeting them one-on-one and letting them know the impact they have," said Diana. "I know that our Navy and our Sailors couldn't do the jobs they do if ombudsmen weren't around to help support their families."
Whenever Mrs. Campa comes to Japan, she said it is like a homecoming and sees the impact on the ombudsman program in Yokosuka.
"I do believe the ombudsman program is working well here," she said. "Being in Japan is like coming home to me. I spent quite a few years here, and I really do know that the organizations and the people that support our families will continue to work hard at making life better for them here."
MCPON Campa also expressed his gratitude to Yokosuka's ombudsmen, as he addressed them during their monthly assembly.
"I personally want to thank you for what you do," said Campa. "I know, as a command master chief, the value of a good command ombudsman. You are what hold things together for our families, and especially in this part of the world, where deployment schedules aren't always set in stone. Often times they are at a moment's notice, and we, as Sailors, we pick up our seabags and go to sea."
Campa also recognized the importance of an ombudsman program and what it means to families.
"I think the ombudsman program is one of the best ideas the Navy has," he said. "It's one of the programs that has endured - it's a strong program and I know we made a few changes to it about a year ago. Those changes were designed so that the command ombudsman has that strong connection with that command, it stays that way and the focus is the Navy family."
According to Campa, ombudsmen help support the Navy's mission, as Sailors and their families are faced with increased deployments.
"There are times where I get to watch a ship get underway and I see those ombudsmen supporting those families standing on the pier who are experiencing a deployment for the first time," he said. "You would never know that their spouse is going away also, because they're not focusing on themselves, they're focusing on the families left behind. I have to tell you, that is pretty heartwarming to see. It's that type of culture that makes me proud of what you do."
MCPON Campa and his wife are in the 7th Fleet area of responsibility visiting Sailors of the Forward-Deployed Naval Forces.
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