WASHINGTON (NNS) (NNS) -- Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON)(SS/SW) Rick D. West and his wife, Bobbi, Ombudsman-at-Large, released the following Ombudsman Appreciation Day message to the Fleet Sept. 13.
Bobbi and I would like to take the time to say 'thank you' for all your hard work, dedication and steadfast support that you provide to our Sailors, families and our great Navy.
Without you, we would not have that vital communication link between our commands and families. For the past 42 years, Ombudsmen have been an invaluable resource for our families when it mattered most, whether providing support and guidance to a new spouse enduring a first deployment or to a family facing a crisis - the job that you do is immeasurable.
Your time as an Ombudsman is honored and valued. The outstanding effort that you put forth in this important role leaves a lasting, positive impact on Sailors and families across the Fleet every day, and we can't thank you enough.
Bobbi and I have enjoyed working with you these last several years and though we are moving on, we know that you will continue to carry the torch for our Navy families. As we all know, family readiness is tied to mission readiness and having a strong family support structure enables Sailors to excel at their jobs and the Navy to accomplish its missions.
Thank you, Ombudsmen, for 42 years of tremendous service and for your continued support and selfless dedication.
Bravo Zulu and HOOYAH!
MCPON and Bobbi West"
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