Today is Ombudsman Appreciation Day. It is a day for us to show our appreciation to command Ombudsmen for their dedication to supporting our Navy and its families.
This year is especially meaningful as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Ombudsman Program. Please take a moment to recognize your command Ombudsman and the many benefits of the Ombudsman Program. This practice goes back to the inception of the Ombudsman Program in 1970, when Adm. Elmo R. Zumwalt, Jr., introduced the Navy Family Command Ombudsman Program via Z-Gram 24.
These selfless volunteers are crucial to the success of our Navy. The contributions Ombudsmen make to the success of a command's mission are immeasurable. Their support to Navy families enable Sailors and commands to focus on mission requirements while knowing that their families have a trained and reliable resource to provide support on the home front.
Commanders and command triads, you play a critical role in ensuring your Ombudsmen are properly prepared and always feel there is a direct line of communication with you to assist your Sailors.
Ombudsman Coordinators, you serve as an invaluable resource to both Ombudsmen and Commanders. Your guidance and understanding of the Ombudsman Program provide a firm foundation to all who are affiliated with the program.
Ombudsmen, congratulations on 50 impressive years of dedicated service and support! Thank you for all you do and BRAVO ZULU!
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