SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- Commander, Naval Air Forces Pacific ombudsmen hosted an assembly in the USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) hangar bay, April 21.
During the assembly, ombudsmen, senior enlisted and officers assigned to Pacific Fleet commands discussed successful practices and techniques and shared information from their respective commands.
"These quarterly assemblies allow us to network with our counterparts throughout different commands and discuss unique issues that may apply to all of us," said Nancy Kennedy, Commander, Naval Air Forces Pacific, force ombudsman. "We discussed numerous issues such as communicating with families during active shooter situations and working through mental health issues on both military and domestic fronts."
Navy ombudsmen are civilian volunteers who serve as a command's communication link between military leadership and the Sailors' families, whether in port or at sea.
"Our ombudsmen are vitally important to the Navy," said Master Chief William Lloyd-Owen, Commander, Naval Air Forces Pacific force master chief. "They are the conduit from our families to the leadership of our commands. When certain information doesn't get shared directly from Sailors to their families, the ombudsmen have the resources and means to reach out to those families. A command ombudsman is a keystone to the resilience of the Navy community as a whole."
According to Capt. Karl Thomas, Carl Vinson's commanding officer, Team Vinson was happy to host this event.
"It's great that we're able to host this ombudsmen assembly on board the Vinson," said Thomas. "It is a seminal event for us, as it helps us transition from a maintenance availability environment to an operational environment. This is the first function we've been able to host in our hangar bay after completing our recent maintenance period, and I can't think of a better function to host than bringing these ombudsmen, who are so vital to our crew and to the Sailors around the fleet, onboard to discuss these issues."
The Carl Vinson Strike Group is scheduled to deploy on a Western Pacific deployment in 2017. Carl Vinson is currently pierside in its homeport of San Diego.
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