ombudsmen honored

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (Sept. 15, 2022) Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command, Adm. Daryl Caudle, speaks to attendees at Navy League Hampton Roads annual Ombudsmen Appreciation Dinner at the Virginia Beach Convention Center, Sept. 15, 2022. The event was held to recognize the Navy and Coast Guard volunteer family ombudsmen from commands around Hampton Roads. (US Navy Phot by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Emily Casavant/ released)

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Navy League Hampton Roads hosted a Hampton Roads ombudsman Recognition Dinner at the Virginia Beach Convention Center Sept. 15, 2022 to honor the ombudsmen of the Navy and Coast Guard.

Over 400 guests attended the event, including over 50 ombudsman and special guest, Adm. Daryl Caudle, Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command.

“You serve as liaison between the command, our Navy families, spouses and significant others,” said Adm. Caudle, speaking to the ombudsmen in attendance. “You welcome newcomers to the area and into the command family and, without fail, step up in times of crisis and follow up on commitments made to those families.”

Family ombudsmen are Navy and Coast Guard spouse volunteers appointed by a Commanding Officer. They are the communication liaisons between commands and family members. The Ombudsmen Program supports mission readiness by serving as an information link between commands and command families, ultimately enhancing family resilience.

“We’re the best trained Navy in the world, but it’s our people always being ready to focus on the mission that sets us apart,” said Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral Michael Gilday, during a prerecorded message. “We could not do what we do without the efforts of our command ombudsmen who freely give their time and energy to support our Navy and Coast Guard families.”

Throughout the night, guests enjoyed a performance by Norfolk Public Schools string ensemble, the “Strolling Silver Strings”, music from the U.S. Fleet Forces Band, a three course meal and guest speakers. The evening concluded with a raffle drawing and group photos.

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