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Brandy Clingan was appointed as Ombudsman-at-Large today by Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Gary Roughead. Ombudsmen help commanders and commanding officers have a better understanding of the welfare of the command's families. They assist commands and their families to be better prepared to meet emergency situations.

Navy Appoints New Ombudsman-at-Large

The following post is written by the newly appointed Ombudsman-at-Large, Brandy Clingan.

This is my first week as Ombudsman-at-Large.  I am one of two, the other being Bobbi West, spouse of the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy.

Our primary role is to advise the Chief of Naval Operations and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy on matters affecting Sailors and their families. We are a focal point for the important flow of information from Navy Ombudsmen, Sailors, and their families to the CNO and MCPON.  We also serve as advocates for the Navy Family Ombudsman Program.

I am stepping into a job held by Debby Greene for 15 months.  Thank you Debby for your time and attention as I prepared for this day.

This week we celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Navy Family Ombudsman Program.  This is a Navy-wide program established to improve mission readiness through improved family readiness. A strong command Ombudsman Program, both ashore and afloat, helps to ensure that families have the information necessary to meet the challenges of a military lifestyle.

Ombudsmen help commanders and commanding officers have a better understanding of the welfare of the command’s families. They assist commands and their families to be better prepared to meet emergency situations.

Today our ombudsmen provide support to family members of Active Duty and Reserve Sailors, and to families of those serving in locations which are remote, isolated or outside the close proximity of a Navy installation.

I am deeply honored and humbled by this appointment.

As a Navy spouse, I watched the Navy’s Ombudsman Program grow.  The program is stronger than ever, thanks to the program managers and an amazing, global network of volunteers.  They are doing extraordinary work in extraordinary times.  I am proud of their service and their passion for Navy families. They represent the very best of the Ombudsman Program’s tremendous 40-year legacy.

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