In 1970, then-Chief
of Naval Operations, Admiral Elmo Zumwalt, recognized
issues and concerns that are unique to Navy families.
In response to those issues, he established the Navy
Family Ombudsman program. This volunteer program, governed
by OPNAVINST 1750.1D, is designed to provide better
communication between Navy families and Navy officials.
The Ombudsman is a vital resource to
assist the command in discharging the commanding officer's
(CO's) responsibilities for the morale and welfare of
the command's families.
The Command Family Ombudsman program belongs to the command and is shaped
by the CO's perception of the needs of the command.
The ombudsman is appointed by and works under the CO's
guidance. The CO determines the priorities of the program,
the roles and relationships of those involved in it,
and the type and level of support it will receive. These
decisions greatly influence the effectiveness of the
Command Ombudsman program in serving the needs of the
command and its family.