The Ombudsman is a spouse or other family member of a VFA-37 sailor who has volunteered their time and effort to guiding other families through various concerns which may arise. While the Ombudsman, might not be able to immediately address or answer a question, they know who to contact and where to go for information and assistance.
A Navy family Ombudsman is a valuable asset in facilitating communication between the Commanding Officer and family members, fostering a better understanding of the needs and viewpoints of the sailor and their families while providing information and assistance to family members within the command.
If you are a spouse or family member of a VFA-37 sailor and are in need of assistance, you may please contact the VFA-37 Ombudsman:
An Ombudsman fulfills the following roles:
•Serve as the primary link/liaison between VFA-37 family members and the command.
•Serve as the primary communicator of information between VFA-37 family members and the command.
•Communicate regularly with VFA-37 families through monthly newsletters, and this web page.
•Provide information and outreach to VFA-37 family members. Interact and cooperate with organizations and military offices such as Fleet and Family Service Centers, chaplain's office, medical treatment facilities, Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, American Red Cross, and legal assistance offices.
•Refer individuals in need of professional assistance to the appropriate resources. An Ombudsman may provide support to individuals by referring them to counseling. Counseling is not provided by the Ombudsman.
•Act as an advocate for VFA-37 family members. The Ombudsman, through their unique access to the Chain of Command, can liaison at the appropriate level for an intervention and the forwarding of appropriate requests or grievances while maintaining confidentiality.
•An Ombudsman's responsibilities do not include social duties.