NSTC Welcomes New Ombudsmen
By Scott A. Thornbloom, Naval Service Training Command Public Affairs
GREAT LAKES, Ill. (October 1, 2014) - While the Navy celebrated the work of ombudsmen in September, Naval Service Training Command (NSTC) was welcoming a new ombudsman to the command. Paige Green is NSTC's ombudsman and has been working on her qualifications most of the summer before receiving her official designation from the commander of NSTC, Rear Adm. Rich Brown. "I'm honored to be named the NSTC Ombudsman," said Green, who is married to the NSTC Flag Secretary, Lt. Cmdr. Steve Green. "I have been working hard on my ombudsman qualifications and recently completed all of the required seminars and online classes. Receiving my final designation from the admiral was very exciting for me."
An ombudsman is an official representative of the unit commander or commanding officer; he or she plays a vital role in establishing and maintaining current and accurate communication between the command and its family members.
"Since we are a shore command with a very senior staff, the NSTC families presently have the luxury of having most of their service members at home providing support and information to their loved ones." said Green. "When on sea duty or deployment, the ombudsmen have to field many calls and are needed on a daily basis to keep families apprised of critical information and to help provide the resources and support, as one would imagine a family would want or need, when their spouse or parent is away and unable to help with household matters. Hopefully, I can be a useful tool to our Navy families, providing them with the information and resources they need."
Green also said she is ready to assist the programs in the command's domain. NSTC oversees 98 percent of initial officer and enlisted accessions training for the Navy, as well as the Navy's Citizenship Development program. That includes:
Recruit Training Command (RTC), the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) at more than 160 colleges and universities, Officer Training Command (OTC) Newport, and Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (NJROTC) and Navy National Defense Cadet Corps (NNDCC) citizenship development programs at more than 600 high schools worldwide.
"Ombudsmen are important to the sound running of the Navy," said the Illinois State University graduate with a Bachelor's Degree in Education. "Ombudsmen provide a vital flow of information between families and the command. They link spouses and families to needed resources. I look forward to being that link for NSTC and the command's programs."
Green presently works as the Library Media Teacher at Geneva Middle School in Geneva, Ill. She and her Navy husband have five children and she calls Naval Station Great Lakes her favorite duty station, "because my husband and I are both originally from Illinois and all of our family resides in the area."
She said she is also looking forward to working with other ombudsmen in the area and attending events in support of military families.
"The Ombudsman program provides Navy families with a 'go to' person that can help them to function and transition to Navy life in healthy ways which allows our Sailors to concentrate on their jobs with a little more peace of mind knowing that there is a support and resource system in place for their loved ones," she said.
The Ombudsman program was first set up in 1970 by Adm. E.R. Zumwalt, Jr., then Chief of Naval Operations (CNO). He created the Navy Family Ombudsman Program to improve communication between commands and the families of Sailors who served in them. In 2006, then-CNO, Adm. Michael G. Mullen, re-emphasized the importance of the program and signed an updated instruction, highlighting the requirement that all navy families have access to a navy Family Ombudsman.
For more information on the Ombudsman program visit:
For more information about NSTC, visit http://www.netc.navy.mil/nstc/or visit the NSTC Facebook pages at:
Command Ombudsman Phone: 224-688-1540
Email address: NSTCombud@gmail.com