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My Coast Guard
Commentary | March 1, 2021

Coast Guard Ombudsman Program turns 35 years old 

By Keisha Reynolds, MyCG Writer

In honor of the Ombudsman Program’s 35th anniversary on March 26, today begins a 35-day celebration of our more than 350 ombudsmen volunteers. 

Ombudsmen are the front-line and “go-to” ambassadors at commands that provide information and resources to families. The next 35 days is intended to show them how valuable they are to the Coast Guard. 

The program was established on March 26, 1986, by Adm. James S. Gracey, the Coast Guard’s 17th Commandant, and the program has grown to be one of the strongest components of the Coast Guard family support network.  

“Now is the perfect time to share with your command Ombudsmen, what they mean to your unit and the families,” said the Ombudsman Program Manager Christine Degraw. “I encourage everyone to find their own way to celebrate these extraordinary people who add enormous value to the Coast Guard.” 

For additional information on ways you can recognize your ombudsman or if you have questions, contact Christine Degraw. Additional points of contact are the Atlantic Area Regional Ombudsman Coordinator Lori Carrington or Pacific Area Regional Ombudsman Coordinator Ryan Fahlenkamp