Mrs. Sybil Stockdale Ombudsman of the Year Award


The Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) established the Mrs. Sybil Stockdale Ombudsman of the Year Award. Mrs. Stockdale set an unflagging example for her support to families of other POWs during the seven year internment of her husband, Vice Admiral James Bond Stockdale, in Southeast Asia. 

Mrs. Stockdale’s commitment to Navy families exemplifies the foundation of the Ombudsman Program today. She set the example by establishing the National League of Families of American Prisoners in Southeast Asia to provide support for families of other POWs. More than 40 years later there are over 2,000 dedicated volunteers serving Navy families as Ombudsmen.

Nominated by their commanding officers, these ombudsmen maintain the highest standards of professionalism and create a healthy sense of community by being positive role models for command members and their families. They serve as a principal source of assistance and support during deployment, mobilization and times of emergencies. Recipients of this award have exhibited selfless dedication and service to the command families.

2022 Mrs. Sybil Stockdale Ombudsman of the Year Award

Thank you to all Command Ombudsmen who maintain the highest standards of professionalism and create a healthy sense of community by being positive role models for command members and their families.

Sample documents for the Mrs. Sybil Stockdale Ombudsman of the Year Award for 2022 include the following:


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