Congratulations to Mrs. Becky Lawrence our 2019 Ombudsman of the Year!
What is an Ombudsman? They are a communication link between the commanding officer and family members. Ombudsmen are mainly information and referral specialists who help command family members gain the assistance they need — this is especially relevant for deploying commands. Usually, a military spouse fills the role, and while they are not professional counselors or social workers, they can assist families with finding the help and services needed.
Rebecca Lawrence has five years of experience as a Coast Guard spouse and is married to Petty Officer 1st Class Louvin Lawrence, an electronics technician attached to the Coast Guard Cutter Sequoia (WPB 215).
With only one year of experience as a Coast Guard ombudsman, she dove in to help her community in Guam, one of the most remote areas in which the Coast Guard serves.
“Sequoia is lucky to have “Becky” Lawrence as our ombudsman,” said Lt. Cmdr. Christian Adams, the cutter’s commanding officer. “During her time in this role, Mrs. Lawrence has shown dedication to the families and those serving on the Sequoia through typhoons, transfers, welcoming newborns, the death of a crew member, and now, through the government shutdown that affected our entire Coast Guard. She strongly supports the ombudsman network on Guam, filling in for other Coast Guard unit ombudsman when they are absent and staying closely connected to the Navy ombudsman network as well.”
She saw the crew and families in Guam through surf and storm and howling gale! More about her motivation and achievement at: http://bit.ly/2Jl6Oaz