When a Navy Sailor answers the call to serve, so do their families and loved ones. Our sailors know that their duty lies upon the waves, and they proudly perform this service. This means that their families may be without the presence of their sailors for months at a time. In order for our sailors to achieve their mission, the Navy has established a program to assist and support their families in holding down the home front in their absence. The Navy Family Ombudsman Program is designed to provide a liaison between families and the Command, to ensure an open line of communication, and to be a resource for families while sailors perform their duties at home or underway.
Navy Family Ombudsmen are volunteers who have extensive experience in the military life style. They have also answered the call to serve in order to ensure families’ successful navigation of Navy culture and the unique challenges faced as a member of the military family. Ombudsmen provide resources and referrals to a variety of services available to Navy families. Ombudsmen comply with a strict ethical code and are able to maintain confidentiality (with a few exceptions). As Ombudsmen, these volunteers are mandated reporters for the following situations: cases of domestic violence or abuse, actual or suspected child abuse or neglect, suicide, and homicide. In any case, the Ombudsmen can also provide avenues for finding even more strictly confidential means of assistance.
Navy Family Ombudsmen are in tune with the services provided in the Command’s homeport, and can guide families to the right service or services. Ombudsmen can also provide a direct link to the Command to notify sailors of emergency and urgent communications from their loved ones. This is not all the Ombudsmen can do; Ombudsmen can also provide resources for everyday questions and concerns. Navy families can face many different challenges ranging from housing, schools, financial assistance, or sometimes even just finding a place to meet other Navy families. Ombudsmen can assist with any questions families may have, and get them the assistance they require.
Whether preparing for homecoming or a deployment, families are always encouraged to reach out to the Ombudsmen. As Ombudsmen, these volunteers have made a commitment to the families in their care. Their goal is to guide Navy families to help make them more resilient and capable of handling the daily stresses of a military lifestyle. Their priority is the well-being of the families and the morale of the crew. Ombudsmen understand how sailors’ concerns for their families can affect mission readiness and have stepped up to provide Navy families a source of support and information.
Your USS Nimitz Family Ombudsmen are:
For more information Sailors and their families can contact the ombudsmen by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (360) 340-7040.
MEET YOUR NIMITZ OMBUDSMEN
Jeanine Neiman was born in Ohio and moved to four more states before settling into the Philadelphia area by the age of 10. There, she attended high school where she met her future husband, William Neiman, in 1997. After graduation in 1999, William joined the Navy. During which time, they celebrated the arrival of their first child and their marriage the following year.
Upon completing A school and Nuclear Power School in South Carolina, the new family moved to Saratoga Springs, N.Y. where William completed his nuclear training at Nuclear Prototype Training Unit (NPTU), Ballston Spa, N.Y. for six months beginning November 2000. During this time, Jeanine stayed at home with their daughter.
Having completed his training, William was stationed on the USS Eisenhower at Newport News Ship Building during a Refueling and Complex Overhaul period. The Eisenhower later made its way to Naval Station Norfolk. William participated in sea trials, post shakedown availability, and commenced work-ups for the ship’s deployment.
During this four and a half year span, the Neiman’s welcomed two more children to their family. Following his time on the Eisenhower, William returned to NPTU Ballston Spa as an instructor from January 2006-January 2009. Considering their family complete at three children, Jeanine turned to her childhood love of running.
William’s next sea tour took him to San Diego aboard the Nimitz. While there, Jeanine worked from home as a nanny for her cousin and volunteered at her children’s schools. During the ship’s 2009 deployment, Jeanine brought her children to many of the FRG events and was soon asked to join the Ombudsmen Team. In October 2009, she attended Ombudsman Basic Training.
When Nimitz returned home in March 2010, the Neiman’s enjoyed some family time before Nimitz relocated to Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Bremerton, WA. Jeanine remained in San Diego while the children wrapped up the school year while simultaneously training for and completing her first marathon.
In July of 2011, Jeanine moved the family to Washington in anticipation of Nimitz changing homeports again, this time to Naval Station Everett. William commuted home on weekends until the Nimitz moved in March of 2012.
In the spring of 2012, William sustained a sports injury. While he recovered, he worked at Naval Station Everett. In January of 2013, William took new orders aboard Nimitz. Jeanine has now been serving as a Nimitz Ombudsman for four years and has completed 5 more marathons and has no intention of stopping anytime soon!
Carol Morales, originally from Brownsville, TX, grew up in Mexico and did not move to the United States until age 11 allowing her to become fluent in both Spanish and English.
Carol joined the US Navy in 1994 and completed EW “A” School and WLR-1(H) “C” School at NTTC Corry Station in Pensacola, FL. She became one of the first 60 or so women to be stationed on board the USS Kennedy (CV67).
Carol met her husband in Mayport, Fla. in 1996. She was then stationed at the Support Intermediate Maintenance Activity in NAVSTA Mayport and then on the USS O’Bannon (DDG983). After a UNITAS Deployment, she was Honorably Discharged in 2000 as an EW2. Since then, she has followed her husband from the Kennedy to the aircraft carrier USS Lincoln (CVN 72) and now the Nimitz, taking her to Mayport and back to Everett again.
Carol and her family have experienced seven major deployments including an Individual Augmentee tour in Al Asad, Iraq in 2007. During her husband’s second tour on the USS Lincoln, she served on the FRG Board as Vice-President. Once her husband reported to the USS Nimitz, she became involved with the FRG heading up the Nominating Committee and working with the CO’s Spouse throughout the interview and election process for the 2012-2013 board.
When Carol became aware of an opening the Ombudsman Team, she contacted the Command and submitted her letter of interest.
Carol brings 18 years of Navy life experience to help Nimitz families and friends. It is her hope to alleviate some of the challenges families can sometimes face while supporting their sailors.
“I feel that my is to make sure that no one falls through the cracks and that help is there when needed for all Nimitz family members. I am proud of my service, extremely proud of my sailor and grateful that my children have such wonderful role models in their father and his fellow service men and women. I am eager to give back what I have gained from this amazing Navy Life.” – Carol Morales
Judith Wright was born and raised in suburban Maryland just outside the Washington, D.C. beltway. Upon graduating high school she ventured to West Texas A&M University later transferring to Mt. San Antonio Community College in Walnut, California. Upon receiving her associate degree, she was admitted to the University of California, Riverside’s Creative Writing program. Upon completion of her bachelor’s degree, Judith was accepted into the Master of Fine Arts program at San Diego State University.
While in San Diego, Judith met her sailor who was, at the time, attached to the Black Knights of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (HS) 4. Shortly after her graduation she married her sailor in October of 2007.
In early 2008 they were relocated to Naval Recruiting District, New Orleans for recruiting during shore duty rotation. In early 2013, Judi and her sailor were relocated to Everett, Wash. after receiving orders to the Nimitz.
In October of 2013 Judith was given the opportunity to act as an Ombudsman for the Nimitz command.
Brae Dewalt enlisted in the Navy in 1988 as a Machinist Mate. Her first command was the USS Lexington in Pensacola, Fla. After a short tour onboard she reported to the Shore Intermediate Maintenance Activity in Charleston, S.C. Upon completing her four year commitment, Brae separated from the Navy in 1994.
During her tour in Charleston she met Byron in 1992 and, later, married in 1994. In 1995 they relocated to Norfolk, VA attached the USS Eisenhower and then to Naval Air Station Oceana.
During their six year tour in Virginia, Brae worked as an Accountant Supervisor at S3 Limited Inc. From Virginia they relocated to Atsugi, Japan as a member of the Golden Dragons of Fighter Attack Squadron (VFA) 192. Brae worked for the base Morale, Welfare and Recreation department teaching aerobics at the base gym and English to several Japanese nationals.
After completing three years in Atsugi they, were off to Okinawa, Japan for a three year tour attached to Commander Fleet Activities Okinawa Weapons. There, Brae volunteered as an accountant at Agape Fellowship International. Then in 2007, they received orders to San Diego, CA with Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 21 at NAS Coronado. While in San Diego, Brae worked on Marine Corps Air Station Miramar and then as a Store Maintenance Coordinator for PETCO corporate office.
In 2010 the Dewalt family transferred to VX-9 stationed in China Lake, CA. Here Brae found a passion for Zumba and in 2011 became a licensed Zumba Instructor. She was hired by NAFI as the first Zumba Instructor on NAS China Lake. Brae also taught Zumba at Curves and at the Kerr McGee recreation center. In 2012 they became part of team Nimitz. In October 2013 Brae was appointed as an Ombudsman for Team Nimitz.