Andrea Penamora, a Navy spouse for more than four years, was named Family Ombudsman for Branch Health Clinic Kingsville, November 7.
Captain Jimmy A. Bradley, commanding officer Naval Health Clinic Corpus Christi, empowered Penamora to serve as an information link between command leadership and Navy families at the clinic.
Ombudsmen are volunteers and getting dedicated, qualified candidates is always a challenge. Luckily, after the previous ombudsman vacated the slot because she and her husband transferred, Penamora stepped up to the plate because of the significance of the job.
“Being such an important resource for the spouses in the command is crucial,” she said. “In Hawaii I didn't have that being 4,000 miles away from home.”
Penamora is a native of Middle Grove, N.Y.. She has been in Kingsville since January 2014, when her husband, Mark, reported for duty to the Dental Clinic after serving a three-year tour at Marine Corps Base Hawaii, formerly Marine Corps Air Station Kaneohe Bay.
The command ombudsman program is shaped largely by the commanding officer's perceived needs of his or her command. Commanding officers appoint ombudsmen who then work under their guidance as they determine the priorities of the program, the roles and relationships of those involved, and the type and level of support it will receive. This support often comes in the form of resource referrals (to various Fleet and Family Support Center programs and even off-base resources) and assistance in resolving family issues before the issues require extensive command attention. ♦
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