Emily Sabo is the ombudsman for Marine Safety Unit Valdez, Sector Field Office Valdez and Engineering Service Division Valdez. Mrs. Sabo orchestrated a Coast Guard Welcome Aboard event for newly reported personnel in assignment year 2016 and invited representatives from the Valdez School District, Valdez Parks and Recreation as well as 17th District's Work Life office.

2017 Ombudsmen Appreciation

March 26th marked Ombudsmen Appreciation Day – a day to honor the service of our dedicated Coast Guard ombudsmen. From the largest unit to the smallest, Coast Guard ombudsmen strive to make life easier for Coast Guard members and their families. 2017 is the 30th year of the ombudsman program and the 17th District would like to extend a huge thanks to all of its units’ ombudsmen.


Ken Weber, Heather Davis, Amanda McGowen and Jessica Borden proudly display certificates of completion upon their graduation from the Coast Guard Ombudsmen Program training course in Juneau, Alaska, Jan. 29, 2016. Betsy Longenbaugh, D17 Ombudsman Coordinator (far right,) conducted the training, which prepares ombudsmen to provide aid and services to Coast Guard families. USCG photo.

Friends of the Coast Guard Family

Among the five branches of the U.S. military, it’s no secret that Coast Guard deployments usually allow members to spend more time close to home with family and friends. However, many crews and personnel are often called upon to protect America’s shores or explore the Arctic seas for months at a time and, when that happens, Coast Guard ombudsmen are there to keep them connected to their loved ones.


Master Chief Sean McPhilamy and Capt. Jeffrey Westling presents Jennifer Haleakala a certificate of completion during a Coast Guard ombudsman training course, Sept. 24, 2014, at Coast Guard Base Kodiak, Alaska. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Diana Honings.

Honoring our military families in the Coast Guard

November is the Month of the Military Family in which we honor the families that support our troops. In the Coast Guard, a select few military spouses volunteer as ombudsmen to provide knowledge of work life services and referrals for specific services such as doctor referrals, schools, and education and employment opportunities.


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Celebrating the unsung heroes

By Petty Officer 3rd Class Diana Honings The men and women of our nation’s Armed Forces are without a doubt honorable and considered heroes by many. But there are unsung heroes who stand beside our Armed Forces. These men and […]


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Ombudsmen help Coast Guard families in Alaska

    By Chief Petty Officer Kip Wadlow Coast Guard ombudsmen are a volunteer force and serve as a vital link that connect family members with their loved ones serving at units throughout the nation. Ombudsmen are officially appointed by […]


Ombusdmen and command representatives from the Coast Guard Cutters Munro, SPAR and Alex Haley and the Coast Guard Communication Station stand for a photo at the annual Ombudsmen Appreciation Luncheon in Kodiak, Alaska, March 26, 2013. Coast Guard ombudsmen provide a vital information and resources link between Coast Guard families and the units to which their loved ones are assigned. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Sara Francis.

Honoring the Coast Guard ombudsmen

  Tuesday was Ombudsman Appreciation Day across the Coast Guard.  Here in Alaska, we would like to take the opportunity to honor all those who have served or are currently serving as a unit ombudsman. An ombudsman is an official […]