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.