USS Russell (DDG 59)
"Strength in Freedom"
Team Russell is excited to have you joining us in San Diego, CA.
To contact the ship, call the quarter deck at: (619) 556-4012
If you are in need of a sponsor, use the proper link provided. Sponsor Coordinator
You are assigned a sponsor to give you a point of contact to help with your move. The key to a smooth transition is your sponsor, who in turn can help arrange your TLA accommodations, provide transportation from the airport, check you in to the command and provide you with general information about the community and on-station facilities. Contact your sponsor as soon as possible to make sure your move is as smooth as possible.
As the USS RUSSELL Command Family Ombudsman, I am the wife of a crewmember and an official volunteer appointed by the Commanding Officer to serve as a representative to establish and maintain communication between the Command and their families. Our sailors with their spouses and parents are welcomed to benefit from the support and assistance of the Command Family Ombudsman.
The Ombudsman is designated by the Command to serve as communication links between the Commanding Officer and Command family members, as well as trained information and referral specialists. I am your advocate ready to support, direct, and empower you with all the resources available. Please be assured that as Ombudsman I follow the guidelines of the confidentiality as required by the Navy Family Ombudsman Program. As Ombudsman, I am available to assist you during your transition to San Diego, CA and your tour onboard the ship.
Spouses and Parents of RUSSELL sailors are welcomed to become members of the Yahoo! Russell Families Online Group as it is our main vehicle of communication to families. Official information from the Command and announcements from the Family Readiness Group (FRG) are disseminated through the Russell Group. It serves as a forum for family members to post questions or helpful solutions about Navy life or about living in San Diego, CA. Simply contact me to become a member.
I am honored to serve as the RUSSELL Ombudsman and am looking forward to assisting you in making your transition and stay in San Diego an enjoyable one. Should you or your family members have questions or concerns, I may be contacted either by e-mail or telephone between 7 am and 9 pm (Pacific Standard Time). For emergency situations, I am available 24 hours a day. I look forward to meeting you!
With warm regards,
USS RUSSELL (DDG-59)
(619) 600-6014 | firstname.lastname@example.org
USS RUSSELL Ombudsman Roles and Responsibilities:
Family Readiness Group (FRG)
What is the FRG?
The Family Readiness Group plans, coordinates, and conducts social, informational, care-taking, and morale-building activities to enhance family readiness and enable the “Total Navy Family” to meet mission and military lifestyle challenges. The FRG is an All-Hands group that promotes friendship and mutual support among the members.
What are some of the functions and activities?
1. What is an Ombudsman?
Every Command has an Ombudsman who is a spouse of a sailor at the Command. The Ombudsman serves as the liaison between the command and the families. The Ombudsman is the point of contact for the families. He or she can assist families with navigating through Navy life through resources and information.
2. How can an Ombudsman help me?
Navy Family Ombudsmen are key resources for family members, particularly during deployments. Ombudsmen maintain current resource files with information on military and civilian community agencies that can help families solve a variety of problems, and successfully meet the challenges they face before, during, and after deployments. In addition to providing referral information, Ombudsmen can facilitate communication between the Command and family members. Ombudsmen may publish or contribute to command newsletters or maintain care lines, which have recorded messages with information for command families that can be accessed 24 hours a day. Ombudsmen can also assist families in contacting the Command for a variety of reasons.
3. What is the role of the COMNAVSURFPAC Force Ombudsman?
The Force Ombudsman provides oversight and guidance for all the Surface Ship's Ombudsmen in the Pacific Fleet Area of Responsibility. You can contact the Surface Forces Ombudsman at (619) 301-6983 or send an email to email@example.com
4. What is an IA assignment or tour?
An IA is an Individual Augmentee. A Sailor may receive orders to go IA and this means that he or she will deploy as an Individual, not with their command. Sometimes an IA will deploy and be stationed with another branch of the Military. http://www.ia.navy.mil/
5. What is NFAAS?
Navy Family Accountability and Assessment System. This is how the Navy will track your family and assess your needs during an emergency. https://www.navyfamily.navy.mil
6. How can I find out more about medical, dental or Navy family resources?
Contact your Command Ombudsman. He or she will guide you to your resources.
San Diego, CA