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Mrs. Allen-Yearout was a driving force in establishing the Coast Guard Ombudsman Program and symbolizes voluntary commitment to the Coast Guard mission by supporting our members and their families. This award honors Wanda Allen-Yearout for her thirty-five years of service to the Coast Guard.
The Wanda Allen-Yearout Ombudsman of the Year (OOY) Award Program annually recognizes a unit ombudsman that has demonstrated the greatest commitment serving as a Coast Guard Ombudsman.
Winner of the 2020 Wanda Allen-Yearout Ombudsman of the Year Award
1. Serve as an appointed ombudsman at the current command for at least six months by 31 December 2020.
2. Be registered and have command assignment in the Coast Guard Ombudsman Registry.
3. Have successfully completed Coast Guard Ombudsman Training (CGOT) or approved alternative. Verification can be made through the HSWL RP Ombudsman Coordinator.
4. Be in good standing and in compliance with reports in accordance COMDTINST 1750.4 (Series). Ombudsmen working outside of the scope of their responsibilities are not covered by this Instruction and are considered a liability to the Coast Guard.
5. Command cadre spouses serving in the role of command ombudsman are not eligible for consideration.
6. Previous Wanda Allen-Yearout recipients are eligible for consideration after five years and may be nominated by the same unit from which they previously won.
Please Note: Nominations must be in compliance with this policy to qualify for consideration. Regional Ombudsman Coordinators will assist commands with screening nominations for award eligibility and ombudsman program compliance.
Enhancing communication between the command and families,
Serving as a principal source of assistance preparation and support to Coast Guard families during times of local or national emergency, mobilization, deployment, or evacuation and individual and command crisis,
Assisting in identifying unit needs for support services and provided appropriate referral services to address family concerns and issues,
Being a positive role model and promoting a healthy sense of community for command, families, and ombudsmen by performing noteworthy special projects and accomplishments that enhance the ombudsman’s overall effectiveness and efficiency, and accomplishments that enhance the ombudsman’s overall effectiveness and efficiency, and
Demonstrating the highest standards of professionalism and confidentiality.
District Command Master Chiefs (CMC) administer the District OOY process and convene a District OOY selection committee in accordance with applicable District instructions and,.
District Commander’s endorsement signature that all eligibility requirements and selection criteria have been met,
The nomination, in standard memorandum format, using 12-pitch Times New Roman font, with one-inch margins, not to exceed two pages, (sample)
Biographical information, to include information about the spouse and family, and (sample)
A draft citation. (sample),
8. The District must forward scanned PDF of signed nomination, endorsement, and all required information to firstname.lastname@example.org (CG-1112) via their respective Regional Ombudsman Coordinator, for Atlantic Area, Lori.A.Carrington@uscg.mil; for Pacific Area email@example.com no later than 05 March 2021
9. A Coast Guard Headquarters selection panel will meet to review the District nominations and select the 2020 Wanda Allen-Yearout Ombudsman of the Year.
Commandant (CG-1112) will announce the OOY by message traffic. The Ombudsman of the Year and their spouse will be invited to Coast Guard Headquarters and will be presented the award.
All Districts should announce their OOY via message traffic and hold an appropriate recognition ceremony.