The Ombudsman is appointed by the Commander, VAQ-136 and is designated to be the liaison between the command and their families and provide information about the command to single sailors' families. The primary functions are to improve family readiness, command communication and information, referral services and family welfare. The role of a Navy Family Ombudsman is similar to that of a Command Master Chief, (CMC). Just as the CMC is the link between the enlisted members and the Commanding Officer (CO), the ombudsman is the link between families and the CO. An ombudsman supports the command's mission, works within the chain of command as directed, and maintains confidentiality and the highest standards of professionalism.
Amber Venters has been a military spouse to AM3 Matthew Venters for four years and is blessed with two little boys. The toddler, who is three, keeps her on her toes and the seven-month old is full of laughs and smiles. Whidbey Island is her family’s first duty station and far from where she was raised, Omaha, Nebraska (GBR). She loves to hang out with her boys and go bowling. Nothing beats curling up on the couch with a good movie on. With a very upbeat attitude, nothing really brings her down. Amber always has a smile on her face and would do anything to share a smile or two with others. She is always a phone call or an email away, ready to offer reassurance or help in a time of need. She is dependable and loves to help others. Amber seeks to be the best ombudsman possible by making sure sailors are comfortable at home and away.