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Naval Information Forces (NAVIFOR) Ombudsman
Mr. Christopher Stegherr is the Ombudsman for Naval Information Forces (NAVIFOR).  
Contact Ombudsman
If you need assistance, contact Mr. Stegherr at or the Ombudsman cell:  757.407.3103
Ombudsmen are the spouse or other family member of a service member who has volunteered their time and effort to guide other families through various problems that may arise from time to time.  The Ombudsman is not responsible for solving problems, but he or she will be able to point you in the right direction to get help to solve problems on your own.  Navy Ombudsmen are valuable assets in facilitating communications between the commanding officer and family members, fostering a better understanding of the needs and viewpoints of service members and their families, and providing information and assistance to family members of the command.  

Ombudsman Services:
  • Serve as the primary link / liaison between NAVIFOR service member families and the command.
  • Serve as the primary communicator of information between the command and command families.
  • Communicate regularly with NAVIFOR families. 
  • Provide information on outreach to command family members.  Interact and cooperate with organizations and military offices such as family service centers, chaplain's office, medical treatment facilities, Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, American Red Cross, and legal assistance offices.  These organizations are valuable resources in obtaining assistance for command family members. 
  • Refer individuals in need of professional assistance to appropriate resources.  An Ombudsman may provide support to individuals and refer them for counseling.  Counseling is not provided by the Ombudsman.
  • Act as an advocate for command family members. Ombudsman, by using their knowledge of the system, can help access the appropriate level of the chain of command for intervention and for the forwarding of appropriate requests / grievances while exercising confidentiality.
  • An Ombudsman's role does not include social duties. 
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