Coast Guard Station St. Petersburg Ombudsman receives Auxiliary Commendation Medal

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Coast Guard Auxiliarist Marla Short, ombudsman at Coast Guard Station St. Petersburg, Fla., received the Auxiliary Commendation Medal at the station, Wednesday.

As the station’s ombudsman, Short coordinated family gatherings and held training for 72 members and their families. She developed a monthly newsletter to keep the crew and their families informed of unit events and accomplishments. She networked with neighboring unit ombudsmen to coordinate region-wide family events.

Coast Guard Auxiliarist Marla Short, ombudsman at Coast Guard Station St. Petersburg, Fla., receives the Auxiliary Commendation Medal from a crewmember at the station, Wednesday, March 26, 2014. As the station's ombudsman, Short coordinated family gatherings and held training for 72 members and their families

Coast Guard Auxiliarist Marla Short, ombudsman at Coast Guard Station St. Petersburg, Fla., receives the Auxiliary Commendation Medal from a crewmember at the station, Wednesday, March 26, 2014.

“Coast Guard ombudsmen are communication links, referral resources and advocates for our unit’s family members,” said Senior Chief Eamon McCormack, officer in charge at the station. “Mrs. Short is not only a great ombudsman, but she also serves the Coast Guard Auxiliary under Flotilla 7-2 and is one of only six Auxiliarists acting as Coast Guard Ombudsman nation-wide. She embodies and inspires other to live out the Coast Guard’s core values. She genuinely cares for the men and women of Station St. Petersburg, and her service highlights the importance and the impact the Coast Guard Auxiliary has in supporting our Active Duty, Reserve Forces, and families at home.”

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