In October 2012, Stephanie Rauch, the wife of Gunner’s Mate Second Class Thomas Rauch, became ASSATEAGUE’s Ombudsman. She is here for the crew and their families, so anything you need just let her know!  She can be reached at


What does an Ombudsman do?


Ombudsmen assist units and families by providing information about family services, sources of assistance, Coast Guard and unit policies, activities of interest to family members, family benefits, and other information to minimize disruption related to relocation and deployments. The program is intended to provide a liaison between the Commanding Officer (CO) and families.