About Us


Hello! My name is Meridie M. Machado Cohen and I am happy to serve as the Command Ombudsman for Navy Medicine Readiness and Training Command (NMRTC) Portsmouth since February 2024 and CNATTU Oceana since June 2022.  I have been a Navy spouse for many years and have experienced many ups and downs of being a part of a Navy family. 

As your Ombudsman, I will communicate and liaise between the command leadership and command families. The Ombudsman is an advocate, ready to support, direct, and empower you and/or your family with all available resources. 

How I can assist:

  • Employment Resources
  • Lost dependent ID
  • Information on events and recreational opportunities
  • Information on benefits
  • Education resources and opportunities
  • Referrals for childcare, counseling, and more


  • Deployment readiness and support
  • Info on Community Resources
  • Info on Military Resources
  • Tips for Navy life success
  • Command info
  • And much, much more!

The Ombudsman Code of Ethics:

  • Support the Command Mission
  • Work within the Chain of Command
  • Maintain Confidentiality
  • Maintain the highest standards of  professionalism

Mandatory Reportable:

  • Spouse abuse/Child abuse or neglect
  • Potential or attempted suicide
  • Death in the family
  • Issues with drugs/alcohol/finances
  • Sexual Assault
If I do not readily know the answer, I am committed to finding answers and resources for you. I can be reached via phone or email 24 hours a day for emergencies or between 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. for non-emergencies.  If you cannot leave a voicemail, or please text your name and number so I can return your call. 

I look forward to meeting you at command functions and providing assistance, as needed, during your time as part of the NMRTC Portsmouth Command.
Meridie M. Cohen, LCSW
 Careline  (757) 274-3177   |


Please join the new NMRTC Portsmouth’s Ombudsman Facebook Group and get updates on available resources and future events for the families here at the command. An Ombudsman supports Navy families, both active and reserve, during deployments, disasters and crisis. They also assist with ensuring command family readiness. This Facebook group is an opportunity to network with active-duty members and families who are part of the NMRTC Portsmouth Command. 

Contact Us

NMRTC Portsmouth Ombudsman

Meridie M. Cohen



(757) 274-3177



Ombudsman's Newsletters

February-April 2024
*Updated 9 April 2024
Don't forget to keep your family's information up-to-date in DEERS.