NAPLES, Italy – An Italian national, attached to Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Europe Africa Southwest Asia (EURAFSWA), the host nation political advisor, retired at Naval Support Activity Naples, Italy after 39 years of service, Dec. 10.
In October 1974, Lorenzo Pece, joined the NAVFAC team as a mechanical engineer. He served as supervisor engineer for the Director of Facilities Support Section until 1986. He later worked as the Engineering Field Activity Mediterranean regional facilities coordination engineer until 1992.
“This type of civilian retirement ceremony may be a bit out of the ordinary, but so are Enzo’s contributions and many decades of service and I think this is a fitting tribute,” said Capt. Robert McLean, NAVFAC EURAFSWA commanding officer. “You [Enzo] should be most proud of your accomplishments, the many lease/construct projects which you ran for the U.S. in Italy, shaping our force lay down and community support for literally decades. The capacity of our operational facilities and the quality of life of our members have improved greatly with your efforts.”
Pece, a native of Messina, Sicily, earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Palermo University in Italy, July 1972 and has been a professional engineer since December 1972.
He has been responsible for technical and management assistance to U.S. Navy installations around the Europe, North Africa and Middle East including Special Projects, Military Construction Projects, Energy Conservation Programs and Utility Contracts.
McLean noted that one of Pece’s projects stood out to him the most during his time with NAVFAC. He cited a clip from a brag sheet that was on the Assistant Secretary of the Navy website 10 years ago.
“The Naples Improvement Initiative is a comprehensive design, construction, lease, maintenance program aimed at the total re-capitalization of the Navy community in Naples, Italy. Program objectives to improve life safety, quality of life, security, operations and control escalating lease costs are being accomplished through a combination of over $650 million in lease construction and MILCON [military construction] at two sites. It is the largest undertaking of facilities development through lease, design, construct and acquisition process ever undertaken by the Navy, if not the Department of Defense.”
Pece has been responsible for the procurement, negotiation and execution of lease-construction projects, for Host Nation Government Land Acquisitions and for the management of the U.S. Section of the Mixed Commission. He has served as liaison with the Office of Defense Cooperation (ODC) of the U.S. Embassy in Rome and with the Italian Ministry of Defense (MODI) for the approval of U.S. Armed Forces construction projects in Italy.
He received the U.S. Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award in 1999 for execution of lease-construction projects in Naples and Sigonella. He also received the U.S. Army “Scroll of Appreciation” in 2007 for his accomplishment of lease-construction projects in Vicenza and Camp Darby.