NORFOLK, Va. – Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Mid-Atlantic announced its selections for the 2019 military and civilian engineers of the year awards, Oct. 12.
Lt. Genevieve Flatgard, CEC, assistant public works officer for Public Works Department, Naval Support Activity, Hampton Roads, was selected as the NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic Military Engineer of the Year, and Julie Heup, P.E., anti-terrorism force protection program manager in the Capital Improvements Business Line Core, was selected as the NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic Civilian Engineer of the Year.
“Congratulations to these two outstanding engineers who were selected as our military and civilian engineers of the year for 2019,” said NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic Commanding Officer Capt. Rich Hayes. “Our nominees were evaluated in the areas of engineering achievements, civic and humanitarian activities, professional registration, continuing education, and professional and technical society involvement. These awards recognize the exceptional talent and achievements of both of these engineers.”
Flatgard has had a diverse career over the past three years, with impressive achievements as a Civil Engineer Corps officer leading Seabees in an expeditionary environment followed by impressive performance in public works management at a naval installation.
As the officer in charge of Civic Action Team (CAT) Palau, Flatgard drove the planning and execution of the CAT mission through 8,600 man-days, construction projects, a national disaster response project, 38 partnership projects with 12 civilian apprentices and medical outreach efforts reaching 200 patients. Through her engineering expertise she planned and prioritized projects in coordination with the U.S. Embassy and local communities to support future missions.
As an assistant public works officer (APWO) assigned to NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic, Flatgard responded to changing mission needs at Norfolk Naval Shipyard to solve design problems for future Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command facility needs. She prioritized more than $23 million worth of projects for fiscal year (FY) 2017 and 2018 project execution plans to meet fleet readiness requirements.
After transferring to Naval Support Activity Hampton Roads, Flatgard again serving as an APWO, was assigned to coordinate all facility engineer support to Naval Medical Center Portsmouth. In this role, she led continuous improvements of project planning, programing, and coordination between the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, the installation and NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic. She also drove customer prioritization of more than $100 million in future projects.
Her civic and humanitarian activities include completing more than 100 hours of community service in the Republic of Palau by teaching swim lessons, volunteering at community runs and fitness tournaments, and high school track meets.
“It is an honor to be named the NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic Military Engineer of the Year,” Flatgard said. “I am proud to represent the team of outstanding engineers who give their best supporting the Navy and Marine Corps mission each and every day.”
Heup developed a creative acquisition strategy, a regional force protection template, and a facility checklist for security improvements at 62 off-installation sites in the Hampton Roads area to bring them into compliance with anti-terrorism force protection (ATFP) requirements and to protect Navy personnel working off base. These efforts enabled obligation of more than $5 million of FY17 funding. The strategy and template were developed as a prototype that could be used throughout the U.S. at approximately 600 locations.
As the command’s ATFP subject matter expert, Heup provides consultation, training, design, and review services, including code and criteria interpretation, analysis and design for blast construction, and progressive collapse prevention analysis and design throughout NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic, which is responsible for more than $1.2 billion in design annually. Additional engineering achievements include:
• Originated the Mid-Atlantic ATFP Working Group to improve professional competency across the Mid-Atlantic area of responsibility.
• Develops curriculum and conducts regular training on ATFP criteria application and coordinates technical training from specialists. Developed and implemented the ATFP Checklist as a planning tool for designers.
• Member of the Security Engineering Planning Team tasked with protecting Navy assets at Naval Station Norfolk and Craney Island from encroachment of the Craney Island Crossing and NIT expansion.
• Provided expert project and design management, coordination, and team leadership between ATFP Ashore, headquarters, and the design team on the high visibility Regional Dispatch Center to meet the aggressive completion schedule.
• Developed guidance and a checklist for application of Navy Administration Message 026/18 “Policy and Exceptions to Minimum Antiterrorism UFC Standards for Navy Projects” to be used on all Mid-Atlantic projects to efficiently and effectively determine application of policy exceptions.
• Participated in the 2017 Higher Headquarters Vulnerability Assessments of Naval Station Norfolk as the ATFP subject matter expert. Provided Entry Control Facility expertise during a forensic evaluation of a security incident at a gate providing technical data and expert opinion for the investigation.
Her civic and humanitarian activities include being the coordinator of the NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic Science Technology Engineering & Math (STEM) presentation display during the Naval Air Station Oceana Air Show, September, 2017. Heup was also a mentor/advisor for the STEM Club at King’s Grant Elementary
During the 2015/2016 school year, guiding students in research, design and construction of robots. The King's Grant Elementary School STEM team entries took first and second place in the citywide Virginia Beach Public School Robotics Challenge.
“I am honored to be selected as the NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic Civilian Engineer of the Year,” Heup said. “It is incredibly humbling to receive individual recognition for ATFP program successes over the past year that are a result of the collaborative efforts of a diverse Navy team of design engineers and operations, security, and support personnel.”
Flatgard and Heup will now go on to compete for the NAVFAC Engineer of the Year awards and potentially for higher honors in the National Society of Professional Engineer's Federal Engineer of the Year award program.