NORFOLK, Va. – Rear Adm. Darius Banaji, Commander, Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Atlantic presented three employees with the Department of the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award for their exceptional efforts towards meeting the NAVFAC Atlantic mission during a ceremony in front of the command’s headquarters building on May 25, 2018.
The Meritorious Civilian Service Award is the third highest award and medal provided to civilian employees within agencies of the Department of the Navy. The three recipients of the prestigious award were Russ Cooper, Dave Gilikin and Patrick McCormack.
Cooper was singled out for his exceptional performance of duties while serving as Supervisory Engineer for the Public Works Resources and Assessment Branch of NAVFAC Atlantic. He was commended for his unparalleled innovation, extraordinary dedication, and exceptional process improvement expertise, which included the development and implementation of the Public Works Readiness Evaluation Program, a groundbreaking initiative designed to standardize evaluative processes. The program also identifies systemic issues directly enabling the implementation of prioritized strategic improvement initiatives to improve the delivery of products and services.
Gillikin was praised for his voluntary temporary assignment as Deputy Public Works Officer at the Public Works Department Washington, supporting over 30 Navy commands in the National Capital Area. He was also singled out for his service in the NAVFAC Atlantic Facility Management Business Line and as a Sustainment Product Line Manager.
McCormack’s award with the Department of the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award for his meritorious service while serving as Supervisory Energy Manager and Resilient Energy Program Manager. Patrick’s skillful coordination led to the successful execution of the Navy’s largest ashore energy program.