NORFOLK, Va. – Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Atlantic honored two of its outstanding employees April 11 for efforts supporting the command’s mission.
For their achievements and contributions to NAVFAC Atlantic during 2017, NAVFAC Atlantic Commander, Rear Adm. Darius Banaji, named as Employee of the Year and Diane LeCroy, Supervisor of the Year.
Brandy Tallaksen, NAVFAC Atlantic Employee of the Year
Tallaksen is a Realty Specialist and Contracting Officer who enabled NAVFAC Atlantic to deliver vital real estate services to Supported Commanders around the globe. In 2017, she managed 12 leases valued at $4.7M for U.S. Marine Corps, Navy Exchange Command and Naval Surface Warfare Center across the United States. Tallaksen spearheaded a complex market survey in San Francisco and Portland, Ore. to enable the U.S. Pacific Fleet and Naval Sea Systems Command Regional Maintenance Centers to house hundreds of Sailors if upcoming ship repair contracts were awarded in locations away from the ship’s homeport. Her impact was felt outside of the United States, as Tallaksen was instrumental in the disposal of Navy land in Argentia, Newfoundland to the Government of Canada.
"To me, what sets Brandy apart is her initiative and follow-through,” said Steven White, Real Estate Product Line Leader for NAVFAC Atlantic and Tallaksen's supervisor. “She looks for meaningful ways to contribute to the organization and then works to see her efforts through to positive results.”
Tallaksen’s accomplishments during the past year have extended beyond her normal job assignments, however. She demonstrated a willingness to stretch the limits of her professional experience by volunteering her personal strength in data analytics and developed more useful metrics that were adopted for use by the NAVFAC Operations Assessment Board to measure execution performance of the entire Reals Estate product line. The impact has been profound, as NAVFAC is now better able to identify and address potential execution shortfalls before customers were adversely impacted.
Always self-challenging, Tallaksen also undertook a temporary assignment that propelled her outside her career field when she volunteered to support a stressed field office by serving as the Norfolk Naval Shipyard Facilities Management Division Supervisor. She led a team of fifteen facility planners and management specialists to focus on the Conditions Based Maintenance Program and Infrastructure Condition Assessment Plans while also making process improvements for implementing government credit card purchases.
Tallaksen has embraced her role as the spouse of an active duty Army officer with zeal comparable to that devoted to her career. She is an active member of the local Army Family Readiness Group where she helps soldiers and their families cope with the challenges of military life.
Diane LeCroy, NAVFAC Atlantic Supervisor of the Year
LeCroy is the Director of the NAVFAC Atlantic Business Processes Division, exercising oversight of acquisitions made by six component commands within NAVFAC Atlantic’s area of responsibility. She has been singled out as a true team builder whose work has forged common solutions to significant acquisition issues across the entire NAVFAC enterprise.
"Diane's knowledge, experience, and commitment are instrumental to the
success and support of NAVFAC Atlantic and the entire NAVFAC organization,” said Patty Kellihan, Acquisition Business Line Leader for NAVFAC Atlantic. “She continues to demonstrate outstanding leadership, teamwork and service to meet our mission requirements."
As the program manager for all acquisition business processes, invoicing and acquisition responsibilities, LeCroy is a recognized expert whose knowledge and insight is consistently sought by both subordinate and senior commands. LeCroy leads NAVFAC Atlantic in performing strategic community management for staffing, budgeting, workforce shaping, recruitment and selection.
In addition to her normal duties, LeCroy has been an important member of the Funds Workflow Process Team, lending her expertise in acquisition electronic systems, obligation authority processing and facilities information systems to help develop processes to streamline the funds acceptance process in the NAVFAC Atlantic Financial Management Support line.
She is recognized as a team builder working not only with the NAVFAC Atlantic area or responsibility, but also with NAVFAC Pacific and NAVFAC Engineering and Expeditionary Warfare Center (EXWC) to solve significant acquisition issues. She plays a pivotal role in the shaping of the workforce in her field as the Acquisitions Support Line Intern Coordinator for NAVFAC Atlantic.