Engineers Make a Diffierence for Marines at Okinawa

02/21/16 12:00 AM

YOKOSUKA, Japan—Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Far East celebrates National Engineers Week Feb. 21-27.

“Department of Defense engineers are making an impact throughout the Far East,” said NAVFAC Far East Commanding Officer Capt. Kevin Bartoe. “At NAVFAC, we provide a full range of engineering expertise delivering critical infrastructure for Seventh Fleet and III Marine Expeditionary Force across the area of operations. Our work enables our warfighters and host-nation partners to accomplish their mission.”

More than 200 NAVFAC Far East engineers support naval activities in Japan, the Republic of Korea, Singapore and Diego Garcia in the British Indian Ocean Territory. They work in a variety of engineering disciplines, including civil, structural, electrical, mechanical, and environmental, and architectural. 

Highlighting this year’s National Engineers Week in Okinawa is a showcase display presented by the local chapter of the Society of American Military Engineers in conjunction with Okinawa STEM Outreach and Air Force Association. Elementary and middle school students can view a static display of U.S. Navy Construction Battalion (Seabee) construction equipment and a robotics showcase, featured at Camp Foster on Thursday and Kadena Air Base on Friday.

“From Hawaii to Japan, Korea, and Southeast Asia, engineers are an integral part of III Marine Expeditionary Force and its role as the Pacific Theater's contingency and crisis response force,” said Cmdr. Ward Doss, Public Works Officer for Camp Butler, Okinawa. “Engineers provide solutions ranging from housing a fire team of four Marines up to complete installations for 20,000 Marines and everything in between. The platforms from which Marines train and deploy are completely dependent on the talents of its engineers."

Facilities Engineering and Acquisition Division (FEAD) Camp Butler, NAVFAC Far East’s execution branch in Okinawa, boasts 43 engineers and architects who provide facilities management and construction contracting services to nine Marine Corps camps and one Marine Corps air station, along with the base’s tenant commands.

The National Engineers Week theme for 2016 is “Engineers Make a World of Difference.”  The aim is to celebrate how engineers make a difference in our world and bring engineering to life for kids, educators, and parents.


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