Engineers Make a Difference at MCAS Iwakuni


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. 

Facilities Engineering and Acquisition Department (FEAD) engineers work closely with the DPRI program managers, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers program managers, and other tenant commands and customers to bring viable solutions for the evolving mission of Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni. Every department is either playing an active role or feeling the growth that will impact MCAS Iwakuni.  Engineers are making this growth a reality.

“It is uncommon to be a part of infrastructure growth of this magnitude,” said FEAD Director Lt. Vincent DiBlasi. “The engineers executing this effort are receiving a once in a lifetime opportunity to be a part of something very special. “

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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