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.
Public Works Department Sasebo supports Commander, Fleet Activities Sasebo and the Seventh Fleet in the Pacific. The Project Management and Engineering (PM&E) Branch, headed by Mr. Braden Kopp, manages all aspects of design and construction to improve facilities for building compliance, energy conservation, morale, welfare, education, medical and life safety. PM&E Branch is currently working with tenant commands to improve quality of life for families and non-deployed personnel through energy efficiency in retail/office spaces, renewed playgrounds at housing locations, upgraded medical spaces, and improved parking infrastructure at Hario Housing. The Branch typically produces an average of $12 million in design work and $40 million in construction per year.
Kopp leads the branch through complex engineering challenges including resolving differences between U.S. and Japanese building codes, safety requirements, and fiscal constraints. His mentoring and oversight enable the branch to grow its technical knowledge and workforce diversity while routinely finding expedient and innovative solutions to complex problems.
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.