YOKOSUKA, Japan— Commanding Officer Capt. Michael Kenney announced the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Far East Fiscal Year 2018 engineers of the year Oct. 24.
Lt. Cmdr. John Casilio, Mr. Patrick Roybal and Mr. Susumu Yonahara, were selected as military, civilian and host-nation engineers of the year, respectively.
“This award recognizes their outstanding contributions to NAVFAC, their supported commands and the engineering profession,” said Kenney.
Casilio designed emergent wharf repairs and maintained critical fleet facilities at Naval Support Facility Diego Garcia. He participated in designing the base water treatment plant to resolve technical challenges which directly led to the final commission and dramatically improved quality of life for residents.
“I'm honored to have been selected as NAVFAC Far East's Military Engineer of the Year,” said Casilio. “It’s an award for the combined team including the depth of civilian technical expertise, our civilian technical, acquisition, and business management leaders, Civil Engineer Corps officer leadership and the Seabee military community that really contribute to the operational forces we support.”
Roybal has applied his engineering expertise to the Navy’s energy challenges—managing programs and projects at NAVFAC Far East. He developed an Energy Savings and Performance Contract effort for Naval Support Facilities Diego Garcia, which will save 67% of current energy costs once implemented.
“I'm truly humbled and honored to be recognized and strive to continue adding value to the NAVFAC team,” said Roybal.
Yonahara supported many projects at naval installations on Okinawa, Japan. These included challenging efforts at Camp Kinser Clinic and Headquarters building, and high profile Marine Corps Air Station Futenma Airfield Revitalization and Repairs.