WASHINGTON -- Key leadership with Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC) and Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) established new roles and organizational relationships in an effort to efficiently sustain the shore enterprise and support the Navy's overall mission.
Vice Adm. Mary Jackson, commander of Navy Installations Command, and Rear Adm. Bret Muilenburg, commander of NAVFAC, on Feb. 13 signed a joint letter to designate an additional duty assignment for NAVFAC to service as CNIC deputy commander for facilities and environmental.
"In order to close the gap between the Navy's warfighting mission and available resources, we must consistently review and modernize business processes," said Jackson. "This new organizational relationship demonstrates our intent to find creative and innovative solutions to meet the readiness requirements of the warfighters and the fleet, both now and into the future."
The NAVFAC commander's additional duty responsibilities will improve transparency, prioritization, and accountability of NAVFAC-wide performance in execution of CNIC requirements. Additionally, installation public works officers will now be assigned and accountable to CNIC installation commanding officers. They will also have additional duty responsibilities to the NAVFAC commanding officer for their technical authority.
NAVFAC remains the Shore Facilities Systems Command with the technical and acquisition authorities for facilities life-cycle services to the Navy and Marine Corps, as well as provides many other installation procurement, and engineering services to non-CNIC commands.
CNIC will remain responsible for operating the Navy's shore installations; providing policy and standards. The new roles and organizational relationship between CNIC and NAVFAC will provide more effective customer service to the fleet and warfighter enterprise, while establishing the commander of NAVFAC as the CNIC deputy commander for facilities and environmental.
The new shore command and control enterprise construct, along with the Navy Shore Enterprise Framework, which is currently in development, eliminates confusion regarding responsibility and accountability, and maximizes shore installation readiness through a clear understanding of CNIC's and NAVFAC's distinct roles and authorities.
NAVFAC and the Marine Corps Installations Command leadership are coordinating a similar C2 construct which will codify their relationship.
This new organizational collaboration first transpired in June 2017 when the chief of naval operations tasked the Deputy CNO for Fleet Logistics and Readiness, Vice Adm. Dixon Smith, to lead a study in examining organizational relationships with CNIC and NAVFAC and their roles and responsibilities within the shore domain. The findings resulted in the newly-established organizational changes.