NAVFAC Pacific
16-03 NAVFAC Pacific Commands to Host Recruiting Event
16-02 Hawaii’s Navy Engineers Celebrate National Engineers Week
16-01 Navy Awards $7.2 Million to Consolidate Welding School
15-08 Navy Re-awards Guam Base Operating Support Services (BOS) Contract
15-07 Navy Awards 6th Phase of Public-Private Venture Housing Project
15-06 NAVFAC Pacific Welcomes New Commander
15-03 Hawaii Navy Commands Receive National Energy Award
15-02 Small Business Awarded $7.58 Million for Submarine Training Facility on Ford Island in Hawaii
15-01 Firm Awarded $89.91 Million to Construct an Aircraft Maintenance Hangar for the Air Force on Guam
14-19 Navy Awards $96.61 Million to Hawaii Firm for Mission-Critical Facility on Guam
14-18 Navy in Hawaii Reaches Out to Community During Energy Action Month
14-17 Navy Awards Mamizu-Funded Contract for Marine Corps Relocation Project on Guam
14-16 NAVFAC Hawaii Completes Urgent Marine Aid Station Repairs
14-15 Navy Schedules Controlled Detonation at Kalaeloa Site
14-14 Navy Awards Base Operating Support Services Contract for Work on Guam
14-13 NAVFAC Pacific Awards $12.5 Million Contract Modification to Small Business for Environmental Remediation
14-12 NAVFAC Pacific Celebrates Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month
14-11 NAVFAC Pacific Awards $42.3 Million for Infrastructure Improvements to Naval Base Guam
14-10 NAVFAC Pacific Awards $53.7 Million for Marine Corps Construction Project on Guam
14-09 NAVFAC Pacific Awards Hawaii Small Business $7.5 Million for Architect-Engineer Services
14-08 NAVFAC Commands Participate in Fifth Annual Hawaii Earth Day Fair
14-07 Small Business Awarded $13 Million to Construct Critical Facility for Marine Corps Base Hawaii
14-06 NAVFAC Pacific Awards $25 Million to Improve Emergent Repair Facility at Naval Base Guam
14-05 NAVFAC Pacific Awards $45 Million Hangar Project for Andersen Air Force Base, Guam
14-04 NAVFAC Pacific Awards Dry Dock Waterfront Facility for Pearl Harbor
14-03 NAVFAC Pacific Employee Faithfully Devotes Half-a-Century to the Federal Government; Well-Deserving of the Lifetime Service Award
14-02 NAVFAC Commands Partner Together to Support STEM Outreach Program
14-01 NAVFAC Pacific Celebrates Contributions of Engineering Professionals for National Engineers' Week
17-01 NAVFAC Pacific Celebrates National Engineers' Week at Local Outreach Event
17-02 NAVFAC Pacific Awards $30 Million Architect-Engineering Contract
17-03 NAVFAC Pacific Announces Federal Executive Board Winners
17-04 New NAVFAC Leaders Announced
17-05 NAVFAC Recognizes Standout Employees in the Pacific
17-06 NAVFAC Pacific Hosts Educational Earth Day Event
17-07 NAVFAC Celebrates Public Works Week
17-08 Hawaii Program Analyst Embraces Filipino Heritage
17-09 NAVFAC Pacific Celebrates Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
17-10 Navy Captures Large Audience at U.S. Industry Day in Australia
17-11 Navy Awards Government of Japan-Funded Contract for Marine Corps Relocation Project on Guam
17-12 NAVFAC Pacific Awards $30 Million Architect-Engineering Contract
17-13 NAVFAC Pacific Awards $235 Million Contract to Small Businesses
17-14 Hawaii Business Awarded Contract to Construct Communications Facility at Marine Corps Base Hawaii
17-15 NAVFAC Pacific Awards Contract for Sewer System Upgrades at Naval Base Guam
17-16 NAVFAC Pacific Awards Construction Contract for Marine Corps on Guam
17-17 NAVFAC Pacific Awards Contract in Support of the Department of the Navy's Environmental Restoration Program
17-18 NAVFAC Pacific Awards Contract for Power Upgrade in Guam
17-19 NAVFAC Pacific Helps Feed Hawaii Families in Need
17-20 Small Business Awarded Contract for Environmental Support
17-21 NAVFAC Pacific Awards Contract for Work on Wake Island
17-22 NAVFAC Pacific Theater Engagement Engineering Team Completes Facility in Vietnam
17-23 Navy Awards Government of Japan-Funded Contract for Marine Corps Relocation to Guam
17-24 NAVFAC Pacific Congratulates Military and Civilian Engineers of the Year
18-01 NAVFAC Pacific Launches New Indoctrination Program
18-02 NAVFAC Pacific Educates Command and Community During National Engineers' Week
18-05 NAVFAC Pacific Vice Commander Retires from Navy
18-04 NAVFAC Pacific Awards Construction Contract for Work in Australia
18-03 NAVFAC Pacific Awards $64 Million Contract for Aircraft Maintenance Hangar on Guam
18-07 NAVFAC Pacific Awards Contract for Work in Australia
18-06 Navy Awards Government of Japan-Funded Contract for Marine Corps Relocation to Guam
18-08 NAVFAC Pacific Awards $8.8 Million Construction Contract for Work in Australia
18-09 New Commander at NAVFAC Pacific
18-10 NAVFAC Pacific Awards Contract to Hawaii Small Business
18-11 NAVFAC Pacific Awards Contract for Work on Guam
18-12 NAVFAC Pacific Awards $40 Million Architect-Engineering Contract
18-13 NAVFAC Announces Organizational Realignment to Increase Efficiencies
19-01 NAVFAC Pacific Awards Contract for Guam Training Areas

15-06 NAVFAC Pacific Welcomes New Commander

10/02/15

PEARL HARBOR - Rear Admiral John W. Korka relieved Rear Admiral Bret Muilenburg as commander of Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Pacific during a change of command ceremony today at NAVFAC Pacific headquarters.    

 Korka will assume command of approximately 4,000 military and civilian men and women who work for NAVFAC Pacific and its three Facilities Engineering Commands in Hawaii, Guam and Japan and will also serve as the U.S. Pacific Fleet Civil Engineer.  Muilenburg is the prospective commander, Naval Facilities Engineering Command and chief of civil engineers for the Navy, headquartered in Washington, D.C.

Current NAVFAC commander and chief of civil engineers Rear Adm. Kate Gregory delivered the keynote address, welcoming Korka to his new command and praising Muilenburg for the sacrifices he’s made to serve in the Pacific.   Gregory acknowledged Muilenburg for building relationships not only with supported commands, but “also with our regulatory, political and other organizational partners to show them we act in a responsible way.”

Gregory also noticed the words she felt were very common among the work force when speaking of Muilenburg, hearing “patience, humility, balance and a community of trust.”

Muilenburg will relieve Gregory in a NAVFAC headquarters change of command ceremony scheduled for Nov. 4 in Washington, D.C.

To welcome Korka to his new position of responsibility, Gregory reassured him that “you’re going to do a terrific job here with this ohana.”

Upon assuming command, Korka began with the traditional “aloha.”  Following the response from the audience, he said “I’ve always wanted to say that.”  In his brief address, Korka said he is “deeply honored to be chosen as the commander of NAVFAC Pacific and as the Pacific Fleet civil engineer.”  He thanked Muilenburg for the excellent transition and said “I am grateful he is turning over to me a very capable and dedicated team.”

This is Korka’s first assignment in Hawaii.  He is the son of a Master Chief Petty Officer, and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Old Dominion University in 1986 and commissioned an Ensign through the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps program.  He holds a Master of Science in Civil Engineering from Pennsylvania State University, a Master of Science in National Strategy Resources from the National Defense University Industrial College of the Armed Forces, and is a graduate of the Executive Advance Management Program at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.

Korka’s operational tours include electrical officer, USS Sylvania (AFS-2); company commander/officer-in-charge Detail Souda Bay, U.S. Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 133; operations officer, NMCB 1; and commanding officer, NMCB 4.  He also served as the commodore of the 31st Seabee Readiness Group--the Pacific Fleet Seabees.

His shore assignments include assistant Resident Officer in Charge of Construction, Norfolk Naval Shipyard; Facilities Engineering department head, Public Works Center, Guam; Military Construction and Energy program officer, Office of Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (Fleet Readiness and Logistics); executive assistant to the commander, Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Headquarters and Chief of Civil Engineers; executive officer, NAVFAC Europe and Southwest Asia; and director, Maritime Headquarters, NECC/NECCPAC.  He commanded Officer in Charge of Construction, Bethesda; Naval Facilities Engineering Logistics Center, Port Hueneme; and NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic.

Korka is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Virginia, a member of the Defense Acquisition Corps and qualified as a Seabee Combat Warfare and Surface Warfare officer.  His personal decorations include the Legion of Merit (4 awards), Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal (4 awards), and other personal, service, unit and campaign awards.  He also received the 1997 Society of American Military Engineers’ Admiral Ben Moreell Medal for his leadership and engineering contributions in support of Operation Joint Endeavor while deployed to Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Muilenburg, a familiar face around the Navy community in Hawaii, also served with Commander, Pacific Fleet (COMPACFLT) as a staff member; chief of staff for Commander, Navy Region Hawaii (CNRH), and commanding officer of NAVFAC Hawaii.

“After the better part of seven years, it’s time to say ‘aloha,’” Muilenburg said, and that “it will be hard to leave the aina and its people.” 

He thanked representatives of the various supported commands in the audience, but told them “those who mean the most to me today are those in the NAVFAC ohana.”  He specifically mentioned the facility engineering commands (NAVFAC Hawaii, NAVFAC Far East, and NAVFAC Marianas) because “you do the hard work.”

 A native of Titusville, Fla., Muilenburg was commissioned a Civil Engineer Corps (CEC) officer after graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1984.  His extensive educational background includes a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering, Master of Science Degree in Engineering Management from George Washington University, and Master of Science Degree in Environmental Engineering and Science from Stanford University.  In addition, Muilenburg completed the Executive Education Advanced Program at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.

He is a qualified Seabee Combat Warfare (SCW) Officer and his operational tours of duty include assignments with Naval Mobile Construction Battalions (NMCB) 62, 133 and 7, along with the 30th Naval Construction Regiment (NCR). Prior to reporting to PACFLT in 2012, Muilenburg served as commodore, 30th NCR; commander, Task Force Forager and theater engineers for International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) Joint Command in Afghanistan.

Muilenburg is a registered professional engineer in Virginia, a member of the Defense Acquisition Corps and his personal awards include Legion of Merit (three awards), Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal (four awards), Navy Commendation Medal (two awards), Army Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, and the Commander in Chief, U.S. Naval Forces Europe Environmental Quality Award.

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