Naval Facilities Engineering Command

NAVFAC Far East Recognizes 2014 Engineers of the Year

12/19/13

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YOKOSUKA, Japan (NNS) -- Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Far East recognized its top military, civilian and host nation engineers for their outstanding contributions to NAVFAC, their supported commands and the engineering profession during an awards presentation at the command's headquarters Dec. 19.

Cmdr. Edward (Ben) Miller, P.E., was selected as Military Engineer of the Year; Adam Mikes, P.E., as Civil Service Engineer of the Year; and Masashi Koga as Host Nation Engineer of the Year.

"Our awardees this year epitomize the professionalism and the 'Can Do' spirit that is the foundation of our workforce, and their demonstrated ability to deliver infrastructure solutions to our many supported commands," said Commanding Officer, Capt. Michelle C. La Duca. "We are very fortunate to have a broad and deep bench of experienced and talented engineers."

NAVFAC Far East provides facility engineering solutions to three Navy regions in four countries (Japan, Korea, Singapore and the British Indian Ocean Territory of Diego Garcia), spanning an area of more than 5,500 miles and including eight Navy and two Marine Corps installations and 37 satellite locations.

Miller, NAVFAC Far East's assistant operations officer, led the NAVFAC Far East reachback program, coordinating the reassignment of work for more than $200 million in workload that included design, construction and service efforts. He was also recognized for his performance during his previous assignment as Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 40's executive officer, where he led 580 Seabees through a condensed homeport for training, followed by an eight month deployment featuring complex operations across 12 enduring details, ten exercises and 11 countries throughout the Pacific Theater.

Adam Mikes, P.E., senior design manager for NAVFAC Far East's Capital Improvements business line design department, coordinated and successfully completed time-critical hydrographic surveys and dredging projects for Fleet Activities Sasebo and Fleet Activities (FLEACT) Yokosuka. In addition, he led the design effort for a $3.3 million renovation of the FLEACT Yokosuka data center's heating, ventilation and air conditioning system, a complex project requiring contractor phasing and coordination with three other design and construction projects.

Koga, design manager for the Facilities Engineering and Acquisition Division of Commander Fleet Activities Sasebo's public works department, was instrumental in the accomplishment of 315 design projects with a value of more than $49 million of design-in-place during the past three years. He also led efforts to convert local design specifications to a standard format.

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