Naval Facilities Engineering Command

NAVFAC Midwest Announces Engineers of the Year

12/04/13

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GREAT LAKES, Ill. (NNS) -- Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Midwest announced its 2013 civilian and military engineers of the year Nov. 22.

Sheldon Rucinski, P.E., is the command's civilian engineer of the year, and Lt. Cmdr. Robert Kleinman, P.E., is the command's military engineer of the year.

"These selectees stood out as exemplary engineers who played key roles over the past year in developing and executing NAVFAC Midwest's projects and in ensuring our supported commands could accomplish their missions," said NAVFAC Midwest Commanding Officer Capt. Rod Worden.

Kleinman is the Facilities Engineering and Acquisition Division (FEAD) director for Public Works Department Great Lakes, responsible for executing more than $60 million in construction, engineering and facility services annually. He has led the execution of the $57-million steam decentralization energy efficiency project at Naval Station Great Lakes, Ill., which will save $9 million per year in utility costs and reduce the installation's energy intensity by 21 percent.

Kleinman also orchestrated efforts to demolish the former 25-story naval hospital building at Great Lakes. In addition, he ensured the timely and seamless execution of a new $8-million refuse/recycling contract for the base and spearheaded implementation of Common Output Level IV standards for facility services at Great Lakes.

"Lt. Cmdr. Kleinman's proactive approach and direct engagement with key stakeholders has consistently enabled on-schedule completion of work within budget and of the highest quality," said Worden.

Rucinski is the senior fire protection engineer for NAVFAC Midwest, overseeing regional fire protection engineering and safety efforts. Over the past year, he developed the requirements for an important maintenance hangar for the Navy's E-6 Mercury aircraft fleet at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., supporting the communications link they provide with U.S. ballistic missile submarines on patrol under the ocean. He also helped establish requirements for a prototype Marine Corps reserve center which will become the standard for Marine reserve forces across the nation.

Rucinski has mentored five engineers in the command, and he volunteered and deployed to Afghanistan in 2012, supporting Department of Defense Inspector General audits of U.S.-funded projects there.

"Sheldon has demonstrated himself to be a consummate professional and engineering leader who successfully manages multimillion-dollar designs," said Worden.

NAVFAC Midwest provides civil engineering, public works and environmental support to Navy, Marine Corps and other Department of Defense activities across the 16 states that comprise Navy Region Midwest, and also serves as the single, centralized provider of facilities support services to the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve across the United States.

The command's 800 professionals include civilian architects, engineers, acquisition specialists, environmental specialists, public works tradespeople and administrative personnel, as well as active duty Civil Engineer Corps officers and Reservists.

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