SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southwest commanding officer announced Dec. 5 the selection of Carl B. Wilson and Lt. Jose L. Riojas as NAVFAC Southwest 2014 military and civilian engineers of the year.
"I am proud of everyone who was nominated," said Capt. Darius Banaji. "We are very fortunate to serve with a vast number of extraordinary engineers who lead NAVFAC and the Navy with dedication, service, selflessness and technical superiority. They continue to build on our 171 year legacy of serving the Navy with the Can Do spirit. Both are exceptional representatives of our NAVFAC Southwest professional community."
Carl Wilson is a NAVFAC Southwest senior mechanical engineer with technical expertise and professional registrations in mechanical, civil, and fire protection engineering. He is the designer of record for mechanical design of the $45 million Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms operations intelligence complex and $55 million helicopter maintenance facility at Naval Air Station North Island. Along with working on challenging projects, he dedicates time to mentoring junior engineers and assisting them in preparing for their professional engineer license examination and develops junior mechanical engineer's technical skills and competencies as designers.
"I am privileged to work with a number of knowledgeable, hard-working, dedicated engineers and architects that serve this command and make these projects successful," said Wilson. "I'm grateful for the opportunities this command provides and the confidence it imparts in our abilities to rise to the tasks before us."
Riojas served as the Liaison Navy Officer for the Marine Expeditionary Force (MEF) Engineer Staff at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan from September 2012 to June 2013.
He was responsible for coordinating support to MEF, Army Engineer Brigade expectations, and theater wide engineering requirements. Riojas drafted more than 85 percent of the initial tasking for Naval Construction Force (NCF) Battalion support culminating in more than 7,000 man-days executed by NCF units throughout the theater. He coordinated the support for more than $10 million in construction with more than 90 projects and maintaining visibility on more than 20 concurrent construction activities at a time.
After his tour of duty in Afghanistan, Riojas provided senior engineering post award management for more than $400 million in military construction contracts for NAVFAC Southwest at Resident Officer in Charge of Construction Miramar.
"It is an honor to be recognized in this manner," said Riojas. "This recognition and award is more truly a reflection of the dedicated professionals I have had the privilege to work alongside in Afghanistan, stateside with NAVFAC Southwest and the reserve Naval Construction Forces."