JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (NNS) -- Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southeast announced Dec. 18 that Transportation Specialist Johnny L. Washington was selected as the U.S. Navy's 2013 Robert V. Ronick's Fleet Manager of the Year.
Washington was selected from a pool of well-qualified nominees Navy-wide.
"I am very humbled and appreciate receiving this award," said Washington. "We have a great team at NAVFAC Southeast, at our 15 Public Works Departments (PWDs) and here at the core office in Jacksonville."
The Robert V. Ronick Navy Fleet Manager of the Year Award was named after the Navy Fleet Manager in Yokosuka Japan who died in 2003. This recognition is presented annually to Navy fleet managers who embody the skills, professionalism, and "Can-Do" attitude required for excellence in fleet management.
"I am proud to recognize Mr. Washington for his work," said NAVFAC Southeast Commanding Officer Capt. Christopher Kiwus when he presented the award during an All Hands meeting. "Winning a Navy-wide award is a real accomplishment and he should be very proud."
Washington is the command's primary contact for the development, implementation and maintenance of the regions Base Support Vehicle and Equipment (BSV&E) emergency response plan, his implementation of plan response strategies designed to address hurricane preparedness and other emergency situations.
"Clearly, the level of importance inherent in these roles, not only to the mission, but also to service members and their families, speaks volumes about the trust Mr. Washington has earned among Navy leadership," said Kiwus.
Washington demonstrated that he is a natural leader with abilities to assemble teams, effectively communicate mission intent, establish priorities, develop plans, set goals and execute projects in a timely manner with the end result being a product of the highest quality according to the award citation.
Working directly with the Commander Navy Region Southeast (CNRSE) staff and the Lean Six Sigma team, Washington developed C-Pool and B-Pool inventory reduction and realignment strategies resulting in cost reduction and projected annual cost savings of $1.7 million to the command.
"Because of these actions, we will be providing the most fuel-efficient, cost effective vehicles and equipment," said Washington.
"His profound awareness, results-oriented performance and consistent focus on value to the customer and savings to the taxpayer, make him an invaluable member of the team," said Kiwus.