Contact: Darrell E. Waller
By Darrell E. Waller, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Expeditionary Warfare Center Public Affairs
PORT HUENEME, Calif. (NNS) -- The Naval Facilities Engineering and Expeditionary Warfare Center (NAVFAC EXWC) held a change of command ceremony at Naval Base Ventura County July 26.
Capt. Mark K. Edelson relieved Capt. Brant D. Pickrell as commanding officer.
Rear Adm., Katherine L. Gregory, commander, NAVFAC and Chief of Civil Engineers, gave the keynote address and presented Pickrell with the Legion of Merit for his exemplary service and exceptional leadership.
"This award is truly recognition of the efforts of the more than 1,300 men and women that make up the Engineering and Expeditionary Warfare Center," said Pickrell. "I am humbled to have been their commanding officer for the past two years. It is my highest honor to have been part your team and your legacy."
Pickrell, a native of Redding, California, has been the commanding officer of NAVFAC EXWC since September 2012, following the merging of his dual commands, the Naval Facilities Engineering Service Center and the Naval Facilities Expeditionary Logistics Center. He is assuming new duties as the Fleet Engineer for the U.S. Sixth Fleet in Naples, Italy.
Under Capt. Pickrell's leadership, EXWC continued the strong and successful legacy of its predecessor commands. EXWC has expanded its global leadership position in strategic innovations, specialized expertise, and centralized program management for NAVFAC while maintaining its capability to respond to the evolving requirements of Navy, Marine Corps, and Department of Defense commands around the world.
A graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Stanford University, Capt. Edelson assumed command of NAVFAC EXWC following his last tour of duty as Operations Officer for NAVFAC Southeast.
"To the command of EXWC, your intellect, your inquisitiveness, your desire to serve and work together to solve the problems of the Navy's shore and expeditionary forces make this command an invaluable part of NAVFAC," said Edelson. "It is a great honor to be serving with you."
Edelson began his naval career with Naval Mobile Construction Battalion Five as Assistant Alfa Company Commander during Operations Desert Shield/Storm then as the Detail Korea Officer in Charge for his second deployment. His assignments have included Branch Head, Afghan National Army Infrastructure, Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan; Deputy Chief Operating Officer, Navy Expeditionary Combat Enterprise, NAVFAC Headquarters; Public Works Officer, NAS Lemoore and NAVFAC Southwest; Branch Head, Consequence Management (Fire and Emergency Management), Commander, Navy Installations Command; Assistant Operations Officer (USMC, USAF, and DC IPT Leader), Engineering Field Activity Chesapeake; Current Operations Officer, First Marine Expeditionary Force Engineer Group; Resident Officer in Charge of Construction Quantico, Engineering Field Activity Chesapeake; Officer in Charge, Combat Service Support Team Two, Naval Special Warfare Group Two; and Public Works Officer, MCAS Camp Pendleton.
The command's highly skilled dedicated workforce of civilian, military and contractor personnel executed nearly $800 million in FY13 to provide world-class logistics, specialized engineering, scientific and technical products and services in support of energy, utilities, environmental, expeditionary, ocean facilities, shore facilities and anti-terrorism/force protection programs.