Naval Facilities Engineering Command

Public Works Department Corpus Christi Employee Retires after more than 40 Years

07/02/13 12:00 AM

Contact: Sue Brink
E-mail: susan.brink@navy.mil
Voice: (904) 542-6622

By Sue Brink, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southeast Public Affairs CORPUS

CHRISTI, Texas (NNS) -- Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southeast Public Works Department (PWD) Corpus Christi employee Reynaldo Aleman retired June 30 after dedicating more than 40 years of federal civil service to the U.S. Navy.

Aleman, an environmental protection specialist at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi (NAS CC), said good bye to many of his co-workers and friends with his wife at a luncheon held in his honor June 27.

"Thank you for coming and thank you for assisting me during my 21 years here," said Aleman to his friends, co-workers, and colleagues at PWD Corpus Christi.

During the luncheon, Aleman acknowledged former Installation Environmental Director Didi Byerly, who was not present, with helping him climb the ladder of success.

Aleman's friends presented him with a Texas-shaped plaque (which held a dozen commemorative coins from many commands and tenants at NAS CC) and a large framed photo of Navy training aircraft above NAS CC. The frame was signed by all the attendees and others from NAS CC.

Aleman began his Navy civil service career in 1974 at NAS Chase Field in Beeville as a WG-2 fueler/oiler of jet aircraft in VT-25, transferring to the Public Works Department there in 1987. In 1988, he was named Employee of the Year.

In 1992, he transferred to NAS Corpus Christi, where he progressed in his career to become a well-respected GS-12 environmental protection specialist and program manager for the Hazardous Waste Program. In this position, he provided invaluable environmental support and expertise to all tenants aboard NAS CC, as well as mentoring another generation of environmental experts to follow in his place.

In February 2008, Aleman was named the Public Works Employee of the Month.

"Among your valuable recent accomplishments was being part of the team that successfully assumed responsibility for organizing and operating the new Hazardous Wastes Commodity Branch over the last three years, achieving zero notice of violations (NOVs) at the permitted facility during your tenure," said NAS CC Public Works Office Lt. Cmdr. Amanda Brooks.

Aleman's reputation can best be summed up by an unsolicited observation from a regulator at the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), who said, "You guys keep a tight ship. Yall's hazardous waste management is downright inspirational."

"Your other contributions are too numerous to mention; however, you have been a professional performer all your career, and part of your legacy is the positive impact you have had on the lives and careers of others," said Brooks.

NAVFAC Southeast, Public Works Department Corpus Christi and NAS CC is losing an extremely valuable employee and team member.

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