JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (NNS) -- Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southeast announced its 2013 Military and Civilian Engineers of the Year winners during a gathering of the command's employees Oct. 30.
Regional Base Operations Support Program Manager Lt. Cmdr. Doug Herrin and Capital Improvements Business Line Project Manager Mike Davis were recognized.
"Every year we recognize a military and civilian engineer who stands out in his or her profession," said Capt. Christopher Kiwus, commanding officer, NAVFAC Southeast. "This award recognizes their exceptional talent and achievements."
Herrin and Davis were selected based on their education background, professional registration, continuing education achievements, professional and technical society activities, professional associations, awards or honors, civic and humanitarian activities, and engineering achievements.
Since reporting to NAVFAC Southeast, Herrin has demonstrated extraordinary agility, diversity and leadership. He was initially assigned as the contingency engineering and disaster preparedness officer, where he oversaw planning, design and construction of multiple Civil Engineer projects and also coordinated and deployed the Contingency Engineering Response Team (CERT) to Gulfport, Miss. and New Orleans, La. in response to Hurricane Isaac.
Herrin was then selected to head the Command's Energy Program, implementing an array of energy conservation technologies expected to save $15.4 million annually across the Southeast Region. Herrin was then handpicked to lead a $200 million Overseas Contingency Operations program.
Most recently Herrin was selected to lead the Facility Support Services Team to manage a $45 million facility services program, leading the effort of ensuring a streamlined transition from prescriptive to performance based facility services standards.
"It is a privilege to work alongside incredible dedicated professionals," said Herrin. "It is only as a team that we can make significant accomplishments as we combine all of our talents and abilities."
Herrin is an active member of his community and church, dedicating numerous hours as a youth sports coach and Boy Scouts of America leader.
"I have been blessed with tremendous opportunities in my life," said Herrin. "I want my children and your children to have those same opportunities to gain valuable life skills and be active members of their community."
"He is a superb leader and sets the example for others to follow," said Kiwus of Herrin.
Project management is a balancing of competing priorities and managing scarce resources and Davis is highly regarded by peers and superiors alike skillfully building and maintaining relationships through the life of a project. His diligence and attention to detail are tremendous strengths.
"He (Davis) has consistently exceeded expectations," said Kiwus. "He and his team produce results that implement cost effective solutions to complex engineering problems."
Davis was assigned as the lead Program Manager for the fast pace and high visibility $200 million Contingency Operations program while continuing to drive the equally high visibility and mission critical projects at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay.
"It is very rewarding knowing that I am able to serve my country by working with a committed team of individuals to strengthen Navy and Marine Corps readiness," said Davis.
"He is a true standout among government engineers. He can be trusted with managing the highest-profile, multidisciplinary projects the Navy has," said Kiwus of Davis. "His accomplishments demonstrate a complete dedication to quality construction and an unwavering desire to meet mission requirements."
"It has been an honor and privilege to work with such a dedicated and diverse team of professionals within NAVFAC and our supported commands," said Davis.
Both engineers have proven to be truly among the "Best of the Best" in the Navy and the federal government.