Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command

NAVFAC Southeast Employees Find Creative Ways to Say 'Thanks'

11/21/13 12:00 AM

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (NNS) -- Members of Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southeast's Employee Benefits Association (EBA) have come up with a new way to say "thank you" to its employees this Thanksgiving by delivering handmade gifts to its workforce Nov. 21 onboard Naval Air Station (NAS) Jacksonville.

"Times are tough with a continuing resolution and budget constraints," said NAVFAC Southeast Commanding Officer Capt. Christopher Kiwus. "Our employee-morale team continues to find ways to build morale among our workforce and foster teamwork."

"Each year we look at ways to raise money to hold our annual holiday luncheon to keep the cost to a minimum for our employees," said Joanne Bailey, EBA president and NAVFAC Southeast planner. "This week we are delivering a sweet treat. A turkey made out of a sucker, a fall leaf, and a chocolate kiss for its face."

The EBA members are very passionate about what they do to help build morale among the workforce. Every year the team comes up with new and more creative ideas.

Bailey said this fundraiser was a huge success. The team delivered 1,300 thank you's that say, "A heartfelt thanks to you, for all that you do."

"We are thrilled to see how many employees really enjoy what we do," said Bailey. "It is so exciting to see the look on someone's face when we deliver a surprise to them. It really does put a smile on everyone's face."

"This thank you came just in time for Thanksgiving, and well deserved to a team that has accomplished so much already this year," said Kiwus.

NAVFAC Southeast employees work in five different buildings onboard Naval Air Station Jacksonville supporting Navy Region Southeast, along with others located on installations throughout the Southeast.

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