By Catherine Cruz Norton, Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Public Affairs
PEARL HARBOR (NNS) -- Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Pacific celebrated 171 years of proud Navy and Marine Corps service in the Pacific, Sept. 3.
"I am honored to be among a fine group of professionals and this great organization serving our supported commanders and our Nation," said Rear Adm. Bret J. Muilenburg, commander, NAVFAC Pacific during a cake-cutting ceremony to honor the organization's Aug. 31 birthday. "NAVFAC Pacific has a proud history of delivering quality products and services, so let's continue to and build upon the NAVFAC heritage and breadth of experience," said Muilenburg.
The 13th Secretary of the Navy, Abel P. Upshur, officially established NAVFAC's predecessor, the Bureau of Naval Yards and Docks in 1842, to execute the design, construction and maintenance of Navy yards and a few other shore stations around the eastern seaboard of the United States.
Eventually the Bureau and its responsibilities would grow into the global enterprise known as NAVFAC, which was officially established in May 1966.
NAVFAC Pacific operates as the headquarters for Facility Engineering Commands in Hawaii, Guam and Japan. Its area of operation spans from Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean to Hawaii. Muilenburg recounted the many significant projects and initiatives that have been successfully completed throughout the decades by the command's dedicated and highly capable employees.
"We continue to execute a robust program in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region to enable war fighting capabilities, drive efficiencies in energy, bolster environmental stewardship, and provide humanitarian assistance in remote disadvantaged locations," Muilenburg said.
NAVFAC's signature is visible on every Navy and Marine Corps installation. Nearly every pier, runway, building, gymnasium, barracks, road, utility plant, and other facilities on shore has been constructed or acquired by NAVFAC.
NAVFAC Pacific Business Director Wes Ishizu said he is pleased to be a part of this great legacy. "We have the opportunity to work on and execute remarkable projects in amazing locations," said Ishizu. "Our team's diversity is part of our strength and adds to our unique expertise in support of the Fleet."
The admiral spoke of the growing importance of the military to regional stability in the Pacific, and extended his appreciation to the team for their continued dedication to duty.