By Krista K. Catian, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Pacific Public Affairs
PEARL HARBOR (NNS) -- Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Pacific kicks off National Engineers' Week, Feb. 18, by reflecting on the valuable contributions many of its engineering professionals bring to the organization.
"NAVFAC Pacific has a very diverse group of engineering professionals who have a wide range of experience and bring a wealth of knowledge to the organization," said NAVFAC Pacific Vice Commander Capt. Pete Lynch. "National Engineers' Week is a great way to highlight what engineers do for our Nation and what our engineers are doing for the Department of the Navy in the Pacific."
National Engineers' Week is held, Feb. 16-22, and this year's theme, Let's Make a Difference, helps NAVFAC highlight what the organization's engineers are doing for the command.
"The contribution that each engineer brings to the NAVFAC Ohana (family) is priceless and I am honored to work alongside such great professionals," said Lynch. "Please help me congratulate our engineering force for their service and commitment to meeting NAVFAC's mission to support the fleet and our nation."
In honor of National Engineers' Week, the Hawaii Council of Engineering Societies (HCES) organized engineering exhibits and a VEX robotic tournament at the Pearlridge Shopping Center last weekend.
The Society of American Military Engineers (SAME), Honolulu Post and the HCES also hosted a kickoff luncheon Feb. 18 at the Banyan Tree Showroom at the Hale Koa Hotel. Maj. Gen. Richard L. Stevens, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Pacific Ocean Division commander, served as the luncheon guest speaker and presented on Engineering the Future.
"The luncheon was a great way to start off National Engineers' Week as it allowed various organizations to come together and network with other engineers around Hawaii," said Majella Stevenson, NAVFAC Pacific supervisory civil engineer. "This week gives me the opportunity to truly recognize what an honor it is to be part of the NAVFAC family, SAME, Honolulu Post and the HCES."
Stevenson said there are several events scheduled later in the week including a University of Hawaii College Engineering Career Day and an Engineers' Week Banquet to wrap-up the celebration.