By Darrell E. Waller NAVFAC EXWC Public Affairs
NAVAL BASE VENTURA COUNTY, PORT HUENEME, Calif. (NNS) -- The Naval Facilities Engineering and Expeditionary Warfare Center (NAVFAC EXWC) announced Steelworker 1st Class Shawn Herr's selection as NAVFAC's 2013 (Sea) Sailor of the Year, Feb. 20.
Herr, attached to NAVFAC EXWC's Mobile Utilities Support Equipment (MUSE) division, was selected for his outstanding work as Detachment Officer in Charge overseeing more than 60 military and civilian personnel in the inspection, operation, and maintenance of vital power generation equipment at naval installations worldwide.
"Petty Officer Herr did a phenomenal job leading his team in the support of essential power needs in diverse locations with varied energy supply requirements," said NAVFAC EXWC Commanding Officer Capt. Mark. K. Edelson. "He is fully deserving of this high honor and his actions exemplify the Navy's core values of honor, courage, and commitment, and the spirit of NAVFAC."
The NAVFAC Sailor of the Year program recognizes Sailors who best represent superior dedicated service in a particular type of duty. The Sailor of the Year epitomizes Navy core values and is typified by a history of sustained superior performance, including significant positive command impact, outstanding mission contribution, and proven leadership ability.
Herr distinguished himself as the lead petty officer for MUSE as they supplied power for more than 7,000 personnel at Naval Base Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti; and the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren, VA. His direct efforts saved the Navy $16 million in labor costs and contracted equipment.
"I'm honored to be chosen as the 2013 NAVFAC Sea Sailor of the Year," said Herr. "I feel privileged to represent my command, NAVFAC EXWC MUSE Division. I wouldn't be where I'm at in my career without the support of my family."
"The guidance and support of my command and shipmates have made me a better sailor and they all aided in my selection," Herr said. "They deserve this honor."
Herr will now represent the entire NAVFAC enterprise and compete with more than 25 Echelon II winners for the Vice Chief of Naval Operations (VCNO) Sailor of the Year.
NAVFAC EXWC is the Navy's premier activity for facilities and expeditionary technology solutions, engineering services, equipment logistics and products needed to equip the fleet and meet warfighter requirements. EXWC also delivers specialized engineering and technology solutions that support sustainable facilities and provides logistics and expeditionary systems support for Navy combat force capabilities.