By Earl Bittner, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southeast Public Affairs
PENSACOLA, Fla. (NNS) -- Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Commanding Officer and Chief of Civil Engineers Rear Adm. Katherine Gregory announced the winners of the 2014 Peggy B. Craig Lifetime Service Award Feb. 26.
Martina Dancy, Acquisition Branch Head at Public Works Department (PWD) Pensacola was named one of the five national winners of the award.
"This year's candidates were all exceptional and well deserving, but the (five national) winners truly stood out in personifying Peggy Craig's legacy of service, selflessness, and dedication to the community," said Gregory.
"Combined they represented over 212 years of dedicated service to our Navy and our nation along with possessing an amazing record of professional excellence and commitment to the people and organizations that they serve. Throughout their careers, they have made a difference and left a lasting impact on all those that have known them. It is a tremendous honor having them as part of our team."
The Peggy B. Craig Lifetime Service Award was established to recognize the true matriarchs and patriarchs of NAVFAC. It recognizes those among us who expend a lot of energy mentoring and caring for those they come in contact with on a daily basis.
"I am so proud to work in an organization with so many great people, and I offer my heartfelt congratulations to Ms. Dancy on her selection for this most prestigious award," said Commanding Officer NAVFAC Southeast Capt. Christopher Kiwus.
"I had no idea I was put in for this award. I was very surprised," said Dancy who was caught off guard by the announcement.
The Peggy B. Craig Lifetime Service Award was established in 2012 in honor of a longtime NAVFAC headquarters employee to honor NAVFAC civil servants with 20 or more years of selfless and dedicated service to NAVFAC, the 1st Naval Construction Division, the Center for Seabees and Facilities Engineering, or any subordinate unit.
PWD Pensacola co-workers agreed Dancy was a good fit to receive the award.
"She epitomizes professionalism and poise, and is a walking, talking example of dignity, skill, excellence, morality, and greatness," said PWD Pensacola Procurement Technician Regina Randle.
"She is a person that gives of herself in order that others may learn, improve and succeed," added PWD Pensacola Contract Specialist Eleanor Daniels.
During her 33 years of service, Dancy has worked in a number of roles from housing project manager to quality insurance inspector. In her current role, her leadership has been crucial in integrating the Whiting Field Acquisition Branch with Pensacola.
Dancy said her government career has enabled her to work on two memorable projects. The most memorable was acting as the contracting officer of a custodial contract with National Industries for the Severely Handicapped (NISH)/Ability One for approximately 20 years. Ability One provides services and programs which support the employment of people with severe disabilities.
The second most memorable thing was working on the task of awarding and administering contracts after the devastation left in the wake of Hurricane Ivan that directly impacted Pensacola. "The recovery effort was monumental, but working with both military officers and civilians made it fun," said Dancy.
"Her efforts are always focused around the betterment of the organization and the people within that organization," said Lt. Cmdr. Lakeeva Gunderson, NAVFAC engineer who worked with Dancy during Hurricane Ivan recovery efforts. "Ms. Dancy is able to connect to people in a way that empowers and enables them as individuals to seek out and achieve personal and professional goals. She is truly a sincere, genuine, leader that believes in her people and her organization."
Dancy's commitment to developing and mentoring her employees are 'unparalleled' stated the award announcement. She sets new standards in quality and support to her customers.
"It has been a very rewarding experience working for NAVFAC," said Dancy. "If you have a servant's heart and you have a desire to assist others and you want to develop long lasting relationships, working with NAVFAC is a good place to be. It really is a great place to work!"