By Bill Couch, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Midwest Public Affairs
GREAT LAKES, Ill. (NNS) -- During National Public Works Week (May 18 - 24), leaders at Naval Station Great Lakes extended their appreciation to the men and women of the base's public works department (PWD) and Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Midwest.
"With this being National Public Works Week, I'd like to take a moment to recognize the many contributions of our PWD workers to the health, safety and quality of life of our installation," said Capt. Bill Bulis, Naval Station Great Lakes (NSGL) commanding officer. "PWD Great Lakes takes care of the roads we drive on, the buildings we work in and the water we drink, among other things. I salute their dedication and their hard work."
"I join Rear Adm. Kate Gregory, NAVFAC commander and chief of civil engineers, in thanking all our public works professionals for making things happen every day in support of our service members and their families in the Midwest and beyond," said Capt. Rod Worden, NAVFAC Midwest commanding officer. "Whether it's supplying our utilities needs, maintaining our buildings, plowing snow, plowing more snow, supporting transportation needs, managing our support contractors, being good stewards of our environmental and cultural resources here, or any of the other critical but often unsung work you do, thank you!"
Headquartered at NSGL, NAVFAC Midwest provides civil engineering, public works and environmental support to Navy, Marine Corps and other Department of Defense activities across the Midwest. Its PWD Central, also headquartered at NSGL, serves as the single, centralized provider of facilities support services to U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Forces (MARFORRES) across the United States.
More than 400 NAVFAC professionals work at NSGL, including civilian architects, engineers, contract specialists, environmental specialists, public works tradespeople and administrative personnel, as well as active-duty Civil Engineer Corps officers, Seabees, and Reservists.
The annual National Public Works Week commemoration, which started in 1960 as part of a public education campaign by the American Public Works Association, seeks to raise the public's awareness about public works issues and public works employees who are dedicated to improving the quality of life for present and future generations.