By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Eva-Marie Ramsaran, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Europe Africa Southwest Asia Public Affairs
NAPLES, Italy (NNS) -- Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Europe Africa Southwest Asia (EURAFSWA) announced the winners of its Military and Civilian Engineers of the Year awards Oct. 1.
Cmdr. John Anderson from Public Works Department (PWD) Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Africa, was selected as the Military Engineer of the Year and Mr. Iosif Progoulakis, from PWD Souda Bay, Crete, Greece, was selected as the Civilian Engineer of the Year for 2014.
"I'm extremely proud of Cmdr. Anderson and Mr. Progoulakis," said Capt. Robert McLean, NAVFAC EURAFSWA commanding officer. "NAVFAC EURAFSWA operates in a very complex, dynamic and challenging Region and is absolutely committed to supporting the warfighters and their families. To be recognized as the best amongst this incredibly talented group of engineers reflects their exceptional talents and contributions."
Anderson and Progoulakis were submitted to NAVFAC Headquarters (HQ) for further consideration as the NAVFAC Engineer of the Year as well as the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) to compete for the Federal Engineer of the Year award.
The NSPE award recognizes a broad range of achievements including education, registration as a professional engineer, continuing education, awards or honors, NSPE involvement, civic and humanitarian activities, and engineering achievements.
Anderson was the public works officer at PWD Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti. He has a bachelor's degree in urban systems engineering, is a professional engineer, and a member of the Society of American Military Engineers.
At Camp Lemonnier, Anderson led a public works team of 70 military, government service, and contractor employees overseeing a contractor workforce of 2,100 employees executing 19 military construction projects valued at $493 million, including a $153 million forward operating site compound and a $32.5 million, first-ever, brick and mortar barracks facility.
He impacted three mission-critical projects that consolidated explosive arcs within the unpopulated eastern expansion area of the camp, and improved airfield safety and operational capacity. He also oversaw delivery of all camp services in a contingency environment and led an energy improvement program that resulted in a 15 percent energy intensity reduction from fiscal 2012 to 2013, earning him the Federal Energy and Water Management Award.
Progoulakis is the design engineer for the facilities engineering and acquisition division of PWD Souda Bay. He has a master's degree in philosophy in advanced composite materials, a bachelor's degree in mechanical and electrical engineering, and is a member of the Technical Chamber of Greece.
At PWD Souda Bay, Progoulakis was directly involved in the planning, design and construction of 150 projects of various complexity and sizes. He oversaw more than 50 design, study and construction project packages valued at $34 million. He personally developed 20 in-house project packages valued at $3.5 million, which doubled the airfield capacity and greatly improved its utility enabling real-time war fighter support to three Combatant Commanders.
In his spare time, he assisted the Christian Orthodox Parish of St. Konstaninos and St. Helen, Chania, Crete, Greece, with humanitarian assistance and disaster relief to local families in need.
"There is tremendous competition amongst a great group of candidates," said McLean. "Selection is a testimony to the hard work and leadership potential of those selected."
If either engineer is selected for Federal Engineer of the Year, he will attend an award ceremony scheduled Feb. 26 in Washington, D.C., where he will receive a gold medallion, plaque and recognition at the NSPE Annual Convention in July.