By Tom Kreidel, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Mid-Atlantic Public Affairs
GREAT LAKES, Ill. (NNS) -- Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Midwest was officially disestablished Sept. 30, in a ceremony held at the Bluejackets' Chapel at Naval Station Great Lakes.
"The men and women of NAVFAC Midwest have done an incredible job in supporting its many customers, bases and the Navy," said NAVFAC Commander Rear Adm. Kate Gregory in her remarks during the ceremony. "Even though the name may change, or the way you are organized may change, the one thing that won't change is your character, your work ethic and your commitment to excellence."
NAVFAC Midwest was disestablished to maintain alignment with Commander Navy Installations Command. The command was established in 2004 from Engineering Field Activity Midwest and the public works centers at Naval Station Great Lakes and Naval Surface Warfare Center in Crane, Indiana.
NAVFAC will now serve these bases with public works departments under the commands of NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic, NAVFAC Southeast and NAVFAC Northwest.
The disestablishment of NAVFAC Midwest is expected to save the Navy more than $5.5 million in annual salary.
According to NAVFAC Midwest's outgoing Commanding Officer Capt. Jay Murphy, NAVFAC Midwest annually delivered more than $400 million in superior facilities products and services to the bases it served.
"NAVFAC Midwest has provided superb support to the training, warfare development and ordnance-handling missions throughout Navy Region Midwest," Murphy said. "Because of the command's far-reaching accomplishments, the Navy has seen significant improvements to its readiness and mission."