By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class John Parker, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southeast Public Affairs
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (NNS) -- Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southeast leadership presented the Navy's third highest civilian service award, the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award, to six employees, March 31.
Commanding Officer Capt. Steve Hamer honored the employees during a ceremony at the command.
"Recognizing the outstanding superior performance of these valuable members of our command was extremely important to me," said Hamer. "Each of these employees has spent countless hours going above and beyond to make NAVFAC shine and I was honored to be a part of this ceremony."
The awardees received their medals, certificates, and citations in a decorative framed arrangement in front of friends, family and coworkers.
The presentations were read by their former supervisor and the author of the awards, NAVFAC Southeast Business Director Jeffrey Killian.
Brad Clark, Regional Energy Program manager, was recognized for his exceptional management skills. He was instrumental in Navy Region Southeast's reduction of energy consumption and he authored the Region's Energy Strategic Plan and Energy Management instruction.
Danny Villafane, utilities product line coordinator, was commended for executing over $200 million in utilities infrastructure projects and becoming the first graduate of the Department of Defense Executive Leadership Development Program from the NAVFAC Enterprise in 2010. He also successfully completed the Defense Enhanced Financial Management course in 2013.
James Ray, facilities and service support contracts product line coordinator, was commended for his outstanding leadership. Ray assisted in the formulation of a first ever NAVFAC 'transition team.' This team starts well before a contract is awarded to train on-site installation personnel, helps with contractor phase-in, and assists in the initial contract modifications to address changes since initial inventory. The entire concept has been recognized as a 'best practice' within NAVFAC and is being emulated at other locations.
Carol Welden, base support vehicles and equipment product line coordinator, was acknowledged for working with a 30 percent reduction in staff and decreasing budget dollars. Her technical expertise and leadership was instrumental in an estimated cost savings to the Navy of $4.4 million annually.
Teresa Daubendiek, an analyst with the financial management support line, demonstrated extraordinary customer support and personnel leadership overcoming a diverse array of unique challenges. She had a direct impact to the realignment of more than $2 million in misaligned charges.
Kevin Roye, facilities management and services product line coordinator, was recognized for his leadership in the implementation and the successful rollout of over 15 initiatives at NAVFAC Southeast. Roye was praised for his role as the author and inventor of the Weekly Operational Risk Management (WORM) safety report briefed at the commanding officers' weekly stand-up meeting, an initiative adopted by most facility engineering commands today.
The Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award is an honorary award given by a local Navy activity to civilian employees for service or contributions resulting in high-value or benefit to the Navy. The award consists of a certificate and citation signed by the activity head, a medal, and lapel emblem.