By Don Rochon, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Public Affairs
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) marked 173 years of providing facilities engineering expertise to support the mission readiness of Navy and Marine Corps commanders, Aug. 31.
In 1842, Secretary of the Navy Abel P. Upshur officially established NAVFAC's predecessor, the Bureau of Naval Yards and Docks, to execute the design, construction and maintenance of Navy yards and a few other shore stations around the eastern seaboard of the United States. Eventually the Bureau and its responsibilities would grow into the global enterprise known as NAVFAC, which was officially established in May 1966.
"Our history is something I am very proud of," said NAVFAC Commander and Chief of Civil Engineers Rear Adm. Kate Gregory. "Our heritage is sustained today by an exceptional group of NAVFAC civilians, Civil Engineer Corps officers and Seabees, who are on the job around the clock, building and maintaining sustainable facilities around the world."
With 13 major commands located in the United States, Europe and Japan, NAVFAC's support is visible on practically every Navy and Marine Corps installation around the globe. Nearly every pier, runway, road, utility plant, gymnasium, barracks, child development center, or other shore facility has been constructed or acquired by NAVFAC.
The command's worldwide team of planning, construction, facilities services and acquisition subject matter experts executed approximately 39,000 separate contract actions in fiscal year (FY) 2014 totaling $8.2 billion, including nearly $2 billion in military construction support for the Navy, Marine Corps and other federal agencies.
Part of this construction effort consisted of military construction projects in support of strategic combatant command missions at forward operating areas. Other construction projects supported the introduction of new Navy/Marine Corps weapons platforms and helped sustain critical operations around the world.
Awarding small business contracts also played an important role in NAVFAC's acquisition strategy. For the third consecutive year, the command exceeded all Navy small business targets, setting record achievements in Small Business, Small Disadvantaged Business and Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business through more than $3.5 billion in contracts awarded to small businesses.
In support of the Anti-Terrorism Force Protection (ATFP) ashore program, NAVFAC executed various contract actions to field or sustain 900 systems, with more than 60,000 components, which increased the security posture at various locations worldwide, while enhancing the overall safety of personnel and service members.
NAVFAC's Public Works Departments respond to base facilities service and emergency calls in a demanding 24-7 environment. This critical work is a vital enabler for what takes place daily on bases around the world, as more than 461,000 service calls and 54,000 emergency calls were recorded and completed last year.
A lot of this essential work goes unnoticed, but the behind-the-scenes effort performed in providing vital public works services, such as electricity, water, and wastewater management, is a central enabler for a lot of what happens on Navy and Marine Corps bases worldwide.
NAVFAC professionals are also at the forefront of executing cutting-edge energy projects to help meet the Secretary of the Navy's energy goals. Advanced metering, renewable energy, energy service performance contracts, power purchase agreements, and energy conservation projects are helping to reduce the demand for energy, on and off base, and well as increase energy security.
To support the Navy's expeditionary warfighters, NAVFAC's Expeditionary Programs Office ensured Sailors and Seabees had the necessary equipment and gear required to execute their missions around the globe, including mine resistant ambush protected vehicles, medium tactical vehicles, highly mobile multi wheeled vehicles, water well equipment, and containers.
NAVFAC has a proud history of delivering exceptional products and services for supported commands since 1842. Building on 173 years of experience, the command continues to manage the planning, design, construction, contingency engineering, real estate, environmental and public works support for U.S. naval shore facilities all over the world.