Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command

PWD Bahrain Seabee Prevails as 2014 NAVFAC Sea Sailor of the Year

02/18/15 12:00 AM

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Eva-Marie Ramsaran, NAVFAC EURAFSWA Public Affairs

NAPLES, Italy (NNS) -- Construction Electrician (CE) 1st Class Kevin L. Braziel has been selected as Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) 2014 Sea Sailor of the Year, Feb. 11.

The Sailor of the Year (SOY) program recognizes Sailors that best represent superior dedicated professionals serving in a particular type of duty. The SOY epitomizes the Navy Core Values and is typified by a history of sustained superior performance, significant positive command impact, outstanding mission contribution and proven leadership ability.

"It is fantastic to see CE1 Braziel selected as the NAVFAC Sea Sailor of the Year," said Cmdr. Scott Cloyd, Public Works Department (PWD) Bahrain Public Works officer. "You can't help but feel proud of him and proud of the PWD Bahrain team that has both benefited from his leadership and worked alongside him."

Braziel assigned to PWD Bahrain, serves as the Facility Management Division requirements branch supervisor.

As the branch supervisor, he led 12 personnel in the execution of 6,987 service calls and streamlined support requests for 567 real estate transactions, 164 engineering requisitions, and 15 contracts while managing a $2.8 million facility sustainment budget.

His proficiency extended the life cycle of more than 400 facilities across three bases with a plant replacement value of $489 million without compromise to safety or critical mission readiness of 97 tenant commands.

"I have personally witnessed the outstanding leadership and strategic foresight that CE1 possesses," said Chief Builder Jerome Simms, PWD Bahrain's senior enlisted leader and Assistant Production Division director. "His work ethic, professionalism and determination make him an inspiring leader and role model for all his peers and subordinates to emulate."

Braziel is responsible for the daily employment of 12 military and host country nationals. He is also the assistant requirements branch head, preventive maintenance coordinator, lead plan and estimator, and technical evaluator.

Through his superb leadership, he increased departmental physical readiness by 30 percent and produced the highest overall advancement rate in the region.

"There is opportunity to excel at any PWD in the world, and in any billet. PWD Bahrain knows we are a better team for having CE1 Braziel here to strengthen and motivate us in our service to the installation and 5th Fleet," said Cloyd. "His selection as NAVFAC Sea Sailor of the Year is an example and incentive to all of us to continue to do our best to build upon NAVFAC's legacy of providing exceptional support to the Navy and Marine Corps team."


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