By Tom Kreidel, NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic Public Affiars
NORFOLK (NNS) -- Jim Gravette, a remedial program manager (RPM) in Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Mid-Atlantic Northeast Integrated Product Team (IPT), received the 2014 NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic Environmental Restoration Employee of the Year award, July 8.
According to Nina Johnson, supervisory environmental engineer with the Northeast IPT, Gravette's job as an RPM involves cleaning up industrial sites on both active and closed Navy sites.
"Jim has worked as a remedial project manager for several different installations over the last six years," said Johnson. "In every case he has done an outstanding job and has made great strides towards cleaning up sites at New London, Yorktown, and currently Naval Station Newport, and has therefore enhanced the protection of human health and the environment at these installations."
Gravette managed 19 sites in 2014, including more than $3.5 million worth of remedial investigation efforts on seven recently closed munitions plants.
"I realize my success was due in large part to working a team of people all aligned with one goal - worker safety," he said. "I could not have done it alone. It is an honor working with such a dedicated and professional group of people."
According to Gravette, one of his more challenging jobs occured last year aboard Naval Weapons Station Yorktown. His team was tasked with a vapor intrusion from the ground up, into buildings where several employees worked. While investigations revealed no short-term health effects, Gravette led the precautionary action of having two buildings converted from work centers to long-term storage facilities, to minimize any long-term effects.
"Due to his diligence and hands-on approach, the vapor intrusion situation was addressed in a timely manner, with the health and safety of workers always placed first," said Johnson.
She added that his dedication and high performance stood out as a model for his peers, and that his hard work has significantly contributed to the Navy's ability to reach challenging cleanup goals.