By Sue Brink, NAVFAC Southeast Public Affairs
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (NNS) -- Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southeast Executive Officer Capt. Scott Hurst, a Civil Engineer Corps officer, was presented the Legion of Merit Medal July 17 during his retirement ceremony celebrating 27 years of dedicated service with his last tour at Naval Air Station (NAS) Jacksonville, Florida.
Guest speaker NAVFAC Atlantic Commander Rear Adm. Louis Cariello spoke of Hurst's commitment to the country, and the U.S. Navy. He said it had been a tremendous honor to be at the ceremony.
"We are here today celebrating a career of wonderful service and the relationships we have developed over the years," said Cariello. "Scott has had many opportunities and has done it all during his career. He is one of the most talented engineers in the Navy."
Cariello explained that Hurst is not the kind of guy for being in the center of the attention. "He is a man of character, integrity, selflessness, team work and a great leader."
Hurst was presented the Legion of Merit Medal for exceptional performance while serving as executive officer for NAVFAC Southeast from June 2012 to July 2015 for providing extraordinary leadership and technical expertise while directing more than 1,800 military and civilian personnel at 22 geographically dispersed locations across twelve states and the Caribbean. During this time, Hurst oversaw $1.8 billion in construction, $757 million of facility services and 14,000 contract actions.
He expertly led the financial management of the $350 million annual Navy Working Capital effort, balancing revenue and cost, capital investment, and rate structure to meet operating result targets for the first time in the commands history.
Hurst's superior performance of duties highlights the culmination of 27 years of honorable and dedicated service.
In preparing his final speech, Hurst developed the "top 10" things he wanted to talk about. He thanked many people who helped mentor him.
Hurst spoke about the young military of today who have joined the military after 9/11. To them, they are fully understanding of the challenges that they face today. But to others who may not know of anyone who has served or have any connection to the military, they may not have the same feeling about what it is like to serve in the military.
So one of his top 10 was, "What TV show best represents what the Navy is really like?" In thinking about his career and talking to his family about his tours, he says "we talked about the TV show JAG."
"I want to thank my parents for allowing me to do what I have done and supporting me through this journey," said Hurst. "I know this is not at all what they expected when I was a young boy."
"You have all been a part of this and I hope you are a part of my next journey in life," said Hurst in his closing remarks.
Hurst's first assignment was as a Surface Warfare Officer assigned to the amphibious transport dock ship USS Austin (LPD 4). After selection to the Civil Engineer Corps his initial tours included a split tour as resident officer in charge of Construction and Public Works Center, Jacksonville, Florida; public works officer at Naval Station Pascagoula, Mississippi; operations officer, Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 7 and operations officer of 22nd Naval Construction Regiment (NCR), Gulfport, Mississippi.
During his tour with 22nd NCR he deployed on two occasions, the first for Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) where he served as the operations officer for Task Force Charlie, he later returned to Iraq as the Marine Expeditionary Force Engineer Group (IMEG) operations officer for OIF II. An overseas assignment as the operations officer of NAVFAC Europe/Southwest Asia followed.
Upon completion of that tour, Hurst returned to the Seabees as the commanding officer of NMCB-5, homeported at Port Hueneme, California. He completed two deployments during the tour, the first to Okinawa, Japan, and the Helmand Province of Afghanistan.
Hurst served as the logistics officer (G4) Marine Corps Installation West located aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California. Then he served as the commanding officer at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti. On June 8, 2012, Hurst became the executive officer at NAVFAC Southeast.
Hurst is qualified Seabee combat and surface warfare officer, a member of the acquisition professional community and a registered professional engineer in the state of Georgia.
His decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star (two awards), Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), Navy Commendation Medal (six awards)and several unit and campaign medals.