By Susan Brink, NAVFAC Southeast Public Affairs Office
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (NNS) -- Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Commanding Officer and Chief of Civil Engineers Rear Adm. Katherine Gregory announced the winners of the 2015 Peggy B. Craig Lifetime Service Award Feb. 25.
Lillie Jensen, procurement technician and office automation specialist at Resident Officer in Charge of Construction (ROICC) office Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisianna since 1993, was named one of the four national winners of the award.
"This year's awardees represent the very best of our public servants. Each has made a positive and enduring impact to the Department of the Navy by demonstrating exceptional professionalism, dedication to the welfare of their organizations and compassion for their colleagues for more than two decades," said Gregory in the announcement.
'Miss Lillie,' as she is affectionately known by her co-workers, has served as a civil servant to the Navy and the government of the United States for more than 47 years beginning her career as a clerk typist in 1966.
"I am very honored just to have been put in for the award, so receiving the award is beyond anything that I could have expected," said Jensen.
"Miss Lillie is absolutely dedicated to the welfare of our office and the people who make up our team." said Lt. Daniel Brown, ROICC Barksdale. "Her amiable spirit has nurtured tremendous relationships across the base, the local community, and NAVFAC. Her commitment, professionalism, and selfless devotion are instrumental to the success of ROICC Barksdale and to NAVFAC Southeast."
Jensen said her government career has enabled her to work on many memorable projects, but she counts the ROICC officers she's worked with as the most memorable of them all.
"Each of the ROICC's I have worked with over the past 22 years, here at Barksdale, has been a great influence on me and I have special memories that I will always treasure from each of them," said Jensen. "My ROICC Barksdale family has also been very supportive and I thank them very much for all they do for me."
Jensen said her family has always been very supportive of her career and they think the award is awesome.
NAVFAC Southeast Business Director, Jeff Killian, presented the award to Jensen in front of a gathering of the command at the 2015 NAVFAC Southeast Seabee Anniversary Ball held March 7 at the World Golf Hall of Fame in St. Augustine, Florida.
"The Peggy B. Craig Service Award was specifically designed to recognize those individuals that might not otherwise be recognized for all their contributions and service," said Killian. "They are the true, behind-the-scenes unsung heroes. This award is targeted at that group of people that tirelessly support their organization, and others, not only in the context of their defined duties but in a way that has a lasting impact to those for which they serve."
"Miss Lillie is that unsung hero at ROICC Barksdale."
Jensen handles the government purchase credit card duties and records management at the ROICC Barksdale office. She acts as the facilities manager, Wide Area Work Flow point of contact (POC), computer services POC, transportation fleet manager, and office budget manager. She is an office organizer, celebrations planner, and the center of gravity for site morale.
"Jensen is especially known, remembered, and recognized by the cadre of military officers that have come and gone at Barksdale for whom she has provided much support in their administrative needs," said Brown. "She really is the 'heart and soul' of the ROICC Barksdale organization."
The Peggy B. Craig Lifetime Service Award was established in 2012 in honor of a longtime NAVFAC headquarters employee to honor NAVFAC civil servants with 20 or more years of selfless and dedicated service to NAVFAC, the 1st Naval Construction Division, the Center for Seabees and Facilities Engineering, or any subordinate unit.
It was established to recognize the true matriarchs and patriarchs of NAVFAC. It recognizes those who expend a lot of energy mentoring and caring for those they come in contact with on a daily basis.
"I offer my heartfelt congratulations to Ms. Jensen on her selection for this very special award," said NAVFAC Southeast Commanding Officer Capt. Steve Hamer.