By Lee H. Saunders, NAVFAC Southwest Public Affairs
SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- Capt. John Adametz relieved Capt. Darius Banaji as commanding officer of Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southwest Aug. 27 in a change of command ceremony held at Naval Base Point Loma in San Diego.
The official party included guest speaker NAVFAC Atlantic Commander Rear Adm. Louis Cariello, Navy Region Southwest Commander Rear Adm. Markham Rich, U.S. Navy Chaplain Cmdr. Roy Hoffman giving the invocation and benediction, and NAVFAC Southwest Executive Officer Capt. Daniel Turner as the master of ceremonies.
"Our mission is clear - to provide facilities engineering to the Navy Marine Corps team, to deliver effective and efficient readiness from the shore," said Adametz, during remarks at the ceremony. "We will guard and further the reputation and legacy of those that have gone before us such that every team member of this command can look back someday with fond memories on their time here and be proud to say I was part of something special."
Adametz became the seventh commanding officer of NAVFAC Southwest since its establishment in August 2005 after the disestablishment of Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southwest Division and Navy Public Works Center (PWC) San Diego.
Adametz is a native of Belle Vernon, Pennsylvania. He graduated from the Virginia Military Institute in 1989 with a degree in mechanical engineering and was commissioned an Ensign in the Surface Warfare community. He received a Master of Science in Civil Engineering from Pennsylvania State University in 1997.
He is a qualified Seabee Combat Warfare Officer, Surface Warfare Officer, and Fleet Marine Force Officer. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the Commonwealth of Virginia, a graduate of the Executive Program at the University of Virginia, a member of the Navy Acquisition Professional Community, Project Management Professional, Certified Facility Manager, Certified Energy Manager, member of the Society of American Military Engineers, and Naval Postgraduate School Executive Master of Business Administration candidate. His personal decorations include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, four Meritorious Service Medals, six Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, Joint Service Achievement Medal, two Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals and various unit awards.
Banaji commanded NAVFAC Southwest from September 2013 to August 2015. He departs for Navy Expeditionary Combat Command in Little Creek, Virginia.
"There has been no greater pleasure for me than to be in leadership of this command," said Banaji in a July video to the command. "I thank you for all your accomplishments and amazing feats of every single day across all our bases."
Born in New Delhi, India and raised in Bellevue, Washashington, Banaji graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering in 1986. He earned a Master of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1992 and completed the Executive Management Program at the University of Virginia's Darden School of Business in 2009.
Banaji is a registered engineer in the Commonwealth of Virginia and a Seabee Combat Warfare Officer. He is a member of the Acquisition Professional Community and a Master Training Specialist. His personal decorations include the Legion of Merit, eight Meritorious Service Medals, two Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, five Navy Achievement Medals, the Humanitarian Service Medal and various unit and campaign medals. He is also the recipient of the "Captain Gilliss Award" for outstanding service and leadership.
The more than 3,000 personnel of NAVFAC Southwest manage and execute an annual volume of work in excess of $2.2 billion in support of our clients with services in planning, design, construction, real estate, environmental and public works support for U. S. Navy shore facilities, Marine Corps, Army, Air Force, and other federal agencies in California, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, Arizona, and Colorado.