By Earl Bittner, NAVFAC Southeast Public Affairs
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (NNS) -- Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southeast announced its calendar year 2015 Employee and Supervisor of the Year awards March 30 at its Headquarters offices in Jacksonville.
"Congratulations to this special group of people," said NAVFAC Southeast Commanding Officer Capt. Steve Hamer. "These five truly superb individuals have made, and are making, a difference in our Command and our Navy."
Award winners are nominated by their direct supervisors for their professionalism, customer focus, quality, teamwork, initiative and innovation. Public Works Department Meridian, Mississippi, secured three of the five top awards.
Brandon Maxwell, PWD Meridian utilities energy management technician, was selected as the Employee of the Year 2015 Tier I (GS11 and below) for his support of the AMI meter program and many other accomplishments.
"Although Brandon has no formal training on meter repair, he repaired over 20 meters, bringing them back online," said PWD Meridian Deputy Public Works Officer Danny Cook. "The status of the meters is a focus item for the station's Executive Officer and is briefed monthly."
Maxwell's exceptional effort to repair the meters versus waiting weeks for technical support.
James Coleman, PWD Meridian water treatment plant operator, was selected as the Wage Grade Employee of the Year.
"James has consistently volunteered to cover extra shifts and to accept responsibilities above and beyond," said Cook. "He steps up and fills in as a Utilities System Operator conducting both jobs all while maintaining his Water Plant Operator License. His flexibility is instrumental in continuing potable water service at Naval Air Station Meridian."
Matthew Copeland, PWD Meridian facility sustainment branch head, was named General Schedule Supervisor of the Year.
"Matt has performed above and beyond the call of duty by assuming the duties of two other critical billets," said Cook.
Copeland filled the role of Metals and Trades Branch Supervisor and Electrical and HVAC Branch Supervisor during critical vacancies, doing whatever it took to make sure mission requirements were met. His extra effort made a real difference in the effectiveness of the department, claimed Cook.
Allison Blount, acquisition specialist from Resident Officer in Charge of Construction (ROICC) Charleston, South Carolina, was named Employee of the Year 2015 Tier II (GS12 and above).
"Allie has become the face of one of NAVFAC Southeast's single largest MILCON (military construction) projects," said ROICC Charleston Lt. Cmdr. Scott Beyer. "She was hand selected to administer a massive four plus year $157 million contract for the extremely sensitive Navy nuclear propulsion program."
Blount's performance exceeded all expectations. Her willingness to accomplish the mission was noted by both the customer and the contractor. Her efforts are always backed by regulation, good ethics, and customer service, according to Beyer.
Frank Derise, PWD Pensacola facility sustainment shop supervisor, was named Wage Grade Supervisor of the Year primarily for his expert handling of a barracks project located at NAS Joint Reserve Base New Orleans.
"Within hours of being notified of the issue, Frank deployed to New Orleans to assess and build a response plan to solve the problem," said PWD Pensacola Facilities Sustainment Director Marvin Jones.