By Catherine Cruz Norton, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Marianas Public Affairs
PITI, Guam (NNS) -- Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Marianas Business Director Samuel V. Roundtree was awarded the 2016 Peggy B. Craig Lifetime Achievement Award for significant achievements and honorable service, Jan. 28.
Roundtree, who holds a doctorate in organizational leadership, is one of five NAVFAC employees enterprise wide to be recognized with this honor in January 2016.
"I am truly honored and humbled," said Roundtree. "I share this acknowledgment with every NAVFAC employee and client that I have had the privilege of working with and making history throughout the years".
Roundtree has been the business director of NAVFAC Marianas since 2007. Roundtree joined the federal civil service in 1981 and began his NAVFAC career in 1988 as the Management Analysis Officer with the former U.S. Navy Public Works Center, Guam.
In a congratulatory letter from Commander, Naval Facilities Engineering Command, and Chief of Civil Engineers Rear Adm. Bret J. Muilenburg, he is praised for standing among the best executives and leaders within the entire enterprise.
He is further recognized for his laser focus on filling critical vacancies through weekly personnel boards and other initiatives that enabled NAVFAC Marianas to achieve the lowest vacancy rate across the NAVFAC enterprise.
"He has consistently tackled organizational and personnel challenges with superb business and strategic planning expertise, and has driven the NAVFAC Marianas organization with consistent engagement and strong leadership," wrote Muilenburg. "Sincerely concerned for the welfare of the workforce, he closely managed and assisted with employee transitions for over 600 employees during the outsourcing of the public works function in 1999."
This is the third year where an employee of NAVFAC Marianas has gained recognition through this prestigious award program. NAVFAC Marianas Comptroller Rose Wright received the award in 2014 and NAVFAC Marianas Supervisory Contract Specialist Doris Castro was bestowed the honor in 2015.
"I am elated that our employees are recognized for their significant accomplishments and absolute dedication," said NAVFAC Marianas Commanding Officer Capt. Stephanie Jones. "These professionals are more than just top-performers; they are role models who inspire each and every one of us to strive for success every day here at NAVFAC Marianas."
The Peggy B. Craig Lifetime Service Award was established in 2012 in honor of a longtime NAVFAC headquarters employee to recognize 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.