Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command

NAVFAC Marianas Pays Tribute to its Women Leaders Making a Difference

03/31/16 12:00 AM

Women at NAVFAC Marianas
NAVFAC Marianas culminated Women's History Month on March 31 with a tribute to some of the women who are to credit for the success of the organization. A group of women leaders at NAVFAC Marianas join Capt. Stephanie Jones, NAVFAC Marianas' first female commanding officer and Joint Region Marianas' first female regional engineer, for a group photograph in front of the headquarters building. The team paid tribute to the contributions that women have made throughout our nation's history. In this photograph from (l-r) are Lyann Nishihara, CIO; Arlene Aromin, Chief Engineer; Ens. Cassandra Fach, FEAD; Lt. Elizabeth Olokode, ROICC Finegayan; Capt. Jones; Rose Wright, Comptroller; Gloria Mortera, Inspector General; Joni Borja, HR Director and Catherine Norton, PAO. (NAVFAC Marianas Public Affairs Office)

From Naval Facilities Engineering Command Public Affairs Office

PITI, Guam (NNS) -- Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Marianas recognized its women leaders who have been integral to the organization's success during a Women's History Month tribute on March 30.

NAVFAC Marianas Commanding Officer Capt. Stephanie Jones, a Civil Engineer Corps officer, is the first female to stand at the helm and the first female regional engineer for Joint Region Marianas.

Naval Facilities Engineering Command Marianas recognized its women leaders who have been integral to the organization's success during a Women's History Month tribute, March 30.

In an interview with Jones she noted the theme of this year's celebration, "Working to Form a More Perfect Union: Honoring Women in Public Service and Government" is particularly significant.

She reflected on the many contributions women have made throughout America's history and said women in public service and government have an amazing opportunity to lead and shape their organization, and to positively influence the community.

"Government service allows us an opportunity to demonstrate to younger generations the accomplishments that women have made throughout the years, said Jones.

"I believe one of our strengths both as a country and in the military is that we value diversity; workplace diversity is essential to our success because a myriad of experiences produces the best solutions," she added.

Another remarkable woman who worked tirelessly to pursue her career and by doing so inspired those around her is NAVFAC Marianas Comptroller Rose Wright. She was the first NAVFAC Marianas employee to be awarded the prestigious Peggy B. Craig Life Service Award in 2012. She has dedicated 49 years to federal government service.

"Each one of us women in the federal government should be aware of our rights and the endless professional possibilities," said Wright.

"We should define our goals on the basis of our interests and abilities rather than a narrow interpretation of what we think we will be allowed to accomplish."

NAVFAC Marianas Contract Specialist Jenais Guerrero agreed. She said defining goals and distinguishing yourself in the work place is what determines value in the workplace. Guerrero offers advice to other women and works to motivate them with her passion for supporting the warfighter.

For Guerrero, the perfect union can be defined as having served in both uniform and as a civilian.

"I proudly served in the Guam Air National Guard for eight years," Guerrero said. "To be given the opportunity to support the warfighter in my capacity as a Navy civilian is so profound and very sentimental," she said.

Ensign Cassandra Fach is a Civil Engineer Corps officer assigned to NAVFAC Marianas Facilities, Engineering, Acquisition and Design office. Fach said she knew early on that she wanted to be an engineer. She said NAVFAC Marianas has contributed to her growth and development personally and professionally.

"We have women serving in many leadership roles across the organization; something that is unique to an engineering command," she said. "I'm grateful to NAVFAC Marianas for the opportunities to contribute my skills and expertise."

Regardless of their level of leadership each agreed it's their responsibility not only to promote professional development, but also to act as role models for other women who are beginning their careers serving as civilians or active duty military.


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