By Krista Cummins, Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Pacific Public Affairs Office
PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii (NNS) -- Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Pacific recognized 11 graduates April 5 who successfully completed the NAVFAC Leadership Development Program (LDP) and NAVFAC Pacific's Emerging Leader Program (ELP).
"The NAVFAC LDP and NAVFAC Pacific's ELP are extremely beneficial to our future managers and leaders of NAVFAC as it offers limitless opportunities to improve yourself, your career and the organization," said Lynn Tanaka, NAVFAC Pacific's ELP coordinator.
The NAVFAC LDP is a highly competitive two-year program generated from NAVFAC Headquarters, which provides various developmental opportunities through formal training, rotational assignments, team building activities, presentation classes, and attending key leadership meetings. Each LDP cadre member is also assigned a mentor to help provide a fresh perspective on various career paths. The program is also challenges employees to perform outside their comfort zone to enhance both personal and professional growth.
The two 2016 LDP cadre graduates are Eric Koike and Vanessa Simpkins.
"Through the LDP, you are immersed into the leadership arena from the very beginning, where you examine your strengths and pursue to strengthen your weaknesses," said Eric Koike, Guam Program Management Office facility activation. "Often times, we get consumed with our day-to-day that we are not able to see what else is out there and how we can contribute to NAVFAC's mission. I encourage everyone to find a way to take advantage of this tremendously beneficial program."
NAVFAC Pacific's ELP is a one year program, which consists of a training plan and schedule, group meetings, command tours, shadowing and rotational assignments, working with a mentor and conducting senior leader interviews.
The nine 2016 ELP cadre graduates are Michael Ishibashi, Chantel Foster, Chantelle Santos, Wah-Cheong Sze, Sherry Diones, Susan Jenkins, Vivian Guzman-Aniban, Keith Hashimoto and Wyatt Hue.
"The best takeaway of the ELP was the mentoring, as it really gave me a different perspective professionally and personally," said Wyatt Hue, NAVFAC Far East utilities project manager. "Talking with my mentor helped me focus on my short-term goal, which was moving to an Echelon IV Command. With that focus, I was able to work towards it and am currently stationed at NAVFAC Far East."
The ELP is also designed to improve leadership skills, provide awareness of various managerial styles, improve formal presentation skills, understand supervisory roles and responsibilities and provide insight to NAVFAC Supported Commands.
"The program gave me the opportunity to have quality face time and access to NAVFAC outside of the organization's leadership," said Michael Ishibashi, environmental engineer. "I would recommend completing as many senior leader interviews as you can accommodate. The one-on-one interviews provide valuable insight on what our leaders are made of, and what qualities you may want to adopt for yourself as a future leader."
Each program is managed by an administrator and coordinator. NAVFAC Pacific's LDP Coordinator is Ron Hertwig, NAVFAC Pacific business director and NAVFAC Pacific's ELP Coordinator is Lynn Tanaka, NAVFAC Pacific Asset Management business line manager. NAVFAC Pacific's LDP Administrator is Shaylyn Andres, NAVFAC HRO Hawaii and NAVFAC Pacific's ELP Administrator is Shirley Goo, NAVFAC HRO Hawaii.
"It's been an honor to witness the growth of cadre members and see the difference they will make in our NAVFAC ohana," said Tanaka.