By Regina Adams, NAVFAC Washington Public Affairs
WASHINGTON D.C. (NNS) -- Capt. Andrew Hascall relieved Capt. Frederick Burgess III as Naval Facilities Engineering Command Washington commanding officer and as Naval District Washington regional engineer during a change of command ceremony held at the Washington Navy Yard, May 25.
The official party included commander, NAVFAC Atlantic, Rear Adm. Darius Banaji, commandant, Naval District Washington, Rear Adm. Charles Rock and U.S. Navy Chaplain Cmdr. Brandon Harding.
A retirement ceremony immediately following the change of command celebrated Burgess 30-year Navy career.
Banaji was the guest speaker, and awarded Burgess with the Legion of Merit, gold star in lieu of fifth award, for his inspirational and visionary leadership.
Burgess was the driving force in executing more than 11,000 contract actions for construction and facilities services valued in excess of $2 billion. His precise management of high visibility projects including the $100 million Hopper Hall Cyber Studies Academic Building at the U.S. Naval Academy, the $85 million Agile Chemical Facility, and planning for the National Museum of the U.S. Navy, leaves a lasting legacy.
"I have greatly enjoyed my time at NAVFAC Washington," said Burgess. "It truly has been my privilege to serve with such an outstanding group of professionals."
NAVFAC Washington's workforce of more than 1,300 civilian and military personnel provide a full range of facilities and engineering products and services to Navy, Marine Corps and other federal agencies in Maryland, Northern Virginia and the District of Columbia.
Hascall becomes the eighth commanding officer of NAVFAC Washington since its establishment July 2004.
A native of Iowa, he graduated from the Illinois Institute of Technology in 1992 with a Bachelor's of Science in Mechanical Engineering. Hascall earned a Master's of Business Administration from the Naval Postgraduate School in 2003 and was recognized as a Conrad Scholar for excellence in Financial Management. His awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.
"I am thankful to be allowed the opportunity to command NAVFAC Washington," said Hascall. "While the challenges we will tackle may not be the most glorious or noteworthy, nowhere else could we be presented such a great opportunity to influence issues that are strategically important to our Navy."