Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command

NAVFAC Announces Lifetime Achievement Awards for 2017

03/09/17 12:00 AM

From Naval Facilities Engineering Command Headquarters Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) announced the recipients of the 2017 Peggy B. Craig Lifetime Service Award, March 3.

The award is named after Peggy B. Craig, who retired from NAVFAC in 2011 as the special assistant to the NAVFAC commander and chief of civil engineers after serving 48 years in federal civil service.

It is given each year to devoted professionals who best personify a career of service, selflessness and dedication to NAVFAC, Navy Expeditionary Combat Command, the Center for Seabees and Facilities Engineering, or any subordinate units.

"The recipients of the 2017 Peggy B. Craig Lifetime Service Award," said NAVFAC Commander Rear Adm. Bret Muilenburg, "have demonstrated exceptional professionalism, leadership, and compassion for the men and women serving under them for more than four decades. They are well deserving of this recognition and appreciation of a career of service, selflessness and dedication to our NAVFAC community."

The 2017 Awardees are:

- Marie Taitano, NAVFAC Marianas. Her superb leadership over a 40-year career in variety of assignments is a true testament to Taitano's drive to be the absolute best in every endeavor. Her civil service career began in 1974 as officer in charge of Construction Marianas, where her outstanding performance challenged traditional roles and gender barriers. She continues to excel in her current position with NAVFAC Marianas as a performance assessment representative, providing technical expertise and oversight for the base operating support contract.

- Irwin Komoda, NAVFAC Hawaii. He is recognized for his expert professional knowledge and technical abilities. Komoda worked his way up from an entry-level position 43 years ago to his current position as the maintenance superintendent. His efforts in this role significantly improved service call response and recurring maintenance execution rates; reducing a large backlog while balancing the workload across 16 shops with an integrated workforce of 297 civilians and 55 military personnel.


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