By Mario Icari, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southwest Public Affairs
SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- Larry Williams, former Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southwest deputy public works officer for Naval Base San Diego, retired after 44 years of federal service, Jan. 5, in San Diego.
"My whole career has been to do what I can for the base or the region," said Williams during his retirement party, Dec. 6, in San Diego. "I see all the people I worked with at various phases and times of my career. I have nothing but great memories for each one. I thank all of you."
Williams was raised in Jacksonville, Florida, and Chula Vista, California. He entered the Army in 1969 and after Advanced Infantry Training he attended and graduated the Non-Commissioned Officer Course at Ft. Benning, Georgia. Upon graduation, he was sent to Vietnam as a platoon leader in the 1st Battalion 6th Infantry, 198th Light Infantry Brigade, 23rd Infantry Division and spent his tour in Quang Ngai Province, south of Chu Lai. His active duty Army medals for service in Vietnam include the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, Vietnam Service Medal, and Vietnam Campaign Medal.
Williams entered federal civilian service in 1974 and worked for the Navy Public Works Center (PWC) in a variety of positions including shop foreman, planner, estimator, engineering tech, and maintenance planner. He left Public Works Center in 1989 to take a job with Marine Corps Recruit Depot's Facilities Department as operations officer, managing their planning, scheduling, and work reception branch. Williams returned to PWC in 1991 as the management production supervisor when the Maintenance Department developed and rolled out the "Zone Concept." He oversaw the planning and estimating efforts for Naval Station and Naval Medical Center San Diego, and was also responsible for the Production Control and Scheduling Branch during that time.
Williams left PWC again in 1997 to become the deputy facilities manager for Naval Computer and Telecommunication Station (NAVCOMTELSTA) and served in that position until 1998 when regionalization brought about the Installation Claimant Consolidation. During the roll-up, Williams was assigned to Naval Base Point Loma as the maintenance control director. As a senior-level civilian he took a lead part in developing many of the policies and procedures that helped define the operational direction for the new organization.
Williams returned to PWC in 2000 for a stint as the zone manager for Naval Base Coronado before being selected to become one of the newly established product line managers for the Maintenance Department. He developed business rules, execution policies, budget and labor rate for the Mobile Maintenance Product Line, and served as recurring product line manager for a brief period of time.
In December of 2002, Williams accepted the position of deputy public works officer for Naval Base San Diego. Serving the needs of 200 tenant commands, he oversaw the care and upkeep of a base with more than $7.5 billion in plant property, and directed the execution of an annual facilities budget of more than $24 million.
Williams served two years as vice president for the Federal Managers Association Chapter 36 San Diego and was also elected president of the organization for an additional two years. He was an instructor in PWC's Introduction to Supervision program and taught Communication, Assertiveness, Basic Management, and Process Improvement, as well as other training modules for first year supervisors.
Williams is a 2004 Tier III graduate of the NAVFAC Leadership Development Initiative and as a civilian has received numerous awards including a Meritorious Civilian Service Award and a Meritorious Unit Commendation.