By Sue Brink, NAVFAC Southeast Public Affairs
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (NNS) -- Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southeast Deputy Operations Officer John Knox celebrated the conclusion of his U.S. Navy civil service career, Feb. 21, during a luncheon roast at the Officers Club aboard Naval Air Station (NAS) Jacksonville, Florida, where family, friends and co-workers gathered to celebrate his more than 35 years of dedicated service.
NAVFAC Southeast Business Director Jeff Killian served as host and retirement roast master of ceremonies.
"I could not think of someone that was more competent or dedicated in the position for which they serve," said Killian. "John has been a consummate leader and today we lose one of the great ones."
Knox, a civil engineering graduate of The Citadel Military College in Charleston, South Carolina, has spent his entire adult career serving as a civilian for the U.S. Navy beginning his service as a structural engineer in 1982 with what was then called Southern Division in Charleston, South Carolina. His work took him to Kings Bay, Georgia where from 1986 to1987 he worked as the Resident Officer In Charge of Construction (ROICC) Project Engineer during the $1.4 billion construction program for Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay.
Knox served in increasing positions of responsibility at Southern Division until 2001 when he made the move to Naples, Italy to serve as the Deputy Assistant Operations Officer working closely with NATO, USAFE and other major clients on programs valued at more than $1 billion. His final move came in 2006, when he moved his family back to the continental U.S. to Jacksonville, Florida to serve as the NAVFAC Southeast Deputy Operations Officer, his final position with the Navy.
"NAVFAC has truly been a 'Great Place to Work.' I've had fantastic professional and personal growth opportunities here and abroad," said Knox. "The men and women in NAVFAC are tasked with a difficult job, covering an enormous spectrum of responsibilities and make it look easy every day."
Many friends and colleagues spoke of their time working with Knox over the years.
I've worked with John since 1983. Little did I know that we'd both end up on the leadership team with NAVFAC Southeast 35 years later," said longtime friend and colleague Jack McCarthy, NAVFAC Southeast Capital Improvements Business Line coordinator. "John genuinely cares about the success of NAVFAC and our Supported Commands. He is passionate in his decisions and forward thinking about the future of the organization. John will be missed."
Knox was especially touched by the turnout for his luncheon and said this, "I will always be proud of the NAVFAC team's accomplishments and will most definitely miss my NAVFAC family as I move to the next phase of my life."
Knox officially retired March 3.