By Palmer Pinckney II, Naval Facilities Engineering and Expeditionary Warfare Command Public Affairs
PORT HUENEME, Calif. (NNS) -- Naval Facilities (NAVFAC) Engineering and Expeditionary Warfare Command (EXWC) welcomed Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC), on May 2.
The EXWC visit is the first for Vice Adm. Mary M. Jackson, since assuming command of CNIC last year.
"There is no doubt that the shore enterprise will continue to play a critical role in our Navy's future. As EXWC continues to enhance our warfighter's capabilities ashore and at sea, the shore will continue to be vital to warfighter readiness," said Jackson. "Our installations will remain the springboard, launching pad, departure and arrival gates for ships, planes and expeditionary forces."
EXWC provides specialized facilities engineering, technology solutions and life-cycle management of expeditionary equipment to the Navy, Marine Corps, federal agencies and other Department of Defense supported commands.
During the visit, Jackson took the opportunity to speak with EXWC engineers and scientists who provided short briefings on eight engineering and technology solution projects.
EXWC Technical Director, Kail Macias, explained the importance of having CNIC visit the command. "We value feedback from Navy leadership. Our goal during the Vice Admiral Jackson's time here is to demonstrate that EXWC delivers fleet readiness aligned with Navy priorities by synching with the National Defense Strategy, CNO Design for Maintaining Maritime Superiority and the NAVFAC Strategic Design."
One such example of EXWC's support of fleet readiness is the Port Improvement via Exigent Repair Joint Capability Technology Demonstration. This initiative facilitates the rapid repair of damaged timber or concrete port piers worldwide, decreasing the repair time to days, from months or years.
"I'm continually amazed by the breadth and relevance of the work we do at EXWC," said Cody Reese, EXWC Expeditionary engineering director. "These presentations represented around one percent of our ongoing projects. It's invigorating to see the level of technical achievement and inspiring to know that we are addressing some of the world's most difficult facilities and expeditionary engineering challenges, with real impact to the fleet."
Today, more than 600 EXWC projects/programs are in progress worldwide, contributing to warfighting capabilities. Visits from ranking leadership like Jackson provide the command valuable feedback on their support of the Fleet, specifically their readiness to deploy, fight and win in combat.
EXWC is part of NAVFAC the Naval Shore and Expeditionary Systems Command that plans, builds, and maintains sustainable facilities, delivers environmental, utilities and other base services, and acquires and manages expeditionary combat force systems and equipment.