Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command

NAVFAC Far East Sailors of the Year Announced


NAVFAC Far East Sailors of the Year

By James Johnson, NAVFAC Far East Public Affairs

YOKOSUKA, Japan (NNS) -- Commanding Officer Capt. Michael Kenney announced the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Far East Fiscal Year 2018 Sailors of the Year Oct. 25.

Builder First Class (BU1) Leon Sandiford, Construction Equipment Operator Second Class (EO2) Birendra Adhikari and Builder Third Class (BU3) Cyrus Laumatia, were selected as Sailor, Junior Sailor and Blue Jacket Sailor of the Year, respectively.

“The motivation and commitment these leaders have displayed throughout the year is impressive and they truly represent the very best of a group of dedicated sailors throughout the Far East,” said Kenney.

Sandiford is the Leading Petty Officer and supervisory contracting officer representative (COR) and engineering technician (ET) for Public Works Department (PWD) Chinhae, Korea. He was responsible for the professional development and mentorship of 12 active duty and 16 reserve sailors. He also managed the day-to-day workload, providing experienced and quality instruction to the three additional COR-ETs. He assigned and monitored work performance of 15 construction contracts located at five sites throughout the Korean peninsula valued at more than $8 million.

“Being recognized as NAVFAC Far East Sailor of the Year is a great honor,” said Sandiford. “I’m thankful for the opportunity and equally thankful to my leadership for providing the necessary tools for success. I strive to be an example to follow by those who report to me by living up to the expectations placed upon me by my mentors throughout my career.”

Adhikari is the Production Division, Self-Help Branch Transportation Supervisor for PWD Atsugi, Japan. Last year, he managed a fleet of 14 units of Civil Engineer Support Equipment (CESE) valued at $358,000 and two license examiners, providing mission essential support to Naval Air Facility Atsugi and tenant commands. He conducted more than 550 hours of training and practical examinations resulting in 320 personnel across 26 commands obtaining their Non-Tactical Vehicle (OF-346) NTV, Material Handling Equipment (MHE), Civil Engineer Support Equipment (CESE), and Emergency Vehicle Operator licenses. 

“Being recognized as Junior Sailor of the Year for all of NAVFAC Far East means a lot to me,” said Adhikari. “It tells me that all the hard work I put in day in and day out didn’t go unnoticed, and it gives me more motivation and drive to continue to put my best effort on everything I do.”

Laumatia is the Production Division, Self-Help crew leader for PWD Yokosuka, Japan. He oversaw 37 construction project sites and ensured all methods of construction were performed with zero mishaps under CFAY cognizance. His superb leadership, technical knowledge and teamwork skills have enabled Self-Help to execute 37 facility enhancement and base beautification projects in timely manner with zero safety mishaps. The projects totaled more than 8,175 man-hours of labor in support of forward deployed naval forces and saved the U. S. Navy $312,000 in labor costs

“I’m a firm believer that my success is a reflection of the leadership I have above me,” said Laumatia.

These sailors have been nominated as NAVFAC Pacific Sailors of the Year.


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