WASHINGTON (NNS) -- An old sports adage holds that no team ever truly repeats an accomplishment; the challenges, competition and composition of the team itself are always changing. The same certainly holds true for Navy installations and the annual tradition of noting excellence among them.
Building on recognition for fiscal year 2016 as the Commandant, Naval District Washington (NDW) Installation Excellence Award (small category) winner, Naval Support Activity (NSA) Washington recently earned this NDW distinction again for its 2017 performance. This was welcome news for a combined military-civilian team that evolved significantly over the past year while maintaining its staunch determination to provide the best possible support.
"Our team is dedicated to continuous improvement, and this latest NDW recognition only reinforces that commitment," NSA Washington Commanding Officer, Capt. Jeff Draeger noted.
NSA Washington encompasses six separate facilities across the National Capital Region, including the Washington Navy Yard and Naval Support Facilities Arlington, Carderock, Naval Observatory, Navy Research Laboratory and Suitland. On these dispersed bases, the installation supports numerous important tenant commands with widely varying missions, including five Echelon One and 34 Echelon Two Commanders; an aggregate workforce of more than 30,000 active duty military, DoD civilians and contractors.
Underpinning an innovative installation level support plan, the first of its kind in the Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC) enterprise, NSA Washington has five overarching goals: Protect Our Base; Deliver Effective and Reliable Navy Shore Services; Deliver Prestige Level Services to Executive Customers; Maintain Our Facilities; and Leverage REGCOM Support to Man, Train, and Equip our Team. "Our plan anchors the many mission partnerships we value inside and beyond our fence lines. Straightforward goals focus our team's efforts to achieve results and reduce inefficiency," said Draeger.
In the course of pursuing its goals, NSA Washington posted numerous accomplishments this past year. Highlights include the successful execution of the first Navy Yard-wide active shooter exercise with interagency involvement since the tragic events of 2013; significant renovations and updates to the Navy Yard Town Center Food Court; completing the establishment of a fully staffed Fleet and Family Support Center to support National Capital Region Sailors and their families; hosting 31 missions on Ceremonial Barge Chesapeake; completing expedited renovations to and supporting a change of occupancy in the Vice President's Residence; and the performance of decades-delayed preventative maintenance on the Navy Yard's main high voltage electrical distribution panels.
"This was my third opportunity to prepare an award package on behalf of the Sailors and civilians of NSA Washington, and it was definitely the most difficult," confessed Lt. Cmdr. John Liddle, NSA Washington executive officer. "Our team's contributions were numerous, diverse, and meaningful to our tenant commands. It was challenging to select from all the great accomplishments of the past year in meeting the space limitations of the nomination package, but that is a very good problem to have."
As winner of the 2017 NDW Installation Excellence Award (small category), NSA Washington advances to enterprise wide competition at the CNIC level.
NSA Washington is proud to have earned this Region level recognition again, but never satisfied. On the Quarterdeck of the Navy, where the daily support routine would make headlines elsewhere, there is no resting on laurels, and no one is calling it a repeat.
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