Navy Facilities Engineering Command Hawaii Employees Recognized


Story Number: NNS110331-26Release Date: 3/31/2011 4:25:00 PM
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By Thomas Obungen, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Hawaii Public Affairs

PEARL HARBOR (NNS) -- Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Hawaii held its annual Employee of the Year ceremony March 22 to honor 27 employees and five teams, a total of 91 command members, who were nominated by their supervisors for their excellent work in 2010 within eight different categories.

"Our people continuously execute their responsibilities in a superb manner," said Capt. John Coronado, NAVFAC Hawaii commanding officer. "The caliber of our nominees and overall winners illustrate the sense of dedication found throughout our organization. All of our nominees deserve praise for the tremendous contributions they provide to the Navy's mission in both Hawaii and our local community."

From the long list of nominees, seven individuals and one team received special distinction of being named 2011 Employees of the Year winners for going above and beyond normal work execution. In addition to receiving the command's award, these individuals have been nominated to represent the command in the same categories at the upcoming 55th Annual Excellence in Federal Government Awards luncheon provided by the Honolulu-Pacific Federal Executive Board which is scheduled for April 21 at the Sheraton Waikiki.

Our winners are: Lisa King, Supervisor/Manager of the Year; Krista Stehn, Federal Employee of the Year (Professional, Administrative, and Technical); Donna Young, Federal Employee of the Year (Clerical and Assistant), Gary Redman, Federal Employee of the Year (Trades and Crafts); Greg Gebhardt, Leader of the Year; Aaron Poentis, Mentor of the Year; Johnny Prado, Exceptional Community Service; and the NAVFAC Hawaii Joint Basing Team, Team Excellence Award.

Supervisor/Manager of the Year

Lisa King, a supervisory civil engineer from our Kaneohe Resident Officer in Charge of Construction (ROICC) office superbly managed a construction project workload increase of 90 percent with a 14 percent staff reduction and provided outstanding mentorship to engineers in her section. She is a terrific communicator and respected by in-house personnel and customers alike.

Federal Employee of the Year (Professional, Administrative, and Technical)

Krista Stehn, a manager for the Energy Team, is a truly motivated employee who constantly promotes a culture of energy conservation throughout Navy Region Hawaii, resulting in energy savings of over $9 million annually. She has also successfully streamlined energy project productivity of 15 engineers, increasing energy conservation and renewable energy projects.

Federal Employee of the Year (Clerical and Assistant)

Donna Young is an administrative support assistant and who provides exceptional support to personnel throughout the command. She manages a wide-range of processes including timekeeping for 22 employees without error, purchases via government credit card, maintaining property and computer inventory, handling Freedom of Information Act requests, building energy manager, and collecting and distributing all command mail.

Federal Employee of the Year (Trades and Crafts)

Gary Redman, an electronics mechanic leader, is a dedicated and enthusiastic expert for repair of power support and uninterruptible power supply equipment. He provides solutions and guidance to his crew of electronic technicians, inspires co-workers, and instills confidence in all who work beside him.

Leader of the Year

Greg Gebhardt is the supervisory general engineer with our Energy Team. He provides effective leadership to personnel at NAVFAC Hawaii and Navy Region Hawaii with passion and enthusiasm and leads others through personal example.

Mentor of the Year

Aaron Poentis, a supervisory environmental engineer, served as senior mentor and sponsor for the command's employee development program over the past year. As such, he guided six employees through a rigorous developmental program in which he provided creative coursework for these high potential employees and expanded their command perspective on all products. He used his personal time and effort to develop future leaders of the command.

Exceptional Community Service

Johnny Prado is an assistant in the command's security office who volunteers and contributes personal time and money to the non-profit Makiki Library. He supports fundraising events to help keep the library open for the public and motivates others in the local community through his dedication and hard work.

Team Excellence

The NAVFAC Hawaii Joint Basing Team developed and implemented the office of the Secretary of Defense's Joint Basing initiative for NAVFAC Hawaii. The team was responsible for the transfer of Hickam Air Force military and civilians to this command, approximately 450 personnel, and a $100 million budget from the Air Force to NAVFAC Hawaii.

For more news from Naval Facilities Engineering Command, visit www.navy.mil/local/navfachq/.

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