WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Rear Adm. Michael K. Loose became the 40th Chief of Civil Engineers as he assumed command of the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) in a ceremony, Oct. 24.
Loose relieved Rear Adm. Michael R. Johnson, who had been in command of NAVFAC since October 2000. Johnson, 56, retired from the Navy after 34 years of service. The dual ceremony's special guest and speaker was Chief of Naval Operations, Adm. Vern Clark.
Loose, 49, and a native of Albuquerque, N.M., comes to NAVFAC from Norfolk, where he served as commander, NAVFAC Atlantic Division, and Fleet Civil Engineer, commander, U.S. Atlantic Fleet. As NAVFAC commander, Loose becomes the Navy's senior ashore representative to the professional engineering community and construction industry.
Loose's other assignments have included vice commander, NAVFAC; commanding officer, Navy Public Works Center, Pearl Harbor, and the Commander Navy Region Hawaii; program manager for Regional Facilities, Environmental, Safety and Passenger Transportation; facilities officer Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Pacific Fleet; commanding officer, U.S. Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 40; head, Base Operations Support Policy, Program, and Budget Branch for the Chief of Naval Operations. Loose is a Seabee Combat Warfare Officer and a Professional Civil Engineer in the state of California.
During the retirement ceremony, Clark awarded Johnson the Distinguished Service Medal - the Navy's highest peacetime award - for his efforts in leading 13,300 personnel in 22 subordinate commands and activities responsible for executing $9 billion of global work. According to the award citation, Johnson "guided the Naval Facilities Engineering Command and Civil Engineer Corps in establishing the highest standards of excellence in the planning, design, construction and management of the naval shore facilities across the globe" and "propelled NAVFAC into the 21st Century as a recognized leader in the delivery of facility engineering solutions, both within the Department of Defense and private sector."
From October 2000 to October 2003, Johnson achieved a number of innovative cost-cutting projects in support of the Navy and Marine Corps combat mission, including the establishment of the new 1st Naval Construction Division/Naval Construction Forces Command structure, by merging two Seabee brigades of 18,000 personnel to provide a single command interface for Seabee operations worldwide.
On his watch, Johnson ensured that Navy families were able to live in safe, adequate, high-quality and affordable housing at no cost to the American taxpayers. This housing program, dubbed Public-Private Venture Housing or "PPV," is the innovative solution for solving the Navy's long-term housing renovation and replacement problem. As a result of his vision, eight PPV projects privatized 8,985 homes. Due to Johnson's leadership, the Navy realized $1.1 billion in initial construction for a government investment of only $143 million. This amount bought more than four times as many homes as NAVFAC would have been able to address utilizing traditional methods.
Johnson is qualified as a Seabee Combat Warfare Officer, is registered as a Professional Engineer in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. He is the current national president and a Fellow in the Society of American Military Engineers.
The Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) manages the planning, design, construction and public works support for shore facilities for U.S. Navy activities around the world. As a major Navy Systems Command and an integral member of the Navy and Marine Corps team, NAVFAC delivers timely and effective facilities engineering solutions worldwide.
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