CSCS Announces its Headquarters 2017 Civilian of the Year

Story Number: NNS180212-40Release Date: 2/12/2018 12:51:00 PM
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By Kimberly M. Lansdale, Center for Surface Combat Systems Public Affairs

DAHLGREN, Va. (NNS) -- The Center for Surface Combat Systems (CSCS) recently announced its Headquarters (HQ) Civilian of the Year (COY) for 2017.

Senior logistics management specialist, Mr. Zachary Loesche, was honored to be selected for the award.

"It is a great feeling to know that I work for an organization that recognizes its staff and their accomplishments," Loesche said. "I appreciate CSCS selecting me and it is an honor to represent our civilian workforce."

Loesche, who was selected as Civilian of the Quarter (COQ) for the first quarter of 2017, has been part of the CSCS community for 15 years.

"I have been a government civilian since April 2016 and prior to this position, I have supported both CSCS and one of its learning sites, AEGIS Training and Readiness Center (ATRC), since 2003 in military and industry roles," he explained.

As CSCS' senior logistics management specialist, Loesche manages the personal property management program as the CSCS domain accountable property officer and supports the management of the government commercial purchase card program.

"Additionally, I assist the CSCS infrastructure director with long range facility planning as well as furniture planning and procurement," Loesche explained. "I also interface with our parent command, Naval Education and Training Command (NETC), and other learning centers regarding our requirements for the development of the NETC training resource utilization system.

Loesche's supervisor, Mr. Mark Wright, CSCS infrastructure director, nominated him the award.

"Zack is a true professional, great teammate and vital to CSCS and the Navy," Wright said. "As the senior logistics management specialist, he has numerous responsibilities and takes great pride in his work. This award illustrates his many contributions to our mission and how he goes above and beyond the call of duty."

Ms. Robin Zapert, CSCS executive director (ED), says Loesche's quality of work is exceptional.

"I assumed the ED position in December of 2017 but even though I have only known Zack for a short period of time, his professionalism and work ethic are astounding and he is truly deserving of this award," she said.

Capt. Frank X. Castellano, CSCS commanding officer, says Loesche was tasked with several essential projects in 2017.

"One of Zack's notable accomplishments this year was that he tracked all of our 14 learning sites and detachments' capital assets to ensure we were fiscally compliant," Castellano explained. "This was not an easy undertaking with over 750 capital assets. Because of his vigorous efforts, when one of our detachments was reviewed, we received a 100% in accuracy and completeness. Zack made a positive impact on our training mission and will continue to do so in years to come."

Loesche enjoys his job and says that the best part of his job is interfacing with various people throughout the Navy.

"I've had the pleasure of creating some exceptional relationships with personnel both inside and outside of the CSCS organization," he said. "It's also been extremely beneficial in helping me determine how to best integrate solutions for the projects I am working on for not only my department, but the domain as well."

CSCS' mission is to develop and deliver surface ship combat systems training to achieve surface warfare superiority. CSCS headquarters' staff oversees 14 learning sites and detachments, located throughout the continental United States, Hawaii, and Japan and manages and operates a Naval Education and Training Command (NETC) training division in Rota, Spain. CSCS provides over 538 courses, awards 114 different Navy Enlisted Classifications (NECs), and trains 37,400 Sailors a year. CSCS delivers specialized training for Officer and Enlisted Sailors required to tactically operate, maintain, and employ shipboard and shore-based weapons, sensors, and command and control systems utilized in today's Navy.

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