Naval Facilities Engineering Command Gets New Leader

Story Number: NNS061028-01Release Date: 10/28/2006 7:12:00 PM
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From Naval Facilities Engineering Command Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Rear Adm. Wayne "Greg" Shear relieved Rear Adm. Michael K. Loose as commander, Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) and chief of civil engineers in a change of command ceremony held at Admiral Leutze Park, Washington Navy Yard, Oct. 27.

Shear previously served as director, Ashore Readiness Division, staff of the Chief of Naval Operations and deputy commander, Navy Installations Command.

As NAVFAC commander, Shear will head the global engineering and acquisition command and lead some 500 active and Reserve Civil Engineer Corps officers, 17,000 civil servants and contractors. For the past two years, NAVFAC has been on an accelerated structural, functional and process-driven transformation to provide more effective and efficient products and services to Navy and Marine Corps warfighters, the fleet and their families.

Loose is slated to be assigned as the director, Material Readiness and Logistics and will be responsible for the strategic planning for all Navy fleet readiness and logistics programs.

"It's a high privilege to assume command of such a tremendous organization. Under Rear Adm. Loose's leadership, NAVFAC reshaped and aligned, reduced costs, and continued to deliver outstanding facilities planning, engineering construction and specialized acquisition services," said Shear. "Our mission is to straightforwardly ensure success of our supported commanders in the Navy and Marine Corps, at headquarters, at each region, at each installation. That is why we exist. We will measure our effectiveness through their eyes."

Shear graduated from the U. S. Naval Academy in 1979 with a degree in Naval architecture and was commissioned an ensign in the Civil Engineer Corps. In 1984, he received a master of science, security and strategic studies from the Naval War College. Shear is a Seabee Warfare officer, a registered professional engineer in the Commonwealth of Virginia, a member of the Navy acquisition professional community, and a member of the Society of American Military Engineers. His personal decorations include two Legion of Merit medals, two Defense Meritorious Service Medals, three Meritorious Service Medals, two Navy Commendation Medals, the Navy Achievement Medal and various unit awards.

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