NAVFAC Pacific Honors 17 Decades of Proud Service to the Nation

Story Number: NNS120905-04Release Date: 9/5/2012 7:44:00 AM
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By Catherine Cruz Norton, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Pacific Public Affairs

PEARL HARBOR (NNS) -- In commemoration of the 170th birthday of the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC), NAVFAC Pacific hosted a cake-cutting ceremony in its Pearl Harbor headquarters, Aug. 31, to honor decades of proud naval history and service to the Nation.

NAVFAC Pacific Commander Rear Adm. Kate Gregory said commemorating 170 years is a significant milestone for NAVFAC.

"Today we pay tribute to the hard work and dedication of the men and women who came before us, and we reflect on their tireless efforts to support our great Nation and allied countries," said Gregory. "It is an honor to be part of such a long legacy of construction and engineering ingenuity."

The 13th Secretary of the Navy, Abel P. Upshur, officially established NAVFAC's predecessor, the Bureau of Naval Yards and Docks, in 1842 to execute the design, construction and maintenance of Navy yards and a few other shore stations around the eastern seaboard of the United States. Eventually the Bureau and its responsibilities would grow into the global enterprise known as NAVFAC, which was officially
established in May 1966.

Current day NAVFAC has 16 commands located in the United States, Europe, Southwest Asia and the Far East. NAVFAC is the Navy systems command that delivers and maintains high-quality, sustainable facilities, acquires and manages capabilities for the Navy's expeditionary combat forces, enables energy security and environmental stewardship, and provides humanitarian and contingency engineering response.

Within the Pacific area of responsibility, NAVFAC Pacific provides engineering and acquisition expertise to the U.S. Pacific Fleet by serving as the Navy's facilities, installation, and contingency engineers.

The command is the headquarters for NAVFAC in the Pacific with three facility engineering commands (FEC) within its area of responsibility including, NAVFAC Far East, NAVFAC Hawaii and NAVFAC Marianas. Each FEC serves as the primary touch point for all facility, installation and contingency requirements covering Japan, Diego Garcia, Guam and Hawaii.

"The Pacific is extremely strategic for our Navy and Marine Corps, and for decades NAVFAC Pacific has been instrumental in successfully fulfilling facility and engineering requirements in this AOR," said Gregory.

"The NAVFAC presence is visible throughout the Pacific whether through mission requirements or humanitarian aid," Gregory said. "I am proud of our Civil Engineer Corps officers, Seabees and civilians for their collective commitment to our country."

In fiscal year 2011, NAVFAC delivered more than $13 billion in products and services to support Navy and Marine Corps commanders, as well as to other federal agencies. The command of world-wide team of planning, construction, facilities services, and acquisition subject matter experts executed approximately 46,000 separate contract actions.

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