NAVFAC Engineering and Expeditionary Warfare Center Established

Story Number: NNS120920-20Release Date: 9/20/2012 12:32:00 PM
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By Darrell Waller, Naval Facilities Engineering and Expeditionary Warfare Center Public Affairs

PORT HUENEME, Calif. (NNS) -- The Naval Facilities Engineering and Expeditionary Warfare Center (NAVFAC EXWC) was established Sept. 20 in a ceremony that joined two Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) specialty centers.

The Naval Facilities Expeditionary Logistics Center (NAVFAC ELC) and Naval Facilities Engineering Service Center (NAVFAC ESC) consolidated to provide a single touch point responsible for all NAVFAC engineering and expeditionary specialty center functions under one command.

"The consolidation is intended to reduce overhead costs to free up resources needed to sustain our nation's force structure, create future combat capabilities, and improve our mission support to our supported commanders," said NAVFAC EXWC Commanding Officer Capt. Brant D. Pickrell.

NAVFAC EXWC delivers specialized engineering and technology solutions that support sustainable facilities and provides logistics and expeditionary systems support for Navy combat force capabilities.

"The new command combines extraordinary facilities engineering and technology transfer expertise with first-rate expeditionary logistics support to the warfighter, bringing greater efficiencies to this vital role in the NAVFAC enterprise," said Pickrell.

The consolidation is part of NAVFAC's ongoing review of all its operations, and is in addition to a number of other efficiency initiatives undertaken following the Secretary of Defense's 2010 order to all the military services to take a "hard, unsparing look" at how they are staffed, organized and operated.

NAVFAC ELC's mission was to provide logistics support to Navy Expeditionary Combat Command service members, most notably the Seabees. The ELC can trace its origins to 1942 when the Advance Base Depot, Port Hueneme was established to train, stage, and supply the newly created Seabees. In 1945, the command's name was changed to the Naval Construction Battalion Center (NCBC), Port Hueneme, and became the hub of all Seabee support activities in the United States until 2003. In 2003, Naval Base Ventura County (NBVC) was established to carry on base support functions and the ELC was established to maintain the NCBC expeditionary logistics mission.

NAVFAC ESC was established in 1993 to consolidate the missions of six major NAVFAC components: the Naval Civil Engineering Laboratory (NCEL, established in 1948); the Naval Energy and Environmental Support Activity (NEESA, established in 1980); the Ocean Construction Project Office (FPO-1) and the Shore Electronics Project Office (FPO-2), both located at the NAVFAC Chesapeake Engineering Field Division; the NAVFAC HQ Assistant Commander for Engineering and Design (Chief Engineer's Office, NAVFAC Code 04B); and the Ocean Facilities Program Office (NAVFAC Code 07). The new organization was created to increase efficiency and effectiveness through synergies among the components, including consolidating specialized expertise, eliminating redundant capabilities, and reducing overhead.

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