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The Blueprint Commanding Officer CAPT Maria L. Aguayo Executive Officer CAPT Scott Raymond Command Master Chief CMDCM John Cunningham Public Affairs Officer Mr. Ben Warner Command Ombudsman Mr. George Bettasso Ms. Contessa Larsen Mr. Carlos Montgomery Editor MC2 Brian Flood Contributors UT2 Stephen Pineiro BU2 Joseph Cantu EA2 Brian Hemme MC2 Jared Walker MC3 Mari Jang UTCN Christopher McNeil CMCN Harrison Troi

Table of Contents Commanding Officer..........................................................................................4 Executive Officer..................................................................................................5 Command Master Chief.....................................................................................6 Ombudsman.........................................................................................................7 Navy and NAVFAC News...................................................................................8 Seabee Ball Photos........... ....................................................................................10 NSA Bahrain.......................................................................................................16 NSF Deveselu.....................................................................................................17 NAVFAC EURAFSWA Core............................................................................17 Camp Lemonnier...............................................................................................18 NSA Naples..........................................................................................................19 Awards.................................................................................................................20 Northern Italy......................................................................................................24 NSF Redzikowo...................................................................................................24 NAVSTA Rota.....................................................................................................25 NAS Sigonella.....................................................................................................26 NSA Souda Bay..................................................................................................27 Training..............................................................................................................28 Safety........................................................................................................29 CIO...................................................................................................................30

The Blueprint is an authorized Naval Facilities Engineering Command publication. Contents do not necessarily reflect the official views of the U.S. Government, the Department of Defense or the U.S. Navy, and do not imply endorsement thereof. Editorial content of this newsletter has been reviewed and approved by the NAVFAC EURAFSWA Public Affairs Office for public release. Comments, articles and photos can be submitted to the Public Affairs Office. Email address

Executive Officer Captain Scott Raymond

Commanding Officer Captain Maria L. Aguayo

Command Master Chief John Cunningham

Mailing address NAVFAC EURAFSWA PSC 817 Box 51 FPO AE 09622 Telephone Commercial: +39-081-568-3559 DSN: 314-626-3559



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LT Ernesto Carino reviews improvements in base operating support services at NSA Naples, May 14, 2018, with Senior Executive Service Andrew Saunders, Counsel, NAVFAC, and Ed Balsamo, Andie VanLanen, and Jim Nelson of NAVFAC EURAFSWA. Photo by Mr. Ben Warmer, NAVFAC EURAFSWA Public Affairs Officer

Capt. Maria L. Aguayo meets with Capt. Nancy Lacore, Commanding Officer Camp Lemonnier, during a tour of Camp Lemonnier’s base facilities, April 12, 2018. Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jared E. Walker, Camp Lemonnier Public Affairs

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Commanding Officer Captain Maria L. Aguayo


ast Fall, we conducted a Command Climate Survey. I thank you for your participation and honest feedback. We take this process seriously. I’d like to share with you some of the highlights of what we heard and the actions we are taking to address your concerns. We had taken action from the past DEOCS surveys to improve our supervisory training, mentorship, and visibility for open positions. You told us in this survey that our efforts are making a difference. You reminded me in your responses that we have a dedicated, engaged workforce. We’re proud of the work we do and our overall job satisfaction is high. You told me that we have improved in the way we recognize positive performance and that you have increased trust in your immediate supervisors. You let us know that our SAPR program is working, and that you’re confident help is available if you need it. Our responses show we still are having problems figuring out who can take a restricted versus an unrestricted report, but in any case you know that command leadership takes the issue seriously.


In short, the DEOCS echoed what I already knew: we have great people working in NAVFAC EURAFSWA. But we also need to do more to support you. You let us know that we need to improve our processes, strengthening our knowledge management and ensuring that we are all working together in a unified workflow. We also need to ensure that our change efforts are both consistent and locally driven to create bottom-up change that emphasizes the field as our primary unit of action. I am committed to providing you the support you have asked for. In response to your input, the command team pledges to: • Track ALL HRO support requests to identify issues and then engage with Region and CNIC as necessary to address problems • Accelerate efforts to standardize Position Descriptions • Create country-specific PCS FAQs to better communicate with prospective gains • Develop an online CO suggestion box to improve communications • Develop a Regional BMS for DTS, PCS, and other actions that have unique overseas requirements • Promote use of the Enterprise Document Library for key common files • Enforce unit level actions in response to the unit-specific issues in the command climate survey, through monthly CMEO updates and quarterly updates directly to me Thank you for your hard work. Every day, we accomplish amazing things in support of our tenant commands and missions. We remain devoted to improve our work environment and shaping NAVFAC EURAFSWA into the best command in Navy.

Maria L. Aguayo, Capt., USN NAVFAC EURAFSWA Commanding Officer

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Executive Officer Captain Scott Raymond



his is my last Blueprint article before I head to EUCOM next month. While I’m excited to trade my wine routine for a beer habit and to experience new adventures, I am certainly sad to be leaving such a great Team. I write Team with a capital letter because I consider it to be a proper noun, more than just a word describing a group of people who come together to achieve a common goal. I want to leave you all with one perspective about the challenges of our mission. If you haven’t seen “Better Off Dead” (a 1985 movie starring John Cusack as a teenager named Lane Myer who faces off with a rival skier), and have 97 minutes to spare, I’ll wait. Otherwise, please watch a three-minute clip at To set the stage, Lane’s friend Charles had already given Lane Myer the secret to skiing: “Go that way, really fast. If something gets in your way, turn.” In the clip, Lane stands poised at the top of K12, a mountain only his rival has ever skied … and survived. With trepidation, he asks Monique, the French foreign exchange student who lives next door, “How am I supposed to live through this?” Her advice is familiar: “Go that way, really fast. If something gets in your way, turn.” This is a great analogy for the challenges our Team experiences on a regular basis in EURAFSWA. The first time we hit a hard slope (there are plenty of double black diamonds in our command, whether in the business lines, support lines, or units of action), we might be happy to just “live through it.” Monique shows him how it’s done, and Lane tries to follow her example. It doesn’t go so well (the skiing term that best describes his effort is “yard sale.”) The best he can say is that nothing is broken. We can’t be afraid to fail (though if we’re going to fail, fail fast!), especially as long as we make it down the slope with nothing broken. Often times, there’s a lot to be said for just getting to done, even if we have to muscle through it. The next scenes show Lane and Monique skiing well, and it’s clear he’s been a quick learner. Towards the end, it starts getting a little sappy (lots of drama that we think will lead to hugs and kisses – and no, XO doesn’t stand for hugs and kisses!) We have a lot of quick learners on our Team. It seems that almost every day, I hear about some new problem we’ve figured out how to solve. And this is what I really enjoy about our support to the Fleet. We’re not just performing transactions. We’re looking to optimize solutions for the Warfighters, even if they may never thank us. But I am certainly thanking you now. I’ve written about High Velocity Learning before, and we are doing it well. Not quite at the bottom line (I want to end there with a memorable quote that applies to each of you), I am also thanking you for all the support you’ve given me (both professional and personal) and the incredible things you’ve done for our command, and by extension, to our supported commanders. I am extremely proud to have been a part of the Team, and I hope to stay connected with many of you. I know I can sometimes be excitable, and our senior leaders (almost always bearing the brunt) have responded just how the Team needs. Here’s the bottom line: “I’m telling you Lane, practically everyone in the State of Northern California is around this particular mountain waiting to see one Lane Myer tackle this totally untamed slope, dead or alive. So get the lead out. That is all.”

Scott Raymond, Capt., USN

NAVFAC EURAFSWA Executive Officer

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Command Master Chief Master Chief John Cunningham


Navy Leadership Framework, Brilliant on the Basics II, Laying the Keel, and the National Security Strategy n the last two years, our Navy has been evolving at a pace that most of us have not seen in 20 years. As such, if we as Leaders want to remain “relevant,” we must be aware of these changes as well as their impacts. Looking through NAVADMIN, Navy Messages, and Communications Plans, the overwhelming message has been:


Leaders of today’s Navy must operate in a high OPTEMPO environment, face challenges/adversaries that we have seen before within our Navy Heritage, and be mindful of fiscal responsibilities in the context of a growing fleet and platforms base. Laying the Keel: The MCPON summarized in his release, “Building trust, developing leaders, and driving high performance teams are never ending tasks. In anything we do, we must always have a vision first. Laying the Keel is the blueprint of that vision for Enlisted Leader Development. This was developed by Sailors for Sailors. This deliberate and comprehensive approach is a path to becoming more authentic, competent, and courageous leaders. This message sets our course towards a stronger culture of ownership, an environment of positive energy, and intrinsically motivated teams, driving towards maximum level of performance with one goal in mind - winning.” Question: Is my foot still on the pedal and is the gas tank full? Am I engaged/aware of all of this change? National Defense Strategy: First, let me just say it’s just 14 pages, in case anyone felt it might be a bit cumbersome. To digest this document, a quick summary might be: “We must foster a competitive mindset. To succeed in the emerging security environment, our Department and Joint Force will have to out-think, out-maneuver, out-partner, and out-innovate revisionist powers, rogue regimes, terrorists, and other threat actors.” Question: Do I know where I fit in this equation and how I enable the accomplishment of this strategy? Brilliant on the Basics II: Growth at the Fleet and Navy Level. The final question to ask is “how do we grow?” It is “we, not I.” Sailors need to know there are continuing opportunities to learn and grow within the Navy, and by extension, improve the Navy team. They should be encouraged to be constantly thinking in terms of the bigger Navy team and not just within their *tribe* or within their lifelines. Learning and professional growth are not only available, they are expected of senior leaders. By being Brilliant on the Basics and incorporating all of the elements of engagement we will create an environment for our Sailors to feel truly vested in their Navy and committed to their shipmates. Our goals are to grow a Navy that values and encourages individual needs, and the critical role each Sailor plays in supporting the success of our Navy, and to grow a Navy where the Sailors value their service and the opportunities it offers. The competition for their talent is urgent, and we need to act now. I CHALLENGE each and every Sailor, Seabee, Civilian and Leader to engage in not just your job or business, but engage in where YOU fit into the bigger plans! For every action, work order, project, and acquisition award, enable our Supported Commanders in completing our Mission as One Navy Team!

John Cunningham, MCPO, USN

NAVFAC EURAFSWA Command Master Chief


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he Ombudsman is a volunteer, appointed by the commanding officer, to serve as an information link between command leadership and Navy families. Ombudsman are trained to disseminate information both up and down the chain of command, including official Department of the Navy and command information, command climate issues, local quality of life (QOL) improvement opportunities and “good deals” around the community. Ombudsman also provide resource referrals when needed. They are instrumental in resolving family issues before the issues require extensive command attention. NAVFAC EURAFSWA is pleased to have three Ombudsman serving the AOR. Feel free to reach out to any of our three ombudsman with questions or concerns.

Mr. George Bettasso

(+39) 338-943-5726 ombudsman.navfaceurafswa

Ms. Contessa Larsen

(+39) 335-831-4497

Mr. Juan-Carlos Montgomery (+973) 3838-6485 ombudsman.bahrain.navfaceurafs

MEET YOUR OMBUDSMAN CONTESSA LARSEN Hello, everyone! My name is Contessa and I am excited to be the new Ombudsman for PWD Sigonella. My husband enlisted in 2010 and ever since we’ve been on this military adventure. This is our second duty station and our first time being stationed overseas. When I’m not studying Marketing, I’m reading, playing with my three small children, or traveling. As your new Ombudsman I’m happy to answer any questions you may have in order to connect you to the resources you need.

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CNIC, NAVFAC Define New Organizational Relationships

Introducing Funds Workflow Process Improvement



Story by Ben Warner NAVFAC EURAFSWA Public Affairs Officer

ommander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC) and NAVFAC have established new roles and organizational relationships in an effort to efficiently sustain the shore enterprise and support the Navy’s mission. At the top of the organization chart, the NAVFAC Commander now has an additional duty assignment to serve as CNIC Deputy Commander for Facilities and Environmental to improve transparency, prioritization, and accountability. At the FEC level, the primary duty assignment of public works officers will be moved to the Installation Commanding Officers, and they will have an additional duty assignment to the NAVFAC Facilities Engineering Command Commanding Officers, who will provide authorities, technical oversight, and reach back support to the PWOs. This change further strengthens the Public Works Officer’s department head role for the base, and ensures actions are aligned to the Installation Commanding Officers’ priorities. All other members of the Public Works Departments at the installations will continue unchanged as NAVFAC employees. NAVFAC remains the Shore Facilities Systems Command with the technical and acquisition authorities for facili¬ties lifecycle services to the Navy and Marine Corps, as well as providing many other installation procurement, and engineering services to non-CNIC commands. CNIC will remain responsible for operating the Navy’s shore installations and providing policy and standards. CNIC and NAVFAC are not merging. CNIC and NAVFAC have distinct yet interdependent shore installation functions which support Fleet operational requirements. The mission, functions, and tasks of each command are assigned by the Chief of Naval Operations and NAVFAC’s technical and contracting authorities are assigned by the Secretary of the Navy. In addition to CNIC, NAVFAC supports non-CNIC supported commands, which does not change. “This new organizational relationship demonstrates our intent to find creative and innovative solutions to meet the read¬iness requirements of the warfighters and the fleet both now and into the future,” said Vice Adm. Mary Jackson, commander of Navy Installations Command.


Story by Ben Warner NAVFAC EURAFSWA Public Affairs Officer

n Nov. 2017, NAVFAC established a working group to address general funds workflow challenges. “Funds workflow” refers to the process of requesting, processing, and accepting customer general fund documents. As a result of the working group’s efforts, beginning June 1, 2018, NAVFAC will implement a standardized streamlined funds workflow process across the NAVFAC enterprise to improve both quality and timeliness. The new process uses eTracker (instead of Outlook) for funding document process management, which improves visibility of General Fund documents from request through acceptance. •

All of the same steps in our funds workflow process will occur, but not in the existing order. We will have a standardized central funds inbox, one per location (CORE BL, PWD, or FEAD) which will be used to receive funds from the customer. eTracker will provide an automated standardized funds request form, automated email communications, and attached supporting information to improve communications with the customer. (There’s even an automated Project Oversight Calculator within the eTracker Funds request!) eTracker will also provide a means to track cycle times through each step of the process and provide process improvement opportunities. Because the process is standardized across the enterprise and there will be improved visibility of the documents in the system, eTracker should also provide improved surge capability, allowing other FM centers within the NAVFAC Enterprise to assist during a surge or period of high document volume. Among other benefits, product or service work effort in eProjects, eContracts and Maximo will be associated to eTracker funds requests.

The new process is designed to improve processing times and quality while improving financial trust. This is an opportunity to be more successful in our funding documents as we approach the fourth quarter of the fiscal year.

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Opportunities in EURAFSWA Often Overlooked

Story by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Brian Flood always learning.” NAVFAC EURAFSWA Public Affairs Office It’s not just the base that is growing in Bahrain. The


avy Region Europe Africa Southwest Asia (EURAFSWA) is a geographically wide region comprised of eight bases, in seven countries, on three continents. With half of those bases located in popular tourist destinations like Italy, Spain and Greece, garnering interest in joining the NAVFAC EURAFSWA team is usually not a difficult task. However, not all of the bases in EURAFSWA region receive the same level of interest. Bases in Poland, Bahrain and Djibouti usually are not high on the list of choice overseas assignments, but according to many of the employees that have worked there, they should be. NAVFAC EURAFSWA’s Public Works Departments (PWD) in Bahrain, Djibouti and Poland provide unique opportunities personally and professionally that you won’t find in other locations.


he hub of US naval operations in the Middle East, Naval Support Activity (NSA) Bahrain has grown from a small Administrative Support Unit during the Gulf War, into a 62acre facility that houses U.S. Naval Forces Central Command

(CENTCOM) and the U.S. Navy’s Fifth Fleet. The base has grown to match the increased mission in the CENTCOM area of responsibility (AOR). According to Jeremy Thompson, Deputy Public Works Officer, being a part of this mission was a big draw. “It’s an exciting opportunity to work really integrated with the military and see how the fleet operates and how [the] overseas environment is different in the way that we’re supporting the fleet.” said Thompson. “It’s a mission focus. We’re here to support whatever the mission is – and that’s very rewarding, knowing that I’m supporting that.” That mission focus creates an ever changing work environment that provides challenges and opportunity, something Patrick Smith, NSA Bahrain Installation Environmental Program Director, has found to be the professional highlight of his tour. “The best thing about working here in Bahrain is the high tempo,” said Smith. “Every day there’s something new. I’m

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island nation has been rapidly expanding for decades, attracting new residents from across the globe and creating, what Carmel Sanchez, a contract specialist with NAVFAC EURAFSWA, says is a diverse community and unique culture. “There’s Australians here, British, Indian, Bangladesh, there’s just a big huge diverse community [in Bahrain],” said Sanchez. “You get to kind of learn a lot of different cultures and meet a lot of different people from all over the world.” That growth has also led to a dramatic rise in the quality of living. “It’s really no different than in the States,” said Smith. “The quality of the water is good, the food prices are normal, and they have malls just like at home.” Thompson adds that the housing arrangements in Bahrain will surprise people when they first get to Bahrain. “There’s a whole wide range of options from ultramodern skyscrapers where you have amazing views, to villas where you’ve got your own little compound,” said Thompson. “The ability to afford [that type of living arrangement] is one of the benefits of coming [to Bahrain] as the Navy pays for your housing while you’re here.”

Along with quality of living and professional satisfaction, a surprise at the ease of travel to surrounding countries was highlighted by all. “Traveling from Bahrain was also one of the huge draws for me and my wife to come here,” said Thompson. “It’s pretty difficult from the U.S. to get to Asian locations, but from Bahrain, India is very accessible, the other Middle Eastern countries, Dubai , and I have plans to travel throughout the Philippines, Malaysia, and just see some of the places that are really hard to access from the U.S.”


outh of Bahrain, but still in the EURAFSWA region, is another base growing from an expeditionary base into a more long term facility. Camp Lemonnier in Djibouti has expanded in size and infrastructure to support approximately 4,000 U.S. and allied forces and civilian personnel. The opportunity to


be a part of that expansion and improvement of the base was a draw for Cmdr. Stephen Padhi, Public Works Officer for Camp Lemonnier. “The work we do often has a direct, observable impact on the many supported warfighters and critical missions [at Camp Lemonnier],” said Padhi when asked about what drove him to apply to work in Djibouti. Ernesto Espinosa, an engineering technician for Camp Lemonnier PWD, said he didn’t know what to expect when he signed on to work at Camp Lemonnier, but has found the work very rewarding. “The best thing about working at [Camp Lemonnier] is working directly with the military and seeing the impact our work has,” said Espinosa. “I learned a lot about NAVFAC and the military and can say I learned more here in the last 2 years than I did back home in 8 years. I am looking forward to taking my experience and applying it to other areas in my career path.” Greg Neate, a member of the Camp Lemonnier PWD team, took a position at Camp Lemonnier looking to enhance his career and create “upward mobility.” “If you want to better yourself it’s a good place to be,” said Neate. “My next position was due to my tour here.”


While Bahrain has been steadily expanding for decades, the expansion at Camp Lemonnier has been recent and rapid. This has led to many misconceptions about the living and working environment on base. “Many assume Djibouti’s force protection and living conditions are more like that in Afghanistan or more remote locations,” said Padhi. “CLDJ is no longer expeditionary, and has constructed to permanent standards. There are amenities that really make life easier, such as free laundry service and a galley that rivals any other worldwide. Even the semi-permanent facilities (like CLUs) are of a high standard, in reality much better than they sound.” Timothy Nelson, Senior Performance Assessment Representative for Camp Lemonnier PWD, said he signed up to work in Djibouti to experience a “deployment assignment”, but was pleasantly surprised with the living situation and the activities available. “MWR does a great job providing activities,” said Nelson. “I love going to the movies. They are free and you get free popcorn. I check out a lot of videos from the library and enjoy a lot of the sports activities, both as a participant and as a spectator.” Espinosa also noted the work of MWR, pointing to frequent opportunities to go snorkeling and diving in the reefs of the coast. He also added that working at Camp Lemonnier provided opportunity to travel to locals more difficult to access from the US. “I used my leave to visit places in the world I have always wanted to see; South Africa, Egypt, Australia, Rome, and Tanzania,” said Espinosa.


oving north in the EURAFSWA region, Naval Support Facility Redzikowo, sits near the town of Slupsk in northern Poland. Not far from the Baltic Sea and the historic twin cities of Gdynia and Gdansk, Redzikowo was established in 2016 and is the newest base in the Navy. Andrew Voshell, Contracting Officer Representative for the Poland BOS contract, was attracted by the newness of Redzikowo and the opportunity to help build something and to be a “plank owner.” He said he was enjoyed “taking part in in building a brand new base, [only] the second in over 30 years for the DOD.” “Establishing a base and a PWD is hard work,” said Voshell, before noting how rewarding the work has been. “It has been a huge honor and very rewarding having the opportunity to serve the warfighter and be a part of a mission that is bigger than you realize,” said Voshell. “What we are doing out here to protect our country and allies is tremendous and the peace and security benefits will benefit generations to come.” Like the bases in Bahrain and Djibouti, Redzikowo provides a strong balance between work and quality of life. Voshell pointed to “having the opportunity to live out in town and interact with the local culture,” as a highlight of his time in Poland. “Off base housing has been great and Slupsk is a great

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U.S. Navy APP Locker little town to live in,” said Voshell. Voshell also noted the “good restaurants and entertainment” as well as “opportunities to travel all over Europe” as side benefits of living and working in Poland. “Checked a lot off the bucket list [items] while being over here,” said Voshell.

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hether it be Bahrain, Djibouti or Poland, everyone asked noted how happy they were with their decision to step outside of their comfort zone and take a position some may never consider. “No one leaves here wishing they hadn’t worked here,” said Padhi. “Almost everyone leaves better off than they arrived [be it] financially, physically, professionally, etc.” “Most civilians end up extending because they enjoy the work and the feeling of satisfaction,” said Nelson. “It is a good way to save money and get ahead, while feeling a great satisfaction from being involved in an important mission.” For those considering working at one of these locations, driven by the mission or the opportunities for personal and professional growth, those who are already working at these PWDs have a simple message. “What I would say to people that are considering applying: Apply,” said Smith. “It’s been a great experience for me. I wouldn’t trade this experience for anything.”

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Celebrating 176 years of NAVFAC, 151 years of the Civil Engineer Corps and 76 years of the Seabees





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NAVFAC Sailor Selected for All-Navy Volleyball


n April, Lt. j.g. Charles Bell of NSA Bahrain PWD was selected as a member of the All-Navy Men’s Volleyball team. Prior to leaving for tryouts, NSA Bahrain’s base paper, the Desert Times, profiled Bell and discussed his All-Navy aspirations “Bell, who was born in Guam and grew up in Hawaii, played volleyball at Kahuku High School located on Hawaii’s North Shore, which earned him a scholarship to play at a Division 1 level at the New Jersey Institute of

Technology (NJIT). ‘That’s how I became a civil engineer,’ said Bell who works for the NSA Bahrain Public Works Department. ‘All I had was slippers and board

shorts coming from Hawaii to New Jersey. I was not ready for it.’ He played at NJIT for four years and did some construction work once he graduated. He eventually chose the Navy for his commission even though all the other members of his family who served were in the Army. ‘Everyone in my family was going one way and I wanted to go the other.’” As a member of the All-Navy team, Bell competed in the Armed Forces Championships, May 7 - 11. Unfortunately the Navy finished in third behind the Army and this years champion, the Air Force, bringing their season to an end.

Top Right: Cmdr. Jon Nieman and the PWD Bahrain team wear jeans to work on April 25 as part of National Denim Day to show their support for sexual assault prevention. Above Right: Cmdr. Jon Nieman joins Capt. Darren Guenther, Commanding Officer NSA Bahrain, in cutting the ribbon on a new Military Working Dog training facility. (Photo by Builder 2nd Class Joseph Cantu) Above Left: Ms. Sadeeqa Salman (top left), Mr. Supriyo Sarkar (bottom left) and Mr. Sayed Murtadha (above) are awarded the Hard Charger Shovel for the months of May, April and March respectively, for their superior performance at NSA Bahrain PWD.


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Left: Cmdr. Catherine Eyrich, joined U.S. Navy Sailors, Romanian service members, city officials and Romanian veterans to honor those who have fallen during a Romanian Veteran’s Day ceremony held in Caracal, April 27. (Photos courtesy of NSF Deveselu Public Affairs) Above Right: Cmdr. Catherine Eyrich greets Rear Adm. Jesse Wilson Jr., commander of Naval Surface Force Atlantic during his tour of Naval Support Facility Deveselu, April 14. (Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jeremy Starr)

Left: In honor of Women’s History Month, three leaders of NAVFAC EURAFSWA, Nives Russo (AM Mixed Commission), Gina Snider (Asset Management) and Andie VanLanen (Counsel) hosted a panel discussion and shared their paths to success in an effort to boost mentorship with the command. (Photos by Mass ommunication Specialist 2nd Class Brian Flood) Right: Members of the NAVFAC EURAFSWA team participated in a STEAM event at the Naples Elementary School. They taught the students about thrust and gravity, using water rockets for some hands-on learning. (Photos by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Brian Flood)

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Meet the CLDJ PWO, CDR Stephen Padhi

What are you most excited about as you take over as PWO? Public Works always supplies an ample catalog of problems to solve, with the potential to make a significant impact on the installation. Getting to provide new insights or approaches to solving these problems - with a 50/50 split between military and civilian workforce, on the only enduring installation on the continent of Africa - is what excites me most. What do you see as your biggest challenge as you take over as PWO? Almost everyone aboard CLDJ is only here for 6-12 months, which poses great challenges to continuity of knowledge and process. The trick is finding a way to providing structure and order to the chaos, in a sustainable way that will be picked up by subsequent personnel rotations. Tell us about your leadership philosophy. Leaders develop trust by stepping out in front and taking the risks and consequences for the team, while passing all credit back down to them for successes. Rapport is built through constant, authentic interaction, as well as setting a good example. High morale results from people accomplishing tasks together, with purpose and precision. No one should guess at what’s expected or how they are doing. Unit success is the result of effective measures of culture, process, and resources. All three must be constantly assessed and targeted for improvement. Why did you become an engineer and why the Navy? The current and future challenges of civilization will be solved by engineers. These include sustainably providing the world’s growing needs for energy, clean drinking water, waste & wastewater management, habitability, and transportation systems. Concern for society and its development is strongly tied to engineering. Advancing society also requires defending our way of life; deterring and defeating global threats. What has kept you in the Navy and serving as a CEC? No other occupation can compare to being a Seabee Officer, period. The CEC continually provides a greater degree of responsibility and a greater variety of assignments than found elsewhere in the AEC sector.


Top: Capt. Maria L. Aguayo tours Camp Lemonnier base facilities, including the base incinerator, armory, fuel farm, and reverse osmosis water purification unit (ROWPU). Middle: Construction Electrician 2nd Class Michael H. DeGuzman performs preventive maintenance on a Manitou Extended Boom at the Camp Lemonnier incinerator and scrap yard. Bottom: Sailors assigned to Camp Lemonnier’s public works department work to replace the Djibouti boat ramp.

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NSA NAPLES Seabees Teach Students About Hydraulics Photos by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Brian Flood NAVFAC EURAFSWA Public Affairs

Across the Top: Builder 2nd Class Gabriel Murgaalton and Builder 3rd Class Morgan Harris use plungers filled with colored water and a cardboard hand to provide students with a hands-on demonstration of how hydraulics are used in robotics. Right: A student from Naples Elementary uses hydroaulics to lift a bridge as Builder 3rd Class Bethany Snyder explains the science behind the operation.

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Ms. Gina Snider Civilian Supervisor of the Year NAVFAC EURAFSWA Core

Ms. Paulette Iliopoulou Senior Civilian of the Year NSA Souda Bay Public Works

Mr. Ioannis Kartdonakis Junior Civilian of the Year NSA Souda Bay Public Works

Equipment Operator 1st Class Joshua Mynear Sailor of the Quarter NAVSTA Rota Public Works

Construction Electrician 2nd Class Endia Thomas Junior Sailor of the Quarter NAVSTA Rota Public Works

Construction Electrician 3rd Class Armani Dixon Blue Jacket of the Quarter NAVSTA Rota Public Works


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Capt. Scott Raymond Meritorious Service Medal NAVFAC EURAFSWA Core

Ms. Lisa Evans Meritorious Civilian Service Medal NAVFAC EURAFSWA Core

Ms. Kim Jacobson Meritorious Civilian Service Medal NAVFAC EURAFSWA Core

Lt. Robert Hernandez Joint Service Commendation Medal NSA Bahrain Public Works

Lt. Leonard Dennis Navy Marine Corps Commendation Medal NAS Sigonella Public Works

Lt. j.g. Joshua Blackley Navy Marine Corps Commendation Medal NSA Bahrain Public Works

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Utilitiesman 1st Class Brendan Hilfer Navy Marine Corps Achievement Medal NAS Sigonella Public Works

Builder 2nd Class William Coney Navy Marine Corps Achievement Medal NSA Souda Bay Public Works

Engineering Aide 2nd Class Donald Dones Navy Marine Corps Achievement Medal NSA Bahrain Public Works

Construction Electrician 2nd Class Michelle Gagne Navy Marine Corps Achievement Medal NAS Sigonella Public Works

Engineering Aide 2nd Class Joshua James Navy Marine Corps Achievement Medal NSA Bahrain Public Works

Construction Electrician 2nd Class Endia Thomas Navy Marine Corps Achievement Medal NAVSTA Rota Public Works


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Chief Builder Jason Johnson Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal NSA Bahrain Public Works

Mr, Giovanni Ametrano 30 Years of Service to the U.S. Government NAVFAC EURAFSWA Core

Mr. Franco Tornincasa 35 Years of Service to the U.S. Government NAVFAC EURAFSWA Core

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Pisa Newspaper Touts Progress of Rail Project Il Tirreno - Pisa, reporting from Pisa, Italy, updated the local community recently about the new rail spur project for Camp Darby to improve capacity to support the mission while improving safety and security for our Host Nation neighbors. “The project doesn’t aim at expanding or strengthening the base, but raises safety levels and improves the internal communication paths,” said Col. Erik Berdy, commander, US Army Garrison Italy. “This project also creates an important and positive financial revenue and more jobs for the local community.” The full article and its translation can be found on the NAVFAC EURAFSWA Facebook page -- take a look to see one way NAVFAC EURAFSWA is supporting the forward operating missions of the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and our allies throughout the EURAFSWA region.

Above: Cmdr. John Brown joined the Polish Force Protection Battlion officer ina visit to a local school where they participated in an assembly and met with the journalism club. (Photo courtesy of NSF Redzikowo Public Affairs) Right: Cmdr. John Brown and Seabees from the public works department participated as part of the NSF Redzikowo base dodgeball match in the Commander’s Cup tournament against the Polish Force Protection Battalion and the Police School in Slupsk. (Photo courtesy of NSF Redzikowo Public Affairs)


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Rota Environmental Specialist Wins SECNAV Award Story by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Mari Jang NAVSTA Rota Public Affairs


imothy Uplinger, an environmental protection specialist assigned to Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Europe Africa and Southwest Asia (EURAFSWA) at Naval Station Rota, was selected as the 2017 Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Environmental Award winner for environmental quality-individual recognition. “It is an extreme honor to be selected for this award,” said Uplinger. “However, I cannot take full credit for this as it is the result of everyone at NAVSTA Rota doing their part to protect the environment and taking the extra step to recycle.” Uplinger manages multiple programs as the qualified recycling program (QRP) manager and environmental conservation manager. Uplinger is in charge of both natural and cultural resources management. Due in large part to the well-managed QRP and environmental conservation programs on the installation, NAVSTA Rota received the 2016 Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) and SECNAV environmental awards for Environmental Quality - Overseas Installation. “Protecting the environment is a group effort and I want to see all of the environmental programs that we have here succeed,” said Uplinger. “I want to make sure that the information that I know about a program is passed on and this way others can learn from my mistakes.”

Uplinger has not just excelled at his own work but taught others from his experience and lessons learned. His efforts have significantly reduced the amount of solid waste being disposed of in landfills and greatly increased the volume of materials being recycled and reused, with high corresponding cost savings and revenue to the government. His programs and initiatives support military readiness. As a valuable asset to the overall environmental program at NAVSTA Rota, Uplinger has improved all of the programs he has managed including: solid waste/recycling; natural and cultural resources and environmental planning. The benefits from the improvements he originated will extend into the future, far beyond his years working at NAVSTA Rota. “The base now diverts roughly 70 percent of our trash to recycling compared to less than 50 percent a few years ago,” said Uplinger. “Doing this saves the government money by not having to pay to dispose of the material. My goal is to make sure that the continued on page 28

Surrounding: Utilitiesman Constructionman Benjamin Lormon (hands on the fire hydrant) and Utilitiesman 2nd Class Timothy Dowding (holding the “T” bar) conduct tests on a fire hydrant as part of a new hydrant maintenance program at NAVSTA Rota Public Works. The project was spearheaded by Utilitiesman 1st Class Christopher Watkins (not shown).

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NAS Sigonella PWD Holds Seabee Week Games Photos provided by NAS Sigonella Public Affairs Office

The NAS Sigonella Crane Team performs an annual load test on a personnel lift. This test is essential to maintaining NAVFAC equipment as safe for personnel to use.


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Seabees at Work

Top Left: Builder Constructionman Harley Henning grinds a pipe as part of a maintenance project at the Marathi sewage treatment plant. Top Right: Construction Electrician 1st Class Walter Watson and Seabees from NSA Souda Bay Public Works Department make a video of the 98 pushup challenge to bring attention to Sexual Assault Awareness Month and to share some very important information. Left: Builder 3rd Class Russell Blanton uses a circular saw to cut wood for a project in the Builder Shop at NSA Souda Bay Public Works Department. Below Left: Construction Mechanic 3rd Class Phillip Kudamik cleans solar panels at NSA Souda Bay as part of regular maintenance to ensure peak performance. Below Right: Construction Mechanic 2nd Class Chad Wade operates a forklift as part of a weapons movement on behalf of the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) to and from Marathi Pier.

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Award Cont’d work that we do on base has a minimal effect on these natural and cultural resources while still ensuring that the Navy’s mission can be accomplished.” Uplinger has greatly enhanced community environmental outreach, particularly in the recycling program and “earth week” having saved and generated an estimated $3.85 million dollars in waste reduction, increased recycling, and natural and cultural resources conservation. Naval Station Rota enables and supports operations of U.S. and allied forces and provides quality services in support of the fleet, fighter and family for Commander, Navy Installations Command in Navy Region EURAFSWA. Just as a ship performs lines of operation that provide a capability, Navy Region EURAFSWA bases perform the same eight lines of operation to


As we near the end of the 3rd Quarter, I would like to remind everyone that the annual Mandatory Training requirements are quickly coming due. If you are unsure about the requirements you have completed, you can verify by checking your TWMS account. Here’s how:

provide capability to the fleet and joint and allied forces. These eight lines of operation are: air operations, port operations, safety, security, MWR, Fleet and Family Services and what is called the core; the fuels, water and power that keep the bases running. Through our lines of operation, our installations are force multipliers that maximize the combat capability of operational units.

1. Log into TWMS 2. On the left side, under “Navigation”, select “Training/ Educ/Cert & Skills” 3. Once you make this selection, select “Training Completed” If you still have questions, please reach out to the Command Training Team Representative at your location: PWD Bahrain: • Sabu Joseph • PO1 Bryan Pelangka PWD Rota: • Javier Arellano • PO1 Christopher Watkins PWD Naples: • Carolyn Harris • PO2 John Borra

PWD Sigonella: • PO1 Niedermeyer PWD Souda Bay: • Christina Walt • PO2 Ronald Kimp PWD Romania: • PO1 Sonia Deputee PWD Poland: • PO1 Sabino Martinez

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Safety What is VPP?

By Dan Jaquez NAVFAC EURAFSWA Safety Officer The OSHA Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) Safety Management System (SMS) has four pillars that all Navy safety programs fit into: Management Leadership and Employee Involvement, Worksite Analysis, Hazard Prevention and Control; and, Safety and Health Training. The overriding intent of the VPP SMS is to ensure all employees of the Command have a say about their safety. Employees inform management of safer better ways of executing work and perhaps changing safety policy. Designated personnel inspect workspaces/ workplaces and conduct measurements to determine if work environments are within safety and healthful limits. All levels of employees are free to report hazards, and are free to stop situations that are immediately dangerous to life and health, when necessary, to prevent injury or significant property damage. All employees are trained to basic safety and health requirements and may require specialized

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safety training. OSHA VPP is unique and special in that it specifically requires the involvement of all employees. From the deck-plate to the CO’s Office, VPP wants all employees to have a say in the VPP SMS. What is my involvement? Employee involvement in the Command’s safety and health management system is critical. You are an important part in the continuously improving safety and health process by participating in it. Participation includes being alert and cognizant of your work areas noting hazards, it they exist, and reporting them to your supervisor or the local employee driven safety committee. You can improve the workplace safety and health environment by becoming involved in the different facets of safety from recognizing and reporting hazards, to participating in job hazard analyses development, to

participating in mishap investigations, to participating in safety inspections/audits, to becoming a member on the employee driven safety committee, to following safety requirements for wearing personal protective equipment, and to following applicable standard operating procedures. Your background/experience, knowledge, and skills are crucial to ensuring a safe work place. Hey, if you are aware of a co-worker or supervisor who is demonstrating superior safety performance use the safety through awards and recognition process to recognize the co-worker and/or supervisor. You are tasked to follow prescribed safety requirements and use properly identified precautions when conducting your work activities. You are encouraged and supported to recommend positive continuous improvement changes to the Command’s safety policy.


CIO DoN’s User’s Guide to PII Definition of PII The term PII refers to information that can be used to distinguish or trace an individual’s identity, either alone or when combined with other information that is linked or linkable to a specific individual. Because there are many different types of information that can be used to distinguish or trace an individual’s identity, the term PII is necessarily broad. Information that is not PII can become PII whenever additional information becomes available that would make it possible to identify an individual. Context can also cause information that would not normally be considered PII to become PII.


SSN Reduction • Limit the use of the SSN in any form (including the last four digits); substitute the DoD ID number or other unique identifier whenever possible. • Collection of the SSN must meet one of the acceptable use criteria and be formally justified using the SECNAV Form 5213/1. • Never include the SSN in rosters, questionnaires, or surveys. • Never post SSNs on public facing websites. • Never use any part of the SSN as part of the naming convention when saving electronic files. IT Equipment • Never leave your laptop unattended. • Keep your laptop in a secure space when not in use. • Laptops and mobile electronic equipment, including CDs, must have DoD/ DON approved full disk / data at rest (DAR) encryption. • Mark all external drives, CDs, and other mobile media that store PII with “FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY (FOUO) • PRIVACY SENSITIVE. Any misuse or unauthorized dis­ closure may result in both civil and criminal penalties.” Include date and contact information for individual creating and encrypting the media. For CDs, consider using the CD PII label available on the DON privacy web site. • Storage of PII on personal electronic storage devices is not all owed. • Do not maintain PII on a public website or electronic bulletin board. E-mail • E-mail containing PII must be digitally signed and encrypted • Marine Corps policy requires “FOUO Privacy Sensitive” in the subject line of e-mails containing PII. The Navy


considers this a best practice. Ensure the body of an e-mail containing PII includes the fol­ lowing warning: “FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY (FOUO)PRIVACY SENSITIVE. Any misuse or unauthorized disclosure may result in both civil and criminal penalties.” • Confirm you are sending the e-mail to the correct recipients and all have an official need to know. Ensure the e-mail remains within the .mil domain. • Know what your attachment contains (i.e., PII) prior to sending. Check all tabs if the attachment is a spreadsheet. • Only open and respond to legitimate e-mails. Never open an attachment from an unknown source. • The same rules apply for classified e-mails. Printed Materials • Verify printer location prior to printing a document containing PII. • Ensure “FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY (FOUO) - PRIVACY SENSITIVE. Any misuse or unauthorized disclosure may result in both civil and criminal penalties” is prominently marked on the bottom of all documents containing PII.” • As a best practice transport / hand carry PII docu­ments in a double wrapped container / envelope and use a “Privacy Act Data Cover Sheet” (DD Form 2923). • Safeguard all doc­uments when not in your direct possession by prohibit­ ing access to those without an official need to know. Faxing • Faxing PII is prohibited except: • When another more secure means is not practical. • When a non-DON process requires faxing . • When required by operational necessity. • When faxing Internal Government Operations PII (i.e., office phone, office e-mail, badge number). • Use a “Privacy Act Data Cover Sheet” (DD Form 2923) for all faxes that contain PII. • Verify receipt by the correct recipient. • External customers should be encouraged to use the US Postal Service or another secure means (i.e., encrypted e-mails or Safe Access File Exchange (SAFE)). Scanning • Scanned documents shall be transmitted using a secure means (i.e., digitally signed and encrypted e-mails or SAFE ). • The following scanning restrictions apply to network attached multifunction devices (MFDs) and scanners (not to MFDs or scanners connected directly to a user’s work station): • “Scan to e-mail” may be used only if the sender can verify that the intended recipients have an official need to know to access the scanned file and that the e-mail containing the scanned file is sent encrypted. • “Scan to file” or “scan to network share” may be used only if the sender can verify that all users have an official need to know to have access to the scanned file or network share location. •

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Official Forms • Use only official forms (i.e., those that have a DoD, DON, or other government number). • Forms that collect PII from an individual must have a Privacy Act Statement (PAS). • All DON forms must be registered on Naval Forms Online. Electronic Storage Media Classified and unclassified electronic storage media including: CDs/ DVDs, removable and external hard drives, flash based storage media and hard drives contained in laptops, printers, copiers, scanners, MFDs, and hand held devices, must be physically destroyed. • Classified electronic storage devices must be physically destroyed. • Unclassified Naval Criminal Investiga­ tive Service (NCIS) and Navy Nuclear Propulsion Information (NNPI) electronic storage media must be physically destroyed. • Except as noted above, unclassified electronic storage media must be destroyed unless a waiver has been requested and approved IAW DON CIO WASHINGTON DC 281759Z AUG 2012. Network Shared Drives • For files or folders containing PII, ensure that controls are in place restricting access to only those with an official need to know . • Delete files containing PII in accordance with SECNAV M-5210.1, the SECNAV Records Management Manual. • Verify that access controls/ permissions are properly restored following maintenance. Shredding • Always use a cross cut shredder or contract with a GSA approved shredder service.” Strip shredders do not adequately render docu­ments “beyond reconstruction”. • Residue size : As a best practice refer to NIST Special Publication 800-88. Disposal • Records should be rendered unrecognizable or beyond reconstruction (e.g., tearing, burning, melting, chemical decomposition, burying, pulping, pulverizing, shredding, or mutilation) . • Do not discard documents containing PII in trash or recycle bins. • Burn bags can be used to dispose of PII. Social Media • Do not post PII on social media sit es. • Assume all information shared on social media sites could be made public. • Do not post or discuss work related information, especially sensitive/ classified information . • Use privacy settings and controls when possible to limit access to your information. Compliance • Initial PII awareness training for all new DON employees (military, civilian and contractors (if required in the contract)) must be completed prior to the employee being

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granted network access or within 30 days of reporting. Employees (military , civilian and contractors (if required in the contract)) must complete annual PII train­ing by 30 September. Not more than one year should elapse between each training completion . • Commands must maintain auditable records of training completions . • The DON annual PII training course for Navy and Marine Corps is available on Navy elearning (NKO), TWMS, and MarineNet. • All offices that handle PII must complete a Compliance Spot Check twice yearly . Commands must main­tain auditable records of spot check completions . • Ensure all applicable Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) privacy clauses are included in DON contracts where contractors manage or have access to PII. • The collection of PII may require a System of Records Notice (SORN) and/ or a Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA). Check with your privacy official for guidance. Breach Reporting • Contact your privacy coordinator or supervisor as soon as you suspect or have an actual loss or compromise of PII. • Report all suspected or confirmed PII breaches within one hour of discovery to your chain of command. • In accordance with DON guidance use SECNAV Form 5211/1 to report suspected or confirmed breaches. • Upon receipt of a PII Breach Report , the DON CIO or HQMC C4 will provide the reporting command with further direction. • Submit SECNAV Form 5211/ 2 to complete after action reporting and close the breach. Mailing PII • When mailing 25 or more hard copy records containing PII, the package shall be double wrapped and the inner package marked “For Official Use Only - Privacy Sensitive. Any misuse or unauthorized disclosure may result in both civil and criminal penalties.” • DD Form 2923 (SEP 2010) Privacy Act Data Cover Sheet must be inserted inside the outer wrapping. • All such packages must be tracked with government or commercial delivery services . • Documents containing PII should be mailed to only those with an official need to know . •

FOR MORE INFORMATION Contact the DON Privacy Team at: E-mail : don.privacy.fct @ Visit the Web at: http:U www.doncio


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