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The Blueprint Commanding Officer CAPT Maria L. Aguayo Executive Officer CAPT Jorge R. Cuadros 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 Mr. Scott Ghiringhelli Mr. Chris Jennison Mr. Kenneth Rich Lt. Raul Cuevas MC1 Richard Hoffner MC1 Joseph Rullo BU2 Joseph Cantu MC2 Christopher Gordon EA2 Brian Hemme UT2 Stephen Pineiro MC2 Jared Walker EA3 Nathan Schafer CMCN Harrison Troi

Table of Contents Commanding Officer..........................................................................................4 Executive Officer..................................................................................................5 Command Master Chief.....................................................................................6 Ombudsman.........................................................................................................7 Navy and NAVFAC News...................................................................................8 NSA Bahrain.......................................................................................................12 NSF Deveselu.....................................................................................................13 Camp Lemonnier...............................................................................................14 NSA Naples..........................................................................................................15 Awards.................................................................................................................16 Frocking and Promotion....................................................................................20 NSF Redzikowo...................................................................................................26 NAS Sigonella.....................................................................................................26 NAVSTA Rota.....................................................................................................27 NSA Souda Bay..................................................................................................28 Safety........................................................................................................30 Training..............................................................................................................31

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 Jorge R. Cuadros

Commanding Officer Captain Maria L. Aguayo

Command Master Chief UCCM John Cunningham

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Seabees from the Utilities and Energy Management (UEM) shop of Naval Station Rota Public Works, attach shore power to a vessel moored to the pier. Photo by Utiiliesman 2nd Class Stephen Pineiro

Adm. James Foggo, Commander U.S Naval Forces Europe Africa, Commander Allied Joint Force Command Naples, surveys the construction of the AEGIS Ashore facility at Naval Support Facility Redzikowo, Poland. Photo by JFC Naples Public Affairs

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Commanding Officer Captain Maria L. Aguayo

COMMANDER’S PRIORITIES When I came on board as your Commanding Officer tion calendars and processes to better manage both our predictone year ago, I outlined my guiding principles: able planned and predictable unplanned work. To be successful, we need to better assess our execution capacity, so we will be • Enhance Naval Power from the Shore developing a new tool that will help us balance our available re• High Velocity Learning sources more effectively. • Strengthen our NAVFAC EURAFSWA Team In our focus on people, we identified two significant • Strengthen our Network of Partners initiatives to address. First, we saw that we needed to strengthen and empower our people to make the appropriate local risk Last quarter, I shared with you the actions we were tak- based decisions. This means creating a framework that will beting in response to our Organizational Climate Survey, or DEOCS. ter inform where the right level is for risk decisions. We need I am pleased to report that we have made progress in addressing to understand our decision authorities and the impacts of the those concerns. Some of those efforts can be seen in the strong decisions we make, so that we can more easily determine where response to the new online CO we can make the risk decisions Suggestion Box. Others, such on our own, as well as where as the reporting each month the decision may have mission from your PWO’s on progress or other external impacts and made meeting DEOCS priorineeds to involve others, includties, are less public but no less ing myself. important as we work together The second major initiative to make NAVFAC EURAFSWA focuses on supervisors. In our the best command in the Navy. AOR, we have a high percent Our Executive Steerage of first-time supervisors. ing Group went through a Our supervisors also have to two-day facilitated exercise to learn how to integrate military, identify the highest priority acU.S. civilian, and Host Nation tions we could take that were personnel with different condinot already being addressed tions of employment. And our by our DEOCS action groups. supervisors are operating in a The combined results are my high-tempo environment that priorities for action. These are pulls them to the tactical and aligned to my guiding princitechnical, leaving little time for ples. They are focused on supporting the warfighter and honor- supervision. We are committed to improving the training and ing my commitment to each of you. tools that supervisors need to be effective, as well as making time In my last article, I shared with you what we doing in for our supervisors to focus on supervisory responsibilities. for process and people in our DEOCS Execution Plan. Now I’d Together with the five DEOCS Execution Plan initialike to cover the top two quadrants of my Commander’s Priori- tives, these efforts align with my Commander’s Guidance and ties and the actions we are taking to improve our processes and represent my commitment to improve our work environment take care of our people. and shape NAVFAC EURAFSWA into the best command in In process improvements, we are optimizing our align- Navy. We are already making progress in many of these efforts, ment with Region and the COCOMS. We are calling this effort and I look forward to sharing more results with you as they ocDeliberate Execution Design. This involves synching our execu- cur. Thank you for all you do every day.


Maria L. Aguayo, Capt., USN

NAVFAC EURAFSWA Commanding Officer

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Executive Officer Captain Jorge R. Cuadros

Greetings to all my NAVFAC EURAFSWA teammates! I can’t express in words how excited I am to be serving with you as your Executive Officer in the Navy’s most operational Region. I think the next three years will be the most memorable In case I have not had the chance to meet you in person, I’m coming from serving in the Navy Office of Legislative Affairs in the Pentagon for the last two years and have been fortunate to have served our nation as an officer and in the enlisted ranks for 27 years combined. In my short time on board, I have validated what I had heard prior to arriving. Your reputation is great. You are a phenomenal team that is directly contributing to enhance Naval Power from the Shore in three different continents. It’s everywhere, you affect it every day, and you are doing it very well. For this reason, our actions need to be founded on solid principles that ensure our processes and our people are always ready for success. We must constantly and quickly learn from all our experiences so we can keep up with our dynamic environment and adequately support our clients. Raising the bar is harder when you are performing well, but it is not impossible. We must all strive to do that. Celebrate and remember your accomplishments constantly but also take time to learn from your mistakes for the best lessons come from those experiences. We have a challenging couple of months ahead. As we approach the end of the fiscal year, be aware of those challenges and embrace them, don’t be surprised by the predictable, and look for the positive even when it seems like there isn’t a positive. It will be together and with the best possible attitude that we will overcome the challenges. I want to thank you in advance for stepping up to get the mission done. For many of you, that means late nights and personal sacrifices to ensure that the contracts, facilities, services, and more are in place on time for the forward operating missions throughout our AOR. That effort is noticed and appreciated. Thank you as well for volunteering to serve overseas with the rest of us. I’m proud of each of you and what you do and I look forward to the possibility of meeting each of you in person. I think the next three years will be the most memorable of my career.

Jorge R. Cuadros, Capt., USN

NAVFAC EURAFSWA Executive Officer

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Command Master Chief Master Chief John Cunningham

YOU MAKE THE DIFFERENCE AND I WILL SEE YOU NEXT TIME “You have to remember that the hard days are what make you stronger. The bad days make you realize what a good day is. If you never had any bad days, you would never have that sense of accomplishment! “ -Aly Raisman “It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.” -Harry Truman Team EURAFSWA, Well, here I go…….I sit here, writing this column, and what brings the biggest smile to my heart is all of the people (faces and personalities) that I have had the great opportunity to meet, support, lead and learn from across our command. Coming into this organization, I knew nothing of NAVFAC, and I knew much less about Public Works Departments than I thought. I often say that I am not a very smart man, but I can honestly say that those that I have interacted with are the reason that I am able to speak somewhat intelligently about our business, command and organization. We are definitely a very dynamic organization that succeeds on the breadth of dedication of our entire workforce! As I look over my three years at the command that flew by, I sincerely hope that my efforts to advocate, fight (metaphorically) and promote your successes have made an impact on you and your families. Not every day can be claimed as a major victory, but I have always preferred smaller victories anyway. In our world I have seen major obstacles and challenges that “you all” have persevered through. Never let anyone take from you what you accomplished during your time here in EURAFSWA, or hint that you did not achieve something. I can personally attest that you made a difference to the Warfighter, your co-workers, the installations we support and most of all ME! I will miss my time serving as your Command Master Chief, and although the CO/XO supported me and gave me the opportunity, but it was your trust in me and respect for the position that allowed me to serve effectively. Thank you all for your service, support, laughter, smiles, challenges and opportunities to serve you all. As I depart in September with my family, I will be heading back to my beloved Seabee battalions back in Mississippi, but know that you all affected me in many different ways. If you’re ever in my neck of the woods, look me up and I will gladly show you what my town has to offer. Best Wishes and Sincere Gratitude,

John D. Cunningham, MCPO, USN

NAVFAC EURAFSWA Command Master Chief


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Ombudsman FAMILY RESILIENCE PROTECTIVE FACTORS Protective factors are conditions in families and communities that increase your family’s health, resilience and well-being. Include these six protective factors in your daily routine to build on your family’s strengths: • • • • • •

NURTURE AND ATTACHMENT — Research has shown that simple acts of affection, such as hugs or loving words for younger children and listening to worries or being involved in their activities for older children, have a big impact on a child’s growth and development. KNOWLEDGE OF PARENTING AND CHILD DEVELOPMENT — Take some of the stress out of parenting. Stay up to date on parenting and child development information to help you recognize your children’s capabilities and set realistic expectations for their behavior. PARENTAL RESILIENCE — The ability to recognize stress and deal with it in a healthy way increases your well-being and shows your kids positive ways to cope. Use these tips to help you recognize the signs of stress and distracted parenting. SOCIAL CONNECTIONS — Having a solid group of friends and family to help out and give you advice can take the edge off a rough day and allow you to enjoy your family even more. SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL COMPETENCE OF CHILDREN — Your children’s ability to interact with the world around them makes a big difference in how they form outside relationships. CONCRETE SUPPORTS FOR PARENTS — Every family needs a support network in the community and at home to help overcome challenges.

Try incorporating these protective factors into your family life to build resilience and strength.

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 GEORGE BETTASSO First and Foremost, Thank You! One and All for Your Dedicated Service. I’m George E Bettasso, Privileged and Honored to be, one of your NAVFAC EURAFSWA ombudsman. I was born in a small, rural Illinois community where is lived for 32 years. I relocated to southwest Florida where I continued my real estate career, specicializing in residential real estate. I moved to Naples, Italy with my wife, Renee Comfort, where I became one of your ombudsman. My loving wife an I have been blessed with two magnificent sons, two amazing daughters-in-law and seven grand children, five of whom - Lovingly...refer to me as GrandPa, unlike their Grandmother! I am here to assist in anyway I can and wish you all the best.

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NAVFAC Talks Resourcing, Priorities at Sea-Air-Space 2018

“Additional resourcing is on the way ... , I think it is on the way, and we’re seeing that,” Muilenburg said. “And prior­ities ear Adm. Bret Muilenburg, commander, Naval Facili­ for that resourcing, in my view, are being very clear­ly articulated ties Engineering Command (NAVFAC), and chief of civil by our supported commanders. And that’s key, because we engineers addressed the Navy League’s Sea-Air-Space Global want to spend that money on the most important projects that Maritime Exposition as part of the Department of the Navy support our national defensive strategies.” Muilenburg identi­fied cyber and en­ergy security as Energy, Installations and Environment (EJ&E) Priorities panel, NAVFAC’s two main resiliency efforts. He also spoke about April I 0. The exposition, held at die Gaylord National Resort, having planning and design efforts moving along simultaneously brought the U.S. defense industrial base, private-sector U.S. with requirements development in order to increase efficiency, companies and key military decision-makers together for an and went on to talk about how NA VF AC has partnered with annual innovative, educational, professional and maritime-based industry. “We held an all-day session with industry, and we event. Military and trade exhibits peppered the main hall floor, while panels and presenters occupied conference rooms filled with talked about ‘how can we describe our acquirements better?’” Muilenburg said. “How can we structure the contract bet­ stakeholders from all of facets of industry and policy. Steven Iselin, princi­pal deputy assistant secretary of ter? What industry best practices can be introduced into the the Na­vy, El&E, moderated the panel. Other panelists included government system? We surveyed other federal agen­cies like the Hon. Phyllis Bayer, Assistant Secretary of the Navy El&E; NASA on how they do it.” Likewise Jackson promoted a shift in how installations Vice Adm. Mary Jackson, Command­ er, Navy Installations are viewed, to better align Command (CNIC); and the shore with the needs Todd Calhoun, of the warfighter. Deputy Commander, “Naval installations Marine Corps Instal­ are complex platforms,” lations Command Jackson said. “We (MCICOM). The certainly think of ships as panel focused on platforms and airframes ensuring installation as platforms but an readiness to support the installations is really a warfighting mission. platform too; it’s a system Bayer noted of systems and it’s a the time has come to complex. I do believe that make installation infra­ it starts and ends with the structure a priority in shore. Sailors start and order to support current move again on one of our and future mission needs. bases, as do our aviators She has called for the Commander Naval Facilities Engineering Command and Chief of Civil and Seabees.” CNIC and “NAVFAC Engineers Rear Adm. Bret Muilenburg and Commander Navy Installations Jackson went on commanders to re- Command Vice Adm. Mary Jackson attend the Navy League’s Sea-Airto draw the comparison establish those priorities Space Global Maritime Exposition 2018, as part of the Department of the between installations and for the Navy to address Navy Energy, Installations and Environment (El&E) Priorities panel, Aprll 10. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Gary other naval platforms. those requirements. “We talk about “I’ve asked them Granger) configuration; we talk to re-look at the [fiscal year] ‘18 budget, and the [fiscal year] ‘19 budget and the fiscal about condition and capability,” she said. “And we have to make year ‘21 budget, and now is the time to go and re--look at these sure that those things are all aligned to what the warfighter facilities and make sure we’re asking for your needs,” Bayer said. needs.” NAVFAC has long considered itself a customer oriented Muilenburg, who has served as the commanding officer for NAVFAC Hawaii and NAVFAC Pacific, assumed command, and Muilenburg reemphasized that concept with a his duties as commander of the NAVFAC headquarters, call to action. “I think there is a clear call to action for NAVFAC and Nov. 4. 2015. CNIC and MCICOM are two major commands NAVFAC supports, and Muilenburg expressed the appro­ our industry partners..., and that’s to achieve work that is of the priateness of him being seated in between the two on absolute highest quality because our Sailors and Marines deserve the panel, and being the final speaker to address how nothing less,” said Muilenburg. NAVFAC supports its customers. Story By Scott Ghiringhelli, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Public Affairs



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Government Vehicles and Official Use While TDY



Story by Chris Jennison NAVFAC EURAFSWA Business Director

AVFAC EURAFSWA is growing, and remains a complex business environment. As was pointed out in last year’s DEOCS, our roles here are often more complicated than similar positions are in stateside Facility Engineering Commands (FECs). We have been reviewing our positions each month in the Position Management Board (PMB) to see where we need to add new positions or upgrade existing positions to meet our increased requirements, and many of you have already been beneficiaries of that process. Thank you for the diligent work you do every day to meet our command mission. These ongoing efforts are how we are restructuring the Command top to bottom to ensure that we are accurately addressing the differences between EURAFSWA and the other FECs. Our aim is to ensure we can recruit and retain the best NAVFAC has to offer and to ensure all the position descriptions and grades across our team match the workload. As part of that work, in December 2016 we brought to NAVFAC headquarters our concern that the traditional model of “Large FEC” and “Small FEC” didn’t accurately capture our workload. They agreed, and through a sustained, deliberative process reclassified the leadership positions that we could not address in the PMB (GS-13 positions require NAVFAC Atlantic approval, and GS-14/15 positions require review at NAVFAC HQ). For most of the leadership in the affected positions, this will mean reapplying to their positions, which will be selected using merit staffing principles. In a few instances, reassignments or accretion of duties are being pursued, depending on individual factors. What does this mean for NAVFAC EURAFSWA? We are continuing our review of our positions and our organizational construct. The PMB continues to meet monthly to evaluate changes in staffing, changes in organization, and changes in grades. This work will continue. The restructuring agreed to by NAVFAC HQ provides additional opportunities for mobility in the FEC. We are also reviewing our Position Descriptions (PDs) to ensure the PDs are at the appropriate grade level for the work being performed, including both GS civilian and Host National positions. In short, we are working to ensure every team member in NAVFAC EURAFSWA is properly recognized and accounted for in the work that they are doing.

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Story by Kenneth Rich Sr. NAVFAC EURAFSWA, Associate Counsel

uestions have come up about the use of rental cars while on TDY status in our AOR. More information can be found on the Portal under “Use of Government Owned or Leased Non Tactical Vehicles (NTV) within NAVFAC EURAFSWA Area of Operations,” but here’s a brief summary: • • •

DoD Government owned or leased vehicles are for “Official Use” only. If you rent a car using the Government Travel Card or expect to be reimbursed by the government for that rental, it’s for “Official Use” only. “Official Use” is a matter of administrative discretion taking into consideration whether such use is essential to the successful completion of the DoD function, activity, or operations, as well as consistent with the purposes for which the vehicle was acquired. When questions arise about the “Official Use” of a vehicle, the questions shall be resolved in the favor of strict compliance with statutory and regulatory provisions. Pursuant to the Joint Federal Travel Regulation, members must only use a leased vehicle for official purposes which is limited to transportation to and from: Duty sites, Lodging, Dining facilities, Drug stores, Barber shops, Places of worship, Cleaning establishments, and similar places required for the traveler’s substance, health or comfort. Traveling to entertainment facilities is not permitted. Government employees may be prosecuted under Federal law for misuse of DoD Governmentowned or leased vehicles and/or misuse of vehicles leased using the Government Travel Card. Outside the United States, unified combatant commanders may provide Government transportation, including Home-to-Work for employees and their dependents when public/ private transportation is unsafe or is unavailable. When in doubt, consult Command Counsel.

So if you’re on TDY status and want to go out for entertainment, non-official travel, or other personal activities, use public transportation, taxis, or rent a car for personal use on your own dime. Keep out of trouble by using the government vehicle for official purposes only!


Building Futures in Montenegro Story by Ben Warner NAVFAC EURAFSWA Public Affairs Officer


n 2006, Daniel Craig was the new James Bond in Casino Royale. Italy won the World Cup. And the country of Montenegro regained its independence. Montenegro is a relatively small country, about 14,000 square kilometers (5,300 square miles) in area, just a little smaller than Connecticut. However, while Connecticut is home to 3.6 million people, Montenegro has under 650,000. Its location on the Adriatic Sea, bordering Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Kosovo, and Albania, has made it a trading crossroads for centuries. In June 2017, Montenegro formally became a member of NATO, which has drawn additional attention to the country and has recently placed it in the middle of hypothetical conversations about the strength and impact of our NATO relationships. To LT Robert Delgado-Navarro, Montenegro has become a place and a people to serve. As part of NAVFAC EURAFSWA’s Contingency Engineering, Delgado is responsible for the Humanitarian Assistance work being carried out in this country. Currently, he’s coordinating four school renovations and the construction of a therapeutic center for the education and treatment of children with disabilities. Future projects include more school and medical center support. “With these projects, we are trying to reinforce U.S. efforts in providing good faith to the people and communities of Montenegro,” Delgado said. “We are showing that we care and that we are interested in the development of their country, specifically in education.” Delgado has appreciated getting to know the people of Montenegro. “In every school I’ve gone into the children are eager and excited to tell me ‘Hello!’ in English and show that they know some English,” Delgado added. “School directors and employees are devout to their cause. The people of Montenegro are friendly but conservative, and when they warm up to you are some of the nicest people I’ve ever met.” Working in NAVFAC EURAFSWA has been a positive experience, Delgado said. “I get to be an engineer,” he explained. “Most of the stuff we do in the Navy can be paperwork heavy. In working with Humanitarian Assistance I get to complete statements of work, design reviews and contract modifications.” He continued to explain the “sense of purpose” he feels working in Contingency Engineering. “The Humanitarian Assistance program is like a military ‘Engineers Without Borders’ – we get to benefit local governments through the support of the United States.” In addition to the professional growth he has had while


working in Contingency Engineering, Delgado has found other benefits to working in NAVFAC EURAFSWA. He explained: “NAVFAC EURAFSWA provides the opportunity to expand myself and my cultural awareness, not just within the country of Italy but within every country throughout our Area of Responsibility. There’s only so much a person can learn through training, textbooks, and videos – boots on ground in the country matters.” Pausing a moment, Delgado added that working in NAVFAC EURAFSWA has “enhanced myself as a person Lt. Delgado pose for a picture and my cultural knowledge.” on a hill overlooking the NAVFAC EURAFSWA Berane school district enables the forward operating missions of the U.S. Navy and our allies throughout Navy Region Europe Africa Southwest Asia. The Contingency Engineering program is one of many ways NAVFAC EURAFSWA works to make the world a better and safer place. Berane Kindergarten Renovations This project will provide a safer and healthier learning environment for 500 students. This project includes roof renovation of the only kindergarten in Berane which is the second biggest municipality in the North of Montenegro. Odzak Primary School Renovations This project will improve the quality of life for 86 students by providing safer and healthier learning environment. This project addresses the roof renovation, replacement of all windows and doors and interior painting of this school in the biggest municipality on the north of Montenegro. Herceg Novi Therapeutic Center Construction This project provides the construction of a therapeutic center for children and youth with cerebral paralysis, RPM, Down syndrome, autism, epilepsy, muscular dystrophy and other heavy and light forms of disability. Bioce Primary School Renovations This project will improve the quality of life for 52 students by providing safer and healthier learning environment through the replacement of windows and the construction of hygienic and separate latrines for 52 students in Podgorica municipality. Sutjeska Primary School Renovations This project will improve the quality of life for 1300 students by providing safer and healthier learning environment. This project includes roof renovation and windows replacement of the city school that has 1330 students.

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FY18 Planned Projects Niksic Helipad Construction The new construction of a fully compliant Medical Helipad at the Niksic General Hospital, located in Niksic Montenegro. Kolasin Emergency Room Repairs Repairs to the only emergency medical center on main highway that traverses the north-south axis from Serbia. This municipality endures harsh winter conditions for 7-8 months per year. Podgorica ICU Renovations The Institute for Children’s Diseases is part of the Clinical Centre of Montenegro and is the only public hospital that provides specialized medical care to children in the country. The project will renovate the ICU’s floors, bathrooms, electrical system, and ventilation. Current flooring is unhygienic and a tripping hazard. Bathrooms need to be made wheelchair accessible, plumbing needs to be replaced, and ventilation improvements are needed to prevent the spread of communicable diseases among patients.

FY 19 Planned Projects

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Bijelo Polje Elementary School Renovations This project will provide a safer and healthier learning environment for 166 students. The renovated building of this suburban school is expected to accommodate 20 new students every year. This project addresses the roof renovation, replacement of all windows and doors, gym renovation and thermal isolation of the facade of the suburban school which is over 100 years old. Berane Elementary School Renovations The renovated building for this suburban school is expected to accommodate approximately 10 new students every year. This project includes roof repair, renovation of classrooms and facade repair of the suburban school with 33 students. Kolasin Secondary School Renovations This project will provide a safer and healthier learning environment for 266 students. The renovated building is expected to accommodate approximately 60 new students every year. The project addresses replacement of all windows and doors of the 3,115 m2 school. Most of the external walls are taken up by the windows that are in poor condition making it difficult to maintain adequate room temperature. Rozaje Elementary School Renovations This project will provide a safer and healthier learning environment for 944 students. The renovated building is expected to accommodate 60 new students every year. This project includes complete reconstruction of the school facility; roof replacement, windows replacement, sanitary renovation, gym renovation and new facade for the school. Pljevlja Elementary School Renovations The new building is expected to accommodate additional students after the renovation. This $80K project includes the complete renovation of bathrooms, which are outside of the school, roof and facade repair and windows and doors replacement. The school is small and in the remote area, and plans to take on additional students after the renovation. This is the only school accessible to this community.

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Above Left: Cmdr. Jon Nieman joins Capt. Darren Guenther, Commanding Officer NSA Bahrain, in cutting the ribbon on a new beach volleyball court. (Photo by Builder 2nd Class Joseph Cantu) Above: PWD Bahrain personnel break in the new volleyball court at NSA Bahrain (Photo by Builder 2nd Class Joseph Cantu) Left: Cmdr. Jon Nieman presents BG Seejeesh (top), Celina Antao (middle) and Fulgencio Abuan (bottom) with the PWD Bahrain Hard Charger Award for the months of May, June and July respectively, in recognition of their dedicated work and superior performance at NSA Bahrain PWD. Below: Lt. j.g. Charles Bell posses in his Team USA uniform (left) and in military uniform (right) as part of the Conseil International du Sport Militaire (CISM) World Military Volleyball Championship, held in Edmonton, Canada from May 26 to June 5. Following the last match of the Armed Forces Championship, service representatives and coaches assembled for the selection of the U.S. Armed Forces Men’s and Women’s Volleyball teams to compete against 10 other nations at the CISM World Championship. Bell was selected to captain team USA and led the team to a sixth place finish.


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Get To Know CDR Aaron Turke, Deveselu PWO

What are you most excited about as you take over as PWO? I am most excited to be back with the facilities professionals of NAVFAC after three years at a joint staff. Staff work is great, but there is nothing like being on the ground at an installation working with a PWD to solve the tough problems that enable warfighting success. What do you see as your biggest challenge as you take over as PWO? One of the big challenges at PWD Deveselu is the high turn-over rate of personnel. Service members are here for 12 months and civil service are here for 18 months. We have highly qualified, dedicated employees here and we have to ensure that we institute robust processes and procedures that can withstand the high turn-over. Tell us about your leadership philosophy. I believe that empowerment leads to development. A leader defines a clear purpose and creates an environment that empowers their people to accomplish the mission. A leader cannot put greatness into people, but recognizes the greatness already within. By challenging and investing in their people, leaders help the greatness to emerge. Why did you become an engineer and why the Navy? I became an engineer because math and science were the subjects that I enjoyed the most, and I thought it had something to do with driving a train. I joined the Navy largely because I didn’t enjoy the internship jobs I had in college and was looking for something a little more adventurous. What has kept you in the Navy and serving as a CEC? Without a doubt the people. I have met the most amazing people during my time in the Navy and I continue to meet great people at each stop. A fine gentleman just walked in my office now, never would have met him if it wasn’t for the Navy!

Left and Right: Cmdr. Cathy Eyrich receives a certificate of appreciation from the Romanian base commander along with a plaque containing the Romanian base crest. Cmdr. Eyrich recently turned over as not only Public Work Officer for NSF Deveselu but also as base Executive Officer.

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CLDJ Public Porks Department Focuses on Water Recycling Story by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Joseph Rullo Camp Lemonnier Public Affairs

C Above: Engineering Aide 1st Class Alexander Sanchezaguirre (left), the leading petty officer for the installation Public Works Self-Help Projects, assisted Navy Lt. Angelique Dickerson, one of the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Victim Advocate leads here, with a SAPR sign for the Fleet and Family Support Center, July 10, 2018. Once installed, the new sign will direct personnel on how to reach a SAPR victim advocate. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jared E. Walker) Below: Capt. Charles J. DeGilio, commanding officer of Camp Lemonnier (right) and the SKE International Operations Manager, Mauro Castellet, cut a ribbon during a ribbon cutting ceremony held at the newest base Armory on the installation, July 18, 2018. SKE International was responsible for designing and building the NAVFAC Atlantic managed facility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jared E. Walker)


amp Lemonnier’s (CLDJ) Public Works Department is in the process of converting wastewater into water that can be reused for other purposes around the installation. The ‘Purple Pipe Project’ is estimated to save approximately 3.6 million gallons of fresh water each year. As a way to conserve water and comply with government energy reduction standards, the Public Works Department and Navy Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) developed the Purple Pipe Project and awarded construction to JV SKE Group in July 2016. The Republic of Djibouti, located in the Horn of Africa, is a dry region that averages roughly six inches of rainfall annually. In comparison, Norfolk receives more than 50 inches of rain each year. CLDJ’s wastewater treatment plant discharges approximately 220,000 gallons of treated water per day to the ocean. Nearly 10,000 gallons of this water is reclaimed for purposes such as vehicle washing, landscaping, construction uses and dust mitigation. The base is home to more than 5,000 service members, civilian DOD personnel, as well as contractors. All personnel who live on the 660-acre installation have a daily need for water. CLDJ Construction Manager, Navy Lt. Henry Pollock, said that as an installation, CLDJ has a water demand that requires conservation. “Living in the desert, water is a luxury,” Pollock said. “We’re conscience minded about that and making sure that we’re utilizing water efficiently and reusing everything that we can.” The $1.7M-project gets its name from the color of the pipes used to deliver reclaimed water. Currently, fresh potable water is being used to flush toilets and urinals in the barracks and containerized living units (CLUs) that will be served by the Purple Pipe Project. The new system will use the reclaimed water to accomplish the same tasks. Installing roughly 9,000 linear feet of purple pipe will distribute reclaimed water from the existing reuse water tank on base. The system will serve two buildings, including enlisted living quarters, as well as five CLU blocks, where hundreds currently live. Water on CLDJ is currently treated via reverse osmosis water purifying units (ROWPU), which is a water purification technology that uses a semipermeable membrane to remove ions, molecules and larger particles from drinking water. Pollock said that the water product on CLDJ is essentially the same process used on Navy ships and submarines. continued on page 28

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Utilitiesman 3rd Class Benjamin Berzinis tests the source water supply for mineral and calcium content at NSA Naples June 29, 2018. The potable water used at all three NSA Naples sites runs through a seven-step-process and is tested daily at each location to ensure U.S. and local drinking water standards are met. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Richard Hoffner)

Steelworker 2nd Class Albert Tejada fabricates a sign post out of raw materails onboard Naval Support Activity (NSA) Naples, Italy, July 11, 2018. The NSA Naples Public Works Department often builds custom posts for the base to support large signs for safety areas, building classifications and reserved parking spots. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Richard Hoffner)

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Mr. Bernard Lucero Meritorious Civiilian Service Medal NAVFAC EURAFSWA Core

Cmdr. Cathy Eyrich Meritorious Service Medal NSF Deveselu Public Works

Cmdr. David Matvay Meritorious Service Medal NAVFAC EURAFSWA Core

Lt. Cmdr. Peter Benson Navy Marine Corps Commendation Medal NAVSTA Rota Public Works


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

Lt. Cmdr. Kirk Heutel Navy Marine Corps Commendation Medal NSF Deveselu Public Works

Lt. Taibatu Obasi Navy Marine Corps Commendation Medal NSA Bahrain Public Works

Cunstruction Mechanic 1st Class Eric Jamison Navy Marine Corps Commendation Medal NSA Bahrain Public Works

Lt. j,g, Michael Del Rossi Navy Marine Corps Achievement Medal NSA Naples Public Works

Construction Electrician 1st Class Rodney Pelangka Navy Marine Corps Achievement Medal NSA Bahrain Public Works

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Construction Electrician 1st Class Din Van Tran Navy Marine Corps Achievement Medal NSA Bahrain Public Works

Utilitiesman 2nd Class Keithlester Eblamo Navy Marine Corps Achievement Medal NAS Sigonella Public Works

Construction Mechanic 2nd Class Keegan Kilgore Navy Marine Corps Achievement Medal NAS Sigonella Public Works

Ms. Annamaria Lattero 30 Years of Service to the U.S. Government NSA Naples Public Works

Mr. Roberto Manna 30 Years of Service to the U.S. Government NSA Naples Public Works

Mr. James O’Connell 35 Years of Service to the U.S. Government NSA Bahrain Public Works


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Mr. Luigi Falco 35 Years of Service to the U.S. Government NSA Naples Public Works

Ms. Antonietta Marino 35 Years of Service to the U.S. Government NSA Naples Public Works

Mr. Francesco Russo 40 Years of Service to the U.S. Government NAS Sigonella Public Works

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Steelworker 1st Class Andree Urroz NSA Bahrain Public Works

Builder 2nd Class Morgan Harris NSA Naples Public Works

Equipment Operator 2nd Class Logan Paal NSA Souda Bay Public Works

Builder 2nd Class Elizabeth Poplin NSA Souda Bay Public Works

Energy Savings = More $ for the Fleet What have you done to save energy today?


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Construction Electrician 2nd Class David Wellington NSA Naples Public Works

Steelworker 2nd Class Daniel Whiting NSA Naples Public Works

Construction Electrician 3rd Class David Cabrera NSA Souda Bay Public Works

Utilitiesman 3rd Class Alexander Chapman NSA Bahrain Public Works

Builder 3rd Class Bradley Consigny NSA Souda Bay Public Works

Construction Electrician 3rd Class Jaren Digos NSA Souda Bay Public Works

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Utiliesman 3rd Class Jordan Gouge NSA Bahrain Public Works

Construction Electrician 3rd Class Anthony Gretten NAVSTA Rota Public Works

Utilitiesman 3rd Class Benjamin Lormon NAVSTA Rota Public Works

Construction Mechanic 3rd Class Daryn Marsh NSA Bahrain Public Works

Utilitiesman 3rd Class Christopher McNeil NSA Souda Bay Public Works

Construction Electrician 3rd Class Jake Medlin NAVSTA Rota Public Works


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Construction Mechanic 3rd Class McClain Morehouse NSA Bahrain Public Works

Equipment Operator 3rd Class Alyssa Murphy NSA Bahrain Public Works

Utilitiesman 3rd Class Daniel Murphy-Breeden NAVSTA Rota Public Works

Equipment Operator 3rd Class Hunter Thompson NSA Bahrain Public Works

Construction Mechanic 3rd Class David Truell NSF Deveselu Public Works

Utilitiesman 3rd Class Jessica Walker NAVSTA Rota Public Works

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Builder 3rd Class Logan Weber NSA Bahrain Public Works

Builder 3rd Class Cody Wickard NSA Souda Bay Public Works

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Builder 1st Class Construction Electrician 1st Class Damagecontrolman 1st Class

Nathaniel Mitchell Peter Tsicouris Zachary GregoryStreet

NSA Souda Bay Public Works NAS Sigonella Public Works NAS Sigonella Public Works

Equipment Operator 2nd Class Utilitiesman 2nd Class Builder 2nd Class Builder 2nd Class Utilitiesman 2nd Class Utilitiesman 2nd Class Builder 2nd Class

David Barrios Nelson Metayer Capper Newton Bryan Rodriguez Edward Skeen Vaitulu Siaosi Errol Stringfellow

NAS Sigonella Public Works NAS Sigonella Public Works NAS Sigonella Public Works NAS Sigonella Public Works NAS Sigonella Public Works NSA Naples Public Works NAS Sigonella Public Works

Utilitiesman 3rd Class Utilitiesman 3rd Class Construction Mechanic 3rd Class Construction Mechanic 3rd Class Construction Electrician 3rd Class Construction Mechanic 3rd Class Utilitiesman 3rd Class Construction Mechanic 3rd Class Construction Electrician 3rd Class Utilitiesman 3rd Class Equipment Operator 3rd Class Utilitiesman 3rd Class

William Campbell Regina Carroll Andre Carter Katrina Koetting Trenton Michael William Moore Bryce Polito Ryan Rozycki Austin Saltzman Steven Schumacher Ulises Sosa Jose Victor Zabala

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Construction Electrician 1st Class Jonathan Buckwalter NSA Naples Public Works

Equipment Operator 2nd Class Mitchell McCune NSA Bahrain Public Works

Builder 2nd Class Russell Blanton NSA Souda Bay Public Works

Equipment Operator 3rd Class Ashley Morrison NAVSTA Rota Public Works

Not Pictured:

Construction Electrician 2nd Class Engineering Aide 2nd Class

Zachary Hazard Colton Miller

NAVSTA Rota Public Works NAS Sigonella Public Works

Construction Electrician 3rd Class Utilitiesman 3rd Class Construction Electrician 3rd Class Utilitiesman 3rd Class

Antonio Hernandez Alexander Kruder Brandon Rivera Christopher Karpavicius

NAS Sigonella Public works NAS Sigonella Public Works NSA Bahrain Public Works NAS Sigonella Public Works

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Foggo inspects Balistic Missile Defence Site Story by JFC Naples Public Affairs


hile visiting the Ballistic Missile Defense Site Redzikowo, Poland, U.S. Navy Admiral James Foggo met with planners, construction personnel, contractors and military representatives involved in the complex project on June 25. The construction site, close to the northern Polish town of Slupska, started in mid 2016. Once concluded, it will be an essential part of a layered defense against ballistic missiles of all ranges to protect the United States, its deployed forces and NATO Allies. The entire defense system integrates ashore sites such as the 2015

activated Deveselu installation in Romania, mobile components on ships, with the Polish Redzikowo base following suite. During his inspection, the construction’s key players briefed Foggo on the current status and the way ahead. “We are making progress”, Foggo said. “Eventually, by 2020, this place will be turned over to the U.S. Naval Forces and we will bring it to life.” The combined efforts to establish a comprehensive missile defense reflects the changing security environment worldwide. When Foggo met with the Polish President Andrzej Duda a day prior his site inspection, the President underlined the installation’s importance saying, “We want this thing done.”

You can view the video here:

Left: Francesco Russo, an engineering tech with PWD Sigonella retires after 40 years of dedicated service to the government of the United States of America. (Photos by Engineer Aide 2nd Class Brian Hemme) Above Right: Builder 2nd Class Creadell Burns measures a new staircase in the public works warehouse onboard Naval Air Station (NAS) Sigonella. (Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Christopher Gordon)


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ANCCR Enables Electricity Contract Savings at NAVSTA Rota Story By Scott Ghiringhelli, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Public Affairs


AVFAC’s new Advancing Navy Commodities Cost Reduction (ANCCR, pronounced “anchor”) Program creates $200,000 in cost savings at Naval Station Rota, Spain. Using market projections and forward contract prices to estimate cost difference between two- and three-year contracts, ANCCR analysis resulted in the recommendation of a three-year, fixed-price contract for energy provision. By locking in prices for three years instead two, the contact is estimated to save NAVSTA Rota $200,000 over the term. Within NAVFAC EURAFSWA,, the ANCCR program has been lauded as setting a new standard in contracting. “Thanks to the ANCCR teamwork, we can speak of a successful strategy and effort. In addition to the tangible savings, we’ve also improved the contract language and the

overall solicitation process,” said Maurizio Caschera, NAVFAC EURAFSWA Public Works Utilities Manager. “Our Acquisition support line, who secured the fixed-price contract, was very impressed by the team’s market analysis and the IGE.” Rear Adm. Bret J. Muilenburg, commander, NAVFAC established the ANCCR Program as part of the 2016 NAVFAC Strategic Design to reduce the cost of purchased utility commodities and create a hub of expertise for business case analysis and utility procurements. NAVFAC EURAFSWA enables the forward operating missions of the U.S. Navy and our allies throughout Navy Region Europe, Africa, Southwest Asia. Energy resiliency on shore is a targeted component to support the missions of U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. Sixth Fleet and U.S. Naval Forces Central Command / U.S. 5th Fleet.

Rota UEM Hosts Hydrant Training Rota Performs Submarine Story and Photos By Utilitiesman 2nd Class Stephen Pineiro TLAM Reload


irector of Washington Environmental Training Center (WETRC) Scott Hemingway visited PWD Rota June 11 -12 to provide training on fire hydrant upkeep. This course is a highly effective training tool for all water crew members to familiarize themselves with proper procedures to flush, operate inspect, disassemble, and maintain fire hydrants on NAVSTA Rota. The base has been around for continued on page 28

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Story By Lt. Raul Cuevas

On April 14th, 2018, the Virginia Class attack submarine, USS John Warner, fired six Tomahawk missiles in support of a land-attack mission in Syria which necessitated the first ever VA Class TLAM (Tomahawk Land Attack Missile) combat reload in theater performed outside of the United States. This required coordination of multiple critical NAVFAC services including shore power and crane support services in only 34 days to ensure NAVFAC logistics support would be in place to provide this first-ever in-theater reload of the six missiles as well as establishing the capability for future reloads at Rota Naval Station. For establishing critical shore power, CTF69 identified shore power shortfalls and requested PWD Rota UEM personnel to come up with a

solution to provide a 50/50 split between shore power and generator power. UT1 Christopher Watkins, UEM Branch LPO and MUSE Tech along with his Seabees, CE2 Bryan Sheridan, CE2 Armani Dixon, and CECN Joseph Estavillo to review existing electrical inventory and succeeded in providing 480 volt 3 phase power to critical systems ensuring 9 days of uninterrupted power during ammunition reload operations. Crane support was absolutely critical to the operation. Working alongside the L3 team from Norfolk, and Navy Munitions Command Detachment Rota (NMC), our local PWD Rota WHE team composed of local Spanish Nationals and US civilians completed a three day long training evolution continued on page 28


Meet PWO Souda Bay, LT Ryan White

What are you most excited about as you take over as PWO? Before I arrived at NSA Souda Bay, I was not fully aware of the dynamic operational environment that existed aboard the installation. The size of this base is deceiving; this is certainly not a sleepy base. Being here as a part of the team, working together to solve problems, and seeing the direct impact we have on the fleet is what excites me the most. What do you see as your biggest challenge as you take over as PWO? My only previous NAVFAC tour was as an Ensign Construction Manager at PWD New Orleans, LA. Since that time, I have held positions in a Seabee Battalion, at a Marine Corps PWD, and as a Detailer. The focus of both the Navy and NAVFAC over these years has changed so there is a challenge of learning (or re-learning) NAVFAC’s policies and procedures. I’m up for the challenge and am eager to apply the skills and experience I’ve learned over these previous tours in this new environment of PWD Souda Bay. Tell us about your leadership philosophy. I’m coming into this position with a foundation of trust in the PWD’s military and civilian workforce that they are the true experts in what we do. Yet one of my strongest beliefs is that we, as individuals and as an organization, should constantly be developing ourselves and those around us. We are all in our best states when we are challenged and leaning forward to routinely test ourselves. I also firmly believe in managing risks to minimize critical impacts down the road. A simple team huddle early in an evolution can pay huge dividends to avoiding long-term problems. Why did you become an engineer and why the Navy? This is a little cliché, but my desire to understand how things work is what drove my desire to become a Mechanical Engineer. When I discovered what the CEC and Seabees were, I was intrigued by the potential jobs and by the level of responsibility that came with them. This has been one of the greatest decisions I’ve ever made. What has kept you in the Navy and serving as a CEC? I have been fascinated by my time in the Navy and have been blessed to be a part of the commands I’ve served with. The people at those commands have made the tours truly enjoyable for my family and I. We are looking forward to this tour on Crete and to what may come afterward. Is there anything else that you would like to say as you settle in as PWO, any message that you would like to share with your sailors and civilian employees? Look after and appreciate each other, open your mind to new points of view, and enjoy life!

Intermodal Road Project Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Story and Photos By Joel Diller NSA Souda Bay Public Affairs


ribbon cutting ceremony to commemorate the completion of the Intermodal Access Road project was held with representatives from NSA Souda Bay, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Europe Africa Southwest Asia (NAVFAC EURAFSWA), 115th Hellenic Air Force, and construction contractor Michael M.


Tsontos, SA, on July 25, 2018. This project was a U.S. funded effort to connect the 115th Hellenic Air Force base in Mouzouras Village with the Hellenic Navy Base, Marathi, to provide a more direct route between the two bases to improve transportation of critical equipment, logistics materials, and supplies. “The completion of this project eliminated the need to transport over busy continued on page 28

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Water Cont’d “Our technology is one of the most expensive technologies available,” Pollock said. “The [raw] water [treated] has a high content of [salt]; it’s an ideal technology to use.” Pollock said that the reclaimed water exceeds U.S. Environment Protection Agency wastewater standards. “Here [at CLDJ], we go above and beyond,” Pollock said. “We put it through a sand filter pack and it gets chlorinated and is transferred to the store tank.” CLDJ Production Division Director, Public Works Department, Navy Lt. Josh Huesing, said shedding 10,000 to 25,000 gallons of water per day off of what we have to make adds resiliency and redundancy to the plant. At this time, the installation’s monetary savings is not overly significant since it’s not paying a per-gal-

lon rate like most stateside installations. “Our estimated diesel fuel savings from the reduction in electrical load to the plant and the water pumps is about $20,000 a year,” Heusing said. Pollock said that this new system for reusing water makes sense for CLDJ water conservation efforts. “That is why this project is important,” Pollock said. “I feel like it is drinkable water we’re pulling out of the wells that we’re using to flush our toilets – we can be using water that has no other use.” Completion of the Purple Pipe Project is scheduled for July 31, 2018. Navy Public Works Departments support and maintain facilities and infrastructure on Naval installations worldwide as part of the NAVFAC overall mission. NAVFAC Europe, Africa, Southwest Asia (EURAFSWA) manages facility

project planning and design, including all related acquisition, construction, leasing, environmental, maintenance, and contingency support required by the Navy and Department of Defense commands where the Navy is designated as the lead agent in Europe, Southwest Asia, and the Gulf of Guinea, Africa, and the Horn of Africa. Camp Lemonnier is one of Navy Region EURAFSWAs installations that conducts six lines of operations to support air operations, port operations, safety, security, quality of life, and what is called the core: the fuels, water and power that keep the bases operating. Camp Lemonnier’s mission includes enabling joint warfighters operating forward and to reinforce the U.S. – Djibouti relationship by providing exceptional services and facilities for the tenant commands, transient U.S. assets and service members.

Hydrant Cont’d

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more than 60 years and it is hard to keep proper maintenance on many utility systems if they have been neglected in the past decades. Courses such as this re-mind the team that there are plenty of utility assets out there that need service and upkeep to combat the neglect of the past and protect future facilities. Fire hydrants in particular are key instruments for basic firefighting capabilities on NAVSTA Rota.

for Containerized Lift Systems (CLS) ensuring that all personnel involved in the lift would be trained to safely and efficiently complete the reload of the CLS ammunition. PWD Rota’s WHE team led by Mr. Chris Lynch and Mr. Ted Eiban performed admirably in their expeditious completion of complex lift plans for

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Road Cont’d public roads and allowed these evolutions to bypass more populated areas,” said Lt. Ryan White, NSA Souda Bay Public Works Officer. “It significantly increases and improves NSA Souda Bay’s abilities to support our combatant commands and others by providing for a dedicated and safer transport route.” The project cost $1.3 million and took approximately 23 months primarily due to a significant amount of coordination with local landowners and Hellenic authorities.

never before performed operations in this AOR ensuring open communications with all commands involved, and many lessons learned for future operations. In the end, the long 16 hour days were worth it as the mission was completed with resounding success and only in 6.5 days for an originally planned 9 day evolution. The road begins at the intersection at the 115th Hellenic Air Force base gate and follows the existing road around the northeast perimeter of the base and continues along the JP5 fuel maintenance road, crosses the ridge line with an S curve, and terminates at the intersection with the main road to Hellenic Navy Base, Marathi. The road is now open to public traffic. NSA Souda Bay enables the forward operations and responsiveness of U.S. and allied forces in support of Navy Region, Europe, Africa, Southwest Asia’s mission to provide services to the fleet, fighter, and family.



head, neck and face, or have them wash their head, neck and face with cold water. Heat Stroke is the most dangerous heat illness and can lead to death if not treated immediately. Symptoms of a By Susanne Greene, heat stroke are elevated body temperature, Naval Safety Center Public Affairs confusion, seizures, hot and dry skin, or excessive sweating, or loss of consciousIn the last five years the U.S. Navy ness. If you notice these symptoms in has recorded 698 instances of a shipmate, dial 911 immediately. Also, heat stress, two of which were move the person to a cool area, wet them fatal. Working or playing in hot with cool water, place cold wet clothes or ice on their body, and stay with the person weather can lead to illness or until help arrives. death if you’re not prepared. DeMieri said it’s important to “To minimize the likelihood of take all heat illnesses seriously. heat-related illness, Sailors and civilians should familiarize themselves with the Heat Stress Index and avoid strenuous activity or the heaviest work during the hottest times of the day,” said Capt. Paul J. DeMieri, M.D., the Naval Safety Center’s Flight Surgeon. “They should hydrate frequently, about a cup of water every 15to-20 minutes in extreme heat, and avoid consuming liquids with any caffeine or alcohol.” According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the heat index takes into account both humidity and air temperature. The higher the heat index, the hotter the air temperature feels, since sweat does not evaporate and cool the skin. OSHA and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) report that most common heat-related illnesses are heat stroke, heat exhaustion, heat rash, and heat cramps. “It’s important to become familiar with signs of heat illness and know the basics of how to start treatment,” DeMieri said. Heat Exhaustion is a serious heat-related illness. Symptoms include elevated body temperature, decreased urine output, headache, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, weakness, irritability, thirst, and excessive sweating. If you notice these signs in a shipmate, take them to a medical clinic or dial 911. While you are waiting for medical personnel to arrive move the person to a cooler area and give them liquids to drink. Then remove all unnecessary clothing, place a cool compress on their

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“Heat cramps are usually caused by exercise or heavy exertion in warm weather and most commonly affect localized muscle groups,” he said. “They can be a precursor to more severe heat-related injury and can usually be managed with rest, decreased activity, and increased fluid intake.” Take the following steps to keep cool when working outdoors: drink water or sports drinks frequently, make sure to eat regular meals throughout the day, schedule frequent rest periods and create a buddy system so you and your shipmates can check on one another.

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Training 7 Things to Know about Navy COOL

By Center for Information Warfare Training Public Affairs avy Credentialing Opportunities On-Line (COOL) provides active duty and reserve Sailors, whether forward deployed, underway or ashore, a way to map their Navy education, training, experience and competencies to civilian credentials and occupations.


Here are seven things every Sailor should know about Navy COOL: 1. 1,875 funded credentialing opportunities are available for enlisted personnel, with at least one credential opportunity for every Sailor to earn. Why this matters to you: You will not be in the Navy forever. Credentialed service members demonstrate to prospective civilian employers that their skills are on par with their civilian peers. 761 of these credentials may be attainable as soon as Class “A” technical school has been completed. Sailors can take advantage of these credentialing opportunities shortly after their initial training within their first term of service. 2. Navy COOL administers a voucher program that will pay for eligible credentialing exams, re-certification fees and maintenance fees for enlisted personnel. Now, Navy COOL can also provide credential funding for E-6 and above retiring with 20 years of service. Always contact the Navy’s Credentials Program Office before you start, take, participate in, or otherwise obligate yourself or the government in any Navy-funded credentialing program or exam. 3. More than 1,500 credentialing opportunities are mapped to officer designators. Are you in a position that requires mandatory Cyberspace Information Technology/Cybersecurity Workforce (Cyber IT/CSWF) credentials? You may be eligible for funding. 4. Credentialing is part of a Sailor’s Learning and Development Roadmap (LaDR). You can find your LaDR on Navy COOL’s website. It is a competency model tool you can use to optimize your Navy career path, with training and education milestones for your rating at each paygrade. 5. Navy COOL also offers Navy Advancement Exam Bibliographies (BIBs) for every rating. These lists of occupational and professional military knowledge references help guide Sailors in their studies. If you are an advancement candidate, it is critical that you check the bibliography a few times before the exam administration date to see if you are studying the most current information. Navy COOL maintains the most current BIBs versions. 6. Navy COOL has a smart phone app for both Android and iOS. Besides credentialing information, the app also offers BIBs, LaDRs, United Services Military Apprenticeship Program (USMAP) trades and rating information cards. The app is particularly useful for recruiters and career counselors, especially when on the go or advising potential recruits and Sailors of professional options available. 7. Navy COOL has a credentialing program for DON civilians Just like Navy COOL for Sailors, DON Civilian COOL is a resource tool, mapping certifications and licensure based on formal training and on-the-job experience. The DON COOL website portal at now has a site specifically for civilians that is searchable by federal occupation code or title. For more information on Navy COOL, visit or contact a Navy COOL Representative at

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