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NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic’s Employee Newsletter

Vol. 9/No.2 Summer 2013





Leadership Development Program Graduates page 10

CONTENTS NAVFAC Midlant Sailor of the Year page 29

Whale Fossil Found at NWS Yorktown page 22

Camp Lejeune Medical Clinic Replacement Project page 7

High performing teams get the job done.

Visit the Portal for more information on becoming a High Performing Team! Public Works Week 2013 page 12

Class of 2013 Graduates page 14

High Intensity Tactical Training Center Opens page 19

HIGH PERFORMING Naval Weapons Station Yorktown E-Waste Recycling Event page 24



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The Midlant Messenger is the official newsletter of the Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Mid-Atlantic, Norfolk, Va., published for Midlant personnel and printed in compliance with NAVSOP-35, Rev. May 1979. The editorial content of this newsletter has been reviewed and approved by the Public Affairs Office, Code 09PA. This internal newsletter is an authorized NAVFAC publication. Its 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. Circulation: 3,500.


Capt. John Korka NAVFAC Midlant Commanding Officer

We welcome suggestions for future articles. Contact the Public Affairs Office, Code 09PA, 9742 Maryland Ave., Norfolk, VA 23511-3095. PAO phone numbers are: (757) 341-1410, 341-1411 and 341-1412; DSN 341. E-mail is Commanding Officer Captain John W. Korka, CEC, USN Executive Officer Captain Paul Odenthal, CEC, USN Public Affairs Officer Thomas A. Kreidel Visual Information Specialist John B. Land Editor/Public Affairs Specialist Annalisa V. Cachin

J.W. Korka Captain, U.S. Navy Commanding Officer

REPORT FRAUD/WASTE/ABUSE TO: NAVFAC Midlant IG Hotline (757) 341-1408 NAVY INSPECTOR GENERAL TOLL-FREE HOTLINE: 1-800-522-3451 Cover Photo: NAVAL STATION NORFOLK, Va. (Nov. 26, 2012) The NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic Crane Shop assists with the onload of the X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) to conduct the first deck handling tests aboard a carrier. On May 14, the historic first catapult launch of the UCAS took place from the flight deck of aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). Then on July 10, the UCAS completed its first arrested landing at sea on the George H.W. Bush. (U.S. Navy photo by John Land, NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic visual information specialist.)

NORFOLK, Va. - NAVFAC Midlant bid Operations Officer Capt. John Adametz a fine farewell during a luncheon July 18 at Naval Station Norfolk, Va. During the luncheon, NAVFAC Midlant Commanding Officer Capt. John Korka presented the outgoing OPS officer with memorabilia from his tour in the Mid-Atlantic Region. Capt. Adametz reports to Gulfport, Miss. at Naval Construction Battalion Center Gulfport.


FROM THE TOP Fourth of July Message

NAVFAC Family Hurrah! This week we celebrate the Fourth of July, a holiday that commemorates the birth of our nation - a nation conceived in liberty. The Fourth of July is a time not only to celebrate the 237th birthday of the United States, but to also recognize the struggles and triumphs that provided us tremendous freedoms. Through your individual public service and sacrifice, each of you continues the American tradition of protecting and enhancing our freedoms, and delivers to future generations the same luxuries from which we benefit. Thank you for all that you, your families and your communities, do for our nation and the world.

Rear Admiral Katherine L. Gregory NAVFAC Commander Chief of Civil Engineers

This holiday provides the opportunity to rest, recharge, celebrate and take advantage of outdoor activities. Whether during fireworks, picnics, beach time or road trips, I hope you will and evaluate the risks and hazards associated with your activities. Put safeguards so that they can be enjoyed safely. Our NAVFAC Family has recently suffered the loss of two civilian teammates to recreational off-duty mishaps - cycling and water recreation. These individuals were vibrant and dedicated members of our workforce and their community, and their loss is devastating. Let’s make sure we minimize as much as possible our exposure to risks so that we can fully enjoy this time of celebration and have everyone return safely back to work.

Finally, remember that moderation and responsibility are the keys to success, especially if your celebration includes the use of alcohol. Make a positive difference by offering a ride or taking the keys from someone who shouldn’t be driving. I hope each of you enjoys a joyous and safe holiday -- you have more than earned it! During this holiday, while I celebrate the history and spirit of the United States, I will also celebrate the good fortune I have to be a part of your NAVFAC Team, and I sincerely thank you and your families for all that you do each and every day to support our great Nation and Navy! Watch the Chief’s video on furloughs on the NAVFAC Portal

Happy and Safe Fourth of July to each of you.

Sincerely, Kate Gregory

RED SEA (July 4, 2013) Sailors and Marines display the national ensign in honor of Independence Day aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3). Kearsarge is the flagship for the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group and, with the embarked 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Travis DiPerna/Released)


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NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic would like to welcome our new Executive Officer and Deputy Regional Engineer, Commander, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic, Capt. Stephanie Jones. Before reporting to NAVFAC Midlant, Capt. Jones was the Assistant Chief of Staff for Training and Readiness at First Naval Construction Division, Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story, Va. She was raised in Annandale, Va. and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from Virginia Tech, a Master of Engineering degree in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M, a Master of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Oklahoma, and is a graduate of the Executive Program (TEP) from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia.

Capt. Jones has served all over the world with assignments including Commanding Officer at Naval Construction Training Center at Gulfport, Miss.; Public Works Officer (PWO) at NAS Patuxent River, Md.; Regional Development Zone, Task Force Bayonet, Kandahar, Afghanistan; PWO at NSA MidSouth, Millington, Tenn.; Enlisted Detailer Branch Head at Navy Personnel Command, Millington, Tenn.; Ops Officer/Company Commander at NMCB FOUR; PWO at Commander Fleet Activities Okinawa, Japan; Officer in Charge at Construction Battalion Unit 402, Pensacola, Fla.; Staff Civil Engineer at Naval Technical Training Center Corry Station in Pensacola, Fla.; and Assistant Resident Officer in Charge of Construction in Keflavic, Iceland. She is qualified as a Seabee Combat Warfare Officer, a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Virginia, and an Acquisition Professional.


NORFOLK, Va. - NAVFAC Midlant bid Executive Officer Capt. Paul Odenthal a fine farewell during a luncheon at the Breezy Point Officers club of Naval Station Norfolk, Va. During the luncheon, NAVFAC Midlant Commanding Officer Capt. John Korka presented the outgoing XO with an architectural drawing of the Pennsylvania House at Naval Station Norfolk and the command presented him with a cake that highlighted some of his many talents. Capt. Odenthal reports to Gulfport, Miss. as the commanding officer of Naval Construction Battalion Center Gulfport. To see video from his Change of Command ceremony, visit




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Productivity Provide technical and acquisition proficiency and program management capabilities that leverage best practices to optimize cost, schedule, and performance across the life cycle.

Agility Effectively leverage our global workforce and capabilities to align with changing operational needs of our Supported Commanders.

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New OCS Barracks Dedicated in Ribbon Cutting Ceremony NEWPORT, R.I. (March 15, 2013) A ceremonial ribbon is cut at the new Officer Candidate School barracks at Naval Station Newport that was dedicated as Nimitz Hall after Fleet Adm. Chester W. Nimitz. Participating in the ceremony are, from left, Capt. Vernon Kemper, commanding officer, Officer Training Command, Newport; Richard Freeman Lay, Cape Cod, Mass., a grandson of the elder Nimitz; Candidate Officer Matthew O’Neil; Chester Nimitz Lay, Brewster, Mass., a grandson of Adm. Nimitz; Thomas Absher, vice president, Absher Construction Co., Puyallup, Wash.; and Capt. Douglas Mikatarian, commanding officer, Naval Station Newport. Behind them is Cmdr. Christine Caston, executive officer, Officer Training Command, Newport, master of ceremony. (U.S. Navy photo provided by Public Affairs Specialist Gregg Kohlweiss, Naval Station Newport/Released)

(NORFOLK, Va.) Representatives of NAVFAC MidAtlantic, Naval Station Norfolk, and Clark Construction participated in a groundbreaking ceremony for Bachelor Quarters (BQ), Homeport Ashore at Naval Station Norfolk, Va. April 15. This project will total approximately 250,000 square feet and will provide 225 apartments to house 900 personnel. This BQ will solve critical berthing shortages onboard Naval Station Norfolk and will improve the quality of life for the sailors that live in these barracks. Each apartment will include two double occupancy bedrooms, each with two personal closets and a bathroom, plus a separate in-unit laundry and kitchen.

Some of the energy, sustainment and LEED features for this project include the Ground Source Heat Pump (GSHP/Geothermal Wells) system. When side of the building is in heating mode, the other side is in cooling mode. The energy flows offset each other in the heat pump loop and significantly reduce the energy consumption. This system also requires minimal maintenance, and dual use of the system to increase HVAC performance and provide hot water pre-heating are added benefits.

The project also utilizes energy recovery units (ERUs) that recover heat from the exhaust air to pre-condition outside air. Additionally, more than 95% of the windows in the building are on the north and south building facades and window size and glass selection carefully balance

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NORFOLK, Va. - Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) MidAtlantic awarded a contract for a medical clinic replacement project at Camp Lejeune June 10 to Homeland Contracting Corporation of Chesapeake, Va. According to Carl Tarkenton, the project manager, the $14.3 million project will have facilities and capability that are not available at the current clinic which it replaces “NAVFAC personnel have worked closely with Navy Medicine East, the Bureau of Medicine and the Health Facility Project and Planning Officer throughout the design process to ensure that Health Affairs and Navy Medicine objective have been incorporated into the design,” Tarkenton said. “A technically sound design is imperative to support patient care and infection control, with complex ventilation requirements.” He added that the new clinic will have features like a sleep lab and a pharmacy drive-through window that are not available at the current location. The project will also have energy efficient and sustainability features; including lighting that adjusts to natural lighting available, landscaping that does not require permanent irrigation and water conserving fixtures in lavatories, showers and toilets. The project is scheduled to be completed in April 2015.

Camp Lejeune Medical Clinic Replacement Project

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By Tom Kreidel, NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic Public Affairs

solar heat gain coefficient requirements for thermal performance. The building envelope was designed to be high performance, low energy consumption, and outperform ASHRAE 90.1 2007 by at least 40%. Occupancy sensors will be provided for automatic lighting control in all public spaces, multi-purpose rooms, storage rooms, and closets. Vacancy sensors will be utilized in apartment sleeping rooms, private baths, al living rooms, and kitchens to reduce overall energy consumption when units are unoccupied. FY12 P-123 Bachelor Quarters, Homeport Ashore at Naval Station Norfolk is the first Tri-Service Pilot Total Ownership Cost (TOC) project. NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic worked closely with headquarters utilizing their Govern-

Artist’s rendering of Camp Lejeune medical clinic replacement ment Baseline Sustainment Analysis, Sustainment Reference Data, Baseline Energy Analysis, 40 Year Energy Cost Projection and LEED Baseline Report to establish the TOC factor for P-123. This was also the first Hampton Roads IPT project including eOMSI . This process saves resources and integrates with our electronic tools for operation and maintenance-the portion of the OMSI data which is provided as computerized maintenance management system (CMMS) data. For our purposes, the eOMSI data is prepared and uploaded into MAXIMO, eOMSI provides a tool needed to make sure a new facility looks and performs well over its entire life cycle at a minimum cost.

New Bachelor Quarters From Public Works Department Norfolk

When complete, this project will greatly enhance Naval Station Norfolk’s mission of supporting the fleet. These BQ rooms will be occupied by Sailors assigned to ships home ported at Naval Station Norfolk. Our Sailors deserve the high quality berthing and living spaces that this project will provide. The project is expected to be completed January 2015. Representatives of NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic, Naval Station Norfolk, and Clark Construction at the April 15 groundbreaking ceremony for Bachelor Quarters (BQ), Homeport Ashore at Naval Station Norfolk, Va.

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By Hugh Curley U.S. Small Business Administration

Goals Energy

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Productivity Provide technical and acquisition proficiency and program management capabilities that leverage best practices to optimize cost, schedule, and performance across the life cycle.

The New Hampshire and Maine offices of the U.S. Small Business Administration recently recognized Ms. Jackie Johnston and Bobbi St. Jean of Naval Facilities Engineering Command Mid-Atlantic, Public Works Department Maine for their ongoing and continued support of small and minority businesses at a small business contracting event hosted by SBA in Portsmouth, N.H. May 6. The presentation took place at an “SBA Reverse Matchmaking Event” where businesses participating in either of the SBA’s 8a Business Development or HUBZone programs were provided the opportunity to market their products and services directly to Federal Agencies and Prime Contractors and Prime Contractors operating in the region.

with over $7.7 million in prime contractor direct awards to New Hampshire and Maine small and minority owned businesses. In spite of budgetary challenges in 2013 they have already awarded $6.7 million in the first seven months of the fiscal year.” Johansson added, “Jackie and Bobbi have truly gone the extra mile in seeking out and utilizing small businesses where possible for the work at the shipyard. They have been regular participants in local and regional small business ‘matchmakers’ and have met with local contractors to keep them informed about potential contracting opportunities. The impact they have had cannot be overstated.”

“Jackie Johnston and Bobbi St. Jean along with the Public Works Department Maine have sought out opportunities to expand their network of New Hampshire and Maine based contractors which has made a significant impact in the local area,” Greta Johansson, District Director for the SBA in New Hampshire, said when presenting the award. “As a result, in 2012 PWD Maine awarded nearly $31.2 million in goods and services from New Hampshire and Maine based firms


Accountability Take responsibility for our decisions and actions, be transparent, and use business analytics to balance operational requirements with available resources.

LEED SILVER CERTIFICATION MILCON project P016, E2D Simulator/Trainer Facility at Naval Station Norfolk was recognized as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver project. One major impact is the plantings and Low Impact Design (LID) structure on the north side of the building. The plantings qualified for 50% water use reduction due to stone “mulch” and selected plantings. The LID structure allows for water to be slowly introduce back into the soil versus using traditional storm water piping which would have required the demolition of 12 inches of concrete for installation, resulting in a large costs savings. LEED Silver certification in a high security building was a challenging task but achieving this goal will provide savings to the government over the life of the project due to reduced water usage and the high efficiency HVAC system, coupled with the DDC connection to the main control station located in building A-81 at Naval Station Norfolk.


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Choices - Responding to the National Fiscal Challenge, Proposed Furloughs, and Workload Demands


his week we will celebrate the 4th of July, marking our Nation’s 237th birthday. This should be a time of celebration. However, given the looming threat of potential furloughs starting the week of July 8th, I suspect that celebration may be dampened a bit for many of us.

continue to work hard to avert the furlough. To the extent we could, your NAVFAC Leaders have communicated with you to ensure you’ve had the needed information to understand and plan for a potential furlough.

The United States has endured many challenges during its history (examples: The Civil War, World Wars, The Depression, 9/11). Today the National faces another significant challenge - a fiscal challenge. Our Nation’s Leaders are facing fundamental decisions about balancing the benefits of costly government programs (social programs, national defense) against affordability and the growing national debt. As one means of dealing with this challenge, our leaders are choosing to furlough many Federal civil servants. The potential furlough will make this National fiscal challenge a very real and very personal challenge for most NAVFAC employees. I know that Department of the Navy Leaders have been and


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Culture Promote a safe, efficient and supportive culture that fosters agility, accountability, productivity, and diversity.

2013 LEADERSHIP DEV Eddie DuRant Environmental “I appreciate the opportunity to be a part of the LDP and I look forward to opportunities to continue to grow as a leader.” Michael Artis Asset Management “Leadership is the art of fitting into an organization and bringing about positive change.” Gregg Shipp Operations “Excellent program.”

Brian Crowder Operations “I made a number of new friends and colleagues during the program and expanded my professional network considerably.”


SS Midlant Messenger Summer 2013 By Annalisa Cachin NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic Public Affairs NORFOLK, Va. - Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Mid-Atlantic Commanding Officer Capt. John Korka recognized seven employees April 24 for completing the organization’s Leadership Development Program (LDP). Michael Artis, Gregg Shipp, Brian Crowder, Trip McCord, Edward DuRant, Steven Parker, and Hope Marini were among the 48 NAVFAC civilian employees to complete the two year developmental program. “The exposure to top leadership within the NAVFAC enterprise has been a tremendously educational experience for my professional career,” said Hope Marini, NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic Real Estate team leader for the Northeast Integrated Product Team. Marini began her civil service career in 2008 as a realty specialist with NAVFAC Southeast in Jacksonville, Fla. “Midway through my program, I transferred to NAVFAC Midlant and the program has continued to be of great benefit.” The LDP represents one facet of NAVFAC’s overall commitment to leadership development.

It provides for a competitive selection process to ensure a pool of qualified applicants exists for future leadership positions within the organization. This two year developmental program incorporates progressive training, educational, and development opportunities such as Continuous Process Improvement projects, rotational assignments across the corporation, and exposure to corporate and strategic planning events. “The training, rotations and other assignments specifically prepare you for leadership roles going forward in your career,” said Michael Artis, NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic facilities planner and civil engineer for Public Works Department New London in Groton, Conn. “I am most certainly prepared for whatever opportunities come my way because of this experience.” With the skills and experiences gained in the rigorous, two-year program, LDP graduates will be instrumental in improving mission effectiveness and efficiency for the benefit of its Supported Commanders.

VELOPMENT PROGRAM GRADUATES Trip McCord Capital Improvements “If any employee desires to know more about how the components of the NAVFAC “engine” work, I highly encourage him or her to pursue the LDP.” Steven Parker Asset Management “I highly recommend this program to all aspiring supervisors and leaders.” C. Hope Marini Asset Management “The exposure to top leadership within the NAVFAC enterprise has been a tremendously educational experience for my professional career.”

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“Because of Public Works...”



FROM THE COVER By NAVFAC Headquarters Public Affairs WASHINGTON - Approximately 10,000 Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) public works professionals are celebrating National Public Works Week, which began yesterday, May 19 and runs through May 25. National Public Works Week started in 1960 as part of a public education campaign by the American Public Works Association (APWA). The week-long event seeks to raise the public’s awareness about public works issues and public works employees who are dedicated to improving the quality of life for present and future generations. This year’s theme is “Because of Public Works...” NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic covers the MidAtlantic region from North Carolina to Maine, with a team of nearly 3,500 Sailors and civilians. “It is an honor to lead the team of NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic Public Works professionals who provide and accomplish the myriad of shore facility, utility, vehicle and weight handling services aimed at supporting our mission,” said Capt. John Korka, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Mid-Atlantic Commanding Officer. “Our team of professionals comes to work each day doing their part providing for reliable and safe facilities.” NAVFAC has provided management and leadership of Navy public works for over 170 years. As the Navy’s public works officers, Civil Engineer Corps officers lead 68 Navy and Marine Corps public works departments (PWD) around the globe in providing

comprehensive shore installation facility engineering, acquisition, environmental, and transportation services to many supported commands and missions. “NAVFAC’s worldwide leadership and delivery of public works products and services, with a focus on sustainable life-cycle performance at the least cost, aligns well with this year’s theme,” said NAVFAC’s Director of Public Works Capt. Kathryn Donovan. This essential work usually goes unnoticed, but the behind-the-scenes work performed in providing vital public works services such as electricity, water, and wastewater management is a central enabler for a lot of what happens on Navy and Marine Corps bases worldwide. “Nearly every element of the Navy’s mission depends on infrastructure or shore services provided for by a Public Works Department and the NAVFAC MIDLANT team,” says Jean Dumlao, NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic Public Works Business Line leader. “Our NAVFAC Public Works employees are focused at providing shore services such as reliable utility services and crane operations at the waterfront, providing clean water and electrical services in your offices and work spaces, providing for safe runways, roads and lighting, to providing safe and reliable services for our barracks, housing, medical facilities and housing, to even providing for vehicle and bus services.”

NAVFAC’s public works professionals are at the forefront of executing cutting-edge energy projects for Commander, Navy Installations Command to help meet the Secretary of the Navy’s energy goals. Advanced metering, renewable energy, and residential energy conservation projects are helping to reduce the demand for energy on and off base. PWD personnel are always some of the first at the pier when a ship returns to base, providing utilities and hotel services that include electrical hookups to shore. They also enable Navy warfighters to conduct their missions by ensuring runways are in good working order and are clear of any foreign object debris, which can cause damage to planes and injury to personnel. “Our public works enterprise supports the fleet, fighter and family with the highest possible shore installation capability and quality of life within the frameworks of mission effectiveness, safety, environmental stewardship, and resource judiciousness,” said Donovan. This year’s Public Works Week theme is very fitting for the Navy. For example, because of public works, a contract was awarded to decentralize the power and steam production facility at Naval Support Facility Indian Head, which will enable the closure of the last coal-fired power plant in the Navy’s inventory. The new high-efficiency natural gas system taking its place will

cut energy consumption by 50 percent, reduce annual water consumption by 52 million gallons, reduce carbon emissions by more than 50 billion pounds, and will save the Navy approximately $7.5 million annually. Because of public works, the Navy presently has 14 E85 (85% ethanol/15%gasoline blend) sites, four CNG (compressed natural gas) sites, 21 B20 (biodiesel) sites, and five standalone electric charging stations. Future plans call for the construction of seven additional E85 stations, five more standalone electric vehicle charging stations, and nine solar carport electric vehicle charging stations, consequently moving the Navy closer to meeting the federal government’s goal of having one alternative fueling site at each installation that has a federal fueling center. And finally, because of public works, more than 678,000 service calls and 83,000 emergency calls were recorded and completed in 2012, helping to keep naval facilities and infrastructure around the world well maintained and managed.

Watch the NAVFAC Midlant “Beacuse of Public Works” video featuring members of our Public Works Team! It’s on the Portal at




CLASS OF 2013 Amber Allen

graduated from Keystone National High School. Amber is the daughter of Eric Allen, NAVFAC ML BM, and will attend Old Dominion University to study political science and international relations.

Danielle Danzing

graduated from Princess Anne High School. Danielle is the daughter of Ben Danzing, Northeast IPT, and will attend the University of Virginia in the fall.

Jacob M. Hurst

graduated with honors from Princess Anne High School with an advance studies diploma. Jacob is the son of Jean Dumlao, NAVFAC ML PWBL coordinator, and is attending the United States Air Force Academy.


Simone M. Arrington

graduated with honors from Nansemond River High School. Simone is the daughter of DeWayne Arrington, Sr., PWD Portsmouth FEAD, and will attend Tidewater Community College Beazley School of Nursing to study nursing.

Santia M. Davis, Ph.D.

graduated from The George Washington University School of Engineering and Applied Science with a doctorate in philosophy. Santia is a supervisory process improvement specialist with NAVFAC ML PWBL.

Matthew Johnson

graduated from the International Baccalaureate program at Oscar Smith High School. Matthew is the son of Nina Johnson, Northeast IPT, and will attend the University of Virginia to study architecture.

Alyson Barnes

graduated as the salutatorian at Kecoughtan High School in Hampton, Va. Alyson is the daughter of Jim Barnes, PWD Little Creek, and will attend the University of Virginia to study pre-med.

Kathleen Donahue

graduated with honors from the Legal Studies Academy at First Colonial High School. Kathleen is the daughter of James Donahue, Northeast IPT, and will attend George Mason University to study business.

William Krug

graduated with honors from Anna Maria College in Paxton, Mass. with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. William is the son of Lynn and Paul Krug, PWD New London supervisory contract specialist.

Joseph S. Baumann

graduated with honors from Landstown High School Governor’s STEM and Technology Academy. Joseph is the son of Sharon Baumann, NAVFAC Midlant EV, and will attend Virginia Military Institute on an Air Force ROTC scholarship to study electrical and computer engineering.

Skye Evans

graduated with honors from Bayside High School Health Sciences Academy. Skye is the daughter of Carl Tarkenton, North Carolina IPT, and will attend Old Dominion University on a Presidential Scholorship for Academics to study nursing anesthesiology.

Shawn Lathrop

graduated summa cum laude from The College of William and Mary with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology and a minor in Linguistics. Shawn is the daughter of Wayne and Laura Lathrop, PWD Portsmouth FEAD, and will pursue a master’s degree in speech language pathology.

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Helen B. Burrell

graduated from Hampton University with a Master of Science degree in Family Health. Helen is the wife of Rick Burrell, NAVFAC Midlant IPT Utilities maintenance supervisor.

Peter Foytik

graduated from Old Dominion University with a Master of Science degree in Computer Modeling and Simulation. Peter is the son of Deb and Kirby Foytik, NAVFAC Midlant FEAD, and is currently employed at the Virginia Modeling, Analysis and Simulation Center in Suffolk as a

Rachel Lienemann

graduated with honors from Great Bridge High School. Rachel is the daughter of Karen Lienemann, Hampton Roads IPT, and will attend Old Dominion University to study mechanical engineering.

Desiree R. Buzzetta

graduated from the United States Military Academy, West Point with a Bachelor of Science degree. Desiree is the daughter of Francesca Buzzetta, PWD Earle FEAD, and has received her commission as a 2nd Lt. in the U.S. Army.

Benjamin J. Hamlin

graduated magna cum laude from the University of Maryland with a bachelor’s degree in International Business. Benjamin is the son of Pamela Hamlin, PWD Norfolk FEAD.

Kiana McWilliams

graduated from Phoebus High School in Hampton, Va. Kiana is the daughter of Cristina McWilliams, NAVFAC Midlant IT, and has enlisted in the U.S. Air Force.

Marcus D. Cason

graduated from Kempsville High School in Virginia Beach, Va. Marcus is the grandson of Linda Shaw, Hampton Roads IPT, and will attend Tidewater Community College to study automotives.

Laysa Hedjar

graduated summa cum laude from Old Dominion University with a bachelor’s degree in Biology and a minor in Music. Laysa is the daughter of Kaci Hedjar, NAVFAC ML UEM, and will pursue a master’s and doctorate degree in clinical neuropsychology at American University.

Rachael Montgomery

graduated from Bethel High School. Rachael is the niece of Joycelyn Sharp-Clark, PWD Norfolk FEAD, and will attend Valdosta State University to study psychology.

Lamar X. Clark

graduated from Bethel High School. Lamar is the son of Joycelyn Sharp-Clark, PWD Norfolk FEAD, and will attend Virginia State University to study graphic design.

Courtney Hendricks

graduated from North Carolina State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication. Courtney is the daughter of Hill Hendricks, Deputy OICC MCI East.

Emily Mullis

graduated with honors from Cox High School. Emily is the stepdaughter of Jim Long, Hampton Roads IPT, and will attend the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Va. to study biology and psychology.

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CLASS OF 2013 Morgan Brooke Outman

graduated from Grassfield High School. Morgan is the daughter of Mark Outman, PWD Oceana facilities management director.

Ryan Sarazen

graduated from Great Bridge High School. Ryan is the son of Debbie Sarazen, NAVFAC Midlant PWBL. Ryan will attend Tidewater Community College to study engineering.

Jennifer Waters

graduated from Virginia Wesleyan College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business with a concentration in Accounting. Jennifer is the daughter of Ronald Waters, PWD Norfolk.


Thomas Porter

graduated from West Carteret High School. Thomas is the son of Kim Porter, ROICC Cherry Point, and will attend the University of North Carolina Asheville.

Jennell Simpson

graduated with honors from Ocean Lakes High School. Jennell is the daughter of Richard Simpson, PWD Oceana, and will attend the International Culinary School at the Art Institute of Virginia Beach.

James Harris

graduated from Virginia Tech University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and minor in Business Leadership. James is the son of Jim Harris, NAVFAC Midlant AM PPV, and Linda Harris, NAVFAC Atlantic Public Works, and has been awarded a Graduate Honors Scholarship to Wake Forest University where he will pursue a Master of Divinity degree.

Samuel Richards

graduated from Christopher Newport University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Systems with a minor in Computer Science. Samuel is the son of Jenny Richards, NAVFAC ML PWBL, and grandson of Gary Marker, PWD Portsmouth.

Merideth Swaney

graduated from Tidewater Community College. Merideth is the daughter of William Swaney, North Carolina IPT, and will attend Virginia Commonwealth University.

Jordana Joy

graduated from Mount Ararat High School in Topsham, Maine. Jordana is the daughter of Lisa Joy, PWD Maine Environmental Director.

Ashley Ilessa Riddick

graduated from Great Bridge High School. Ashley is the daughter of Linda and Darris Riddick, Hampton Roads IPT, and will attend Tidewater Community College to study business administration.

Barbara Waples

graduated from Saint Leo University with a Master of Business Administration degree in Human Resource Management. Barbara currently works as a Lead Workforce Analyst in the NAVFAC ML Capital Improvements Business Line.

Kelsey Shirk

graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. in Biological Sciences from Virginia Tech University. Kelsey is the daughter of Paula and Bill Shirk, PWD Oceana FEAD, and will attend Jefferson College of Health Sciences to complete their physician assistant program.

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IN THE NEWS PWD Earle Wardroom Visits

Lt. j.g. Greg Shultz, Lt. Cmdr. Elkin Mosquera (FEAD Director), Lt. Cmdr. Matt Tollhurst (PWO), and Lt. Ben Kalish during their tour of the World Trade Center with Tishman Construction March 15.


By Lt. j.g.Greg Shultz and photo provided by Lt. Ben Kalish, PWD Earle

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Members of the wardroom at Public Works Department (PWD) Earle visited the World Trade Center (WTC) construction site March 15 for a wardroom professional development outing focused on construction management. While in New York, PWD Earle met with Tishman Construction Executive Vice President for WTC Projects Mike Mannella and WTC Tower One Site Manager Jeff Homes at the Tishman Office in lower Manhattan and toured the WTC construction site and WTC Tower One.

The group saw the vehicle inspection station, which was constructed to efficiently process all daily traffic while protecting nearby underground subway and city infrastructure. They also toured the inside of Tower One and learned how the construction firm utilized multiple crews to construct each floor of the tower as if it was on a vertical assembly line. Lt. Ben Kalish, who organized the trip, said, “It is important for us to expand our horizons as CEC Officers and the opportunity to tour large and unique engineering projects in the civilian world is something that should be seized.”

2012 OICC MCI East Contractor Safety Excellence Award

Cmdr. Scott Cloyd, commanding officer OICC MCI East, presented Harper Construction with the OICC MCI East Contractor Safety Excellence Award for 2012 in recognition for an exceptional example of a top notch safety program in the continued execution of the $71 million dollar Courthouse Bay BEQ. This award recognizes just one of more than 300 active construction contracts for excellent safety execution. The award was presented May 30. Pictured left to right are Randy Acosta (OICC Safety Officer), Brandy Fischer, Jeff Harper, Cmdr. Scott Cloyd, Andrew Anello, Darrell Herman (SSHO), Shandy Coffman, Skip Klint, Larry Sharpe, and Steve Simis. Photo provided by Douglas Baumanns, Harper Construction Company.


Midlant Messenger Summer 2013

By Lance Cpl. Jorden M. Wells MCAS New River Photos by Ensign Mike Yeary OICC MCI East


MARINE CORPS AIR STATION NEW RIVER, N.C. (April 26, 2013) – Responding to the increasing demands of duty-related injuries and needs for improved mission performance, the United States Marine Corps has opened a High Intensity Tactical Training (HITT) Center at Marine Corps Air Station New River, North Carolina. The first facility initially designed with HITT workouts in mind, a ribbon cutting ceremony was held at the new HITT Center Apr. 26.

two males and females were awarded a TRX Force training kit as a grand prize. “The warrior challenge was a highlight of some of the different types of training offered during HITT sessions,” said Jamie Fox, HITT program coordinator. “The warrior challenge consisted of an ammo can relay, prone 5-10-5 drill, tire flip, and the kettle bell burpee challenge.”

HIGH INTENSITY TACTICAL TRAINING CENTER With the HITT Center’s doors officially open, Marine Corps Air Station New River has added another weapon to its arsenal for training warrior athletes.

In celebration of the HITT center grand-opening, a HITT warrior challenge was issued to any Marines or Navy personnel who wanted to compete. The first 100 competitors were given HITT signature T-shirts and the top

The first place male and overall winner was Sgt. Saxon Martinez, aircraft rescue and firefighting crash crew man. “I thoroughly enjoyed the event and the challenges that came with it,” said Martinez. “I have been training with the HITT program for some time now and I can really see a huge difference in my overall fitness ability and endurance.” “Our HITT circuit programs typically run about an hour long,” said Fox. “When you come into the HITT facility, you don’t even need to think about what you need to do that day because there are already pre-written workouts posted.” The HITT program is designed to meet Marines’ predeployment, deployment and post-deployment training cycles. It’s focused on developing specific strength and cardio gains for optimum combat mission performance and injury reduction, as well as enabling post-combat physical recovery and training geared to readiness. Instead of stationary bikes, treadmills and traditional selectorized strength training machines, HITT participants use kettle bells, Power Racks, training ropes, sprint lanes and other non-traditional strengthenhancing gear.

Service members and Marine Corps Community Services representatives Col. Cassell, commanding officer of Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) New River; Jim Burns, OICC Camp Lejeune; and Sgt. Maj. Allen, Sgt.Maj. of MCAS New River, cut the ribbon for the grand re-opening of the newly renovated Marine Corps High Intensity Tactical Training Center April 26. (Photo by Ensign Mike Yeary)


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communication capabilities throughout the region to supported commands including II MEF.

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. – OICC and MCB Camp Lejeune representatives gathered May 14th for a ribbon cutting ceremony to commemorate the completion of the MITSC Telecommunications Complex, part of the Marine Air-Ground Task Force Information Technology Support Center (MITSC).

The ceremony commenced with remarks delivered by BGen Gorry, the commanding general of MCI East, who emphasized the, “amazing increase in capabilities for our supported commands.” BGen Gorry explained how communication stateside and overseas to our forward deployed elements would be receiving key support from the facility.

Consolidating IT and telecommunications into one complex, the MITSC Telecommunications Complex houses the technological future of Marine Corps Installation East. A new backbone, the center provides critical


OICC MCI East delivered the 115,000 SF addition ahead of schedule and continue work on the rest of the complex. When the rest of the support center is complete,

MITSC will consist of the Telecommunication complex, operations control center, electronics maintenance shops, network operations security area, and storage areas supporting the Marine Corps Network Operations Security Center, Base Telecommunications, the Cyber Security Division, and other key IT and Telecommunications divisions. Below: Service Members from MCI East and OICC gather to cut the ribbon for the grand opening of the new Marine Air-Ground Task Force Information Technology Support Center. The new facility expands communication capabilities throughout the region. Cutting the ribbon are Brig. Gen. Gorry, commanding officer MCI East, Kenneth Bible, SES, Headquarters Marine Corps (HQMC) chief technology officer, and Robin Thomas, representative from HQMC CIO office. (Photos by Ensign Mike Yeary)

Reginald Henderson (center), supervisor for Ship to Shore Electrical, speaks with Rear Adm. Morton about his duties at Naval Station Norfolk as Donald Davis (right), looks on. Mr. Henderson received a command coin from Rear Adm. Morton for his contributions to the Ship to Shore office. U.S. Navy Photo by John Land, NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic visual information specialist.


Larita Haskett, SCEP Student Plumber Apprentice (1st Year), receives a command coin from Rear Adm. Morton, commander, NAVFAC Atlantic, during his visit to PWD Norfolk. Ms. Haskett comes to work every day eager to learn something new and she is also doing exceptionally in her required classes with a 3.8 GPA. U.S. Navy photo by John Land, NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic visual information specialist.

Representatives from NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic (Lt. j.g. Nicholas Hanford and PWD Norfolk PWO Cmdr. Rich Hayes) , Naval Station Norfolk (Commanding Officer Capt. Culler), Norfolk NEX (General Manager Thomas Jacobsen), NEXCOM, AUTEC, Hoggard-Eure Associates, and Associated Contracting Services participated in a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Naval Station Car Wash at the Naval Station Norfolk Navy Exchange May 9. The car wash will contain six manual and two automatic bays. The project is expected to be completed in the spring of 2014. (U.S. Navy Photo by John Land, NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic visual information specialist.)

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Photo of the archeological crew comprised of the U.S. Navy, NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic at NWS Yorktown, students from The College of William and Mary, and staff from The Virginia Museum of Natural History.

Photo of whale flipper fossil.


Photo of vertebrae with jackets and ribs.

Photo of displaced vertebrae fossil.


Midlant Messenger Summer 2013

By Scott Wise WTVR, Richmond, Va. NAVAL WEAPONS STATION YORKTOWN, Va. (WTVR) – Whale fossils, estimated to be seven million years old, were unearthed at Naval Weapons Station Yorktown in April. The fossils are now at the Virginia Museum of Natural History in Martinsville where they will be cleaned and studied, according to Alton Dooley curator of paleontology at the museum. Dooley and his team unearthed the fossils earlier this month with the help of the Navy. A worker at Naval Weapons Station Yorktown first discovered the fossils while she walked along the York River last year, Mark Piggott, with Naval Weapon Station Yorktown Public Affairs, said. Dooley said while older whale fossils have been found in Virginia, these particular fossils are unusual because there are not many from that time period. He said his team unearthed about a third of the whale’s skeleton, including its vertebra, ribs and flippers. He said he hoped these fossils would help explain how these creatures lived in the Atlantic Ocean seven million years ago and how their lives were different compared to whales millions of year earlier and later. Dooley said whale fossils as old as 14-million-years had previously been discovered in Virginia. See more photos at:

Read the VMNH blog at: category/yorktown-whale/



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Earth Day is E YORKTOWN, Va. - The government-owned electronic equipment and appliances collection event occurred June 13 and was an overwhelming success. Approximately 78 pallets of e-waste were collected in four hours. The e-waste collected included monitors, TVs, keyboards, CPUs (with hard drives removed), cameras, printers, and copiers. The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) estimated the savings to the Navy from recycling verses disposal were approximately $250,000. Some of the material can be resold and some of the electronics will be sent to prisons for recovery of components containing precious metals.

The purpose of the event was three-fold. The primary reason for holding the event was to afford departments and tenant activities an incentive to empty out their storage spaces and an avenue to properly dispose of their e-waste by recycling instead of consuming valuable real-estate in landfills. Another reason for holding the event was to help promote the Navy’s Energy Awareness Program. By replacing outdated equipment with new, more energy efficient equipment, NWS Yorktown can and will realize energy cost savings. Lastly, the dedicated workers at NWS Yorktown wanted to do the right thing. Yorktown’s departments and tenant activities exceeded the bar and set an outstanding example for others to see what good stewards of the tax payers’ dollar and the environment they are.

YORKTOWN, Va. (June 13, 2013) Olubusola Omosewo, the Energy Manager of Yorktown Naval Weapons Station (NWS), organizes information about energy awareness on base at the Yorktown NWS’s Electronic Waste Recycling Event. Yorktown NWS hosted the electronics-recycling event for the first time with the help of Defense Logistics Agency, Qualified Recycling Program and Base Environmental Department. The goal of the recycling event is to reduce environmental impact of electronic waste and promote energy awareness. U.S. Navy photo by MC3 Gordon, Navy Public Affairs Support Element East.

This was a joint effort between NWS Yorktown, NAVFAC Midlant Installation Environmental and Energy Program Divisions, NAVFAC Midlant Environmental, NAVFAC Midlant Recycling, and Defense Logistics Agency.

NWS Yorktown

By Rhonda Mickelborough Naval Weapons Station Yorktown


Collection by the Numbers 16, 228 = pounds of e-waste collected 257.59 = pounds on average per pallet 24

63 = number of pallets for DRMO

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NAVAL STATION NORFOLK CLEANS BAY Sarah Diebel from NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic Environmental helped lead the effort with Installation Command Coordinators. Sarah began her coordination efforts with the installations weeks in advance and worked with them continuously to ensure the installations had everything they needed on the day of the event. She provided significant support to the installations as they executed the clean up, including support to NSN on Saturday guiding people to their clean up locations and tying up loose ends well after the volunteers were finished. By Mass Communications Specialist 3rd Class Molly Greendeer NORFOLK, Va. (NNS) -- Sailors and civilians from Naval Station (NAVSTA) Norfolk participated in the 25th Annual Clean the Bay Day (CTBD), June 1. All over Hampton Roads, more than 5,900 volunteers, including 236 active duty military personnel, removed 85 tons of trash from 300 miles of shoreline and roadway during the event, according to a preliminary count by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, which sponsored the clean-up. “Everyone involved did an outstanding job,” said Chief Boatswain’s Mate Lee Gaines, event co-coordinator. “NAVSTA Sailors were charged with cleaning up the Mason Creek area on base, and we collected more than 500 pounds of trash and discarded building materials.” The Chesapeake Bay Foundation holds these events annually as part of its mission to ensure the bay has clear water, free of impacts from toxic contaminants, and with healthy oxygen levels.

through storm drains, directly into rivers, streams and the bay,” said Andrea Moran, Chesapeake Bay Foundation Hampton Roads communications director. “It is not only unsightly and unhealthy, but also poses a threat to wildlife and can block sunlight needed for underwater grasses to grow and create a healthier ecosystem.” At NAVSTA, the bay clean up began at Breezy Point Park and lasted for about three hours, with the Sailors scattering out all over the Mason Creek area to collect whatever trash and debris they could find. “We picked up a lot of debris that was scattered all over the place,” said Culinary Specialist 3rd Class Sarah Thompson, NAVSTA participant. “I felt like I did my part in making the base more beautiful.” “I like to help out the community in every way I can, so I was glad to participate,” said Boatswain’s Mate Seaman Jonathon Tubbard. “It was crazy to see just how much trash we had picked up after everything was loaded into the trash trucks. The bay was definitely cleaner as a result of our efforts.”

“Much of the trash in our waterways comes from our streets and parking lots as storm water runoff carries it

CTBD event organizers said they greatly appreciated the hard work of the NAVSTA Sailors and their families and everyone else who participated. “We at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation are always very pleased at the turned out, that so many Sailors were concerned about the quality of the water in our waterways.” Since 1989, Clean the Bay Day has engaged more than 122,000 volunteers, who have removed approximately 5.8 million pounds of debris from nearly 5,500 miles of shoreline in Virginia alone. For more information on the Chesapeake Bay Foundation visit . For more news from Naval Station Norfolk, visit www. .

NORFOLK (June 1, 2013) Hospitalman Tristan Valente, assigned to Sewell’s Point Dental Clinic, picks up trash during 25th annual Clean the Bay Day at Naval Station Norfolk Norfolk. Chesapeake Bay Foundation hosts Clean the Bay Day every year to clear debris from Virginia’s urban, suburban and rural shorelines and waterways. (U.S. Navy photo by Culinary Specialist Seaman Apprentice Camila Acosta/Released)

Locality City of Norfolk

Navy Installation NAVSTA Norfolk & NSA Hampton Roads Lafayette River Annex


City of Norfolk totals City of Virginia Beach

City of Portsmouth York County

Number of Volunteers

Miles of Shorline Cleaned

Bags of Trash Collected

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Plastic water bottles

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Treated lumber

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NWS Yorktown/Cheatham Annex

Clean the Bay Totals

Naval Weapons Station YorktownCheatham Annex receives HRSD Diamond Award By Mark O. Piggot, Public Affairs Officer Naval Weapons Station Yorktown

YORKTOWN, VA – Naval Weapons Station (WPNSTA) Yorktown-Cheatham Annex (CAX) achieved a first for installations in the Hampton Roads area as won the Diamond Excellence Award for ten years of perfect environmental compliance by the Hampton Roads Sanitation Department (HRSD), May 2, at an awards ceremony at the Hilton Norfolk Airport. “The businesses and industries we honor today have made an important investment in our region,” said HRSD General Manager Ted Henifin. “Their demonstrated commitment to environmental excellence, dedication, communication, coordination and teamwork of all staff involved. Dave Plessinger, Environmental Protection Specialist (EPS) at CAX, in particular has done an excellent job of maintaining a good relationship with all tenants and providing environmental training and support to them.” Additionally, WPNSTA Yorktown was awarded the Gold Award for Perfect Permit Compliance by HRSD. These awards continue to demonstrate the leadership and commitment by military and civilian personnel assigned to the installation to strive for the safe, healthful and compliant execution of their mission as well as the preservation and protection of our land, air and water. “This is a monumental achievement, for WPNSTA Yorktown, Cheatham Annex and Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Mid-Atlantic by everyone on our combined staffs and our

tenant commands,” said Captain Lowell Crow, Commanding Officer, WPNSTA Yorktown-CAX. “We have a responsibility to our community and our Navy to ensure we maintain 100% environmental compliance with local, state and federal regulations while performing our mission to support the warfighters without delay.” WPNSTA Yorktown-CAX will continue best management practices (structural and non-structural) to continue its award-winning practices at the installation. “We are incorporating Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) construction and Low Impact Development (LID) construction into future projects; continuation of environmental awareness training, support and inspections of pretreatment devices by EPS and Yorktown Environmental staff; and the continuation of preventive maintenance and pollution prevention that focuses on source reduction and reduce or eliminate the volume and toxicity of waste streams,” Gent added. WPNSTA Yorktown’s mission is to provide installation management/host services for various tenant commands and visiting ships conducting ordnance operations and other missions. Cheatham Annex’s mission is to provide warehousing, water transportation facilities, logistics, supply, reserve troop training and related services to the Atlantic Fleet along with recreational opportunities for military and civilian personnel.

City of

Virginia Beach presents award to

JEB Little Creek-Fort Story for Sea Turtle Protection Initiative


Midlant Messenger Summer 2013

SUMMER WATER SAFETY GUIDE Staying safe around water doesn’t mean having kids wear water wings A recent American Red Cross survey* shows that almost half the adults surveyed on water safety say they’ve had an experience where they nearly drowned, and one in four know someone who has drowned. While over 90% of families with young children will be in the water at some point this summer, almost half (48%) plan to swim in a place with no lifeguard. With so many planning to be in, on or near the water, it is important to follow the basics of water safety, maintain constant supervision of children and to get trained! PRACTICE WATER SAFETY UÊÊSwim in designated areas supervised by lifeguards. UÊ Always swim with a buddy; do not allow anyone to swim alone. U Ensure that everyone in the family learns to swim well. Enroll in age-appropriate Red Cross water orientation and Learn-to-Swim courses.

U Never leave a young child unattended near water and do not trust a child’s life to another child; teach children to always ask permission to go near water.

UÊÊHave young children or inexperienced swimmers wear U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets around water, but do not rely on life jackets alone.


UÊ If you have a pool, secure it with appropriate barriers—many children who drown in home pools were out of sight for less than 5 minutes and in the care of one or both parents at the time.

UÊÊActively supervise children whenever around water—even if lifeguards are present. Always stay within arm’s reach of young children.

U Avoid distractions when supervising children around water.


UÊ If a child is missing, check the water first. Seconds count in preventing death or disability. U Know how and when to call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number. UÊ Enroll in Red Cross water safety, first aid and CPR courses to learn how to respond. UÊ Have appropriate equipment, such as reaching or throwing equipment, a cell phone, life jackets and a first aid kit.


U Print and circulate this flyer at your pool, community center and beach bulletin boards. U Visit for more swimming and water safety tips. U Contact your local Red Cross chapter to find out which aquatic facilities in your area offer Red Cross courses, and sign up! *Source: Red Cross Telephone survey of 1,002 U.S. Adults 18 years and older on March 20-23, 2009 conducted by ORC International.





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IN THE SPOTLIGH SHIPYARD HEROES SAVE A LIFE A group of shipyard employees were honored June 6 for providing emergency medical aid to Code 2301’s Courtney Watkins on May 23 outside Building 1500. From left to right: Shipyard Commander CAPT Mark Bridenstine; Eric Aberle, Defense Logistics Agency--NNSY; Ron Spangler, Naval Facilities Mid Atlantic, PWD--Portsmouth; Watkins; Mark Donna, Kay Bunch and Reneé Peat, Code 2340; Gary Dunne, Code 2301. (Photo by Luke Beasley, NNSY Photographer.) Mr. Spangler’s Letter of Appreciation from NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic Commanding Officer Capt. Korka read: “On behalf of Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Mid-Atlantic, I would like to extend a sincere appreciation and convey how proud we are of you for your

Diane Fracella 35 Year Length of Service

Kirk Stevens 20 Year Length of Service

quick actions and unflappable resolve that ultimately helped save the life of one of your shipmates: a young civil service employee on 23 May 2013 at Naval Support Activity Norfolk Naval Shipyard. This employee went into a diabetic seizure which ultimately resulted in her heart ceasing for a brief period of time. While some would shy away from such a horrific sight, you immediately rushed in to help! Along with several other employees, you performed life-saving CPR. You should be tremendously proud of the fact that she is alive today and back at work in large measure because of your personal effort and your compassion. This incident not only highlights your strong commitment to safety, but also reminds us all of the benefits of being properly trained in life-saving techniques- so that we too can act when the unexpected occurs. Thank you for your quick actions and your instinctive courage. We are all proud of you!”

LT Tom Gavin Promotion Ceremony

Joel Roberts Professional Engineer Licensure

Fair Winds & Following Seas! LTJG Patrick Durnan Engineer in Training Licensure


Todd Carver Professional Engineer Licensure

Elmer Goff Certificate of Retirement


Midlant Messenger Summer 2013


Sailor of the Year

EO2 (SCW) Kristopher James was presented the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (gold star in lieu of third award) for his professional achievement in the superior performance of his duties while serving as Self-Help Supply Petty Officer, PWD Oceana. He was also chosen the NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic Sailor of the Year. Petty Officer James expertly managed the completion of four construction projects resulting in more than $25,000 in contractor cost avoidance. He single-handedly managed a warehouse inventory valued at more than $100,000 and was instrumental in Self-Help disaster preparedness for Hurricane Sandy. His performance led to his selection as the 2012 NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic Sailor of the Year. Petty Officer James’ exceptional professionalism, unrelenting perseverance, and loyal devotion to duty reflected great credit upon him and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

Robert T. Soper Maintenance Supervisor







Mr. Soper expertly manages multi-trade specific and minor work for PWD Pennsylvania. His efforts have improved the readiness and functionality of both Philadelphia NAVFAC sites. He provides support and oversight in direct support of the Naval Foundry, Carderock Division, and Navy Inactive Ships Maintenance Office. He and his team routinely receive accolades from our supported commands. Mr. Soper is a key member of our Production Division and maintains the collateral duties of Fall Protection Competent Person with regard to safety and execution of controlled work. He directs and guides one apprentice and is a role model for developing mechanics. His superior performance in carrying out his duties is instrumental in the execution of a successful progression of function and processes during a period of heavy turn-over.

David Nedeau Performance Assessment Representative Mr. Nedeau provides effective management of our Northern Sites Commercial Contract. Although the contract has a widespread area of responsibility, he provides thorough and extensive coordination efforts that deliver timely, effective services to our customers. He goes the “extra mile” to respond to emergency calls during weekends and after hours. As an example, he has mitigated several after-hours critical repairs to include failed fire alarm systems, a failed boiler that serves a mission critical facility, emergency generator repairs and several glycol leaks. Mr. Nedeau is always ready to manage any and all situations that come his way. His professionalism and dedication to excellence are truly a great benefit to NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic and the customers we serve.



Mr. Stanton expertly managed the replacement of the 11.5KV substations at Pier 14 that were crucial to meeting Naval Station Norfolk’s carrier and submarine berthing requirements. His proactive management and coordination with the construction contractor and Port Ops resulted in no Charles Stanton General Engineer impacts to vessel berthing or critical pier side ship maintenance. Additionally, Mr. Stanton coordinated with Bachelor Housing and the barracks renovation contractor to ensure additional berthing was available during and after the holiday season at no additional cost and minimal impact to the renovation contract.

Mr. Carlisle designed and coordinated a detailed construction package worth $960,000 for various quality of life repairs to buildings at NSA Norfolk Naval Shipyard. He ensured this high visibility project, was completed on time and within budget. He then immediately Phil Carlisle responded to his next Architect high visibility assignment and completed an accelerated $497,000 design to meet the customer’s critical time requirements. He prepared both projects in two months with exceptional quality and outstanding customer service.

Mr. Davis provides excellent support as Pipefitter Supervisor for the Utilities Department, Ship to Shore Mechanical Work Center. He is responsible for the maintenance, repair and operational requirements for Norfolk’s waterfront and piers and provides mechanical connects and Robert Davis disconnects for the Fleet. Pipefitter Supervisor Mr. Davis has a positive “can do” attitude and tackles each assignment with professionalism and attention to detail. He has responded to after-hours emergency ship issues and has gone the extra mile to resolve them at any time, in any weather.

Mr. Olivo provides excellent mechanical support to PWD Oceana, Utilities Branch. His expert knowledge of the emergency backup generators, high voltage network, compressed air and water and sewage pump stations at Oceana, Dam Neck and NALF Fentress is a valued asset for us. Due to a staff Terry Olivio shortage, Mr. Olivo has been Industrial Equipment assigned to support the genMechanic erators at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek. His professional and courteous manner promotes outstanding morale and have earned him a welldeserved reputation for quality client service.

Mr. Yeates provides excellent support as Civil Engineering Technician at PWD Oceana. He coordinated with the construction office to execute an emergency paving task order to restore pavements damaged due to a water main break at the NAS Oceana main gate. The break had closed two inbound lanes of traffic to Keith Yeates the base and created security Civil Engineering and safety concerns for the Technician command. His quick response and thorough knowledge of the requirements ensured the pavement repairs were completed quickly and efficiently.

Ms. Coleman’s extensive knowledge and experience in financial reporting is a valued asset to our organization. She is a technical expert in accounting and serves as acting Branch Manager in the supervisor’s absence. She is an integral member of the FM Support Line Dana Coleman and works diligently to Financial Management ensure financial reporting Analyst is accomplished monthly and meets the regulatory reporting requirements. Ms. Coleman serves as the liaison working closely with DFAS personnel.

Mr. Harrison is the “go-to guy” for all electrical construction at the JEB Little Creek. He is responsible for the quality assurance and safety for the $20 million upgrade to the installations electrical infrastructure. His workload also includes an additional $40 million Davy Harrison with projects such as the Engineering Technician Navy Lodge expansion and projects in support of the Naval Special Warfare community. He is an excellent mentor who readily shares his considerable electrical knowledge and experience with others.

Mr. Wade provides excellent electrical support at PWD Little Creek. His ambition to increase his knowledge of the electrical trade enhances his value to our organization. He is a valued supporter of our Apprenticeship Program and has volunteered to train the next generation of electriKerry Wade cians. He has a perfect Electrician safety record that has been accident free since day one, and his work on several lighting projects have contributed to meeting our Energy Conservation goals.

Mr. Russell volunteered to lead the Crane and Rigging Shop in the absence of the Crane Supervisor. His management skills have been instrumental in the training and qualification of two new crane operators and more than 3,500 safe weight handling evolutions over three months. He spearheaded George Russell the effort for snow removal Equipment Specialist of more than 60 inches throughout the base. Due to his leadership, NAVSUBASE New London was the only federal or state agency to reopen within 36 hours after winter blizzard Nemo.

Mr. Soper expertly manages multi-trade specific and minor work for PWD Pennsylvania. His efforts have improved the readiness and functionality of both Philadelphia NAVFAC sites. He is a key member of our Production Division and maintains the collateral Bob Soper duties of Fall Protection Maintenance Supervisor Competant Person with regard to safety and execution of controlled work. He directs and guides one apprentice and is a role model for developing mechanics.


Daniel Coster Engineering Technician

Lora Fly Geologist

Mr. Coster provides excellent support as Engineering Technician at Officer in Charge of Construction, Marine Corps Installations East. His dedication and expertise ensure safety and quality assurance on all of his assigned contracts. His specialty is with roofing projects and the safety and quality challenges associated with this type of work. Mr. Coster does an exceptional job of tracking and monitoring roof warranties for the Officer in Charge of Construction. His professionalism, dedication, and positive “Can Do” attitude are greatly appreciated by us and our Command.

Ms. Fly executed the Environmental Restoration Program for the Naval Weapons Industrial Reserve Plant Bethpage, Long Island, N.Y. and provided outstanding support on the high visibility groundwater cleanup at this site. She was instrumental in the development of a strategy for remediating the groundwater, spearheaded a team to present this strategy, and received verbal agreement from Northrup Grumman. Additionally, Ms. Fly provided support to NAVFAC HQ, CNO, ASN, NLO, and DOJ on difficult technical and scientific issues in planning for an intensive and complex mediation with Northrop Grumman over how to apportion multi-millions of dollars of costs on the Bethpage cleanup. She is recognized as the Navy’s expert for issues related to this highly public and politically contentious site.

Mr. Taylor provides excellent support as Work Leader at NWS Yorktown, Cheatham Annex. His many years of experience and knowledge of the employees and equipment ensure our customers and our organization receive the best possible service to meet their needs and goals. He works diligently with our Danny Taylor numerous tenant commands Heavy Mobile Equipment to keep their maintenance Mechanic Work Leader and repair work completed on time and with a high level of quality service. Mr. Taylor was instrumental in the successful ship on-load of several hundred pieces of equipment for Navy Expeditionary Medical Support Command, ensuring all the equipment was at 100% and the operation completed within the deadline.

Mr. Koproski provides excellent coordination of high profile HVAC, elevator and generator repairs and replacements. He also oversees our Floating Crane contract which involves working with our new crane contractor performing P-2 safety inspections which sometimes occur with very little notice. His dedicated efChristopher Koproski forts and coordination of floatPerformance Assessment ing cranes was a key element Representative in keeping the repair schedule of the USS Pittsburgh on track. He is a team player and ensures critical jobs are completed and equipment is back in service as scheduled. His technical ability and attention to contract specifications and his “can do” attitude ensures quality client support for our Command.

Mr. Cheatham provides excellent support as Utilities System Repair Operator at PWDYorktown, Utilities Division. His expertise and knowledge of the sewage and water systems keeps our daily operations running smoothly. His ability to work well with engineers, contractors, and his fellow Wayne T. Cheatham employees is a proven asset Utilities System to our team. Mr. Cheatham Repair Operator has sacrificed many holidays and weekends away from his family to respond to numerous call backs, without regard to personal inconvenience. His reliability, dedication and positive “can do” attitude is the model of quality client service for our command.

Ms. Caruthers provides excellent financial management analyst support. She is an outstanding team player who performs well under rigorous deadlines. She has stepped up to cover additional workload due to several position vacancies. Ms. Caruthers has participated in the preparation of important and timely Christine Caruthers feedback to Management on Financial Management sequestration and furlough Analyst policies and guidance issues. She is recognized throughout the command for her customer-focused approach to providing labor and payroll assistance quickly and with a pleasant manner.

Mr. Chappell professionally coordinated all facilities maintenance services provided by NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic technicians to the customers and tenants at the Portsmouth Annex. Through personal initiative and dedicated efforts, he ensured that every building was equipped with the required number of fire extinguishers Jeffrey D. Chappell and conducted fire extinFacilities Management guisher inspection training with Specialist each Building Energy Monitor (BEM).His proactive approach has ensured service calls are reported in a timely, effective manner. His efforts have saved the government and NAVFAC time and money.

Ms. Bentle has quickly and expertly taken charge of the administrative tasks that ensure the smooth operation of the North Carolina IPT. With very little guidance, Ms. Bentle immediately began to direct and organize the administrative functions on a variety of essential services involving Tamisha Bentle transportation, supply, and Administrative Support technological requirements. Assistant She has proven to be a skillful, proactive office manager who anticipates what needs to be done and identifies ways to increase efficiency.

Ms. Wharam provides superior support at the Portsmouth Annex. Ms. Wharam is well respected by tenants who appreciate her problem solving approach to their facility issues. Her dedicated efforts have resulted in the installation of several new roofs and HVAC systems at PWD Portsmouth and she is Kim Wharam consistently on the alert to Facilities Management monitor any issues that affect Specialist the command’s mission. Her professionalism, outstanding work ethic and spirit of cooperation set a positive example for all.

Mr. Kline provides excellent architectural design and support for multiple projects for Hampton Roads IPT. He has been responsible for several designs including an RV park at Northwest Annex and several design-build projects including Navy Exchange Mini-Marts at NAVSTA Norfolk and JEB Little Creek. He is a Allen Kline team player who readily asArchitectural Technician sists his fellow team members during times of heavy workload. With more than 35 years of experience, he is a dedicated professional who consistently meets project timelines with a high level of quality customer service.

Mr. Marshall volunteered to assume the duties of an absent employee at the steam plant in Philadelphia. for an extended amount of time to help supplement their workforce. This saved the government thousands of dollars in overtime costs and contributed to a better quality of life for the watch standers at the steam Kevin T. Marshall plant. Due to Mr. Marshall’s Boiler Plant Control extensive knowledge of steam Operator and water plant operations, he was able to successfully operate three high pressure boilers and auxiliary equipment.



Mr. Powell provides excellent support as Engineering Technician to the Officer in Charge of Construction, Marine Corps Installations East. His electrical and fire protection expertise are valued assets for us. He is well-versed in low and high voltage code requirements and provides outstanding support to the entire team. His communication and teaming between contractors and base entities is unparalleled. With minimal supervision, Mr. Powell manages his work assignments efficiently and effectively and provides update-to-date progress and status reports to the team. His professionalism and expertise ensure quality client support for our Command.


Mr. Palmer was detailed into the position of Supervisor, Motor Vehicle Operator during this winter season when snow removal operations are always needed at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. His outstanding leadership in orchestrating snow removal operations ensured zero impact to mission and the safe performance of all operations. The shipyard suffered no impacts to operations and there were no injuries or accidents during this period. His exceptional dedication to his duties and to the Supported Commands of the Public Works Department is a credit to himself and to our Command.

Allen Powell Engineering Technician


Christopher Palmer Motor Vehicle Operator


HAMPTON ROADS IPT RECEIVES HAT AWARD NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic Commanding Officer Capt. John Korka and PWD Oceana Public Works Officer Cmdr. Rafael Miranda presented a High Achieving Team Award to members of the Hampton Roads IPT and PWD Oceana for superior team work in the execution of Special Project ST167-07 to repair airfield pavement, electrical infrastructure and lighting at Naval Auxiliary Landing Field Fentress, Chesapeake, Va. The team flawlessly executed this mission-critical project on schedule, within budget and achieved superior quality. Fentress is the most heavily used Auxiliary Landing Field in the Navy, supporting 24 Carrier squadrons, 2 Fleet Replacement squadrons, and 12 Helicopter squadrons. The team’s actions from pre-award scoping, design and solicitation to post-award administration and management of unforeseen conditions, were flawlessly orchestrated. The cohesive effort and superb accomplishments exhibited by these professionals make tem truly deserving of the special recognition afforded as a NAVFAC Midlant High Achieving Team.. Pictured left to right are: Neil Townsend, NAS Oceana Airfield Electrician; Glenn Jackson, HR IPT Project Manager; CAPT John Korka, CO Naval Facilities Engineering Command Mid-Atlantic; Lindsay Nail, HR IPT Contract Specialist representing Holly Manning, HR IPT Contract Specialist who is on Maternity Leave; Eric Herlan, HR IPT Project Electrical Engineer; Miles Lumbard, NAS Oceana Facilities and Airfield Planner; CDR Rafael Miranda, NAVFAC MIDLANT PWD NAS Oceana PWO; Jack Olmstead, Project CI Cost Engineer; Mark Green, HR IPT Project Mechanical Engineer; Nicole von der Heyde, NAS Oceana Contract Specialist; Irene Salkov, HR IPT Project Structural Engineer; Wayne Locklear, NAS Oceana Project Construction Technician; CDR John Anderson, NAVFAC MIDLANT HR IPT; Wesley Price, Project Civil Engineer and Design Manager; William Hanlin, NAS Oceana Project Construction Manager (U.S. Navy photo by John Land, NAVFAC Midlant visual information specialist).

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