PEARL HARBOR (July 17, 2012) — Naval Facilities Engineering Command Pacific on Tuesday announced the winners in the NAVFAC Pacific Area of Responsibility Employee, Supervisor and Team of the Year Awards Program for 2012.
The award recipients include: Shinji Temna, employee of the year from NAVFAC Far East; Delray Cheah, supervisor of the year from NAVFAC Pacific; and the Public Works Department Atsugi Augment Team, team of the year from NAVFAC Far East.
“I am extremely pleased about the selections that were made for these three award categories,” said NAVFAC Pacific Commander Rear Adm. Kate Gregory. “The competition was remarkable, which made the final selection a real challenge. I sincerely wish we could have selected each and every nominee for the awards, as the quality of their individual and collective work and leadership were uniformly outstanding.”
The NAVFAC Pacific AOR Awards Program seeks to recognize employees who exemplify the NAVFAC culture, with its focus on work performance, achievement, productivity, leadership, teamwork, service excellence, innovation, and initiative. The program is in its second year and creates an opportunity to honor personnel across our professionally diverse organization.
“I am very proud of each of the professionals selected and those nominated, and I appreciate the work of our commands and organizations in enabling their success,” added Gregory.
Employee of the Year
Shinji Temna, electrical engineer, PWD Misawa Facilities, Engineering and Acquisition Division of NAVFAC Far East is recognized for facilitating a remarkable recovery for Naval Facility Misawa and Defense Fuel Support Point Hachinohe.
Following the tsunami, which flooded DFSP, Temna directed the testing of all electrical utilities and major fuel equipment and coordinated the safe efforts of military and civilian personnel of PWD Misawa, Fleet Industrial Supply Center Fuels Yokosuka and PWD Atsugi. Temna’s devotion to duty enabled the re-establishment of Command Control for NAFM and directed support to visiting helicopter squadrons providing humanitarian aid to the region.
Supervisor of the Year
Delray Cheah, head, Hawaii Planning Branch Asset Management at NAVFAC Pacific, led a complex project for the National Security Agency Kunia Tunnel Renovation Master Plan resulting in a renovation budget of more than $100 million of projects planned for fiscal years 2011-2015.
He also developed the Marine Corps Base Hawaii Plus-Up Development Plan, which created the future plan for accommodating the Marine Corps force structure realignment and their aviation plan. Cheah served as the team lead for the explosives safety site assessment to Thailand working with various organizations. He is also responsible for creating a high performance team through weekly team meetings, technical talks training, and after-work socials.
Team of the Year
The PWD Atsugi Augment Team of NAVFAC Far East consists of Ariel Genido, Masayuki Inanobe, Tomoya Ooyama, Masahiro Tanabe, Masahiro Sato and Tokurou Sakamoto. Following the Japan earthquake and tsunami in 2011, this joint team of U.S. Military representatives and Japanese nationals assisted the PWD Misawa team in restoration of electricity critical to DFSP Hachinohe.
As the Fukushima nuclear crisis unfolded, the team insisted on staying at Misawa until the mission was complete. They tested, repaired and replaced the utility systems, electrical circuits, and fuel distribution equipment required to bring the facility back online.
The team is recognized for their focus on safety, tireless coordination, superb craftsmanship, and leadership actions which directly led to DFSP Hachinohe being the first site on the Hachinohe Wharf to have full restoration of power in order to maintain vital fuel support to the region.