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PWC Pearl Disestablishes, Becomes Part of NAVFAC Hawaii

Navy NewsStand

Story Number: NNS050314-15
Release Date: 3/14/2005 5:00:00 PM

By Denise Emsley, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Hawaii Public Affairs

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (NNS) -- With a fond "Aloha," the employees of Navy Public Works Center (PWC) Pearl Harbor (PEARL) said goodbye to their command March 10.

With more than 50 years of service to Navy, Marine Corps, Department of Defense, and various other customers in Hawaii, PWC PEARL was disestablished during a poignant ceremony staged in front of its command offices.

"Today, we recognize not only the disestablishment of PWC PEARL, but the creation of Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Hawaii," said Capt. Richard E. Roth, commanding officer, PWC PEARL. "With renewed optimism, under our new command structure, we will better serve the Navy of the future."

The new organization will integrate employees from PWC PEARL, Resident Officer in Charge of Construction Pearl Harbor and Kaneohe, Navy Region Hawaii Facilities and Environmental Departments and NAVFAC Pacific Integrated Process Team Hawaii. NAVFAC Hawaii will be led by Capt. Roth, currently PWC PEARL's commanding officer.

"Our combined workforce will total approximately 1,150 people and provide a single point of contact for engineering, acquisition and public works support to our clients in Hawaii," said Roth.

The ceremony was well attended by both employees and customers. Rear Adm. Michael Loose, Naval Facilities Engineering Command, and Marine Brig. Gen. George J. Trautman II, commanding general, Marine Corps Base Hawaii, were present to mark this occasion. Rear Adm. Gary Engle, Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Pacific and Capt. Ronald R. Cox, chief of Staff, Navy Region Hawaii, participated and spoke at the event along with Roth.

"This is an absolutely great day for the NAVFAC Team, and for our Navy and Marine Corps clients in Hawaii," said Engle. "The disestablishment and establishment ceremony today is a milestone event for all of us. It marks the official stand-up of our Facilities Engineering Command or FEC here in Hawaii."

John L. Parish, a PWC PEARL Emergency Service Desk employee and pastor at Wahiawa Christian Church, gave the ceremony's moving invocation and benediction. Rodney Omalza, also a PWC PEARL employee, assisted with farewells by singing "Hawaii Aloha" with event attendees. Senior civilian representatives from each of the four organizations integrated into NAVFAC Hawaii participated in the ceremony by accepting and unfurling the new command's Colors. And, to ensure a bright future for this new organization, Kahu David Kaupu, retired chaplain for Kamehameha Schools, was invited and chanted a Hawaiian blessing.

The creation of NAVFAC Hawaii is part of a massive transformation underway within the Naval Facilities Engineering Command organization to reshape, enhance efficiency and effectiveness, and improve its products and services. The new command will eliminate duplication, generate long-term savings, and deliver products more effectively and efficiently to NAVFAC clients.

"There are many reasons why today's command alignment action is prudent and celebrated," said Engle. "The primary reason is to enable us to bring together capabilities and provide one single NAVFAC touch-point for Rear Adm. Vitale and his great Navy Region Hawaii Team - and for Brig. General Trautman and our tremendous Hawaii Marines."

Other reasons for establishing NAVFAC Hawaii are to allow NAVFAC teams located throughout the world to consistently execute work in new ways, to implement common business practices, to provide improved client support, and to better develop the workforce so they can work effectively with the right skills.

With the conclusion of NAVFAC Hawaii's establishment ceremony, its personnel stand ready with courage, determination and kokua, to face future challenges and support the Navy of tomorrow.

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