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NAVFAC Southeast Changes Command

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Story Number: NNS080801-01
Release Date: 8/1/2008 6:44:00 AM

From Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southeast Public Affairs

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (NNS) -- Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southeast held a change of command and retirement ceremony July 25 at Naval Air Station Jacksonville.

Capt. Doug Morton relieved Capt. Michael L. Blount as commanding officer.

During the ceremony, guest speaker Rear Adm. Christopher J. Mossey, commander, Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Atlantic, presented the Legion of Merit to Blount for his leadership and successful execution of more than $3 billion in design, facility service, maintenance, repair, military construction and Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) while serving as commanding officer from June 2006 to June 2008.

Mossey commended Blount, the civil engineer corps officer and civilians of NAVFAC Southeast for their support to the warfighter. He noted NAVFAC Southeast's many accomplishments relating to operational readiness.

"You skillfully relocated, hired and motivated a critical mass of superstar professionals that nurtured high morale and provided unmatched support to the fleet, fighter and family," said Rear Adm. Mossey. "One thing I always admired about Mike was his skill both as a leader and a communicator."

During his tenure, Blount led NAVFAC Southeast through a major transformation, aligning 21 public works department/resident officer in charge of construction (ROICC) offices from three regions into one unified and operational Facilities Engineering Command aligned with Commander, Navy Region Southeast (CNRSE).

During this timeframe, NAVFAC Southeast also aligned over 100 environmental staff positions from Commander, Navy Region Southeast (CNRSE). NAVFAC Southeast now provides one stop for the entire Southeast region for planning, design and management of construction for the Navy along with acquisition and disposal of real estate, management and maintenance of facilities on naval installations and the provision of housing for military families.

Most of Blount's early career was spent with the Navy Seabees. In the tour prior to Jacksonville, he was commodore of the 30th Naval Construction Regiment in charge of all the West Coast and Pacific Seabees. This tour was highlighted by deploying his regiment to Fallujah, Iraq in direct support of the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force, where he was awarded a Legion of Merit for his leadership in a combat zone.

Additional Seabee tours included commanding officer of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 1, operations officer of NMCB 7, special operations officer of Construction Battalions Pacific, equipment officer of NMCB 40 and division officer of Naval Air Station (NAS) Key West Seabee Division.

Other tours included public works officer and officer in charge of construction, NAS Sigonella, Italy; military construction program officer, Chief of Naval Operations and resident officer in charge of construction Marine Corps Air Station Kaneohe, Hawaii.

Blount thanked the men and women, military and civilian serving with NAVFAC Southeast, praising their commitment and dedication and the role they played in accomplishing the transformation of NAVFAC Southeast over the past two years. He then turned to Morton and passed the baton over to Morton.

"I am excited to be part of the NAVFAC Southeast team," said Morton. "I look forward to meeting and serving with each of you."

A native of Salisbury, N.C., Morton graduated from North Carolina State University in 1983, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering - construction. He earned a master's degree in civil engineering in 1988 at the Georgia Institute of Technology and a master's degree in national resource strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces (ICAF). He is a registered professional engineer in Georgia. He is also a member of the Society of American Military Engineers and the Acquisition Professional Community. His most recent assignment was chief of staff for the 1st Naval Construction Division.

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