Story by Scott Ghiringhelli, NAVFAC Headquarters Public Affairs
WASHINGTON – Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) announced the winners of the 2017 Moreell Medal, Marvin Shields Award, Steelworker Second Class Robert D. Stethem Award, and Rear Adm. Lewis B. Combs Award, recognizing outstanding performance in the Naval Construction Force (NCF), Jan. 18.
Rear Adm. Bret J. Muilenburg, commander, NAVFAC, and chief of civil engineers, was honored to recognize the recipients of the calendar year 2017 Steelworker Second Class Robert D. Stethem Award and Rear Adm. Lewis B. Combs award on behalf of the Civil Engineer Corps (CEC)-Seabee Historical Foundation.
“These awards are given annually by the foundation to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the Navy and the nation while perpetuating the legacies of Petty Officer Stethem and Rear Admiral Combs,” stated Muilenburg.
The Steelworker Second Class Robert D. Stethem Award, recognizing outstanding individual moral courage in support of Seabee traditions while conducting actual operations, was awarded to Construction Mechanic 1st Class Brandon L. Burrow, of Underwater Construction Team 1.
The winner of the 2017 Rear Adm. Lewis B. Combs Award was Lt. Cmdr. Jason K. Ward, of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 1. The award, named for the assistant to the chief of the Bureau of Yards and Docks under Adm. Ben Moreell during World War II, is presented to the individual who has made the most outstanding contribution in perpetuating the legacy of Seabee, CEC, and NAVFAC accomplishments and traditions.
The winner of the 2017 Marvin Shields Award was Builder 1st Class Frank A. Guerrero, of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 3. The award is named in honor of Medal of Honor recipient Construction Mechanic 3rd Class Marvin G. Shields. It is presented in recognition of the Seabee who has made extraordinary contributions to the mission of the Naval Construction Force and has upheld the highest traditions and legacy of the U.S. Navy Seabees over the last year.
Lt. Clare Oversen, of Combat Service Support Squadron 7, was this year’s Moreell Medal winner. The Moreell Medal is given annually by the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) to recognize an active or Reserve officer of the Navy Civil Engineer Corps, or a civilian employee of NAVFAC, that has made outstanding contributions to military engineering.
“The awardees for this year’s awards represent the strength, determination and stalwart leadership of our force,” Muilenburg concluded. “Congratulations on a job well done.”
NAVFAC is the systems command that delivers and maintains quality, sustainable facilities; acquires and manages capabilities for the Navy’s expeditionary combat forces; provides contingency engineering response; and enables energy security and environmental stewardship.
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