Story by Amber Vaglica, Naval Education and Training Command
Port Hueneme, Calif. – The Center for Seabees and Facilities Engineering (CSFE) announced its 2017 Civil Service Instructor of the Year (CIOY) April 9.
Pam Ellen Hudson, Esq., an instructor for nearly 12 years with Naval Civil Engineer Corps Officers School’s (CECOS) Environmental Training Division, was selected for the award.
Qualified as a Master Training Specialist, Hudson develops and instructs several courses and seminars including the Advanced Environmental Law Seminar (Coastal and Ocean Resources), Advanced Environmental Law Seminar (Strategic Environmental Planning), Advanced Environmental Law Seminar (International Environmental Law), National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Application (classroom and online), and NEPA Executive Overview courses.
“Pam is a passionate and talented instructor, model mentor, and meticulous course director,” said Sarah Koppel, Hudson’s supervisor, who nominated her for the award. “Her dedication to the students, the command, and to the Navy is unsurpassed.”
Many of the courses Hudson teaches are mandatory training for senior Civil Engineer Corps (CEC) officers and are also attended by flag officers, senior executive service civilians, and installation commanding officers.
“Her effective communication skills make training in environmental law and environmental impact assessment fun, meaningful, and easy to understand and comprehend,” said Koppel. “Her professional knowledge and leadership provide a solid platform for new ideas and positive changes both in and out of the schoolhouse.”
Capt. Glenn W. Hubbard, CSFE commanding officer, said Hudson brings an unbounded enthusiasm for all the topics she teaches and the courses she directs, ranging from ethics to various applications of environmental law and regulations.
“Her most notable accomplishment from my direct observation is how easily she navigates the differing levels of experience and knowledge of military and civilian audiences, from the most junior to the most senior people,” said Hubbard. “Not an easy feat to accomplish.”
Hudson explained that she is honored by the recognition and appreciates the camaraderie and support of the CSFE and CECOS family.
“I find my Office of General Counsel and environmental planning colleagues to be superb,” said Hudson. “Without their assistance and case studies, my courses simply wouldn’t have the depth that they do now.”
Interacting with military and civilian students during classroom instruction is where she gains the most satisfaction. She enjoys the challenge of planning each course and collaborating with her colleagues to give the students the best possible course experience.
“CECOS has established a remarkable environmental training and education program, teaching over 170 courses a year by subject matter experts in all fields of environmental and cultural resources,” said Hudson. “I feel very lucky to be a member of this group.”
CSFE’s mission is to provide CEC officers, Seabees, and environmental professionals with the necessary skills, knowledge, and education to enhance life-long learning and to provide quality support to the fleet. CSFE oversees five learning sites and detachments located throughout the continental United States.
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