NAVFAC Announces 2018 NCF Award Winners

WASHINGTON  – Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) announced the winners of the 2018 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. 19.

Rear Adm. John W. Korka, commander, NAVFAC, and chief of civil engineers, was honored to recognize the recipients of the calendar year 2018 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 Korka.

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 Steelworker 1st Class Daniel C. Bittle of Naval Special Warfare Group Two Logistics and Support Unit.

The winner of the 2018 Rear Adm. Lewis B. Combs Award was Lt. Cmdr. Jonathan M. Pilon of Thirtieth Naval Construction Regiment. 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 2018 Marvin Shields Award was Utilitiesman 1st Class Cole A. Einhaus of Naval Facilities Engineering and Expeditionary Warfare Center. 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.

Chief Warrant Officer 4 Christopher Vollmer, Operations Officer For Underwater Construction Team Two, 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,” Korka concluded. “They ensured the continued legacy and preservation of the proud heritage of the Civil Engineer Corps and the Seabees.”

NAVFAC remains the shore facilities Systems Command that delivers its products and services per CNIC priorities and requirements, and CNIC/OPNAV/tenant command resourcing.

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