By Jeffrey C. Doepp, Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command Mid-Atlantic Public Affairs
Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command (NAVFAC) Mid-Atlantic announced its selection for the 2021 Military Engineer of the year award, November 4.
“It is with great pleasure that I announce Lt. Alexis Kingery, P.E., Facilities Engineering and Acquisition Director at Public Works Department (PWD), Joint Expeditionary Base (JEB) Little Creek, as our Military Engineer of the Year,” said NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic Commanding Officer Capt. Tres Meek. “Congratulations on your selection for this award, your achievements and professionalism reflect great credit on NAVFAC MIDLANT!
As program director and maintenance officer for Civil Engineering support equipment and Civil Engineer end items, Kingery, a Stanberry, Missouri, native, oversaw the procurement, replacement, and maintenance of nearly 2,000 pieces of equipment totaling $354 million. Her keen understanding of the production schedule ensured alignment of funds to support requirements for the next three fiscal years and reduced equipment backlog.
As division officer, Kingery led 19 Seabees in the completion of 13 projects saving $60 thousand in contractual labor costs, and developed creative solutions to pier repairs, demolition, sidewalks, concrete pads and security fence installation, while enhancing Seabee trades. In addition, she championed two Seabees to support NAVFAC partnering with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic with constructing alternate care facilities.
Kingery, while serving as assistant public works officer, demonstrated astute knowledge across the Public Works spectrum of services, coordinating with numerous commands to set priorities and develop a consolidated project list leading to the timely execution of more than $130 million in construction and services. While recognizing the impact of a vacant leadership position at the time, she stepped up to maintain frequent and effective communication in and outside the department, ensuring execution of priorities.
Kingery was then hand selected to fill the gapped Facilities Engineering and Acquisition Division director position. She has expertly managed more than 60 active projects valued at $139 million,
completed 15 designs, awarded 100 contract actions valued at $19 million, and prepared 30 additional actions valued at $15 million for award.
“Alexis is a phenomenal naval officer and engineer – her insightful judgment and proactive leadership is unmatched,” said PWD JEB Little Creek Public Works Officer Cmdr. Robert Fredriksen. “She understands the needs of our supported commanders and is dedicated to delivering the highest quality results. Her efforts and impact at PWD Little Creek are widespread and we are extremely proud of her.”
Kingery, who joined the Navy in July 2010 and has been with NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic since June 2018, said her selection speaks volumes to the staff at PWD JEB Little Creek and is a direct reflection of their support and guidance.
“I am extremely honored to be selected as the military engineer of the year,” said Kingery, a 2011 graduate from the University of Missouri with a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering. “I feel remarkably privileged and humbled to work alongside such great people, who drive each other to excel every day.”
Kingery will now go on to compete for the NAVFAC Echelon II Military Engineer of the Year award and potentially for higher honors in the National Society of Professional Engineer’s Federal Engineer of the Year award program.
NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic 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 across an area of responsibility that spans from Georgia to Maine and as far west as Illinois. As an integral member of the Commander, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic team, NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic provides leadership through the Regional Engineer organization to ensure the region’s facilities and infrastructure are managed efficiently and effectively.