By Robert L. Woods
Acting Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Manpower and Reserve Affairs)/Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary (Manpower and Reserve Affairs)
In honor of Public Service Recognition Week, May 7-13, I thank all of you who have answered the call as public servants and chosen to serve our Navy and Marine Corps team.
Celebrated annually since 1985, Public Service Recognition Week is a time when our nation recognizes individuals, throughout all levels of government, who have devoted their talents to the public sector. The Department of the Navy is made up of a diverse mix of individuals who serve in a variety of roles – active duty and reserve Sailors and Marines, civilians, and families – to ensure that we remain competitive and successful in operations.
The civilian workforce is absolutely vital to the Navy and Marine Corps team. As Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson stated in the recent Navy Civilian Workforce Framework, you “offer unique technical expertise, continuity of knowledge and experience, and diversity of thought and perspective.” Your contributions, dedication and service to our nation are invaluable to its defense.
You are as diverse as the jobs you perform, providing expertise and services that help enhance our warfighting capability, ensure resiliency and support families. While I could go on about the extraordinary service you display on a day-to-day basis, I believe that it is better to allow a few of you to explain in your own words why you have pledged yourselves to serve our Navy and Marine Corps team. Thank you to all of you. Your work does not go unnoticed, and I am proud to serve with each of you.
Lead engineer, PMW 240 Sea Warrior Program’s Mobility Program
“I enjoy this position because I get to work directly with Sailors to improve ease of access to their career needs. While most Sailors carry personal Apple or Android devices, it’s a great method for our team to serve up content and alleviate their dependence on desktop access to complete simple tasks, such as take a required training. The daily impact and overall response has been extremely positive and the team continues to develop apps based on the need of the warfighter.”
Engineer, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command
“Serving as an [research and development] engineer for the U.S. Navy is exciting, challenging and fulfilling for me. I get to work with some really creative people, to invent new types of unmanned systems that will help our warfighters get the job done and get home safely. Accomplishing this, while being responsible with taxpayer’s hard earned dollars, is my goal.”
Flora “Mackie” Jordan
Body Armor and Load Bearing Equipment team engineer, Marine Corps Systems Command
“For me, the focus of my work is about serving those who serve this country and making sure that whatever I do represents them and their needs. Anything that can be done to make their mission a little better, easier, safer is worth the struggle (hiking with body armor through the Panama jungle in August for example) and is the best kind of challenge. It is the best part of my job and I feel really fortunate to have been given the opportunity to do what I am doing.”
Principal modeling and simulation engineer, Naval Air Warfare Training Center
“Ever since I began working in the training domain, I have seen the need for and have been driven to facilitate and develop technical solutions that allow our Sailors and warfighters to maximize their skills and improve fleet readiness.”
Dr. Christin Murphy
Research scientist, Naval Undersea Warfare Center
“My work looks to animal systems for inspiration for new technology. Through this bio-inspired research approach, I aim to apply the advantages achieved over millions of years of evolution to a fast-paced innovation environment. My goal is to help make the best science and technology available to the fleet. Along with my colleagues in the bio-inspired research group at [Naval Undersea Warfare Center (HQ & Div Npt)], I aspire to utilize these successful principles found in nature to design, innovate and deliver undersea sensing technologies and information processing systems to the U.S. Navy.”
Engineer, Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division
Winner of the Black Engineer of the Year (BEYA) Community Service Award
“Giving back and empowering people to reach their full potential is vital to stimulating enthusiasm about STEM. Every step, no matter how large or small, helps strengthen the arduous efforts in sustaining monumental, long-term, positive change within our communities.”