Pearl Harbor – Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Pacific Commander Rear Adm. Kate Gregory, CEC, USN, was relieved by Rear Adm. Scott Weikert, CEC, USN, during a Change of Command ceremony held Oct. 1 at the command headquarters.
NAVFAC Commander and Chief of Civil Engineers Rear Adm. Christopher Mossey, CEC, USN, served as the keynote speaker and praised Gregory for her exceptional work, tireless dedication to duty, and leadership in times of fiscally challenging and difficult times.
“What Admiral Gregory has really excelled at over the past couple of years is helping us to answer ‘how does NAVFAC continue to support the Navy and Marine Corps during a period of significant financial constraints?’ said Mossey. “That’s a big question, and that’s a real challenge. This is where she has done the hardest and the most important work of all.”
“She’s left an indelible mark on this command with her energy and her willingness to take on these tough challenges,” said Mossey.
Gregory reflected on her time as NAVFAC Pacific commander and recognized the contributions and achievements of the entire team.
“When I think about what the ‘Hawaii Ohana’ means, it’s really the professionalism that has been displayed here and throughout the Pacific,” said Gregory. “I appreciate having had the opportunity to serve with you. When I think about all the things that you’ve accomplished, they all come back to the way that you have managed the work, and the way that you’ve worked together to put the mission first.”
Weikert assumes command of NAVFAC Pacific with years of Navy civil engineer experience, and after having served the last several years as the deputy commander of NAVFAC and deputy chief of civil engineers. He has held several flag officer assignments to include command assignments with NMCB 27 in Brunswick, Maine and 7th Naval Construction Regiment in Newport, R.I.
In his new assignment, Weikert will also serve as the U.S. Pacific Fleet civil engineer, and will maintain his duties as the deputy chief of civil engineers, which he held at NAVFAC headquarters in Washington D.C. since October 2010.
“I consider it an absolute privilege to have this opportunity to serve with the NAVFAC Pacific team,” said Weikert. “It is my intent to continue with the NAVFAC Pacific initiatives that are in place and progressing, to continue the momentum and energy that has been established, and make this transition in leadership as seamless as possible to you and our supported commands.”
Gregory will report to her next assignment on Oct. 26 as the NAVFAC commander and chief of civil engineers in Washington D.C.
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