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PORT HUENEME, Calif. – Thirty-three junior U.S. Navy Civil Engineer Corps (CEC) officers and one Republic of Korea naval officer have completed the CEC Basic Qualification Course at the Corps Officer School Naval Civil Engineering (CECOS) on 29 October.
CECOS provides junior CEC officers with the skills, knowledge and education necessary to enhance lifelong learning and provide quality support to the fleet.
Completion of the course is a requirement for new CEC officers in the US Navy before they report for initial assignments as public works officers and construction managers at Navy installations and of the Marine Corps or as platoon commanders and staff officers of the Naval Construction Force. CECOS also trains international military students through the Navy Department’s security cooperation training programs.
The 15-week course covers a wide range of topics including leadership, professional development, public works, construction technology, contracting, expeditionary construction, and combat operations.
Commander, Naval Installations Engineering Systems Command (NAVFAC) and 45th Chief Civil Engineer, Rear Adm. John W. Korka, delivered a keynote address as guest speaker for Basic Class 271.
“Our business is combat business,” Korka said. “Each of you [Basic Class 271] are fighters. Many of you are heading to Seabee Battalions where you will deploy around the world to bolster the construction and engineering readiness of our Navy. Some of you are heading to NAVFAC commands where you will be managing large-scale construction projects or direct infrastructure repairs, and you will hear repeatedly that we stand by the warfighter.
As the entry-level Class 271 heads into the U.S. Navy, Korka has encouraged junior officers to adopt the Seabees’ “Can Do” motto. During his talk, he explained to the class how each letter of “Can Do” represents an important aspect of being a successful CEC officer.
“Remember the ‘C’ in ‘Can Do.’ Character and competence are the framework for your leadership development,” Korka said. “Perform above the line, morally and ethically. Live your core values and never compromise your principles.
Korka also thanked the families, friends and spouses of the class, praising them for their loyalty and describing her deep respect and gratitude for their sacrifices.
“Since its founding, our nation has prospered, because among all generations, there are those who show the best of humanity and give themselves without reserve. These few raise children into young adults with the proper character and values to serve,” Korka said. “Today, less than 1% of our nation’s population is both eligible and willing to serve in our armed forces. Therefore, our navy and our nation are deeply indebted to you. Moms and dads, you have my deepest thanks.
Additionally, Korka explained that he has been married for 28 years and is blessed with five children and is regularly reminded of the important role family plays and the many sacrifices they make for the sake of life. Marine.
“I am living proof that family readiness equals operational readiness and mission success,” Korka said. “I couldn’t be where I am today without the unwavering support of my family.”
It was also the first basic class to graduate under the command of Captain Peter Maculan, who assumed command of the Center for Seabees and Facilities Engineering and CECOS on August 17.
“This class has made a great first impression on your fellow Civil Engineer Corps officers over the past 15 weeks,” Maculan said. “I look forward to serving with them in the field. Good luck to all and fair winds.
Six students have been recognized for demonstrating exceptional character and skill over the past 15 weeks. The honorary graduate represents the best student in his class. Distinguished graduates represent the top 15% of their class and were evaluated on academic performance, leadership, physical fitness, personal initiative and enthusiasm.
The Commodore Hunt Commemorative Espirt de Corps Award is presented to the student who best represents past core classes, personifies camaraderie, teamwork, and exhibits an infectious and unwavering positive attitude.
Eileen Hunt, for whom the award was named, was a longtime civilian employee of CECOS and an honorary Seabee who faithfully assumed custody for nearly 45 years and graduated thousands of CEF officers, including all officers on active and reserve duty of the CEF.
Although a small community of just 1,300 officers, CEC officers are found all over the world in highly visible positions overseeing skilled personnel while working on: construction projects, repairs and maintenance of infrastructure, facility support contracts, property management, natural resource management, environmental planning. and management, expeditionary construction, and many other areas of infrastructure management. Early on, CEC officers gain engineering management and leadership experience far beyond that of a typical recent college graduate in engineering or architecture.
CECOS provides Seabees, civil engineering corps officers, facility engineers and environmental professionals with the skills, knowledge and education to enhance lifelong learning and provide support quality to the fleet.
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