Lt. Christopher Hurt, employed at Naval Support Activity Bethesda (NSAB) until the end of 2012, was recently named the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Washington 2013 Engineer of the Year.
Hurt’s selection as Engineer of the Year was due in large part to his management of major construction projects at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC) where he was stationed for much of the last two years. Hurt is currently a construction manager at Resident Officer in Charge of Construction Andrews working on a fuel line and pumphouse replacement project and also on the replacement of the Andrews Ambulatory Care Center and Dental Clinic.
“Lt. Hurt distinguished himself as an extremely talented engineer and leader whose complete dedication and hard work ensured that NAVFAC delivered excellent support to our wounded warriors and other WRNMMC patients,” said Lt. Cmdr. Kent Simodynes, Public Works Department Bethesda. “He is well-deserving of this award.”
Humbled by the receipt of this award, Hurt said he would never have been picked if it weren’t for the commanding officers, public works officers and Chief’s Mess mentorship.
“I’m very appreciative to receive the award, knowing that there are many deserving candidates,” said Hurt. “Truly, I wouldn’t be successful without others taking the time to answer my questions, mentor me and challenge me to improve.”
Hurt shared his account of why he thought he was selected as Engineer of the Year.
“I reported to Bethesda in December 2010, and spent the next six to nine months focusing on understanding the role of a construction manager – paying attention to NAVFAC processes, base requirements, local contacts, construction methods and building relationships,” said Hurt. “When I felt comfortable with that knowledge and my workload, I focused on sharing what I knew, trying to make the FEAD (Facilities Engineering & Acquisition Division) department a more cohesive team, valuing everyone’s contributions, providing guidance and solutions where possible, and finding others to help with answers I couldn’t provide. Rather than simply performing daily assigned tasks, I encourage everyone to think about how they can improve their workplace.
“It’s always a pleasure to provide a well constructed end product to anyone,” he added. “I think everyone involved, whether government or contractor, takes great pride in their work, and we would gladly support NSA Bethesda and their mission for as long as we can.”