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By James Johnson

Naval Facilities

Engineering Command

Washington Public Affairs
A NAS Patuxent River Public Works Department Project Engineer was honored at a luncheon onboard Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling on Jan. 30 after being named Naval Facilities Engineering Command Washington's 2013 Civilian Engineer of the Year.

Earlier this month, Rear Adm. Katherine Gregory, commander, NAVFAC, and chief of civil engineers announced Anthony Olekson as their selection.

"I'm very proud of this award. I consider it not only recognition of my accomplishments as an engineer, but a nod to everyone at NAVFAC. My colleagues at Patuxent River are some of the best folks I've had the pleasure of working with and it's because of them and their support that work is successfully executed, day in and day out," Olekson said. "But what makes my job special is the feeling that, in some way, I'm giving back to those men and women in uniform who give so much to us."

Olekson has recently been involved with two $5 million, 18,000-square-foot office buildings and a $10 million, 18,000-square-foot special communications facility. He has completed in-house design projects which have saved money for NAVFAC's supported commands. He also filled the role of regional traffic engineer, working to make Pax River a safer place to work.

The award was presented by Capt. Kenneth Branch, NAVFAC Washington commanding officer and Naval District Washington regional engineer, and Tom Cox, deputy regional engineer.

"In the years of being on our local boards and in NAVFAC, there are some incredible engineers out there supporting NAVFAC and it's an honor to be in a position where I can recognize them," Cox said.