The Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command, Europe, Africa and Central Controls (NAVFAC EURAFCENT) proudly announced Bryan Long, Head of Utilities and Energy Management (UEM), Public Works Department (PWD), Rota, Spain, as NAVFAC EURAFCENT Civil Engineer of the Year for 2022 in an email from Captain Joseph D. Harder III, Commanding Officer, Oct. 13.
Long, an employee of NAVFAC since 2003, graduated from Naval Post Graduate School in 2018 with a Master of Science in Systems Engineering and graduated from the University of Washington in 2003 with a Master of Science in Environmental Engineering.
“Brian came to Rota with a solid reputation and high expectations. He lived up to both by getting his hands on a very complex and dynamic utility program with many large-scale projects in the planning and execution. He continues to build on the success of the program and we are fortunate to have him leading a team of talented professionals, ”said Cmdr. Joe Dunaway, Public Works Officer, PWD Rota.
Mr. Long reported to PWD Rota in August 2020. He manages a strength of 59 military personnel; U.S. government civilians and Spanish national employees are responsible for operating one of the Navy’s few electrical power conversion plants. He oversaw major plant upgrades that increased the capacity of a 35- to 70-year-old power system and directly improved mission support through Naval Station Rota. Long managed the commissioning of a large-scale 6 megawatt photovoltaic farm, ensuring that the contractor delivered a system capable of synchronizing with the existing distribution grid and allowing the facility to take advantage of the abundant solar energy in southern Spain.
Manuel Rebollo Descalzo, UEM high voltage team leader and Spanish national employee of NAVFAC for thirty years, applauds Long’s selection.
“Bryan’s presence in the UEM workplace has been enormous. He is a very nice and sympathetic person, as well as the most intellectual guy I have ever met; he makes everyone around him smarter, and people just want to be around him, ”said Rebollo Descalzo.
Long has impressively managed his team throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, providing electricity and water to more than 6,000 U.S. personnel while responding to 14 power and power outages. unforeseen water during sporadic pandemic restrictions.
“I’ve been playing competitive team sports since I was just over 4 years old – being from St. Louis, Mo, we start out young in baseball,” Long said of his feelings upon receiving the award.
“Throughout my life, I have learned and re-learned that being part of a team means that we all have to do our part for the team to be successful. I have been extremely blessed and fortunate to have this amazing team here at UEM Rota. I owe them a huge “thank you” for helping me put myself in the right place to receive such an award, and for continuing to do what they do best every day: come to work, make a hard and rewarding effort, and make sure the utilities here in Rota, Spain, go largely unnoticed. Clean water and clean electrons are still flowing in and sewage is still flowing, ”he said.
NAVFAC EURAFCENT performs approximately $ 1 billion per year in construction, professional engineering and facilities services for the US Navy, the US Department of Defense (DoD) and NATO commands in countries of Europe, Africa and Central Command where the Navy is the DoD’s main agent for army construction.
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