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Digital Relocation/Welcome Guide


Our Military

Just south of the beachfront city of Oxnard, California, lie the two mainland components of Naval Base Ventura County: Port Hueneme and Point Mugu; the third, San Nicolas Island, 60 miles southwest of Point Mugu, is one of the eight storied Channel Islands of the Pacific and part of the Sea Test Range. The Seabees (“We build, we fight”) stationed at Port Hueneme also train at U.S. Army Garrison Fort Hunter Liggett, 215 miles north of NBVC near Jolon, California.


Welcome to Southern California, famous for its mild climate, stunning coastlines, national forests and fertile growing valleys. Ventura County, the southernmost county on California’s central coast, has a population of 846,178, according to the 2014 U.S. Census. San Buenaventura, commonly known as Ventura, is the county seat, with 109,484 residents in 2014. U.S. Route 101, also known as Ventura Freeway, is the major highway in the region.

Getting To & Around

U.S. Highway 101 — The Ventura Freeway — runs from the Santa Barbara/Ventura County line in Southern California south to Pasadena and is the principal east-west route (designated north-south) through Ventura County. Interstate 5 is the primary interstate on the West Coast, running largely parallel to the California coastline from Mexico to Canada. It serves some of the largest cities on the West Coast, including Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Diego, Seattle and Portland.

Housing & Real Estate

A beautiful coastline, temperate climate, vibrant arts scene and abundance of year-round recreation in Ventura County contribute to a high quality of life not found in other metropolitan areas. In 2014, 846,178 people called Ventura County home, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

Employment & Economy

Lying along the Pacific coast, Naval Base Ventura County is the county’s largest employer with more than 11,000 military and 9,000 civilian employees, most of whom live in southwest Ventura County where the installation is situated. Nearby Oxnard, with 204,437 residents, is the county’s largest city. Other nearby cities are Camarillo (population 66,923) and Port Hueneme (population 22,139).

Health Care

There are many health care services in Ventura County for military, civilians and veterans, though implementation of the Affordable Care Act may change established insurance options. Visit www.healthcare.gov for information on open enrollment for health care coverage under the national Affordable Care Act. California is among the states that implemented its own health care plan, Medi-Cal, and today there are 8.8 million Medi-Cal beneficiaries in all 58 California counties enrolled in one of the six main models of managed care offered by a dozen carriers. Go to the Covered California website, www.coveredca.com, for additional information.

Family Resources

Picking up from one place and moving to another is always a hassle, especially when kids and pets are involved. Knowing whom to call or where to find information can help make the transition easier.

Education & Academics

For those moving to a new location, it’s important to know what educational options are available. This chapter outlines the public schools system in Ventura County, along with information about local libraries and higher education. There are private schools, charter schools and home schooling available to children in Ventura County as well.


NRNW Navy Gateway Inns and Suites sweeps nearly half of Admiral Zumwalt Awards

Story by PO1 Cory Asato on 10/18/2016

Navy Region Northwest (NRNW) is home to four of 10 facilities, spread across Naval Base Kitsap (NBK), Naval Air Station Whidbey Island (NASWI) and Naval Station Everett (NSE).

Career NAVFAC EXWC employee retires after 50 years of service

Story by Michael Ard on 10/14/2016
PORT HUENEME, Calif. - Naval Facilities Engineering and Expeditionary Warfare Center (NAVFAC EXWC) recognized Kit Mack for his over 50 years of Federal service to the U.S. Navy as a structural engineer with Naval Facilities Engineering Command, September 27 during his farewell event.
Mack's official retirement ceremony and 50th wedding anniversary were held in July, coinciding with the month in 1966 he graduated from California Polytechnic State University, started his career with Naval Civil Engineering Laboratory and married his wife, Kris Donna; all accomplished in two weeks' time. That same year he bought his 1966 Mustang, which he still drives today.
Growing up in California during a different era, Mack walked from home to his grade school in Compton until his family moved to Buena Park. He remembers during the move his parents driving past an amusement park that was under construction. It seemed to be in the middle of nowhere and he remembers wondering if anyone would visit the park in its desolate location. The park, named Disneyland survived.
He played football, basketball and ran track at Western High School, earning a track scholarship to Fullerton Junior College, Fullerton, where he received some good advice from a faculty member.
"My academic counselor at Fullerton saw that I was good in math and drawing," said Mack. "He recommended continuing into an architecture program. There are many paths in architecture and I took the path which led me to become a structural engineer."
Mack graduated from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo with a Bachelor of Science in Architecture Design. He had several interviews and came close to taking a position with the Army Corps of Engineers in Sacramento. Instead he started work on July 5, 1966 at the Naval Civil Engineering Laboratory in Port Hueneme, as an engineer in training; a GS-7 position paying $7,700 per year.
During a career that spanned nine presidents and 17 secretaries of the Navy, the only significant presidential impact to Naval engineering he recalls was during the Carter administration, 1977-81.
"Business was better for Navy engineers with more in-house projects," said Mack. "Then President Carter made a push for government contracts to be bid out to private enterprise. It took work away and we're still struggling with it today."
Over the last 50 years, Naval Civil Engineering Laboratory became Civil Engineering Laboratory which was renamed Naval Civil Engineering Laboratory before becoming Naval Facilities Engineering Service Center which is now NAVFAC EXWC. During this time frame, the biggest change Mack feels he has seen is the computer. Today every employee has a computer workspace which wasn't the case when he began. He kept slide rules in his former office both as a reminder of where he came from and to show new engineers who can't fathom a time before computers.
"I remember when my command bought three Hewlett-Packard scientific pocket calculators," Mack reminisced. "There were 500 people sharing three machines, and we thought we were in heaven."
He also had to find someone who would appreciate the catalogs of drafting accessories and hardware products he had saved. Every engineer needed these before the introduction of computer- assisted drafting; another big change in his tenure as a professional engineer.
Mack furthered his education gaining his Master's Degree from University of Southern California by carpooling and attending night classes. He gave back to his engineering community by participating with the American Institute of Steel Construction and teaching structural analysis to engineers studying for their National Society of Professional Engineers' exam. He received five patents over his career and feels like his final position was his best.
"It's been a journey," said Mack. "All my positions were rewarding, but my current position is the most rewarding. I've been allowed the opportunity to integrate teaching employee development courses. Teaching has added life to my time here."
As a collateral duty, Mack has been afforded the opportunity to teach government employees classes he put together on Teamwork and Qualities and Traits of a Leader. To date, over 500 have attended his classes.
"His positive example of leadership speaks volumes to his team, to the department and to the command as a whole," said NAVFAC EXWC Ocean Facilities Department Head, John Kunsemiller. "He has made a lasting impression on those with whom he has come in contact, and inspired the next generation of leaders."
Looking back, Mack said he learned early not to assume or be too quick to judge. He credits his faith in Christ, from whom he learned his values and lessons on what is most important in life. He credits his father for instilling a love for people and his mother for the discipline and passion to read, which helped him tremendously in his chosen field.
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said in their September 2016 Economic News Release, the median number of years that professional architecture and engineering occupations have been with their current employer is 5.5 years but was generally higher among older workers ages 55 to 64 at 10.1 years. Far exceeding the statistics, Mack credits the tremendous support from various supervisors over the years that encouraged him and let him go in his own direction.
"I made an effort to contribute since day one," he said. "Being in a design group gave me a wide variety of work, very diverse, which kept it interesting."
Retirement doesn't bring any drastic changes; he still has a wide variety of interests from photography, reading, collecting foreign coins, ten grandchildren and travel.
"We've always traveled," he said. "We try to backpack at least once a year and that won't change. We've climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, Machu Picchu and even done a trek that covered five countries in the Alps."
With a half century of Naval engineering experience and a long resume of accomplishments, his advice to current and future EXWC engineers was summed up in his retirement speech.
"Be proud of what you do, but be humble, not arrogant. Be hungry to come to work; Look for people that are smart, not academic, but street smart. Think about sticking to these things yourself. Be humble about it, hungry about it and stay sharp. Pay attention to what's going on. Unless you break a leg or some major injury, be sure you run through the tape. Don't slow down and this will carry you through life."

Inspection Team Performs Dry Dock Audit at Naval Base San Diego

SAN DIEGO Naval Facilities Engineering and Expeditionary Warfare Center (NAVFAC EXWC) and Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) conducted a tri-annual dry dock certification maintenance audit of Naval Base San Diego's (NBSD) graving dock one to assess the material condition of the dock and evaluate the facility's maintenance program documentation.
The goal of the certification program is to ensure that structural, mechanical and electrical systems are adequate to dry dock U.S. Navy ships as set forth by military standards. During the lay period, and depending on the level of work, a dry docked ship may have some systems secured and could even have hull cuts, Therefore, a ship's safety often depends upon the integrity and safe operation of the dry dock.
"According to INFADS (Internet Navy Facility Assets Data Store), the median age of U.S Navy-owned dry docks is 97 years," said NAVFAC EXWC Dry Dock Subject Matter Expert Paul Rossetti. "This subjects the structures to years of deterioration."
The July audit began with a functional test of the fire protection system of the dock. The inspection team then observed the operation of all dock mechanical systems, including the caisson flood valves and the dock's main dewatering pumps and drainage system. The team also inspected structural components of the dock, such as the interior of the caisson ballast tank, flooding tunnels and the suction chamber. The floor, walls and galleries were visually assessed for concrete condition. While the material condition inspection portion of the audit was being conducted, NAVSEA was reviewing the dry dock certification documentation.
Prior to the audit, the dock's certification was suspended due to inadequate fire protection pumping capacity. Other than fire protection pumps, the audit determined the inspected dock to be in satisfactory condition. It was also determined that the pumping issue would be resolved by Naval Facilities Engineering Command South West (NAVFAC SW) in coordination with the inspection team prior to docking another U.S. Navy ship.
NAVSEA designs, builds, arms, overhauls and repairs the Navy's fleet and is responsible for the safety of vessels while under repair. NAVSEA created the dry dock certification program and is the program manager. Many of these docks were built by NAVFAC, which remains the cognizant authority for design, construction and repair. The NAVFAC EXWC dry dock subject matter expert provides NAVSEA with material condition expertise to support the comprehensive audit process.
"This program helps insure ship safety during the lay period for small ships, submarines, and even massive aircraft carriers," said Rossetti.
NBSD's graving dock one is just one of 26 Navy dry docks in the certification program. By helping to ensure safe and reliable dry docks, NAVFAC EXWC promotes timely servicing of naval vessels that serve the warfighter.

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