By Dusty Good, Navy Office of Community Outreach
(Jacksonville, Fla.) – A 1999 Goose Creek High School graduate and Goose Creek, South Carolina, native is serving with Navy Facilities Engineering Command Southeast (NAVFAC Southeast) in Jacksonville, Florida, a key engineering command.
Navy civilian Melisa Campbell serves as a human resources specialist that is responsible for recruitment for civilian employees for the department of the Navy.
Campbell credits their hometown for giving them opportunities they would not have had otherwise experienced that has helped in naval service.
“My hometown taught me to meaning of teamwork,” said Campbell. “I took that lesson and apply in my everyday job by working with my co-workers to achieve the goals set before us effectively and efficient.”
NAVFAC plans, designs and manages construction; provides contingency engineering response; and enables energy security and environmental stewardship for the U.S. Navy.
The Jacksonville office manages operations on Navy installations from Charleston, S.C. to Corpus Christi, Texas and south to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
NAVFAC professionals also acquire and dispose of real estate, manage and maintain the facilities on all naval bases, and provide housing for military families.
Its Public Works Departments provide facilities support services to installations. Every day presents new and different challenges for the professionals of the Command. From planning a new full-service hospital to the construction of a state-of-the-art hangar facility, members of the Command make significant contributions to the Navy.
“It is an honor to lead the men and women of Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southeast,” said NAVFAC Southeast Commanding Officer Capt. Mike Monreal. “Our team of facilities and acquisition experts have tremendous dedication and professionalism as they drive infrastructure readiness in support of our nation’s Warfighters.”
Campbell is now a part of a long-standing tradition of serving in the Navy our nation needs.
“My husband currently serves in the U.S. Navy in Kings Bay, Georgia and my brother currently serves in the U.S. Marine Corps in Cherry Point, North Carolina,” said Campbell. “It gives me joy to know that I am serving right alongside of both of them.”
Campbell said they are proud to be part of a warfighting team that readily defends America at all times.
“I am very proud of transferring to NAVFAC SE as an assistant and within a year being promoted to an HR Recruiter,” said Campbell.
Campbell is playing an important part in America’s focus on rebuilding military readiness, strengthening alliances and reforming business practices in support of the National Defense Strategy.
“Our priorities center on people, capabilities and processes, and will be achieved by our focus on speed, value, results and partnerships,” said Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer. “Readiness, lethality and modernization are the requirements driving these priorities.”
As a member of one of the U.S. Navy’s most relied upon capital assets, Campbell and other members know they are part of a legacy that will last beyond their lifetimes.
Serving with the Navy, Campbell is learning about being a more respectable leader and person through handling numerous responsibilities.
“Serving as a HR Specialist for the Department of Navy is gratifying,” said Campbell. “To see applicants go from being frustrated in their search for a job and then to be able to offer them that job is so rewarding.”