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    CSFE Executive Director Retirement

    Photo By daniel davenport | 220318-N-UQ872-0002 PORT HUENEME, Calif. (Mar. 18, 2022) Mr. Dave Lu, Center for...... read more read more



    Courtesy Story

    Naval Education and Training Command

    PORT HUENEME, Calif. – A legacy, spanning 44 years of dedicated service to the U.S. Navy, is coming to an end this month, as Mr. David Lu, the first and only executive director in the history of Center for Seabees and Facilities Engineering (CSFE), retires.

    CSFE recognized Lu’s long and distinguished service with a farewell luncheon March 18. At the luncheon, Capt. Peter J. Maculan, CSFE commanding officer, presented Mr. Lu with the Department of the Navy Superior Civilian Service Award.

    “Dave has done so much for so many during his tenure,” said Maculan. “It’s difficult to find words to show how grateful we really are.”

    CSFE Command Master Chief Alonso Cadena added, “Dave has provided our nation a perfect example of how to do things the right way during his forty-four year career.”

    Lu began his career in 1978, entering the U.S. Navy as a seaman recruit. He was promoted to Chief Petty Officer in 1989, and was commissioned as an Ensign through the limited duty officer program in 1994.

    Upon his retirement from active duty in 2005, Lu was hired as a civil servant executive director for the Center for Seabees and Facilities Engineering. He was instrumental in standing up CSFE as a Naval Education Training Command (NETC) learning center.

    Lu developed the initial organization of the command and at the same time oversaw the process of recruiting its earliest employees. As a testament to his hard work and dedication to setting up a successful command, CSFE won five consecutive NETC Unit Excellence awards during Lu’s early days with the unit.

    During his watch, Lu worked for a total of nine commanding officers, including Capt. (Ret.) Christopher Kurgan, whom he identified as one of his mentors.

    “Captain Kurgan developed a culture in learning and trusted growing the culture in the command,” said Lu. “He believed in life work balance.”

    He also identified Mr. Jim Cowell as an early mentor during his career.

    “Jim entrusted me without micro-managing. He truly understood leadership in civil engineering,” said Lu.

    Lu offered words of encouragement for future Seabees during his farewell luncheon remarks.

    “Be compassionate, become a mentor, and meet the execution of the mission,” said Lu.

    During retirement Lu plans on continuing to volunteer at Santa Clara Church of Oxnard, Calif., traveling the globe, and continuing to take care of his overall mind, body, and soul.

    CSFE was established in 2003 to manage and develop curriculum, and oversee training and development of naval facilities engineering and construction professionals by providing the essential skills and knowledge needed to support career growth and Fleet readiness.

    Currently, CSFE consists of a $60 million operation budget, 219 military personnel, 86 civilians, and 118 contractors dedicated to training and developing 15,000 DOD professionals annually.

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    Date Taken: 03.21.2022
    Date Posted: 03.21.2022 12:02
    Story ID: 416840
    Location: PORT HUENEME, CA, US

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