PORT HUENEME, Calif. (WENY) – An Elmira native is being honored with the Naval Facilities (NAVFAC) Engineering and Expeditionary Warfare Command's (EXWC) 2019 Military Engineer of the Year Award.

Lt. Cmdr. Alfred Nuzzolo is the deputy department head for NAVFAC EXWC's Capital Improvements Business Line Department. He was selected for the award based on his leadership and dedication to the NAVFAC enterprise.

“It is an unparalleled honor to be recognized as the Military Engineer of the Year for a command as respected and forward thinking as NAVFAC EXWC,” said Captain Michael Saum, EXWC commanding officer. “Lt. Cmdr. Nuzzolo's intellect and technical excellence are unequivocally deserving of engineer of the year.”

Award recipients are evaluated in the areas of engineering achievements, civic and humanitarian activities, professional registration, continuing education and professional and technical society involvement.

Nuzzolo has served in the Navy for over 18 years. He now oversees projects within the Capital Improvements Business Line that officials say serve as the direct support system to the entire life cycle of the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps facilities.

“I cannot take full credit for this award, as I’ve been fortunate enough to work with a team full of extraordinarily talented individuals,” said Nuzzolo. “It is truly and honor to work with brilliant minds, and without them, these noteworthy projects would not come to fruition.”
Nuzzolo also gives credit for his achievements to his late father, who he described as an expert problem solver. As a young man, his father taught him the importance of critical thinking, sparking his early interest in engineering, and later acquired dual degrees in both computer and civil engineering.

Nuzzolo is also the 1st Vice President of the Society of American Military Engineers of the Oxford/Ventura Post. The organization provides education and professional development for members are involved in the development of solutions for America's national security.
NAVFAC EXWC is a command of more than 1,300 federal employees, contractors, and military personnel who provide specialized facilities engineering, technology solutions, and life cycle management of expeditionary equipment to the Navy, Marine Corps, federal agencies, and other Department of Defense supported commands.