By Julie M. Lucas
NAS Jacksonville Public Affairs Office
Naval Air Station Jacksonville (NAS Jax) recently named two civilian employees as the 2017 Senior and Junior Civilians of the Year for their outstanding accomplishments and dedication to the command.
Ray Edmond, NAS Jax Emergency Management officer, is the command's Senior Civilian of the Year and Roy Clark, supply clerk for Transient Personnel Unit/Pre-Trial Confinement Facility (TPU/PCF) Jacksonville, is this year's Junior Civilian of the Year.
Edmond has served as emergency management officer for nine years coming to the job with previous working knowledge of the base. He retired as a Navy chief damage controllman (DC), serving as disaster preparedness coordinator for the station.
"Emergency management is fairly new to the Navy and it's basically an extension of the DC rating," Edmond said, who oversees the command's Emergency Operations Center (EOC). "My job is to ensure everything runs smoothly during crisis evolutions and drills and ensure EOC team members have they have the tools and skills to get the job done."
His program is deemed one of the best in Navy Region Southeast earning the command top marks during the annual Regional Training Team Assessment, EOC/Incident Management Team Course assessment and Command Assessment of Readiness and Training.
Edmond is credited with developing a comprehensive hurricane/destructive weather plan, with the processes and procedures to improve the knowledge, skill and effectiveness of NAS Jax personnel and tenant commands in preparation, response and recovery during destructive weather events.
"Nothing ever goes as planned and we need to be prepared for all emergencies from flooding to gate runners and active shooters," Edmond said. "I love what I do - helping others and making sure everyone is prepared with an all hazard approach."
During two large scale weather incidents - Hurricane Matthew in 2016 and Hurricane Irma in September, Edmond kept base personnel aware of all possible situations and how to handle them.
"As our installation emergency management officer, Ray has performed flawlessly during two of Jacksonville's busiest hurricane seasons on record," said NAS Jax Commanding Officer Capt. Sean Haley. "His calm demeanor, planning and foresight were absolutely vital in ensuring our Sailors and families were prepared for these storms, and that our first responders were positioned to render assistance to those in need. I have no doubt that we would not have been able to return to full mission capability so quickly without his guidance and expertise."
Another one of his primary jobs is to train civilian and military members on emergency operations. "I am the only FEMA-certified trainer in the region," said Edmond, who has facilitated more than 200 training courses both on and off the base. "With me teaching these required courses, it provides a large savings to the government since they don't have to bring in other instructors."
Edmond also conducts training for the City of Jacksonville's Emergency Management Office and local fire and police academies.
During his off duty time, Edmond enjoys spending time with family and watching basketball and football.
Clark has worked aboard the station for 15 years with previous experience working for Seabees.
He also served eight years with the Army Reserve at Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma.
"I love working for military and the people I work with," Clark said. "Every one of our commanding officers has been exceptional and I'm proud to work at this command. I'm honored that our leadership nominated me and that I have been selected for this award."
Clark's duties include managing the command's Government Purchase Card program and handling all travel and logistics for the staff. He is credited with helping TPU/PCF earn grades of "outstanding" on all Navy Personnel Command and Department of Justice inspections.
According to Lt. Joshua Yunos, TPU/PCF executive officer, Clark is a "visionary logistics professional" due to his design of a command logo that captures their unique mission. Additionally, Clark spearheaded ordering command ballcaps, using the new design which helped boost morale.
Other projects Clark intiated and completed include refurbishing the TPU/PCF Quarterdeck, constructing a new office for the command career counselor, creating a private lactating room for new mothers and renovating existing office spaces into a classroom for training sessions.
"Mr. Clark's meticulous management and exhausting research in each project saved the government thousands of dollars," said Yunos. "He is clearly the backbone of everything we do and accomplish at TPU/PCF Jacksonville."
In his spare time, Clark is an antique car enthusiast and enjoys restoring his seven vehicles that include GTOs, Corvettes and a 1976 Camaro.