Naval Air Station Jacksonville (NAS Jax) personnel will bid farewell to Unaccompanied Housing (UH) Manager Beverly Nix during her retirement ceremony after 45 years of civil service, at the River Cove Catering and Conference Center Nov. 30.
Nix, a native of Jacksonville, began her career here after high school as an employee with the Navy Exchange (NEX) in March 1973. Her first full-time civil service job was at the Officer’s Club. “At that time, the enlisted, chiefs and officers all had their own clubs under the same roof,” she said. “After they decided to consolidate the clubs, I worked at the consolidated package store as the inventory management clerk.” She continued to apply for jobs as they became available working in payroll and personnel and in the financial screening unit for Special Services which is now Morale, Welfare and Recreation.
“When a clerical supervisor position opened up at the Bachelor Officer Quarters (BOQ), I applied and worked there in that capacity for several years before taking over as BOQ manager in 1987,” said Nix.
She has worked in her current position since 2005, overseeing the daily operations of 10 civilian employees and 16 military members, who cater to 1,640 Sailors residing in 838 rooms. This includes checking residents in/out, conducting room and ground inspections, handling any room issues, and coordinating special events.
Under her leadership, the barracks saw major upgrades during a $2 million renovation project of Building 846 and she has been involved with the initial plans of a $15 million renovation project of Building 822, scheduled for completion in 2019.
Some of the highlights of her career include collaborating with retired CWO5 Kathy Wiseman, former NAS Jax food service officer, to implement the first “Grab-to-Go” Breakfast program in UH; overseeing the installation of the first of its kind UH Sports Court and a NEX Micro-Market to benefit residents. Under her leadership, UH has earned the prestigious Christopher Edward Lee and Associations, Inc. A-List Platinum Award for twice and the Crystal Award for five consecutive years for outstanding customer service.
According to Nix, leaving her job is going to be extremely difficult. “I really love my job here and love our residents. I treat them, and I want my staff to treat them, the way that we would want to be treated,” she said.
“I know a lot of the E1-E3s would rather live out in town, but I try to make them feel comfortable here. I remember going to a conference years ago and a hotel CEO talked about how he strives to make his staff his main customers so they would better take care of the exterior customers. So that’s what I’ve based my career on – taking care of my staff so they will take care of our residents – and it’s really worked. I’m so thankful to them for their respect and I will really miss the camaraderie.”
After 45 years, Nix has worked for more than 20 NAS Jax commanding officers, numerous military housing directors and one civilian housing director – Mike Herbert, who has since retired. “That was a big change but it was wonderful working with him,” she said fondly.
“I will also miss the outpouring of trust; the trust that the leadership has had in me to do my job and the faith my staff has had knowing that I’ll take care of them,” said Nix.
“And of course, the residents. I’m thankful for all the opportunities that were given to me here. This is such a fantastic place to work as long as you don’t just ‘do’ your job. I tell my staff all the time to always do more than what your job requires.”
In her next life chapter, Nix says she will enjoy not being on a schedule and plans to put a trailer on her land in Georgia to “chill-out” and enjoy planting flowers. She also plans to travel within the U.S. with her husband and friends.