Norfolk, Va. – Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic’s installations competency lead, Denis Reilly, received a Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award in a ceremony held at St. Juliens Creek Annex, Portsmouth, Virginia, Jan. 11.
With his daughter Anne at his side, Reilly, who has worked for the U.S. Navy since 1979, on active duty as an avionics master chief, as a government civilian, contractor, and as an SSC Atlantic employee for the past nine years, was presented with the award by SSC Atlantic Commanding Officer, Capt. Scott Heller.
“Denis's reaction upon receiving the award was priceless; near tears, Denis composed himself and his first words were, ‘I am literally speechless,’" said Rich Boucher, Fleet Readiness Directorate installation execution manager Atlantic. “This was his first MCSA and the highest civilian honor he has ever received. That it was presented by our CO in front of his daughter served to make that much more poignant.”
The Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award is given to civilian employees in the Department of the Navy for meritorious service or contributions resulting in high value or benefits for the Navy or the Marine Corps. Reilly earned the award for his contribution in support of his excellence in providing engineering oversight to the planning and execution of command, control, communications, computers, and intelligence (C4I) installations for Navy Atlantic Fleet modernization, and for driving change within the SSC Atlantic installation enterprise.
"Denis Reilly is the best thing to happen to the installation community in decades,” Boucher said. “From day one as the 4.2 Tier 2, (logistics and fleet support competency, installations lead) Denis worked diligently to reinvigorate the ranks of the on-site installation coordinator and alteration installation team manager communities by filling long vacant positions.”
Reilly, who independently oversees the work of 218 civilian and military personnel, and leads complex installation projects crossing multiple program offices worldwide, took over the competency in May 2015 and led his team to the successful completion of 960 major ship alterations, 309 engineering changes, and 382 software deliveries. As stated in his award write-up, “He revitalized an under-resourced team and developed a workforce that is well-prepared to execute over $1.7 billion in installation and modernization work across the Future Years Defense Program (FYDP).”
“Denis is 100 percent invested in the modernization work we do and personally feels the burn alongside our installation teams,” Boucher said. “He is committed to improving the processes, resources and reputation of SPAWAR on the waterfront. I am very proud to call him a shipmate."
Beyond SSC Atlantic, Reilly has significantly contributed to the stand-up of the installation enterprise, encompassing both SPAWAR Systems Centers Atlantic and Pacific, the logistics and fleet support competency, and the Fleet Readiness Directorate of Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command.
“The importance of the work the 4.2 competency does in regards to the planning, execution and closing of modernization efforts allows the U.S. Navy and Marine Corp to put national assets, with the most current C4I capability, into operational status to meet real-world commitments. Any delays in meeting our commitment impacts our nation's ability to build a strong Navy, meet deployment obligations, and support the warfighter. Plan. Execute. ‘Git-R-Done,’” Reilly said.
A leading-edge Navy engineering center, SSC Atlantic designs, builds, tests, fields and supports many of the finest frontline C4ISR systems in use today, and those being planned for the future. Visit - http://www.public.navy.mil/spawar/Atlantic/ for more information.