Chuck CiteraProject Manager
Project location: Port Hueneme, CA
Years with UCS: 2
Most interesting item on his desk: POW/MIA flag and a 9/11 memorial
Going Green with NAVFAC
What do you anticipate when you walk into work every morning?
I oversee daily operations at the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Information Technology Center (NITC). Specifically, I work at the NAVFAC Application Services Provider (NASP) division of the data center. I am the first one to review overnight work and plan for the day ahead for both my contracting team and the civilian team. I’m responsible for making sure our 250+ official deliverables – and over 100 unofficial deliverables – are submitted on time each month.
How has your work helped the client achieve their mission?
When the UCS team first started work at NITC, the Government was grappling with big budget cuts, large turnover rates, and the Defense Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Commission. Today, the Navy uses our team as an example of what data centers should look like. We take pride in our efforts to “go green,” and we’re the only team to have a quick 30-minute response time to service requests – and a 15-minute response time after hours.
What’s the most rewarding aspect of working on your contract and at UCS?
The most rewarding aspect is continuing to serve my country. I was in the Navy and honorably discharged with a service-connected disability. I have been a proud member of Disabled American Veterans (DAV) and the American Legion since my discharge, and have been working on the same base for over 28 years. It is great to know that what I do on a daily basis keeps the warfighters and our country safe.
Working for UCS has been a breath of fresh air for me and my crew. Our previous employer was much more focused on the money, and not the well-being of the team members or the customer. This job and the work that we do has been so much easier now that everyone is rowing in the same direction!