Montana Tech Alumnus Receives Military Engineer of the Year Award

Montana Tech Alumnus Receives Military Engineer of the Year Award



Montana Tech alumnus LT Christopher S. Casne from NAVFAC Hawaii was recently selected as the Military Engineer of the Year for 2012. LT Casne, who graduated from Montana Tech in 2003 with a General Engineering-Civil degree, is a registered engineer in the state of Montana.

LT Casne was the placekicker for the Orediggers under the direction of Coach Bob Green during the 1999, 2000, 2001, and 2002 seasons. "We recruited Chris from Helena High School where he was an All-State kicker for Coach Tony Arntson," explained Green. "During his career, Chris was exceptional." Casne was a three-time All Frontier Conference selection (one first team, two second team), three-time Academic All-Conference selection, and two-time Academic All American selection. In 2002 Casne received the National Football Foundation's Scholar-Athlete Award. Chris holds the all-time Montana Tech record for extra points with 128 career PAT's. During the 2002 season, Chris served as one of the Orediggers' co-captains, the only kicker to be elected a captain during the Green years.

"Chris Casne represents all that is great about Montana Tech and the United States Navy. All Orediggers everywhere join me in congratulating LT. Casne. Our country is fortunate to have men of his caliber in its service," concluded Green.

Details of LT Casne's accomplishments are listed below. Chris will represent the NAVFAC team on February 23 at the National Press Club in Washington D.C., at which time NSPE will announce the 2012 Federal Engineer of the Year.

As the Operations Officer for the 31st Seabee Readiness Group, LT Casne coordinated, researched, and developed operational orders for six military Commands from 2008 to 2010, resulting in balanced tasking for timely execution and desired readiness. He was able to maximize the administrative and operational control functions facilitating training to subordinate units deploying to the Pacific, European, African, and Central Command theaters of operations.

During the winter of 2010, he orchestrated the expeditious embarkation of two Naval Mobile Construction Battalions and 540 pieces of equipment and containers, valued in excess of $72 million, to meet the emergent requirements of the Presidential surge of military forces into Afghanistan. His efforts ensured over 600 military personnel had the equipment, tools, and supplies needed to complete their critical missions.

For thirteen construction projects valued in excess of $31 million, he refined the design, scope of work, and execution plans from 2008 - 2010. The completion of these projects vastly improved the operational capability of the U.S. Navy Pacific Fleet Seabees and allowed them to forward deploy at a significantly higher operational rating.

From the summer of 2010 to the fall of 2011, as the Facilities Engineering Acquisition Division Team Lead, he managed the timely construction execution of 72 projects valued in excess of $175 million at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii. Included in this project execution were five Military Construction (MILCON) projects, two of which are targeted to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum status as well as "net zero" energy rating. His oversight also greatly aided the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard in executing its 20 year modernization plan to maximize maintenance efficiency for U.S. Pacific Fleet vessels.