A Princeton native has been honored as the Navy's Military Engineer of the Year.

Lt. Tyler Williams, CEC, P.E., a 2007 Caldwell County High School graduate, was selected for the award in late October by the Naval Facilities Engineering Command Mid-Atlantic.

Fred Williams, a Princeton resident and Tyler's father, is also an Air Force veteran. He said the family's military background helped steer Tyler to serve.

"I believe he chose the Navy because both of his grandfathers served in the Navy," Fred said. "We had other family members serve in the Army, but it was the influence of his grandfathers that pushed him towards the Navy."

Fred said he and wife Julie are proud of their son.

"He's such a fine young man and I was excited to hear the news," Fred said. "We're proud of his accomplishments and I'm happy that he is serving his country. This is a momentous recognition for him."

According to a Navy news release, Tyler spearheaded a "unique" $85 million research, development, test, and evaluation project serving a critical Department of Defense program with a compressed military construction timeline. He was selected as the project field lead to coordinate and lead local engineers, technicians, and planners to keep early development critical path items on track including environmental regulations, geotechnical engineering, and local and state laws.

He managed a cradle to grave annual project list for Naval Surface Warfare Center Command, which included more than $30 million in planned and $6 million in unplanned projects. He provided 100 percent award or completion of all projects during fiscal year 2019.

He was hand selected to serve on an improvement team for engineering category III/IV projects, which were limited in design or no design scopes of work, and developing a course of action for improvements.

While serving as the acting Utility & Energy Management Branch head, Williams led a team of technicians and craftsman to ensure water, wastewater, steam, and electrical distribution were maintained to the highest levels. He developed a plan to bring 21 lift stations throughout the installation up to standards and ensured all power requirements matched, reducing the need for spare parts.

"Tyler is able to understand the strategic picture and use tactical efforts to bring about that vision," said Joel McMillian, PWD Crane Public Works Officer Cmdr. "He tackles challenges head-on and is a trusted officer, engineer and leader, able to make wise decisions in a timely manner. His efforts to ensure PWD Crane kept its commitments helped solidify trust from the supported commands."

Williams, who joined the Navy in 2012, said his being selected is a reflection of the great people at PWD Crane and NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic who he gets to work alongside every day.

"I am deeply humbled and honored to be selected for this award," said Williams, a member of the National Society of Professional Engineers, Society of American Military Engineers, American Society of Civil Engineers, and Engineers without Borders. "I am privileged and grateful to be able to work with those who drive us in achieving excellence."

Williams will now go on to compete for the NAVFAC Headquarters Engineer of the Year award and potentially for higher honors in the National Society of Professional Engineer's Federal Engineer of the Year award program.

NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic is the Systems Command that delivers and maintains quality, sustainable facilities, acquires and manages capabilities for the Navy's expeditionary combat forces, provides contingency engineering response, and enables energy security and environmental stewardship across an area of responsibility that spans from Georgia to Maine and as far west as Illinois.