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 Mililani Native Has Top Role At Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard
 Mililani native John Or- nellas has recently been ap- pointed as the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and Inter- mediate Maintenance Facili- ty’s newest senior executive service employee. He is also the nuclear engineering and planning manager.
core values of aloha, honor, courage and commitment through daily interactions.
“I want to be the best I can at whatever I do. I want to learn and grow every day and inspire and treat people with respect and aloha.”
A large industrial em- ployer in the state, it has a combined civilian, military and contractor workforce of approximately 7,100 people. The site is strategically lo- cated in the heart of the Pa- cific Ocean.
   As the organization’s se- nior civilian, Ornellas re- ports directly to Naval Sea Systems Command in Wash- ington, D.C., and is respon- sible for properly controlling radioactive work on nuclear propulsion plants — which is a complicated technology that always requires exacting standards, Ornellas notes.
“The shipyard’s value of aloha is a strength unique to PHNSY & IMF,” Ornel- las states. “It is part of our culture, how we care for each other. It is how we treat each other as ‘ohana despite having very diverse back- grounds and beliefts, and it allows us the ability to come together with a high level of teamwork and collabora- tion.”
that life throws at you,” Or- nellas states. “My parents faced seemly impossible challenges in their lifetime, but always had the perse- verance to find a way to be successful.”
 “I am the recognized au- thority responsible for assur- ing that all aspects of reactor plant maintenance, testing and operations are accom- plished safely and in ac- cordance with approved re- quirements and procedures,” Ornellas states.
Ornellas is a graduate of Mililani High School and later earned a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering at University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.
Mililani native John Ornellas, the nuclear engineering and planning manager for Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility, was recently appointed the organization’s newest senior executive service employee. PHOTO COURTESY U.S. NAVY
Besides working at the shipyard, Ornellas is also a professional musician who plays ‘ukulele and guitar and often performs on weekends at sites throughout O‘ahu.
“I also provide training, qualifications and continu- ing education to over 1,000 highly skilled nuclear engi- neers, radiological control technicians, nuclear pro- duction mechanics, sailors, emergency response person- nel and foreign visitors sup- porting the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program,” he adds.
Ornellas shares that work- ing at the 113-year-old ship- yard provides him with a great deal of inspiration.
Ornellas is also a solid believer in family, and cred- its his mother and father for their wisdom.
“I want to be the best I can at whatever I do,” Ornellas states. “I want to learn and grow every day and inspire and treat people with respect and aloha,” he adds.
Prior to beginning his career at the shipyard, he worked for Bendix Aero- space from 1988 to 1989, replacing and upgrading communications equipment on U.S. Navy ships. Next, he was hired by PHNSY & IMF in November 1989.
freedom, national securi- ty, prosperity, and our way of life every single day,” Ornellas states. “I want to bring out the best in people and demonstrate why Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard is nō ka ‘oi!”
Department of the Navy Ci- vilian Meritorious Service Medal for exemplary lead- ership and for his contribu- tions to improving the ship- yard’s performance.
He also enjoys working on his cars, building home- made computers and craft- ing wooden furniture for his family and friends.
“I love being part of Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard. I got the best job in the world working with the best people in the world to protect our
Throughout his 31 years of service with the organiza- tion, Ornellas has held an ar- ray of management positions across seven departments. In 2014, he was awarded the
“My mom and dad always taught me the value of hard work and having the resil- ience to overcome anything
PHNSY & IMF is a one- stop regional maintenance center for the Navy’s surface ships and submarines.
         As the newly appointed senior executive service em- ployee of PHNSY and IMF, the ‘Ewa resident explains that he wants to create a culture of excellence by en- suring the shipyard’s leader- ship creates the right envi- ronment through setting the example of model behavior, communicating expectations and staying engaged.
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  He also wants to consis- tently enforce behaviors that develop people and exhibit
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