Loose has been
vice-commander since 2000. (Photo courtesy of U.S. Navy)

Rear Adm. Michael K. Loose, the number-two officer at the Naval Facilities Engineering Command, is scheduled to assume command of NAVFAC on Oct. 24.

Loose, NAVFAC's current vice commander, is to relieve the retiring Rear Adm. Michael R. Johnson as the organization's commander and the Navy's chief of civil engineers in a ceremony at the Washington Navy Yard.

Loose has been NAVFAC vice commander and the Navy's deputy chief of civil engineering since July 2000. His other NAVFAC posts include commanding officer of the Navy Public Works Center in Pearl Harbor.

Loose also is a Seabee combat warfare officer and entered the Navy's Civil Engineer Corps in 1975. He was born in Albuquerque and received a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from the University of Kansas, which he attended on a Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps scholarship. He also holds a master's degree in civil engineering from the University of Washington.