Navy Civilian Who Helped Shape Sailor 2025 Retires with more than Four Decades of Service

WASHINGTON (NNS) — A Navy civilian responsible for the administration and implementation of past, current and future personnel policies affecting Sailors, civilians and their families retired Jan. 9, after 43 years of service to the Department of the Navy.

Anne R. Davis, director, Navy Civilian Workforce, and former assistant deputy chief of naval operations (CNO) for Manpower, Personnel, Training and Education (MPT&E) was recognized for her years of service by Chief of Naval Personnel Vice Adm. Robert Burke, who served as the retirement ceremony’s presiding officer. Burke detailed Davis’ accomplishments and contributions and how her lasting impact led to the betterment of Sailors and their families.

“Ms. Davis was critical in getting our efforts of Sailor 2025 off the ground and running,” said Burke. “She got us to focus not just on the customer, but helped the Navy focus on transforming the organization for the future, and I think that will give us the competitive edge in what we know as the war for talent.”

Burke presented Davis with the Navy Superior Civilian Service Award, the second highest honorary award the Navy bestows upon civilians. The award recognizes employee contributions that are exceptionally high in value.

Davis led the MPT&E domain as a recognized expert in program financial and information technology management. Her work involved leading and managing diverse portfolios, strength planning, recruiting, career progression, diversity and inclusion. She was responsible for the implementation of the Force of the Future and Sailor 2025 initiatives.

“I was a public servant working to make sure the federal government did what it was supposed to do – being part of something larger then myself, being a good steward and helping to take care of Marines, Sailors, the civilian workforce and their families,” said Davis. “I have been blessed throughout my entire career to work with the most amazing professionals I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with.”

Davis co-authored the Navy Civilian Workforce Framework, which was designed to strengthen the Navy’s investment in its military and civilian workforce, as part of CNO’s “A Design for Maintaining Maritime Superiority”. Her contributions shaped the workforce, enhanced Navy-wide effectiveness and contributed to mission readiness by ensuring Navy civilians were recognized, empowered and supported.

She was also responsible for mitigating potential manpower gaps at sea, through directed manning, improving capacity for recruits, mitigating retention factors and applying socio-economic analysis to evaluate impacts to retention.

Davis was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps Jun. 1975, and served on both active and reserve duty, until her retirement as a colonel Oct. 2008. She became a government civilian in 1993 and held her first senior executive service term appointment in 1997.

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