Husband and wife team up
At Naval Facilities and Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Marianas, John and Desiree Masterson are a married couple who work together to serve the same mission.
Married for almost eight years, the Mastersons met at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, D.C., where they worked together on environmental projects.
“We got to know each other outside the work environment, taking swing dance classes,” Desiree said.
“After one year of meeting, John proposed on the shore of George Washington’s Mount Vernon estate and I happily accepted.”
Today, John Masterson is the legal counsel for NAVFAC Marianas and manages the four-person legal office, providing support on every aspect of NAVFAC’s mission in the region.
Desiree Masterson is the Regional Energy Program manager under Joint Region Marianas and NAVFAC Marianas and works to coordinate shore energy initiatives to meet federal, Department of Defense, Navy and regional energy efficiency, water conservation and renewable energy goals and mandates.
Though working in separate fields, Desiree said she and John sometimes work on the same issues and find it very helpful to be working for the same goals.
“Getting each other’s perspective provides better understanding,” she said. “In this way, we’re able to collaborate and develop and propose sounder solutions that fit both legally and practically.”
Though their built-in goals at work help to bring them together, the couple manages to keep work out of their personal lives and take up a number of hobbies together from reading, cooking and gardening to exercise.
“We can leave work at work because we’ve already shared it,” Desiree said. “It’s easier to let go because when we do share, we both have a good understanding. It leads to deeper sharing, which is important because work is the most demanding part of our lives right now.”