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22-NCR visits NMCB-11 on Camp Krutke Petty Officer 1st Class Jonathan Carmichael

Capt. Kathryn A. Donovan (left), commodore, 22nd Naval Construction Regiment, addresses the chief petty officers' mess of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 11 along side Command Master Chief Mark E. Kraninger, 22-NCR, during a 22-NCR visit to NMCB-11 on Camp Krutke, Camp Leatherneck. Homeported in Gulfport, Miss., NMCB-11 is deployed to Afghanistan to conduct general, mobility, survivability engineering operations, defensive operations, Afghan National Army partnering and detachment of units in combined/joint operations area - Afghanistan in order to enable the neutralization of the insurgency and support improved governance and stability operations.

HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Capt. Kathryn A. Donovan, commodore, 22nd Naval Construction Regiment, and Command Master Chief Mark E. Kraninger, 22-NCR, visited Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 11’s Mainbody on Camp Krutke, Camp Leatherneck in Helmand province, Afghanistan, Feb. 24, 2012.

The commodore and command master chief were given a tour of the camp by Cmdr. Lore Aguayo, commanding officer of NMCB-11, and Command Master Chief Christopher Levesque, NMCB-11.

Seabees on camp were engaged in conversation by both Donovan and Kraninger about their specific roles within the battalion and any challenges or obstacles they may have experienced working and living on Camp Leatherneck. Donovan awarded 22-NCR coins to a few Seabees who were recognized as having made a significant positive impact on the success of the battalion.

Donovan did not pass up the opportunity to encourage Seabees to earn the Seabee combat warfare specialist qualification and briefly quizzed many of those who did not yet have the qualification by asking Seabee combat warfare specialist-related questions. She even took some time to pose with Seabees who wanted a photo to post on Facebook.

Kraninger, whose son Erik is a builder in NMCB-11, shook hands, asked and answered questions, and shared wisdom with the Seabees. Both Kraninger and Donovan had positive things to say about the condition of the camp and the preparedness and attitudes of the Seabees.

This was the first such visit since NMCB-11 official took authority of Camp Krutke earlier this month.

NMCB-11 is deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.


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Date Taken:02.24.2012

Date Posted:02.27.2012 00:54

Location:HELMAND PROVINCE, AFGlobe

Hometown:GULFPORT, MS, US

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