News: NMCB 133 passes the torch for honors to NMCB 11
By Builder 3rd Class Stephanie Wolff
NMCB 133 Public Affairs
GULFPORT, Miss. - Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 133 passed the responsibility to honor veterans and their families through funeral honors to NMCB 11 on March 1.
For the past six months, 20 members from NMCB 133 on funeral detail supported Commander, Navy Region Southeast, by proudly honoring veterans and their families for their service. Often traveling up to 200 miles to locations across Louisiana, Alabama, and Mississippi, the detail presented honors and American flags to 115 families.
Construction Electrician 3rd Class Jason Mohr said, “It’s not every day that we can honor those that have gone before us, but being on funeral detail has given us the opportunity to honor those veterans. I have to say it’s been a privilege doing so.”
In addition to funeral duties, the detail also served as the Naval Construction Battalion Center’s color guard team. Colors were paraded for five retirement ceremonies, the FY2014 Chief’s pinning ceremony, and Mardi Gras kickoff in New Orleans.
During the month of February, NMCB 133 conducted turnover as NMCB 11 personnel were trained on funeral honors and color guard duties during practices at the base gym, chapel and addition real time training at ceremonies in Gulfport and Biloxi, Miss.
On Feb. 20, the details completed their turnover training when they traveled to Biloxi National Cemetery for a full honors ceremony. The ceremony included a 21-gun salute and traditional presentation of the National Ensign to the family of a deceased veteran.