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    “The First and the Finest” Assume Authority of East Coast-Based Seabee Operations

    NMCB 1 Assumes Authority of East Coast-Based Seabee Operations

    Photo By Petty Officer 1st Class Caine Storino | NAVAL STATION ROTA, Spain (Feb. 22, 2020) - Capt. Michael Meno, commanding officer,...... read more read more

    Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 1 assumed authority of Seabee projects and operations in the U.S. 5th, 6th, and 7th Fleet areas of operation from NMCB 11 during a Relief in Place/Transfer of Authority ceremony at Camp Mitchell on Naval Station Rota, Spain, Feb. 21, 2020.

    NMCB 1 Seabees are now located in five combatant command (COCOM) areas of responsibility (AOR): European Command, Africa Command, Central Command, Indo-Pacific Command, and Northern Command. At multiple project sites in these COCOMs, turnover of Seabee projects and civil engineer support equipment was conducted through the Battalion Equipment Evaluation Program.

    At the turnover ceremony, Capt. Michael Meno, commanding officer, NMCB 1, thanked NMCB 11 for a successful turnover and addressed his leadership.

    “We’re here to continue the Seabee legacy as we accomplish our assigned missions and continue to strengthen relationships with our allies,” said Meno. “This deployment I look forward to working with our team to accomplish the mission and see our team members continue to develop personally and professionally.”

    After a year of executing a rigorous homeport training plan, Seabees of NMCB 1 are ready to prove themselves forward-deployed and represent the Seabees. Many of them have been given the opportunity to step into leadership roles for the first time.

    “As a project supervisor for one of the projects, I’m looking forward to making progress with it,” said Equipment Operator 2nd Class Johanna Pasutin, from La Habra, Calif. “I’ve never been in charge of a crew and we have a lot of new crew members, but it’s exciting to challenge ourselves and see what we can accomplish.”

    “I’m very excited to have the opportunity to further develop myself and others,” said Builder 2nd Class Erik Rau, from Appleton, Wis. “Overseas we have each other to rely on, so this deployment I want to reinforce the personal connection amongst my peers and foster positive communication up and down the chain [of command].”

    For many of NMCB 1’s Seabees it is their first deployment, and they are excited to experience life in the battalion overseas.

    “Serving is something I always wanted to do, and I wanted to be a part of the Seabees,” said Construction Mechanic Constructionman Seth Vanausdoll, from Florence, S.C. “On deployment I look forward to doing my job, earning my pins, and seeing Spain.”

    During this deployment, the goal for Command Master Chief James Brock, command master chief of NMCB 1, is to ensure his battalion completes all tasks assigned by AOR commanders through teamwork and camaraderie.

    “I want all of our troops to learn and grow as a team so when the time comes for us to perform, we do,” said Brock. “I want us to stay safe and take care of each other, to do the very best day in and day out.”

    Both battalions are homeported in Naval Construction Battalion Center Gulfport, Miss., and conduct forward-deployed construction, humanitarian assistance, and theater security cooperation in the U.S. 5th, 6th, and 7th Fleet areas of operation. NMCB 1 has assumed forward-deployed responsibility while NMCB 11 will transfer back to Gulfport to conduct training operations and spend time with families and loved ones.

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    Date Taken: 02.21.2020
    Date Posted: 02.29.2020 11:00
    Story ID: 363855
    Location: ROTA, ES 
    Hometown: ORLAND PARK, IL, US

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