NMCB ELEVEN SEABEES CELEBRATE VETERANS DAY WITH KOSRAEAN VETERANS

By Petty Officer 3rd Class NaKina Young, NMCB 11 CCAD Kosrae LELU, Kosrae. — Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 11 Construction Civic Action Detail (CCAD) Micronesia celebrated Veterans […]

By Petty Officer 3rd Class NaKina Young, NMCB 11 CCAD Kosrae

LELU, Kosrae. — Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 11 Construction Civic Action Detail (CCAD) Micronesia celebrated Veterans Day with local Kosraean veterans of the US Armed Forces.

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Seabees deployed from Gulfport, Mississippi in August 2016 to Kosrae, Federal States of Micronesia (FSM) for 6 months to execute humanitarian civic assistance construction projects, host nation construction apprentice training, and medical community relation (COMREL) support in order to increase the country’s infrastructure capacity, strengthen the US relationship with FSM, and develop grassroots relationships with the local populace.

The Federated States of Micronesia is in a Compact of Free Association with the United States, which allows Micronesians to serve in the United States Armed Forces. Micronesians have historically answered the call to serve at a higher per capita rate than any of the 50 states inside the United States. The Seabees took a break from the construction projects and took advantage of the unique opportunity to honor all those who have served and are currently serving over Veterans Day weekend with the Kosrae Island Veterans Association.

Kosraean Veterans and the CCAD teamed up and marched in formation together in a Veteran’s Day parade, presented U.S. colors alongside local law enforcement at the start of the 2016 Kosrae Games canoe races, raced against the local veterans in the opening traditional outrigger canoe race and held a joint cookout together to celebrate.

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Robson Henry (US Army Ret.), President of the Kosrae Island Veterans Association, had the following to say regarding the CCAD, “The Seabees are our brothers and sisters and have been a great asset and partner to have on the island.”

“It was a unique experience to be able to celebrate Veterans Day with the local veterans. I think this brought us closer with the people here on Kosrae,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Dara Wells. This was her first Veteran’s Day while overseas.

Ensign Mulligan echoed this sentiment saying “Kosraean Veterans are rightfully very proud of their service and it was very rewarding to be able to celebrate and honor their service to their own country and the United States.”

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NMCB 11 is a Seabee battalion specializing in contingency construction, disaster response, and humanitarian assistance. The battalion’s homeport is in Gulfport, Miss.

The Naval Construction Force is a vital component of the U.S. Maritime Strategy. They offer deployable battalions capable of providing contingency construction, disaster preparation and recovery support, humanitarian assistance, and combat operations support.