22-NCR Visits NMCB-11 on Camp Krutke

By Mass Communication Specialist Jonathan Carmichael

Captain Kathryn A. Donovan, Commodore, 22nd Naval Construction Regiment (NCR), and Command Master Chief Mark E. Kraninger, 22-NCR, visited Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 11’s Mainbody on Camp Krutke, Camp Leatherneck in Helmand Province, Afghanistan on February 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. 

HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan (February 24, 2012) Capt. Kathryn A. Donovan, Commodore of 22nd Naval Construction Regiment (NCR), awards a Commodore's coin to Machinery Reparinman 2nd Class Sean P. Philby of Albany, N.Y., assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 11, for his superior welding work on multiple Medium Tactical Replacement Vehicle, MK-30 dump trucks. Capt. Donovan was visiting NMCB-11 on Camp Krutke, Camp Leatherneck. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jonathan Carmichael / Released)


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 (SCWS) qualification and briefly quizzed many of those who did not yet have the qualification by asking SCWS 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.

For more photos please visit the photo album on the NMCB-11 Official Facebook page.

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