NMCB-11 Det-4 Relieves NMCB-4

By LT Brian Holmes, Det-4 Public Affairs

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan – Seabees assigned to Detachment 4 from Naval Mobile Construction Battalions FOUR and ELEVEN gathered on Saturday, February 11 2012 to conduct an official turnover and Change of Charge ceremony.  For the troops from NMCB 4, the ceremony marked the successful completion of challenging and arduous eight month deployment to the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility in support of Combined Special Operations Task Force – Afghanistan.  The deployment saw the Seabees living and working under very austere conditions and without contact with their loved ones back in the U.S. for extended periods of time.

For the Seabees of NMCB 11 it represents the opportunity to utilize all the skills, experience and training gained during the 2011-2012 homeport period, and a chance to do so in support of the Global War on Terror and Operation Enduring Freedom.  For many of the troops, this is the very reason they joined the military. 

During this deployment, Detachment 4 will be repeatedly deploying small, squad sized project teams to remote locations throughout Afghanistan to perform contingency construction in support of Village Stability Operations, a critical initiative under the Coalition’s counterinsurgency strategy that aims to empower local village elders to resist Taliban influence and provide effective governance for their people.

Seabees from NMCB 11 and NMCB 4 stand in formation during the official Change-of-Charge ceremony on board Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. Photo by EACN Elizabeth Smith.

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