Martorana Named Blue Jacket of the Quarter for NMCB-11

By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jonathan Carmichael

HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Construction Mechanic Constructionman Jake M. Martorana was named Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 11’s Blue Jacket of the Quarter for the period of January through March of 2012.

The following is an excerpt from Matorana’s award citation:

As Convoy Security Element (CSE), team “Black Jack” lead mechanic, he led a small team of four Seabee’s in the complete outfitting and turnover of eight CSE gun trucks, all while short-handed and before main body delayed party personnel arrived.

“(My advice to others would be) to always lend a helping hand to their shipmates around them,” stated Martorana.  “I would advise them to be strong-willed, courageous, confident, and to think outside the box when the situation calls for that need.”

Originally from Lakeside, Cal., Martorana has three years of active duty service in the Navy.  He is currently assigned to NMCB-11 and deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

NMCB-11’s Blue Jacket of the Quarter program recognizes the superior performance of all serving in paygrades of E1-E3 with emphasis on outstanding achievements, exemplary personal conduct and military bearing, and demonstrated initiative in performance.

Homeported in Gulfport, Miss., NMCB-11 is deployed to Afghanistan to conduct general, mobility, survivability engineering operations, defensive operations, Afghan National Army partnering and detachment of units in combined/joint operations area – Afghanistan in order to enable the neutralization of the insurgency and support improved governance and stability operations.

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