NMCB 11 Awarded Battle “E” for FY2012

By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jonathan Carmichael

GULFPORT, Miss. – Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 11 was the active component awarded the Atlantic Fleet Naval Construction Force (NCF) Battle Efficiency (Battle “E”) award for fiscal year 2012.

The prestigious award follows a fiscal year in which NMCB-11 successfully completed an arduous training cycle and a highly productive eight-month United States Central Command (CENTCOM) deployment.

Cmdr. Lore Aguayo, Commanding Officer of NMCB-11, congratulated and thanked the Seabees of the battalion, and the unclassified message naming the selections was read aloud to the command on the morning of January 14th following the holiday stand-down period.

Rear Adm. Mark A. Handley, Commander of 1st Naval Construction Division, directly addressed NMCB-11 in the message.

“You demonstrated exceptional performance in executing your mission, taking care of your personnel and equipment, and fostering great pride during combat operations in support of Operation enduring freedom.  Your aggressive training program through a shortened homeport with a focus on tactical and technical skills and small unit leadership forged a cohesive, capable and motivated unit ready to meet any challenge.

“Your outstanding preparation and leadership was apparent in the exemplary performance displayed during your eight-month CENTCOM deployment, providing superlative engineer support to U.S. Forces-Afghanistan conducting general, mobility and survivability engineering operations for three supported commands operating at 77 dispersed locations throughout all six NATO ISAF regional commands.

“With a focus on the highest levels of safety, quality and accountability, you successfully completed over 70 projects and over 46,000 mandays of construction tasking, counterinsurgency operations and training support to Afghan engineer forces.  Your efforts improved force protection, enhanced freedom of movement, and improved quality of life for U.S. and coalition forces, and set the stage for the surge draw down of U.S. and coalition forces and the eventual transfer of the mission to Afghan forces.

“Despite arduous conditions and geographically dispersed operations, your management of (….) Civil Engineer Support Equipment (CESE) was remarkable.  Your tremendous accomplishments clearly demonstrate you are most deserving of this honor.  Bravo Zulu on your selection and on a job well done!”

All 2012 NCF Battle “E” award winners as named are:  NMCB-11 (active) and NMCB-27 (reserve) from the Atlantic Fleet; and NMCB-4 (active) and NMCB-25 (reserve) from the Pacific Fleet.

NMCB-11 recently completed two Command Post Exercises and continues training in preparation for another deployment later this year.

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