Admiral Delivers Prestigious Awards to NMCB-11

By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jonathan Carmichael
130226-N-UH337-008 GULFPORT, Miss. (February 26, 2013) Rear Adm. Mark A. Handley, commander of 1st Naval Construction Division (NCD), presents a plaque for the CY-2012 Battle Efficiency Award to Cmdr. Lore Aguayo, commanding officer of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 11 during a morning ceremony on Naval Construction Battalion Center, Gulfport  (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jonathan Carmichael / Released)

130226-N-UH337-008 GULFPORT, Miss. (February 26, 2013) Rear Adm. Mark A. Handley, commander of 1st Naval Construction Division (NCD), presents a plaque for the CY-2012 Battle Efficiency Award to Cmdr. Lore Aguayo, commanding officer of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 11 during a morning ceremony on Naval Construction Battalion Center, Gulfport (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jonathan Carmichael / Released)

GULFPORT, Miss. – Rear Adm. Mark A. Handley, commander of 1st Naval Construction Division (NCD) presented Cmdr. Lore Aguayo, commanding officer of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 11, with the Battle Efficiency Award plaque and pennant as well as the Peltier Award plaque on February 26, 2013 at Naval Construction Battalion Center (NCBC) Gulfport.

The early morning ceremony took place with the battalion in formation on the NCBC grinder.  The award citations were read aloud by Lt. Cmdr. Chris M. Coggins as Handley presented the pennant and plaques to Aguayo.

The pennant was hoisted alongside the battalion colors by Master at Arms 1st Class Michael A. Knight, originally from Goose Creek, S.C.

Handley praised Aguayo and the battalion for all of their efforts that resulted in winning the awards, and he specifically mentioned NMCB-11’s successful 2012 deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

NMCB-11 was selected as active component awardee of the Atlantic Fleet Naval Construction Force (NCF) Battle Efficiency (Battle “E”) award and the recipient of the Rear Admiral Eugene J. Peltier Award for fiscal year 2012.

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

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