NMCB 11 Welcomes New C.O.

By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jonathan Carmichael
130621-N-UH337-105 GULFPORT, Miss. (June 21, 2013) Cmdr. Steven J. Stasick ceremoniously relieves Cmdr. Lore Aguayo as Commander of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 11 on Naval Construction Battalion Center, Gulfport.  (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jonathan Carmichael / Released)

130621-N-UH337-105 GULFPORT, Miss. (June 21, 2013) Cmdr. Steven J. Stasick ceremoniously relieves Cmdr. Lore Aguayo as Commander of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 11 on Naval Construction Battalion Center, Gulfport. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jonathan Carmichael / Released)

GULFPORT, Miss. – In a warm, sunlit ceremony held on the morning of June 21, 2013 on Naval Construction Battalion Center (NCBC) Gulfport, Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 11 received its newest Commanding Officer.

Cmdr. Steven J. Stasick, previously Public Works Officer of Commander Fleet Activities, Yokosuka, Japan, relieved Cmdr. Lore Aguayo whose next assignment is in Jacksonville, Fla. as the Operations Officer of Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Southeast.

Stasick addressed the battalion and guests immediately after assuming command.  “When I got the call from Rear Admiral Mossey that I was selected to take command of NMCB-11 I was excited and humbled at being provided such an amazing opportunity.  There is no doubt in my mind that NMCB 11 is an exceptional battalion.”

Military members were ceremoniously wearing full-dress-white uniforms with the battalion formed in ranks facing the guests and participants.

Guest speaker, Capt. Darius Banaji, Commander of Naval Construction Group (NCG) 2, awarded Aguayo the Meritorious Service Medal for leading NMCB-11 through numerous successful evolutions over the two-year course of her command that resulted in multiple unit awards including the Battle “E” Award, Peltier Award, and Meritorious Unit Commendation.

130621-N-UH337-131 GULFPORT, Miss. (June 21, 2013) Cmdr. Lore Aguayo is ceremoniously piped ashore following a Change of Command ceremony in which Cmdr. Steven J. Stasick relieved Aguayo as commander of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 11. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jonathan Carmichael / Released)

130621-N-UH337-131 GULFPORT, Miss. (June 21, 2013) Cmdr. Lore Aguayo is ceremoniously piped ashore following a Change of Command ceremony in which Cmdr. Steven J. Stasick relieved Aguayo as commander of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 11. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jonathan Carmichael / Released)

“The last two years have flown by, and I am now concluding the best tour anybody could ask for in the Navy – leading the brave men and women of NMCB ELEVEN,” asserted Aguayo in her farewell address.

Originally commissioned in June of 1942 and twice recommissioned since, NMCB-11 has built and fought in World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan in addition to a multitude of humanitarian assistance and disaster response missions throughout the world; most recently supporting the hardest hit areas of the northeast United States immediately following Hurricane Sandy in 2012.

NMCB-11 is a Seabee battalion specializing in contingency construction, disaster response, and humanitarian assistance. The Battalion is home-ported in Gulfport, Miss.

130621-N-UH337-083 GULFPORT, Miss. (June 21, 2013) Sailors assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 11 participate in a Change of Command ceremony on Naval Construction Battalion Center, Gulfport as members of NMCB 11's color guard.  The event was held to change command of NMCB 11 from Cmdr. Lore Aguayo to Cmdr. Steven J. Stasick.  (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jonathan Carmichael / Released)

130621-N-UH337-083 GULFPORT, Miss. (June 21, 2013) Sailors assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 11 participate in a Change of Command ceremony on Naval Construction Battalion Center, Gulfport as members of NMCB 11’s color guard. The event was held to change command of NMCB 11 from Cmdr. Lore Aguayo to Cmdr. Steven J. Stasick. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jonathan Carmichael / Released)

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