Ensign Sanderson Earns Seabee Combat Warfare Qualification

By Utilitiesman 3rd Class Kayla Holland

130823-N-VJ774-006 ROTA, Spain (Aug. 23, 2013) Ensign Brooks Sanderson, right, assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 11, receives the Seabee Combat Warfare Specialist (SCW) insignia from Cmdr. Steven J. Stasick, Commanding Officer of NMCB-11 on board Camp Mitchell.  (U.S. Navy photo by Equipment Operator 3rd Class Stefen Gilliland)

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ROTA, Spain (Aug. 23, 2013) Ensign Brooks Sanderson, right, assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 11, receives the Seabee Combat Warfare Specialist (SCW) insignia from Cmdr. Steven J. Stasick, Commanding Officer of NMCB-11 on board Camp Mitchell. (U.S. Navy photo by Equipment Operator 3rd Class Stefen Gilliland)

ROTA, Spain — Ensign Brooks Sanderson, assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 11 received his Seabee Combat Warfare Specialist (SCWS) pin from Cmdr. Steven J. Stasick, Commanding Officer of NMCB-11.

To qualify as a Seabee Combat Warfare Specialist officers must complete the prescribed Naval Construction Force Personnel Qualification Standards (PQS), which includes required coursework, qualification tasks standards, a written exam, and a field training exercise.  Near completion of the training, a “murder” board is held, lasting several hours. After completing the “murder board,” a final board is held by the Commanding Officer, Executive Officer, Operations Officer, and Command Master Chief to test the member’s Naval Construction Force Knowledge.  Once the member has completed all of the requirements, they are designated a Seabee Combat Warfare Specialist.

Born and raised in Pensacola, Fla., Sanderson was commissioned as a Naval officer on Dec. 16th, 2011 through Officer Candidate School at Officer Training Command Newport.

Sanderson enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and attended Recruit training in Parris Island, S.C. in April of 2003, with an occupational specialty of Military Police.  While in Military Police training aboard Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. Sanderson was selected to attend Military Working Dog Handler School at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. After four years as a dog handler aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune and Marine Corps Air Station New River, he was selected into the Marine Enlisted Commissioning Education Program (MECEP).

In May of 2011, Sanderson received a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Mississippi with a focus in structural engineering.  In June of 2012, he Joined NMCB-11 in Afghanistan as a platoon commander for Alfa Company 1st Platoon and has since served as Bravo Company 1st Platoon Commander, Delta Company 1st Platoon Commander, Delta Company Commander, and Command Managed Equal Opportunity Officer.  Sanderson is currently the Det. Officer in Charge in Cameroon for NMCB-11 Special Operations Command Africa Detachment.

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