NMCB 11 Departs for FTX

By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Michael C. Barton / NMCB 11 Public Affairs

Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 11 depart Naval Construction Battalion Center (NCBC) Gulfport, Miss., Oct. 12, to the unit’s Field Training Exercise (FTX), Camp Shelby, Hattiesburg, Miss.

The scheduled two-week evolution will test the battalion’s capability to operate independently in a tactical field environment. Upon successful completion of the FTX and Final Evaluation Problem (FEP), NMCB 11 will be deployment ready.

CAMP SHELBY, Miss. (Oct. 20, 2014) Steel Worker 2nd Class Joshua Harris, assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 11, cuts wood with a circular saw for a sentry post during the NMCB-11 field training exercise. Upon successful completion of the exercise and final evaluation problem, NMCB 11 will become deployment ready. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Michael C. Barton/Released)

CAMP SHELBY, Miss. (Oct. 20, 2014) Steel Worker 2nd Class Joshua Harris, assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 11, cuts wood with a circular saw for a sentry post during the NMCB-11 field training exercise. Upon successful completion of the exercise and final evaluation problem, NMCB 11 will become deployment ready. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Michael C. Barton/Released)

FTX is an opportunity for the battalion to hone its skills with assistance and guidance from Naval Construction Group (NCG) 2. Throughout the exercise, NMCB 11 will construct several Forward Operating Bases (FOBs) and conduct defensive operations and tactical movements simulating deployment to a down range environment. Volunteers fromother Seabee unitswill act as enemy “aggressors,” attacking NMCB 11 lines and executing various scenarios.

“I’m usually in the pits [fighting positions], so I’m right in the front of the action,” said Utilitiesman 3rd Class Kristen Gilliland, NMCB 11. “When an attack comes, you can be having a terrible day and it just turns it around. You’re pumped up and like, ‘Yeah, let’s go!’”

During FTX, the battalion will assess its operational and administrative strong points, as well as areas of improvement. Since battalion personnel are comprised of various levels of experience, newer Seabees will rely on the more experienced for help.

“This will be my seventh FTX, so preparing has become second nature for me and my family,” said Construction Electrician 1st Class Nathaniel Steward, NMCB 11. “Now my priorities are to help the troops build on their skills they’ve learned during all the exercises and CO’s week [a week of focused training to refine skills learned during homeport], so they can be successful during FTX.”

CAMP SHELBY, Miss. (Oct. 20, 2014) Equipment Operator 3rd Class Stefen Gilliland, assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 11, starts to dig his supplementary fighting position during the NMCB-11 field training exercise. Upon successful completion of the exercise and final evaluation problem, NMCB-11 will become deployment ready. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Michael C. Barton/Released)

CAMP SHELBY, Miss. (Oct. 20, 2014) Equipment Operator 3rd Class Stefen Gilliland, assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 11, starts to dig his supplementary fighting position during the NMCB-11 field training exercise. Upon successful completion of the exercise and final evaluation problem, NMCB-11 will become deployment ready. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Michael C. Barton/Released)

In preparation for FTX, NMCB 11 conducted multiple graded evolutions on Chemical, Biological and Radiological (CBR) defense operations. The battalion successfully passed all portions of the CBR evaluation, which included individual CBR decontamination, operational CBR decontamination, and command and control processor skills. This early qualification eliminates CBR operations from the NMCB 11 FTX, a change from previous years.

“For me it’s two sided…yeah it’s a great morale boost that we don’t have to take our CBR gear with      us,” said Intelligence Specialist 2nd Class Layne Duras, NMCB 11. “But during FTX, when we finished using our CBR gear was usually the half-way point and that’s when we got our second wind. Life improved that much more knowing we don’t have to carry that around anymore.”

The exercise takes place in various phases, including Receipt, Staging, Onward-Movement and Integration (RSO&I); Operations (Field Training Exercise), Sustainment (Final Evaluation Problem) and Retrograde phases.

The Final Evaluation Problem (FEP) portion of the exercise is a graded evolution. It will be immediately followed by an Integrated Exercise (IEX) testing the ability of battalion leadership to conduct complex operations in coordination with other units. Once both evolutions are successfully executed, NMCB 11 will return to Gulfport as the Ready Battalion.

CAMP SHELBY, Miss. (Oct. 17, 2014) Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Vincent Bell and Chief Hospital Corpsman James Shumaker, assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 11, assess the condition of a patient during the NMCB 11 field training exercise. Upon successful completion of the exercise and final evaluation problem, NMCB-11 will become deployment ready. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Micahel C. Barton/Released)

CAMP SHELBY, Miss. (Oct. 17, 2014) Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Vincent Bell and Chief Hospital Corpsman James Shumaker, assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 11, assess the condition of a patient during the NMCB 11 field training exercise. Upon successful completion of the exercise and final evaluation problem, NMCB-11 will become deployment ready. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Michael C. Barton/Released)

CAMP SHELBY, Miss. (Oct. 17, 2014) Builder Constructionman Samantha McConnell and fellow Seabees assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 11 place triple strand constantan wire during the NMCB-11 field training exercise. Upon successful completion of the exercise and final evaluation problem, NMCB 11 will become deployment ready. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Michael C. Barton/Released)

 

 

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