Air Force Captain Takes Charge of Navy Seabee Detachment

By Builder 3rd Class Karinne Yukl, NMCB 11 Public Affairs Office

U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF OPERATIONS (NNS) — Seabees assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 11, currently deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations, are being led by a somewhat unusual Officer-In Charge; U.S. Air Force Captain Chad Colocar.

As the detachment’s OIC, Capt. Colocar’s job is to assist the Seabees through their deployment.  He serves as a liaison to the Battalion, in an effort to aid in the improvement of their Airfield Damage Repair (ADR) program.

“The Seabees have similar missions [to the Air Force], but different methods of execution” says Capt. Colocar.  “Some of these methods are more developed, and some have yet to be solidified. These methods are what my mission centers around; to take back lessons learned to improve Air Force processes, and to provide insight from the Air Force Civil Engineer prospective.”

Under the direction of Capt. Colocar, the Seabees of ‘Lucky Eleven’ conducted ADR training last month where the detachment executed a variety of tasks, such as filling craters, repairing spalls, and assembling fiber-reinforced panels and aluminum matting. This exercise tested the detachment’s skills, knowledge, and overall readiness in locating, plotting, and repairing airfield damage safely and efficiently.

The purpose of this proficiency training is to increase warfighting readiness, maintain proficiency in command and control, and to expand the operational understanding of interoperable response capabilities and limitations.

“Working with the Seabees has been challenging, yet rewarding,” said Capt. Colocar. “I have this incredible opportunity to lead this detachment as their Task Group Commander. I know that my sacrifice gives those under my charge the opportunity to forward deploy, to execute a mission, to construct a project with a purpose, and to have valuable time to themselves to reach back to their loved ones at home.  My hard work here would be insignificant without the pride of the Seabees [in this detachment].”

Captain Colocar’s attention to detail has had a lasting impact on the Seabees that fall under his command.  Through his guidance, their skills in ADR have continuously improved, and the readiness spear to win the fight has increasingly sharpened.

NMCB-11 is homeported in Gulfport, Mississippi, and is part of the Naval Construction Force (NCF). They currently have personnel assigned to more than 15 locations worldwide, performing a variety of missions in support of the Navy and the Department of Defense.

The NCF is a vital component of the U.S. Maritime Strategy and is comprised of deployable battalions capable of providing contingency construction, disaster preparation and recovery support, humanitarian assistance, and combat operations support.

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