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  1. 1. 52 No. 28 Naval Construction Battalion Center, Gulfport, Mississippi December 6, 2012 ~Annual Tree Lighting Friday~ MWR Tree Lighting & Holiday Gift Village Dec. 7, 6 - 8:30 p.m. Youth Activities Center Featuring a snow playground, children’s games, free prizes, vendors, warm cookies & milk and a very special visitor! Call 228-871-4010 for details. Don’t miss the fun! NMCB 27 - Global PeacekeepersNaval Construction Training Center (NCTC) Sailor of the Year, Builder 1st Class (SCW)James Pace speaks with students during a Builder “A” school class on board NCTC. Pacehas been assigned to the schoolhouse since October 2010, and is the assistant Builder“A’ school course manager and instructor supervisor. (U.S. Navy photo/Released)Pace named NCTC Sailor of the YearBy Chief Engineering Aide facet and has made a tremen- Going above what is expectedPeter S. Sydow dous positive impact on NCTC may be a factor, as well as striv-NCTC Public Affairs Gulfports command climate and ing to improve professionallyNaval Construction Training Cen- our mission to train and develop and personally through educa-ter (NCTC) Gulfport selected Seabees. He is an exemplary tion, physical fitness, and com-Builder Petty Officer 1st Class as representative of the command munity involvement.”Sailor of the Year (SOY) for fis- and the cadre of professionals Pace gives his students thiscal year 2012. on our staff,” said NCTC Com- advice to help them succeed in “It is a distinct honor and privi- manding Officer, Cmdr. Scott An- the Navy, “Dont just do thelege to be named NCTC Sailor of derson. minimum required, push furtherthe year, and a deeply humbling When asked what he believes and achieve to the best of your COBAN, Guatemala - Seabees from Naval Mobile Con-experience. Considering all the set him apart from the other ability. Learn from those who struction Battalion (NMCB) 27 and peacekeepers at thegreat petty officers at NCTC, I nominees Pace stated, “I dont lead you, and do your best to CREOMPAZ military base pour a concrete pad as part of aam very proud of this achieve- think any one thing sets me stay one step ahead. Dont wait renovation project in support of U.S. Southern Commandsment," said award recipient apart from the rest, as each has to be asked for tasks or assign- Global Peacekeeping Operations Initiative. The SeabeesPace, who is an Assistant their own unique qualities they ments. Be proactive and stay from NMCB 27 are forward deployed throughout South andBuilder “A” School Course Man- bring to the table. Dedication engaged, hungry to attain the Central America in support of U.S. Naval Forces Southernager and Instructor Supervisor. and an honest effort put forth in next level of leadership. Learn Command and U.S. 4th Fleet peacekeeping, multinational "Petty Officer Pace has demon- every assigned duty and task is partnership, and humanitarian assistance missions. (U.S.strated his leadership in every to be expected from all at NCTC. See NCTC page 2 Navy photo by Lt. j.g. Keith Ferreira/Released)
  2. 2. Don’t be a regretful holiday host From Navy Personnel * Always have taxi phone Command Public Affairs numbers handy. Navy families need to ensure * Make sure you know who the theyre planning for the after- designated drivers are ahead of party when considering plans for time, make sure the designated their holiday get-togethers ac- drivers have the keys and en- cording to Navy officials. sure the designated drivers are With the holiday season here, parked where they are not Navy leaders want holiday party blocked by other cars. hosts to make plans for guests "If you plan activities like party to get home safely afterwards. games, door prize drawings or a From Dec. 24, 2011 to Jan. 2, gift exchange youll engage your ble host, you should stay within 2012 there were 33 driving guests," said Favorite "Theyll be your limits in order to make sure while intoxicated incidents in- less likely to drink too much and your guests stay within theirs. volving Sailors. theyll remember the great time Close the bar 90 minutes before "Depending on the laws of they had. You should also pro- the party ends and serve a great your state, if you host a party vide plenty of food to keep your dessert treat with coffee. Re- SECRET SANTA EVENT and serve alcohol, you could po- guests from drinking on an member, only time sobers some- DEC. 8, 10 A.M. - 1 P.M. tentially be legally liable if an in- empty stomach. Offer non-alco- one who has been drinking. toxicated party guest drives holic beverages or mocktails for "If, despite your efforts, some NMCRS-GULFPORT THRIFT SHOP, BUILDING 29 away and gets in an accident," designated drivers and others of your guests have had too Bring the kids out and let them do their shopping with our volunteer said Dorice Favorite, director, who prefer not to drink alcohol." much to drink - take control," Elves! Children ages 4 and older are invited to participate. This event is Navy Alcohol and Drug Abuse During the party make sure said Favorite. "Drive them open to all with regular base access. Call 228-871-2070 for details. Prevention Office (NADAP). the designated drivers dont home, arrange for a ride with "There are some steps you can drink and be aware of who gets another guest who is sober, call From NCTC page 1 Gulfport. The project consisted take before, during, and after too drunk to drive. If someone a taxi, or insist they stay over. A of over 800 volunteer hours of your party to keep everyone has had too much to drink make party should be a good time and from mistakes, dont be discour- total combined support. safe." sure they have a safe ride not something you regret host- aged, and keep a positive atti- Pace checked onboard NCTC in * Prepare an overnight guest, home. Dont let anyone leave ing." tude!” Oct 2010 after completing Jour- or two - guest room; air mat- without your knowledge. For more tips on being respon- As Vice President of the E5/E6 neyman Instructor Training tresses and sleeping bags, any- As the host, have fun - but not sible hosts visit NADAP at Association, Pace was responsi- (JIT). In his role as Builder “A” one? too much fun. To be a responsi- ble for coordination of all School Instructor Supervisor he fundraising efforts for the E5/E6 managed 42 instructors who Association, which earned ap- trained over 1,200 Tri-service LADD . . . Leaders Against Drunk Driving proximately $1,000. These funds students, while maintaining 100 were used to assist those in percent qualification of instruc- LADD is a program sponsored by the ~ Volunteers who stand the watch are on call need in the local community as tors and updating curriculum. December 6, 2012 NCBC/20th First Class Association. The mis- 24/7. well as family members of local For more information on the sion of LADD is to prevent drunk driving on It is always important to have a plan in place Seabees. He also led Charlie Center for Seabees and Facilities board NCBC Gulfport by providing rides for any when going out in town, but if your plans fall Company’s Community Service Engineering (CSFE) Learning service member who needs assistance getting through, please call LADD and we will pick you project where he planned, de- Site Naval Construction Training home after an outing that involves alcohol. up! 100 percent confidential, zero reprisal. Center, Miss., visit the site: signed and executed the con- ~ It is strictly confidential. NO REPRISAL! ~ Will take individual home only, no stops. Call 228-239-9007 struction of a pavilion at Harrison Central High School in ters/csfe/gulfport/. NCBC/20SRG 25 NCR MC1(AW) Jonathan Carmichael Commanding Officer Commander NMCB SEVENTY FOUR Capt. Rick Burgess Capt. Darius Banaji Commanding Officer Public Affairs Officer Public Affairs Officer Cmdr. David McAlister MCC (SW/AW) Scott Boyle The Seabee Courier is a weekly author- chaser, user or patron. If a violation or Rob Mims Public Affairs OfficerSeabee Courier ized on-line publication for members of rejection of this equal opportunity pol- Editor Lt.j.g. John Parizek the military services and their families. icy by an advertiser is confirmed, the NMCB ONE Bonnie L. McGerr Mass Comm. Specialist Content does not necessarily reflect the publisher shall refuse to print advertis- Commanding Officer Mass Comm. Specialist Cmdr. Chad M. Brooks MC2 Ryan Williams official views of the U.S. Government, ing from that source until the violation MCC (SCW/SW/AW) the DoD or the U.S. Navy and does not is corrected. The Seabee Courier solic- Public Affairs Officer imply endorsement thereof. The ap- its news contributions from military and Ryan G. Wilber Lt. Brian Gates NMCB ONE THIRTY THREE pearance of advertising in this newspa- civilian sources, but the Public Affairs Special Contributors Mass Comm. Specialist Commanding Officer per, including inserts or supplements, staff reserves the right to edit and/or CM3 (SCW) Katchen Tofil MC1 (AW/NAC) Aron Taylor Cmdr. Nicolas D. Yamodis does not constitute endorsement by rewrite material selected for publication CECN Lucinda Moise Special Contributor Public Affairs Officer the U. S. Government, DoD, the Navy to conform with journalism standards. CE1(SCW) Joshua Thonnissen MC1(SW/AW) Steven Myers or NCBC Gulfport of the products and The deadline for material is close of 22 NCR services advertised. All content in this business every Friday. Your comments NMCB ELEVEN newspaper shall be made available for are always welcome. The Seabee Commander NCTC GULFPORT purchase, use or patronage without re- Courier office is in Building 1, Room Commanding Officer Capt. Darius Banaji Commanding Officer gard to race, color, religion, gender, na- 205. The mailing address is 4902 Mar- Cmdr. Maria Aguayo Public Affairs Officer Public Affairs Officer Cmdr. Scott Anderson tional origin, age, marital status, vin Shields Blvd., Code 15, Gulfport, MS Vacant Lt.j.g. Brian Myers Public Affairs Officer physical handicap, political affiliation or 39501. Phone: 228-871-3662., E-mail: 2 Lt. J. Johnson any other non-merit factor of the pur- Mass Comm. Specialist
  3. 3. Buzz on the Street By CECN Lucinda Moise Around NCBC Public Affairs How do you feel about the constantly fluctuat- the ing weather? Center Naval Construction Battalion Center (NCBC) and 20th Seabee Readiness Group (SRG) held a frocking ceremony at the Training Hall for Sailors selected for advancement from the Sept. exam, Nov. 29. Frocking authorizes a Sailor to wear the insignia of the paygrade of which they have been selected, “It doesn’t impact me and carries with it additional duties and responsibilities, much, I’m from here so but does not include pay and allowances. (U.S. Navy photos by I’m used to it.” Chief Mass Communication Specialist Ryan G. Wilber/Released) Alex Carter Navy College Hometown: Gulfport, Miss. Information Systems Technician 1st Class Kelli Rogers, left and Con- struction Electrician 1st Class Nerissia Lowers, assigned to 20th Seabee Readiness Group (SRG), sort toys for the Operation Homefront Toy Col- lection Drive sponsored by Balfour Beatty Communities on boardDecember 6, 2012 Naval Construction Battalion Center (NCBC). Balfour Beatty will con- tinue its tradition of hosting toy giveaways this holiday season with toys collected from local Dollar Trees as a result of the generosity of “As long as it’s not snowing I’m their customers. Bring the kids to the NCBC Fire Department Dec. 10, happy.” 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. or 3 - 5 p.m. to see Sparky and to get a bag of good- Kim Guillemette ies!(Photo courtesy of Balfour Beatty Communities/Released) Navy College Hometown: Douglas, Mass.Seabee Courier Personnel assigned to the Colmer Dining Facility on board Naval Construction Battalion Center (NCBC) prepare food for the lunchtime meal Nov. 30. The Colmer Dining Facility is open for breakfast Monday - Friday , 5:45-7:45 a.m., lunch, 11 a.m.-12:30 “It’s frustrating.” p.m., and dinner, 4:30-6 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, break- fast, 6:30-8 a.m., lunch, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., and dinner, 4-5:30 BUCN (SCW) Juan Vazquezl p.m. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Ryan G. NMCB 11 Wilber/Released) Hometown: Abilene, Texas 3
  4. 4. MWR to host annual tree lighting Friday night By CECN Lucinda L. Moise NCBC Public Affairs Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) will host their annual Christmas Tree Lighting at the Youth Center on board Naval Con- struction Battalion Center (NCBC) Gulfport from 6 - 8:30 p.m., Dec. 7. All MWR departments from Maintenance to the Liberty Center are joining together to host the The water run off samples above show how important veg- event. etation is for soil. You can see in the first sample on the left, According to MWR Marketing the "filtering" effect that vegetation has on water. The two and Publicity Coordinator, Maranda remaining samples are clouded with sediment. (Photo cour- Johns, the Christmas Tree Lighting tesy of CBC Environmental/Released) is held each year three weeks be- fore Christmas to bring everyone together to celebrate the holidays. “The MWR hosts this event every year to provide a traditional light- Our water, our ing of the tree ceremony for NCBC, and to bring people out to enjoy the holiday atmosphere,” A youngster gives a snowman a thorough inspection at last year’s tree lighting. This year’s tree lighting includes an added feature of a Holiday Gift Village. (U.S. Navy photo/Released) responsibility “The best deterrent to filter- said Johns. By NAVFAC Southeast There will be food, children’s stuffed animals, jewelry and spa International for anyone inter- Public Affairs ing all of the pollutants is games, prize giveaways and a products, as well as handmade ested in making a donation in Water is fluid and follows a through vegetation,” said Po- special appearance from Santa items. someone’s name as a gift,” said path whether predetermine by jeky. Claus. This year’s event will also “We enlisted the help of these Grace Sheets, MWR information humans or created by nature Although the earth has this include a Holiday Gift Village with various vendors for those who are technology team manager. and runs clean or dirty based natural deterrent to pollutants outside vendors selling potential looking for that perfect gift. This For more information, contact on the path it follows. it is still important for every- holiday gifts, such as custom year we have also invited Heifer Maranda Johns at 228-871-4010. “Water is used for so many one to assist in the fight things,” said Douglas Pojeky, against erosion and pollution.December 6, 2012 Public Works Department Gulf- With all of the construction Marine Toys for Tots - Staff Sgt. Air Force Base PX and on board port Stormwater Program Man- and constant shifting of the Marvin Perez-Diaz, of I&I, 3rd Platoon, A com- NCBC at the Navy Exchange and ager. “We use it to wash landscape that everyone does pany, 4th AABN on board NCBC is coordinating the Navy Federal Credit Union. dishes, cars, floors, driveways, on a daily basis, at home and the area’s annual Toys for Tots campaign. Donations are being accepted etc. We choose to use it for on base, it is crucial to the en- Your contribution of new, unwrapped toys or a through Dec. 22. To make a monetary donation, or for more its fluidity and power.” vironment that everyone make monetary donation would be greatly appreci- Water over time created one an effort to do their part. ated. Drop off boxes are located throughout information on Toys for Tots, visit of the nation’s most beautiful “We must continue to clean Harrison, Hancock and Stone Counties, Keesler natural national parks, the up our own living space and Grand Canyon. not pollute,” said Pojeky. “The “Water is the one element water that hits the ground Balfour Beatty hosts that if controlled will find a way to continue its path. This could eventually make it back into our bodies. Whether it be ‘Pancakes with Santa’ is why it is important to man- from the fish we eat or theSeabee Courier age where and how we use it,” water we drink we are all re- explained Pojeky. sponsible for our Earth. We Dec. 15, 8 -10 a.m. Water, whether it travels only get one.” through a garden hoses or it Questions pertaining to at McDonalds comes down from the sky can proper water conservation can run many different channels be made directly to the NCBC on board NCBC and may carry numerous pol- lutants as it runs its path. Stormwater Program Manager at 228-871-3118. Santa arrives at 9 a.m. . . . Follow Seabee Center on Facebook and Twitter . . . 4
  5. 5. Website assists those seeking to hire vets By Army Sgt. 1st Class Tyronne C. Marshall Jr. American Forces Press Service The Labor Department, in concert with two other federal agencies, has provided a tool to guide potential employers seeking to hire disabled veterans, a Labor Department official said, Dec. 3. John K. Moran, deputy assistant secretary of labor for veterans’ em- ployment and training service, said the “America’s Heroes at Work” website provides resources to organizations looking to hire veterans with or without disabilities. “What it does for the employer is it gives them some information about -- and demystifies, quite frankly -- a lot of the issues around the disabilities that many veterans might have – particularly, traumatic brain Seabees attached to Naval injury [and] post-traumatic stress disorder,” he said. “It advises and Mobile Construction Bat- helps an employer understand what those issues are, what they’re not, talion (NMCB) 1 perform and how they can effectively recruit and hire veterans who may have drilling operations in Chal- those issues into their workforce without any particular problems.” lalumsa, Ethiopia. The This website guides employers to understand the disabilities and po- completion of this water tential accommodations that may be necessary, and how they can be well ensures that the peo- made, he added. ple of Challalumsa will no “In fact, [it] points out that many of the accommodations that might longer have to travel 20 need to be made can be made very, very simply and easily,” Moran said. miles for water. NMCB 1 is “So it’s really a guide for the employer how to hire the veteran who has currently deployed to the these issues.” Europe and Africa (AOR) in The website originally launched in 2008 and was down recently for a support of construction op- short period as the three agencies involved -- the Labor, Defense and erations and African Part- the Veterans Affairs departments -- considered who should manage the nership Stations. (U.S. Navy website. photo by Lt. Jeff "SF" Fu- “We went through a few discussions this past summer,” Moran said, sick/Released) “which resulted in a decision that since we, the Department of Labor, are the employment arm, if you will, for the federal government, it NMCB 1 drills for liquid gold in Ethiopia rightfully should stay where we are.” Moran also noted contracting issues and “a couple of technical glitches” also caused the website to go down for a short period, but as By EOC (SCW) Tremayne (SCW) Tremayne Nicholson, assis- three eight-hour shifts. Each shift Nicholson tant officer-in-charge and Equip- has a “Tower Leader,” “Derek of Nov. 26, the website has been back online and fully accessible.December 6, 2012 NMCB 1 Public Affairs ment Operator 1st Class (SCW) Hand,” “Worm” and a “Mechanic.” Moran said Labor Department officials believe the toolkits for employers William Wilson, lead driller. The Tower Leader is in charge of that the website provides have factored into declining veteran unem- Challalumsa, Ethiopia is a very ployment. small village that you won’t find “During the assessment we met his shift and is the one that will “One of the indicators that we look at, that we believe lends itself to off the side of a main road, near a with the village elder to discuss control the drill rig. His second in the fact that this website is working well for the employers, is that vet- river, stream or even on a map. the placement of the well, how charge and right hand is the eran unemployment continues to go down,” he said. “So there are many This village is a treasure hidden in many people the well will serve, Derek. The Worm collects cutting factors behind that, but one of the factors is, we believe, that employers the desert near the town of Dire the effect it will have on the vil- samples and keeps the drilling are using this toolkit [and] they’re learning from it,” Moran said. Dawa, and home to nearly 500 lage and job site safety,” said Gib- mud program correct, and the “They’re more willing and able, then, to bring on the veterans, which is Somali Ethiopians. son. Mechanic keeps everything work- probably why we’re seeing the decline in the veteran unemployment Life in Challalumsa is quiet and After the road leading to the well ing properly. rate.” simple, and most work consists of site was prepped, work on the The water well required a 250- Moran noted that nonveterans also experience PTSD and other brain in- herding camels, goats and don- well started Nov. 25. foot depth to have an effective juries, but that doesn’t preclude them from being effective contributors keys. Equipment Operator 2nd Class ground water flow that produces to the workforce.Seabee Courier People travel up to 20 miles (SCW) Corey Hileman worked to enough water for the village. In addition to giving employers toolkits and information about veteran daily for fresh water, and for that flatten some areas and dig out It took the team four days and disabilities, Moran said, the website also emphasizes the advantages of reason it is a perfect place to others, so that the T2W Water nights to reach this depth, over- hiring veterans, whether they have these disabilities or not. send a group of Navy Seabees to Well Rig and Tender would be coming a clogged mud pump, air Officials are updating all of the information so there is one “holistic drill a well. able to reach the site. Once on- in the hydraulic lines and cold, place for an employer to go,” Moran said. The Seabees of Naval Mobile site, set up began with two 20- wet nights. “They’ll simply come to the DOL website,” said he added, and “they’ll Construction Battalion (NMCB) 1 foot Container Express (CONEX) For the village of Challalumsa, access this information, and they’ll learn about everything there is for began their mission to bring boxes being dropped off, a 750 Ethiopia, the placement and com- the value of hiring a veteran, period.” water to the people of Chal- cubic feet per minute (CFM) air pletion of this well means no Whether a veteran has a disability won’t be germane at that point, he lalumsa Nov. 21. compressor and well drilling ma- more 20 mile hikes just to get said. “If they want to drill down further into ‘Now, what do I need to A pre-assessment was done by terials. water; the gold so needed to know about the veteran who has disabilities?’ then they can further ac- Lt. j.g. Michael Gibson, officer-in- A water well operation is a 24 keep the village thriving and hid- cess this information,” he said. “So we are kind of putting it all in one 5 charge, Chief Equipment Operator hour-a-day mission broken into den from the rest of world. place.”
  6. 6. A common goal: Independent NMCB 133 conducts Airfield operations, future prosperity prior ANA battalions and U.S Damage Repair Exercise By MC1 Steven Myers NMCB 133 Public Affairs military mentors,” said Hollis. CAMP KRUTKE, Afghanistan – “As the initial conversation pro- Under the sun in Afghanistan’s gressed, each interpreter southern provinces, through the chimed to share their experi- desert, flood plains and moun- ences, expectations, and signifi- tains, into the bustling metropol- cant do’s and don’ts.” itan area of the capital, Kabul, The interpreters were subject coalition forces continue to de- matter experts in various fields, velop, mentor and train mem- said Hollis, so they matched bers of the Afghan National their expertise with each team Army (ANA), security forces and struction Mechanic 2nd Class member. The next step was to police. Timothy Woznick, attached to develop a course of instruction Beginning in October, 11 mem- the 1st Brigade 215th Corps Ad- for each specialty and Hollis said bers of Naval Mobile Construc- visor Team at FOB Dwyer, as- he had to really give it some tion Battalion (NMCB) 133, Task sisted in the instruction of 22 thought. Force Anchor, embedded with ANA students in a 30-day gener- “I had no idea whether or not coalition partners at four for- ator operator and maintenance their administrative personnel ward operating bases (FOBs) course. had any experience,” he said. “I across Helmand and Kabul Along with daily lectures, the didn’t want my course of in- U.S. Sailors assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Bat- Province to train, coach and ad- Seabees conducted hands on struction to overwhelm them.” talion (NMCB) 133, lay sand grid to create a compactable vise ANA engineering units in training with the ANA Soldiers. Ultimately, after several meet- surface above a simulated crater during an airfield dam- contingency construction opera- “I was a little apprehensive ings with the garrison person- age repair exercise. NMCB 133 is deployed to the U.S. tions. about coming here and teaching nel, Hollis had the information 5th Fleet area of responsibility to support engineering Embedded with U.S. Marines of the ANA Soldiers,” said Woznick. he needed to fine tune the operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Construction Electrician 2nd a Security Force Advisor Assis- “But once we started and met course. Class Richard Rickert/Released) tance Team and the engineers with these guys it became really “I gave them advice on how to of the ANA 2nd Brigade 215th fun. It was amazing to see their make their personnel status re- Corps at FOB Nolay in northern progress in just a few weeks. I ports better and instructed them Helmand Province, Builder 1st on the importance of timeli- Underwater Construction Team (UCT) really can’t wait to teach them Class Matthew Culberson works more classes.” ness,” said Hollis. “I began by ONE is searching for highly motivated closely with the company com- “I don’t always know how to going out to watch them muster Seabees and CEC Officers looking for a mander mentoring and giving respond when I hear ‘hey in the mornings. I also incorpo- technical advice on planning and Seabee, great job today. You re- rated tools on how to evaluate career and lifestyle change.December 6, 2012 execution. ally are working hard; we don’t personnel, document leave, the Culberson said the ANA’s con- know what we would do without importance of positive and neg- struction tasking came soon you guys.’” Woznick said. ative counseling, and accurately after his arrival and as the engi- His normal response: “I’m just maintaining personnel records. neers eagerly moved forward in doing my job.” Though they had doctrine that the construction of a mosque, Not all the jobs in the engi- dictated these matters, I at- an administrative building, and neering battalion consist of con- tempted to streamline and rein- construction of a roof structure struction workers, however, and force what was already in for the cistern on their camp, to the north, at Camp Black- place.” the company commander fre- horse in Kabul Province, seven Hollis said he plans to pass the quently requested his expertise other members of the team are course of instruction on to the in devising a comprehensive mentoring the ANA’s 215th Engi- next administrative mentor so plan. neering Battalion in more than they can continue to support the Coupled with the knowledge just construction. ANA on their road to independ-Seabee Courier and skills attained during a con- Yeoman 2nd Class Narkedrian ent operations. tingency construction course, Hollis, the NMCB 133 Engineer- Regardless of the location within the country, Task Force Join an ELITE force and travel as a small, Culberson said the company ing Development Team’s admin- Anchor’s mentors continue to professional team. Execute specialized proved to be resilient and re- istrative instructor, said there sourceful. were a few challenges present renew the enduring partnership construction, diving and demolition skills with the In southern Helmand Province, upon their arrival, but were between the coalition forces and latest and greatest technology and equipment. two more members of the team, quickly overcome with the assis- the ANA toward one common goal: the future prosperity of Contact UCT CCC/Diver recruiting team @ 757-462-3988 Construction Electrician 1st tance of interpreters. Afghanistan. or 757-462-4313 or Email YNC Aberle at Class Justin Urban and Con- “They all had dealings with; SW1 Dohse at or visit 6 Tis the Season for Safety for more information.
  7. 7. ‘First and Finest’ ofNMCB 1 enhancepartnerships in AfricaBy NMCB 1 Public Affairs allow Djiboutian military personnel Dikhil, Djibouti -- Naval Mobile to learn basic construction prac-Construction Battalion (NMCB) 1 is tices and quality control measures.leading the way in building and The skills acquired will be of greatsustaining relationships with East value and benefit to the DjiboutianAfrican partner nation military lead- military as they learn the variousership, and local community lead- construction trades. Their contribu-ers in their Area of Operations tions will also allow them to take(AO). ownership of the projects being Detail Kontali Officer-in-Charge constructed in their AO.(OIC) Lt j.g. Alexsandra Reed and During the visit, Omar was ex-Assistant OIC Chief Steelworker cited about having his troops par-(SCW) Chris Sterner took time to ticipate in the construction of thecoordinate meetings with key offi- Kontali Clinic.cials in the Dikhil region to discuss “This will be a great opportunityopportunities for engagements with for my personnel to learn the con-Djiboutian military, local civilians struction trade and maybe apply itand U.S. Seabees. to our future construction needs … These engagements will be fo- and we can teach the Seabees the Lt. j.g. Alexsandra Reed and Chief Steelworker (SCW) Chris Sterner meet with Dikhil Mil-cused on allowing Local Nationals ‘Djiboutian way’ to do stucco,” said itary Base Commanding Officer Lt. Col. Idriss Omar to discuss future plans for collabo-to participate in the construction of Omar. rating on the construction of a medical clinic in a nearby village. NMCB 1 is currentlya medical clinic compound located Later that afternoon, the Detail deployed to the Europe and Africa (AOR) in support of construction operations andin the Village of Kontali. leadership conducted another African Partnership Stations. (U.S. Navy photo by NMCB 1 Public Affairs/Released) The Detail OIC, AOIC and Detail meeting with the Dikhil Region Pre-Interpreter had a morning meeting fect, Mohamed Cheiko Hassan. The Dikhil Prefect was equally ex- independent economic growth The actions by the Seabees willwith the Dikhil military base Com- During the meeting there was cited about the students in the region. not only enhance the current U.S.manding/Operations Officer, Lt. discussion of the utilization of adult learning the construction trade “This opportunity will allow the relationship with the East AfricanCol. Idriss Omar, which focused on students from the local vocational from Seabees, and how it will allow students to learn and apply their military, but allow for new bridgesthe future military-to-military con- technical school located within the the students to acquire the skill newly gained knowledge to future of friendship and coordinated ef-struction engagements that will city. necessary to support jobs,” said Hassan. forts to be built in the future.Seabee who assisted Sandy victims remembers December 6, 2012when others came to rescue of Gulf Coast By MC1 (AW) Jonathan power,” said Montag. At the time, While clearing debris, putting up their homes to get stuff because Carmichael Montag was assigned to NMCB 7, tents, and dewatering, Montag it was too dangerous,” said Mon- NMCB 11 Public Affairs also in Gulfport. He spent two was relating with the residents tag. “That really upset the home-When Construction Electrician 1st weeks cleaning up the Gulf Coast whom he was assisting. owners and store owners, and IClass Eric R. Montag detached in the immediate aftermath, but “I talked to several residents feel bad for them.”with his Seabee shipmates as- he and the other Gulf Coast and city councilmen about my ex- Montag and his NMCB 11 ship-signed to Naval Mobile Construc- Seabees weren’t alone. perience with Hurricane Katrina mates provided assistance intion Battalion (NMCB) 11 from “The entire NCF (Naval Con- and how we overcame things some of the hardest hit areas oftheir homeport in Gulfport, to struction Force) was helping out. over time,” said Montag. “I think New Jersey and New York for Seabee Courierprovide disaster response assis- There was CBMU (Construction being able to relate to them roughly two weeks.tance to the people of Hurricane Battalion maintenance Unit) 202, based on our similar experiences While most of the NMCB 11Sandy affected areas in New Jer- the National Guard, West Coast helped give them a sense of hope Seabees who traveled to thesey and New York in early No- Battalions, Spec War; It seemed that they would come out alright.” northeast United States to aid invember, he had a pretty good like everyone from everywhere The stress and anguish felt by disaster response of Hurricaneidea of the fears and emotions was helping us out,” explained his community following Hurri- Sandy are simply too new to thethat those people were dealing Montag. cane Katrina is something that Navy to have been a part of thewith. When Montag received the call Montag remembers all too well. response to Hurricane Katrina, Montag, a native of Klamath that he would be needed to pro- CE1(SCW) Eric Montag This shared experience of loss there are many still serving whoFalls, Ore., was living on the Gulf vide assistance in the northeast, gave Montag a personal interest were part of the post-Katrina re-Coast of Mississippi when Hurri- he felt like he was returning a that went,” said Montag, “so I in the communities he was assist- sponse.cane Katrina plowed through in favor. had an opportunity to help some- ing in the northeast. History has proven that Seabees2005. “Once we got the word I was one else out after going through “The hardest part was telling are eager and ready to come to “I spent six weeks with no hoping I’d be one of the ones a bad storm myself.” them that they couldn’t go into the aid of those in need. 7
  8. 8. ‘The Meat & Potatoes of Life’ By Lisa Smith Molinari, Military Spouse Contributer aged mom. morning of the concert, my later, we began to yawn andNever lose your cool Although fully entrenched in denial, I sometimes get the husband and I figured we’d better do our research. With complain about the noise. Fi- nally, in the last hour of the doesn’t make sense ecologi- feeling that, much like my the assistance of our teenage concert, we just wanted to go cally.” mother before me, I have no daughter, we played snippets of home, take our fiber tablets, My brother and I were mortal idea what’s cool anymore. I re- Switchfoot’s songs on iTunes. and go to bed. enemies, but he grinned at me luctantly allow my kids to con- “Hey, I’ve heard this one be- No matter how obvious it is to share our mutual opinion trol the radio on our way to fore!” I said, and my husband that we’re not cool anymore, that Mom was totally uncool. school, and am forced to listen and I gyrated to the beat while we middle-aged parents never She was notorious for embar- to the repertoire of new rock our kids rolled their eyes. want to face reality. rassing us by botching lyrics alternative and pop tunes that “Oooo, this one’s actually pretty “Sounds like a xylophone. and doing cheesy “mom only serve to keep me from good,” my husband exclaimed What’s the name of this band, dances” to our favorite songs. hearing the news and weather. upon hearing another familiar Honey?” I asked my teenage My brother and I shriveled in As cool as I think I am, I’m just song. “’Yea, hmmm, uhuh, da, daughter last week while driv- humiliation when Mom pointed realizing who Foo Fighters and da -- HEY, we are the Dark ing our minivan to school. My brother grabbed the her thumbs alternately into the Train are. It’ll take me another Horses!!’” he belted at the top “Gotye,” she answered with achrome knob of our Buick’s air to the beat, or did the five years before I can wrap my of his lungs. slight eye and cranked it up, hoping Mashed Potato to Rod Stewart’s mind around Mumford & Sons, Later at the concert, my hus- Sheesh. Kids these days justMom wouldn’t complain. From “Da Ya Think I’m Sexy” or KC & Fun and Young the Giant. band and I were ready to prove don’t know good music. Whythe back seat, I could hear the The Sunshine Band’s “Shake, Recently, our kids wanted to that we hadn’t lost our cool. would anyone name a bandgrinding voice of Ted Nugent Shake, Shake Your Booty.” go to a base concert featuring Pairing middle-aged dance ‘Goiter’ anyway? I thought toand see my brother’s elbow She must’ve been born un- a band named Switchfoot. All moves with inaccurate lyrics, myself, secure in the knowl-jerk to the rhythm of his air cool, we thought, and were our friends were going, so de- we appeared to be having a edge that I’d always be cool.guitar. thankful that we would never spite the fact that we couldn’t blast. An hour later, my hus- Get more wit and observa- “I just don’t get it,” Mom suffer the same fate. identify the music off the top of band asked me to search my tions from Lisa at her blog,piped up over the screeching But then, life played its cruel our heads, we jumped on the purse for ibuprophen for a pain http://themeatandpotatoesof-sounds, “Why on Earth would a joke, and I became a middle- bandwagon like groupies. The in his lower back. Another hour‘cat scratch a beaver?’ That just See Something Wrong, Seabee Memorial Chapel Sandy Relief Do Something Right! December 6, 2012 NCIS has two new anonymous ways to report crimes or suspicious behavior with the use of discreet and secure online or texting tip lines. To report information by Cell text: 1. Text “NCIS” to the short code 274637 (CRIMES) from any cell or smart phone. Religious Program Specialist Sea- 2. Receive a response, for example: “Your man Jamie Hamm, assigned to the alias is: S2U5 Call 911 if urgent! If replies Naval Construction Battalion Cen- put you at risk, text “STOP” ter (NCBC) Seabee Memorial 3. Begin dialogue Chapel is pictured with the health and comfort items donated by To report information Online: Seabee Courier NCBC military and civilian per- 1. Go to, click on the sonnel and their families. Chapel “Report a Crime” tab and select the icon for personnel coordinated the base “text and Web tip Hotline.” relief effort before turning the There is a reward of up to $1,000 for infor- goods over to points of contact at mation leading to a felony arrest or ap- the Shed BBQ as part of “Opera- prehension. tion BBQ Relief,” who traveled to the East Coast in late October. (U.S. Navy photo courtesy of NCBC Chapel/Released) 8
  9. 9. Focus on EducationDeCA 2013 Scholarships FFSC December Right place, right time Classes In 2012, the Scholarships for Military Children Program celebrated amajor milestone as it reached more than $10 million in scholarships The Fleet and Family Sup-awarded to 6,742 students from around the globe. It’s time, once again, to add to these impressive numbers, as applications port Center (FFSC) invitesfor the 2013 Scholarships for Military Children Program will be available you to check out their De-starting Dec. 3 at commissaries worldwide. You can also find them onlinethrough a link at and directly at cember class schedule at: Scholarship awards will be based on funds available, but the scholarship awards at least $1,500 at each commissary. If there are no eligi- eabeeCenterGulfport/ffsc-ble applicants from a particular commissary, the funds designated for thatcommissary will be awarded as an additional scholarship at another store. classes-december-2012. To apply for a scholarship, the student must be a dependent, unmarried Please call FFSC at 228-871-child, younger than 21 — or 23, if enrolled as a full-time student at a col-lege or university — of a service member on active duty, reservist, guards- 3000 to, retiree or survivor of a military member who died while on activeduty or survivor of a retiree. Eligibility is determined using the Defense En-rollment Eligibility Reporting System database. Chief Utilitiesman (SCW) James Penney welcomes the Applicants should ensure that they, as well as their sponsor, are enrolledin the DEERS database and have a current military ID card. The applicant NCBC School Liaison students and teachers from Quarles Elementary School of the Long Beach School District. Approximately 225must also be planning to attend or already attending an accredited college students were rewarded with a movie, soda and popcornor university, full time, in the fall of 2013 or be enrolled in a program of Officer, Kevin Byrd is for perfect attendance. NCTC partnered with Quarles El-studies designed to transfer directly into a four-year program. Applicants ementary School as part of the Navy Partner In Educationmust submit an essay on a topic chosen by the Fisher House. The essaytopic will be available Dec. 3 on Applica- located at MWR (PIE) program. (U.S. Navy photo courtesy of NCTC/Released)tions must be turned in to a commissary by Feb. 22. Building 352, 1706 Civilian federal employees Five Star Service Bainbridge Ave. Are you thinking about retire- course offerings can be found ment? The only CSRS and at: Https:// NCBC, 228-871-2117 FERS retirement planning .mil/gulfport/OperationsAnd- courses being offered at NCBC Management/HumanResource December 6, 2012 Gulfport during Fiscal Year 13 s-Office/ServiceCenterTrain- or email: will be offered in February ing/index.htm or and are limited to 25 students each. and click on HR office - south- Information on all civilian east to find a course. Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society Scholarships: From Navy-Marine Corps or in a retired status. terest-free loans totaling more Seabee Courier Relief Society Gulfport Consideration for selection is than $60 million to more than Naval Construction Battalion Center (NCBC) Gulfport MWR Applications for Navy-Marine based on scholastic ability and fi- 50,000 students over the last 30 ITT Manager, Grace Sheets, and Navy Gateway Inns and Corps Relief Society (NMCRS) ed- nancial need. Applicants must be years. It is based on the Societys Suites Front Desk Supervisor, Fanny Crispell present NCBC Fit- ucational scholarships and inter- graduating high school seniors or mission "to provide financial, edu- ness Center Life Guard Charlie Smith with his Star Service cer- est-free loans for the 2013 - 2014 full-time (minimum 12 credit cational and other assistance." tification. Instructors Crispell and Sheets conducted a Star academic year are now available hours) college students working The program is supported entirely Service course Nov. 27- 28 in which 10 different MWR em- ployees from various programs like Navy Outdoor Recre- and can be downloaded at toward their first undergraduate by donations and bequests to ation, Liberty and Human Resources learned effective degree. Applications must be re- NMCRS. customer service techniques and practices. The course de- Students eligible to apply include ceived at NMCRS by May 1, unless For more information on the tailed the importance of earning the trust of the customer and spouses or children (under the the due date on the application NMCRS Education Program, consistently providing positive, helpful service. (Photo cour- age of 23) of Sailors and Marines states otherwise. please visit tesy of MWR/Released) who: are on active duty, are re- The NMCRS Education Program cation or email tired or who died on active duty has provided scholarships and in- 9
  10. 10. Special Event be held 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. inLight up the season with MWR at the Fitness Center gymnasium.our annual Tree Lighting and Holi-day Gift Village event, Friday from Recreation6 – 8:30 p.m. at the Youth Activities Movie Theater: FREE every week-Center. There will be a snow play end. Grab some popcorn and sitarea and lots of fun games for the back and enjoy the movie!children, along with cookies and Friday, “Bourne Legacy,” PG13,milk. Adults can shop for gifts at the 6 p.m.Holiday Gift Village which includes Saturday, Movies cancelled duenew vendors this year. And of to trainingcourse, Santa will be waiting to hear Sunday, “The Possession,” PG13,what is on everyone’s wish list. Call 6 p.m.228-871-4010 for more details. Information, Tickets and $52.25/ticket! The first week of Audubon Zoo for only $10, Sunday, 11:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. Enjoy Sunday Travel: sales will be open to Active Duty 9 a.m. football with friends.Fitness only. During the second week of Fight the cold weather by getting Sign up for the Monthly Dodgeball Looking for a great holiday event for the family? Look no further, ITT sales tickets will be available for Navy Outdoor Recreation: a hot breakfast from the Grill. TheChallenge at the CBC Fitness Center. is taking you and your family to purchase to all eligible MWR patrons Do you have holiday parties sched- Grill is located at the corner ofThere is no charge and the event Mickey’s Music Festival in Mobile (Active Duty, Reservists, Depend- uled this season? Outdoor Recre- Colby and 7th Street and haswill be held Friday. All eligible com- Dec. 15 for only $25! Departing ents, Retirees and DOD employees) ation offers all kind of equipment for everything from French Toast platesmands are welcome. Call today for from the ITT parking lot at 11 a.m., with proper ID. Limit two (2) tickets gatherings from grills and cookers to to breakfast burritos or traditionaldetails, 228-822-2668. and returning approximately 7 p.m. per Military ID card. Parking passes children’s bounce houses at very af- eggs and bacon. Do you like tennis or is badminton Space is limited- sign up today! are $40 for parking inside of the Su- fordable prices. Anchors & Eagles: Open Tuesday-more your style? Sign up for (Children ages 6 and under must be perdome Parking Garage and will be Calling all fishermen! Navy Out- Thursday 2 - 9 p.m.Lunchtime Intramural Pickleball. in a passenger restraint device, not available on a first come first serve door Recreation presents the FishingPickleball is a racquet sport which basis. (No refunds or exchanges. All Rodeo at Seabee Lake, Dec. 22. To Youth Activities December 6, 2012combines elements of badminton, provided by MWR.) The last Saints game of the season ticket prices are subject to change sign up or for more details, call Take a trip to the Louisiana Chil-tennis, and table tennis. Head to the Saints vs. Panthers will go on sale without warning. ITT is not respon- ODR. dren’s Museum with YAC this Satur-CBC Fitness Center and sign up. The on Dec. 17 at 9a.m. for just sible for lost, stolen or laundered FREE Batting Cage: No more to- day from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The trip isleague starts Feb. 6 and games will tickets and will not replace them. kens needed. Stop by and take a limited to 30 so sign up now for only Resale is prohibited. swing! Rent bats and helmets at no $6. Bring a lunch and any money for Active Duty, Reservist, National charge from Outdoor Recreation cool things from the museum store. Guard, USCG and Retirees are now during business hours. Don’t get bored after school. Do eligible for a complimentary Univer- something cool at the Youth Activi- sal 3 Day Park-to-Park ticket and Food & Beverage ties After-School Program and Blue Man Group Ticket at children’s Starting this Sunday, the Beehive Power Hour, Monday - Friday, 2 – price! All dependents and DOD per- will be open. New hours are from 5:30 p.m. Call YAC for details. sonnel are eligible for discounted Universal 2 Day, with 3rd Day Free For more information about MWR pro- pro- Seabee Courier tickets! Call ITT for info.! grams and opportunities, contact: We have Nutcracker tickets avail- Anchors & Eagles 228-871-4607 able for the performances on Friday, Auto Hobby 228-871-2804 Dec. 21 for just $15/ ticket! Call Beehive 228-871-4009 Child Development Center 228-871-2323 ITT for more information. Fitness Center 228-871-2668 Information, Tickets & 228-871-2231 Liberty Center: Travel Head to the Liberty Center for Liberty Center 228-871-4684 FREE food while you enjoy the Seabee Heritage Center 228-871-3619 Navy Outdoor Recreation 228-871-2127Parents enjoy a turkey dinner with their children at lunch as part 113th Annual Army vs. Navy Foot- RV Park 228-871-5435of the Child Development Centers Thanksgiving celebration. The ball Game, Saturday, 2 p.m. The Grill 228-871-2494CDC works hard to maintain strong parent participation in their Find the inner animal in you! Join Training Hall 228-871-4750programs. (Photo courtesy of MWR/Released) the Liberty center on a trip to the Youth Activities Center 228-871-2251 10