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Seabee Courier Nov. 15, 2012


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  1. 1. 52 No. 26 Naval Construction Battalion Center, Gulfport, Mississippi November 15, 2012 NMCB 133 Task Coast Veterans Parade Force Anchor Construction Electrician Constructionman Zachary Zehner of Task Force Anchor removes existing bridge curbing during a bridge repair mission in northern Helmand Pro- vince. (U.S. Navy photo by U.S. Navy Lt. Kenneth Gar- cia/Released) See BRIDGE page 5 Seabees continue Sandy relief efforts Seabees from Naval Construction Training Center (NCTC) Gulfport and 20th Seabee Readiness Group (SRG), all attached to Naval Construction Battalion Center (NCBC) Gulfport, joined other military members, retired and active, along with members of the Gulf Coast community for the 2012 Veterans Day Parade held in Gulfport, Miss. Nov. 10. The Gulfport parade was one of many activities held on the Coast during the past week in honor of Veterans from all branches of the military service. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Ryan G. Wilber/Released) For more coastal Veterans Day coverage see page 6 and NCBC Facebook Month of the Military Family Celebration John Makely, NBC News/ Equipment Operator Constructionman Courtney McCormack, Nov. 15, 3 - 5 p.m., Training Hall left, grabbed a shovel and started digging out the sand that had washed up against the house as others in the group grabbed All are welcome! the waterlogged debris to begin a 100 yard walk out of the Featuring Budweiser Clydesdale Parade, Giveaways, Bounce Houses, neighborhood to a large trash pile. The Naval Mobile Con- Free pizza/hotdogs and a movie struction Battalion (NMCB) 5 Seabees are one of four Seabee units who are providing muscle to the cleanup effort in Breezy Call 228-871-4010 for details Point, N.Y., after Hurricane Sandy the area, Oct. 30.
  2. 2. mail explaining the amount reasons. The big ones are: you they’re keeping and why. If your get PCS orders requiring you to Navy Legal landlord doesn’t give the re- quired notice, they must return all of your deposit. If they do move at least 35 miles away; you receive orders requiring you to move into government quar- give you notice, you then have ters; you become eligible to live By Lt. James Mosimann, JAGC Get everything in writing: list of defects, and provide a 15 days to dispute the claim. in government quarters and opt RLSO SE Scenario: Lease says you must copy of the list to your landlord Each state has different land- to move into them; or you are When entering into a residen- pay $40 a month for lawn serv- immediately. This will prove that lord/tenant rules. It is a good released from active duty after tial lease, both landlords and ice. You tell the landlord that you are not responsible for pre- idea to be familiar with your having leased your place while tenants alike hope that every- you do not want this service. existing conditions. Similarly, state’s rules. on active duty and it is at least thing runs smoothly. While this The landlord tells you not to upon moving out, be present Military clause: 35 miles from your home of is usually the case, sometimes worry about it because he/she during the final inspection and The Servicemembers Civil Re- record. problems arise. The following will not charge you. “Just sign take pictures of the condition in lief Act (SCRA) is a federal law If you qualify, in order to termi- are ways to protect yourself the lease and you’ll be good,” which you are leaving your that allows a service member to nate your lease, give your land- when entering into a residential the landlord says. place. If the inspector does not terminate a lease before its expi- lord: written notice, including a lease. What should you do? Before see any problems, make sure ration date, but only after pro- termination date that is at least Read your lease before you signing anything, get the land- you get that in writing. viding written notice and a copy 30 days after the date you de- sign: lord’s promise in writing and Security deposits: of PCS orders to the landlord. liver the notice to your landlord, Always read your lease in its make sure it is incorporated into What does your lease say Even if there is not a military and a copy of your orders or a entirety before signing. A lease the lease. about security deposits? Is the clause in your lease, you are still letter signed by your command- may seem like a bunch of legal All promises/agreements pet deposit non-refundable? protected under the SCRA. ing officer. Once you do this, jargon, but remember, you will should be in writing. If an Under what conditions could the Under the SCRA, the termina- your landlord must prorate any be bound by its terms. Are you agreement is made in person or landlord retain the security de- tion date of your lease will be 30 rent you pay to the termination required to have the carpet pro- over the phone after you sign posit? Once you have moved days after the next payment is date in your notice. fessionally cleaned before mov- the lease, follow up with an e- out, the landlord is most likely due. For example, if you give Landlord-Tenant Law can be ing out? Do you have to upkeep mail confirming the details of required to return the security written notice Feb. 15 and you confusing. Should an issue arise, the lawn? Do you have to give the conversation. This is to deposit or provide an itemized pay rent on the first of each please visit your closest Region notice when you move out? If avoid having to prove the exis- list of deductions for damages month, then your termination Legal Service Office Southeast so, how much—14, 30, 60 days? tence of an oral agreement in within a certain period of time. date is no earlier than March 30. Legal Assistance Office. What is the procedure for notify- court if a dispute arises. This requirement varies state- Some states have their own ver- This article is not intended to ing your landlord about repairs? Conduct a thorough inspec- by-state. sions of the SCRA that give ser- substitute for the personal ad- Taking an hour to review the tion: For example, in Florida a vicemembers additional vice of a licensed attorney. For lease before signing could save Upon moving in, make sure landlord has 15 days to return a protections. legal assistance, make an ap- you a lot of time—and money— you inspect your new place thor- deposit, or 30 days to give a In Florida for example, you can pointment with the Region Legal in the future. oughly. Take pictures, make a tenant written notice by certified terminate a lease for a variety of Service Office, 228-871-2620. Legal Appointments Nov. 16 - 18 Fleet and Family Support Center The Legal Assistance Office, located at the Fleet November 15, 2012 Babysitting Training and Family Support Center (building 30), will Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC) is holding a Babysit- have Reserve JAGs on board Nov. 16 - 18. Five JAG officers will be available to take legal assis- ting class for youth ages 11 and older, Nov. 20 at 8:30 a.m. tance appointments Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Please call FFSC at 228-871-3000 for more information or to Please note - appointments are necessary. To make sign up for the class. an appointment, call 228-871-2620. NCBC/20SRG 25 NCR NMCB SEVENTY FOUR Commanding Officer Commander Commanding Officer Capt. Rick Burgess Capt. Darius Banaji Cmdr. David McAlister Public Affairs Officer Public Affairs Officer Public Affairs Officer MCC (SW/AW) Scott Boyle The Seabee Courier is a weekly author- chaser, user or patron. If a violation or Rob Mims Lt.j.g. John ParizekSeabee Courier ized on-line publication for members of rejection of this equal opportunity pol- Editor NMCB ONE Mass Comm. Specialist the military services and their families. icy by an advertiser is confirmed, the Bonnie L. McGerr Commanding Officer MC2 Ryan Williams Content does not necessarily reflect the publisher shall refuse to print advertis- Mass Comm. Specialist Cmdr. Chad M. Brooks official views of the U.S. Government, ing from that source until the violation Public Affairs Officer the DoD or the U.S. Navy and does not is corrected. The Seabee Courier solic- MCC (SCW/SW/AW) NMCB ONE THIRTY THREE Lt. Brian Gates imply endorsement thereof. The ap- its news contributions from military and Ryan G. Wilber Mass Comm. Specialist Commanding Officer pearance of advertising in this newspa- civilian sources, but the Public Affairs Special Contributors MC1 (AW/NAC) Aron Taylor Cmdr. Nicolas D. Yamodis per, including inserts or supplements, staff reserves the right to edit and/or CM3 (SCW) Katchen Tofil Special Contributor Public Affairs Officer does not constitute endorsement by rewrite material selected for publication CECN Lucinda Moise CE1(SCW) Joshua Thonnissen MC1(SW/AW) Steven Myers the U. S. Government, DoD, the Navy to conform with journalism standards. or NCBC Gulfport of the products and The deadline for material is close of NMCB ELEVEN services advertised. All content in this business every Friday. Your comments 22 NCR Commanding Officer NCTC GULFPORT newspaper shall be made available for are always welcome. The Seabee Commander Cmdr. Maria Aguayo Commanding Officer purchase, use or patronage without re- Courier office is in Building 1, Room Capt. Darius Banaji Public Affairs Officer Cmdr. Scott Anderson gard to race, color, religion, gender, na- 205. The mailing address is 4902 Mar- Public Affairs Officer Lt.j.g. Brian Myers Public Affairs Officer tional origin, age, marital status, vin Shields Blvd., Code 15, Gulfport, MS Mass Comm. Specialist Lt. J. Johnson physical handicap, political affiliation or 39501. Phone: 228-871-3662., E-mail: Vacant MC1(AW) Jonathan Carmichael any other non-merit factor of the pur- 2
  3. 3. Buzz on the Street By CECN Lucinda Moise Around NCBC Public Affairs What issues would you like to see the President the address? Center Two U.S. Marine Corps veterans from the Armed Forces Retirement Home (AFRH), Paul Hoffer and John Morash, joined Marine Staff Sgt. Omar Be- navides for a special meal honoring the Marine’s 237th Birthday at the Colmer Dining Facility Nov. 9. Chief Builder Douglas Rathert conducted the ceremony and Capt. Rick Burgess, commanding officer, Naval Con- struction Battalion Center (NCBC) and commander, 20th Seabee Readi- “Education. I have a 10 and 15 year old, so mak- ness Group (SRG), spoke of the heritage and honor that goes along with ing sure they get the being a Marine. Naval Construction Training Center (NCTC) Gulfport chance to go to college is students led the veterans in a rendition of the Marine Corps Hymn followed a major concern of mine.” by a cake cutting. (U.S. Navy photos by Construction Mechanic 3rd Class Katchen John Swanier Tofil/Released) Navy Lodge Hometown: Pass Christian, Miss.November 15, 2012 Construction Electrician 2nd Class Charis Depena, a student assigned to Naval Con- struction Training Center (NCTC) Gulfport, CEC1 Advanced, practices a pole top res- “I personally would like to know cue using a 175-pound dummy harnessed to an electrical pole outside the more about Obamacare and how it Construction Electrician school house on board NCBC Gulfport Nov. 6. In order to affects Navy Child and Youth Pro- successfully complete the exercise, a student must lower the rescued victim to the grams employees.” Jennifer Bush ground within five minutes of the time they touch the bottom of the pole. (U.S. Navy Youth Center photo by Construction Mechanic 3rd Class Katchen Tofil/Released) Hometown: Long Beach, Miss.Seabee Courier Lori Nadeau, Seabee Heritage Center Gift Store manager, writes down a “The current unemploy- list of new merchandise that will be coming soon to the gift store on board ment rate. It needs to go NCBC Gulfport Nov 5. The store is located inside the Training Hall build- down throughout the ing 466, and hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Friday whole country.” and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday. The store is closed Sundays. (U.S. Navy LS1(SW/AW) Wayne Hancock photo by Construction Mechanic 3rd Class Katchen Tofil/Released) 22 NCR 3 Hometown: Plant City, Fla.
  4. 4. Improvement not perfection, key to success during NCBC environmental exercise By MCC(SCW/SW/AW) environment and the safety Ryan G. Wilber of the city’s citizens. NCBC Public Affairs “When you are talking about a hazardous materials incident, Emergency Operations per- everybody’s resources are sonnel and First Responders going to be strained, so you attached to Naval Construction have to work together. And, Battalion Center (NCBC) in co- certainly the Seabee base is operation with City of Gulfport a huge part of the city of Gulf- Emergency Operations person- port, so it’s important to work nel and First Responders, together as they come up, worked together to execute a especially those things that simulated diesel fuel spill exer- are low frequency, but high cise on board NCBC Nov. 8. danger,” said Beyerstedt. The exercise was designed to Planned exercises executed test the base’s ability to con- under real-world conditions tain a hazardous material are what make an organiza- (HAZMAT) spill, secure the tion such as the Seabees able area and protect the tenants, to appropriately and efficiently and execute clean up opera- respond when faced with real tions, while working in con- danger. Everyone involved junction with Gulfport and learns their role better and is Harrison County Hazmat and better able to perform their Emergency Operations organi- duties in cooperation while zations. Members of the Com- under stress. mander, Navy Region “In a real-world situation we Southeast (CNRSE) Regional will probably have to rely on Training Team (RTT) were on each other, and today just Emergency Operations personnel board NCBC Gulfport to evalu- tested the fact that we can and First Responders attached to ate. work together and we work NCBC Gulfport in cooperation with The exercise was initiated well together. If we were in a City of Gulfport Emergency Opera- with a simulated 2,000 gallon real-world situation I would tions personnel and First Respon- diesel spill near a drainage feel a lot more comfortable ders, worked together to execute aNovember 15, 2012 ditch that empties into a now after running this exer- simulated diesel fuel exercise on nearby creek. First responders’ cise,” said Lew Fountain, NCBC board NCBC, Nov. 8. The exercise duties were to contain the spill Gulfport emergency manager. was designed to test the base’s before it contaminated the RTT members said they were ability to contain the spill, secure creek and to keep those in- impressed by the motivation the area and protect the tenants, volved safe. According to and execute clean up operations they saw on the scene, and NCBC Gulfport Executive Offi- while working in conjunction with the teamwork in the EOC. cer, Cmdr. Gordie Meyer this Gulfport and Harrison County Haz- During debrief, one team mat and Emergency Operations or- type of exercise tests multiple member said this was the best ganizations. (U.S. Navy photos by base entities ability to work to- drill he has been to. The exer- Construction Mechanic 3rd Class Katchen gether. cise itself is not what is Tofil/Released) “The hazmat spill scenario al- graded; however, the base’s lowed for coordinated effort ability to plan, execute and gram director and RTT member. get the information passed out where we can improve,” amongst the security and fire self-evaluate is what the RTT is Meyer said he was also im- where it needed to,” said said Meyer.Seabee Courier departments and allowed a lot looking for. pressed with the motivation of Meyer. “If we didn’t learn anything, of individual people to play “We’re not actually assessing those on the scene and back RTT members and NCBC if we didn’t find some issues into the exercise to really look the exercise execution. We’re at the EOC, and felt that over- leadership said that although that need to be fixed, then we at our entire EOC [Emergency assessing the installation all the exercise was a success. they were pleased with the ex- failed in the process, because Operations Center] capability,” training team’s ability to design “Overall I thought it went re- ecution of the exercise, perfect we’re not perfect. We need to said Meyer. an exercise, execute it and ally well. Our responders were execution is not what makes keep bettering ourselves as we Michael Beyerstedt, city of learn from it as an installation, very good at what they did. an exercise a success. Learn- move forward. We identified Gulfport fire chief, said that so that we can hopefully bring They were very motivated and ing the command’s strengths some areas we can improve, cooperation between the base these processes together and came together to solve the and weaknesses, and improv- so we need to take those les- and community is especially improve our capability to re- problem. Our EOC worked well ing is the real measure of suc- sons learned and implement important during an infrequent spond to a real-world disaster as a team, everyone focusing cess. our solutions to them. That is event that could make a that is out there,” said Cmdr. on what needed to get done to “A success doesn’t mean that where we make the success in 4 significant impact on the Robin Higgs, CNRSE N7 pro- mitigate the circumstance and we’re perfect, but we found the exercise,” added Higgs.
  5. 5. Left: Builder 3rd Class Paul Theile and Builder 2nd Class Nicholas Turner of Task Force Anchor carry timbers along the bridge dur- ing their bridge repair mission in northern Helmand Province. Task Force Anchor, comprised of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 133 personnel, repaired the bridge to enhance commerce op- portunities for the local Afghan population and security. Above: Builder 3rd Class Ryan Moore of Task Force Anchor drills a hole for bolt placement with a hand auger during bridge repair mis- sion in northern Helmand Province. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Kenneth Garcia/Released) Task Force Anchor revive commerce with bridge repairs By BU3 Sarah Sharples sonnel replaced the uneven and With the arrival of the helping the local (population),” time before they were scheduled NMCB 133 Public Affairs treacherous decking with fresh Seabees, the local population she said. to return, the crew took the op- Seabees from Naval Mobile wood that prepared it for in- became curious, and while the The detail’s officer-in-charge, portunity to assist with force Construction Battalion (NMCB) creased traffic from a nearby vil- bridge was closed for much of Lt. Kenneth Garcia said he was protection upgrades and quality 133, Task Force Anchor, com- lage and local bazaar. each day, they expressed appre- impressed with the crew’s initia- of life enhancements to a pleted repair of a heavy timber “The main purpose of the re- ciation for the repairs being tive and hard work. nearby forward operating base bridge across the Helmand River pairs was to open up freedom of done. “We could not have finished it and ANA post to further en- in Afghanistan’s Helmand movement for the Afghan Na- “There were people watching without the crew that we had. I hance their ability to patrol theNovember 15, 2012 province during October. tional Army and local commerce us at all times,” said Builder 3rd would pick the same crew for region. The 27 Seabees detailed to the freight,” said Chief Utilitiesman Class Skylar Brown. “It was cool any other project,” he said. NMCB 133 is deployed to project, working in three teams Joseph Mathers, the detail’s sen- to interact with people from an- “Hopefully we have given the Afghanistan as Task Force An- 24 hours a day, repaired the ior enlisted leader. “Eventually other culture.” Afghan (people) a bridge that chor to provide engineering sup- 370-foot long bridge which was the hope is to revive the once Builder 3rd Class Autumn will last for years to come.” port to coalition forces, the originally constructed in 1957. In bustling bazaar and help the Searcy agreed. “It was a good With the swift completion of Afghan military and the local four days, the TF Anchor per- town economically.” feeling knowing that you’re the assigned task and additional population. ranging from construction masonry and roofing to sheet metal crew leaders; project supervisors and their chain of command NMCB 5 makes use fabrication, interior wiring and light framing. NMCBs can schedule with the 31st SRG to use the facility and arrange use the ability to evaluate their personnel identify their strengths and weaknesses,” said Lis. of materials for training. Lis added that he envisions battalions benefiting from the of new tech trainer By MC2(SCW) Ace Rheaume “There are 12 different modules, so we can practice the basic construction that we do on deployment,” said NMCB 5 Charlie knowledge they can learn by utilizing the STT now and in the future. NMCB 5 Public Affairs Company Builder 1st Class Moses Silva. “The facility will benefit the battalion by being able to incor-Seabee Courier Seabees assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion During each module of the STT, Seabees can learn different porate all aspects and skills need for the upcoming deploy- (NMCB) 5 were the first battalion in the Naval Construction construction skills. These skills are then put in the service ment. Being able to utilize all aspects that will be used on Force (NCF) to utilize the Seabee Tech Trainer (STT) at Naval members record. The modules are taught by subject matter deployment and evaluating its personnel. With the past 10 Base Ventura County (NBVC) Port Hueneme, Calif., in October experts (SME) within the battalion who are qualified in that plus years most of the Seabee construction has been focused 2012. specialty. on contingency construction vice building to code (which the “The Seabee Tech Trainer was constructed to replace the “We decide which course of instruction we’re going to teach, Seabees take pride in), it will bring back skills like planning and Seabee F-classes or Special Construction Battalion Training we develop a plan for it, we do classroom for about three to estimating and project, project supervision and management, (SCBT) classes from Naval Construction Training Center four days and then we come out here and do the practical ap- utilizing their quality control and safety inspectors to make the (NCTC),” said 31st Seabee Readiness Group (SRG) Seabee Tech plication,” said Charlie Company Builder 2nd Class John unit successful in their missions,” said Lis. Trainer Manager Steelworker 1st Class Gerald Lis. Llewellyn. NMCB 5 is gaining useful knowledge through practice and The STT is an area where battalions can instruct unit driven “I think it is good to give more responsibilities to the SMEs of construction while earning these skills with the STT. Skills training (UDT) for skills they will utilize on future deployments. the Unit’s. NCTC is a great place to train, but unfortunately which will be put to good use during the battalion’s upcoming 5 Each area of the STT is specific for each training module the instructors there don’t deploy that unit. It also gives the deployment to Pacific Command (PACOM) early next year.
  6. 6. Mississippi Gulf Coast Veterans Day CelebrationsNovember 15, 2012Seabee Courier Veterans Day 2012 was celebrated with many activites honoring Veterans several community parades, serve as key participants in patriotic cere- of all services. Active and retired service members were honored with pa- monies and volunteer at local schools. (U.S. Navy photos by Rob Mims, Bon- rades and special programs throughout the Gulf Coast. Service members nie L. McGerr, Chief Mass Communication Specialist Ryan G. Wilber and Construction stepped up to serve as guest speakers at numerous civic events, march in Electrician Constructionman Lucinda L. Moise/Released) 6
  7. 7. NCBC FREEZE FRAME FRAMES Construction Electri- cian 1st Class (SCW) Daniel J. Shaver 20th SRG/R73/CCCT By CM3(SCW) Katchen Tofil NCBC Public Affairs FF: What single experience during your ca- throughout your career? worth of a person is measured by how my life. reer stands out the most and why? CE1: The biggest motivation through- well you do an undesirable job. CE1: The single experience that stands out my career has always been my FF: Who was your most influential mentor out in my career is my first deployment family. To be able to provide for them FF: What is your favorite thing about work- during your career, and why? as a Seabee. I was 19 years old in a the best I can and to show them there ing with the Seabees? CE1: The most influential mentor I have new country with a battalion of are occupations in this world that you CE1: My favorite part about being a had during my career is Master Chief Seabees I had never met before from can enjoy while helping others at the Seabee is that my job is always chang- Garcia. While working for him at Camp all around the United States. I made same time. ing and that I have to freedom to David, he taught me that work may be many friends that deployment that I change things for the better. Since I slow at times, but there is always still talk to this day. I also found out FF: What advice would you give to future have been in the Navy I have been an something to do. He also taught me what a true work ethic was and that Seabees/Sailors? electrician, fire team leader, squad that there is always an answer to a you can do so much more than what CE1: The advice that I would give to leader, platoon LPO, facilities manager, question; you just have to know where you think you can. future Seabees is do your job and do it QC inspector and instructor. I think it to look and who to ask. He always has well. It may not be your rate or some- would be extremely dull to do the same time to explain how something works FF: What has been your biggest motivation thing that you want to do, but the true thing over and over for the rest of or to listen to what someone has to say. November 15, 2012Keesler to host EFMP Workshop Underwater Construction Team (UCT) ONE is searching for highly motivated Seabees and CEC Officers looking for a career and lifestyle change.for families, care providersFrom Exceptional Family established in 1985 in order to Breeze Event Center. The two-dayMember Program Liaison empower military parents, individ- workshop will be held from 9 a.m.NCBC FFSC uals with disabilities, and service - 4 p.m. each day. Did you know that one in 10 mil- providers with the knowledge, If you are a member of a mili-itary children have special educa- skills, and resources to better ac- tary family with a child with spe-tional or healthcare needs? Many cess services and to create a col- cial needs, an educator of childrenof these children may need an In- laborative environment for family with special needs, or a profes-dividualized Education Plan (IEP), and professional partnerships sional that works with families and Seabee Courieror if the child is younger (birth to without regard to geographic loca- children with special needs, thenage three), an Individual Family tion. this training is for you!Service Plan (IFSP). Often these STOMP will be on the Gulf Coast To register for this FREE work-children may also need a 504, for a free two day workshop on shop or for more information,which is an Accommodation Plan. Parent Rights and Responsibilities please contact the Fleet and Fam- Join an ELITE force and travel as a small, profes- The Specialized Training of Mili- with regard to the Individuals with ily Support Center Exceptional sional team. Execute specialized construction, divingtary Parents (STOMP) is an organ- Disabilities Act (IDEA). Topics also Family Member Program (EFMP) and demolition skills with the latest and greatestization dedicated solely to covered include IEPs, 504s, TRI- Liaison at 228-871-3000.addressing the needs of military CARE and Extended Care Health For more information about technology and equipment.families who have family members Options, the DoD Education Activ- STOMP or to talk with one of their Contact UCT CCC/Diver recruiting team @ (757) 462-3988/4313with special medical or educa- ity System and more. staff members, call 1-800-5-PAR- or Email YNC Aberle at; SW1tional needs. It is a parent-di- The training will be at Keesler Air ENT or visit their website at Dohse at or visit program that was Force Base Dec. 3 - 4, at the Bay bee.diver for more information. 7
  8. 8. Tracking NMCB 74 Det Cambodia REAM, Cambodia - Utilitiesman 2nd Class Brian Delar- mente and Utilitiesman 3rd Class Jesse Pringle of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 74 are engulfed in a column of water during the air developing phase of drilling a new 45 meter deep fresh water well in Cambo- dia. Seabees from NMCB 74 deployed to Cambodia are as- signed to Construction Civic Action Detail (DCAD) Cambodia, which supports the national security strategy by building lasting relationships with host nations and paving the way for future partnerships. NMCB 74 is op- erating forward deployed throughout the U.S. Pacific Com- mand (PACOM) area of operations supporting Navy and Joint Forces. (U.S. Navy photo by Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Michael Smaltz/Released) Colmer Dining Facility Thanksgiving Dinner Seabees run fibers for success By EO3 Kareshia McGriff Nov. 22, 1 - 3:30 p.m. NMCB 133 Public Affairs Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 133, Task Force Anchor, in- stalled communication wires November 15, 2012 between forward operating bases in the Helmand Province during October. Soup Entree Unable to find a fiber optic Corn Chowder Oven Roasted Turkey communications cable installer Baked Ham that was qualified and avail- Sides able in the Helmand province, U.S. Forces – Afghanistan pro-Corn Bread Dressing Salad vided the Seabees deployed to Mashed Potatoes Salad Bar Camp Dwyer the opportunity Peas & Carrots Waldorf Salad to assist with the installation. Marshmallow Boiled Shrimp Equipment Operator Con- Seabees from Task Force Anchor, comprised of Naval Mobile Con- structionman Dain Wilson, a struction Battalion (NMCB) 133 personnel, convoy to their proj- Sweet Potatoes w/Cocktail Sauce crew member for the project, ect site in the desert of Afghanistans Helmand Province. NMCB Corn on the Cob Seabee Courier said, "Its a great feeling to be 133 is deployed to Afghanistan in support of coalition forces withGreen Bean Casserole Desserts a part of something that you engineering support. (U.S. Navy photo by Equipment Operator 3rd Assorted Hot Rolls Assorted Baked Pies know is going to make a big Class Sara Bills/Released) Giblet & Turkey Cheese Cake difference." Gravy Assorted Cakes More than 50 Seabees, in co- 1st Class Ronnie Smith, spoke impact for years to come," said Cranberry Sauce ordination with their local Ma- about completing the project Smith. Assorted Fruits rine counterparts, conducted and the difference it will make. NMCB 133 is deployed to Cherry Sauce Ice Cream Bar 24 hour operations, convoying "I am very proud of our team Afghanistan and the U.S. Cen- Egg Nog to and from their command and the work that theyve ac- tral Command area of opera- post to the mobile project site complished. You get a real tions to assist coalition forces Thanksgiving meal is open to all retirees, DoD and as the lines were laid. sense of pride when you com- and provide engineering sup-civilians. Cost: $6.40, E1 - E4 (spouses and dependents); The project’s assistant officer plete a mission like this, know- port to the Afghan govern- $7.50, E5 and above (spouses and dependents) in charge, Equipment Operator ing that we made a lasting ment. 8
  9. 9. Focus on Education NEX rewards students 28th Street Elementary School partners with A-OK program By Kristine M. Sturkie reservists and military retirees enrolled NEXCOM Public Affairs in first through 12th grade. Depend- The NEX wants to help its customers ent children without an individual De- finance their children’s college educa- pendent Identification Card must be tion through its A-OK Student Reward accompanied by their sponsor to sub- Program. All qualified students will mit their entry. Each student may participate in a quarterly drawing for enter only once each grading period monetary awards of $2,500, $1,500, and must re-enter with each qualifying $1,000 or $500 for a total of $5,500 report card. per quarter. The next drawing will be To enter the drawing, stop by any held at the end of November. NEX with a current report card and Any eligible full-time student that has have a NEX associate verify the mini- a B-grade point average equivalent or mum grade average. Then fill out an better, as determined by their school entry card and obtain an A-OK ID, system, may enter the drawing. Eligi- which entitles the student to discount ble students include dependent chil- coupons for NEX products and serv- dren of active duty military members, ices. Mississippi Governor’s School is accepting applications for the 2013 session from 10th and 11th grade students enrolled in accredited Mis- sissippi high schools. MGC will be held on the campus of Mississippi University for Women, June 2-21. The theme for the session is Going Global. MGS is de- Sailors and Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 11, 22nd Naval signed to provide academic, creative and leadership experiences for rising high Construction Regiment (NCR) and 25th NCR inspired 28th Street Elementary School stu- school juniors and seniors who have demonstrated exceptional ability and dents as they supported Career Day, Nov. 1. As part of the Department of the Navy’s Part- achievement in academics and community involvement and who show high intel- nership in Education program units on board Naval Construction Battalion Center (NCBC) lectual, creative and leadership potential. Electronic applications are available at partner with the area schools to provide mentoring, tutoring, event participation and other Details: 662-241-6096 or needed support. (Photo courtesy of MWR/Released) November 15, 2012 Save the Home School Children’s Christmas Choir Date! Practice will be held at the Seabee Memorial Chapel Nov. The Military Child Education 19, 26; and Dec. 3 from 4 - Coalition (MCEC) Professional 5:30 p.m. The choir will learnDevelopment Institute presents: several Christmas Carols and “Living in the New Normal: take a field trip to the ArmedHelping Children Thrive in Good Forces Retirement Homeand Challenging Times,” Dec. 5, (AFRH). There are only 10 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. spots available for children, Center (NCBC) and 20th Mississippi Coast Coliseum and ages 4 - 8. The choir is open Seabee Readiness Group Convention Center to homeschooled children (SRG). To sign up, please who’s parents are assigned to stop by the chapel or call 228- Seabee Courier No cost to participants Naval Construction Battalion 871-2454.Funded by OSD/DA. Must be inattendance 95 percent in order to receive institute credit and NCBC School Liaison course materials. For more information, contact Officer, Kevin Byrd is Myriam Virella, 254-953-1923, located at: MWR, Building 352, X 1119 or myriam.virella@Mili- 1706 Bainbridge Ave., NCBC, 228-871-2117 Please visit www.Mili- email: and click the Up-coming Training tab to register. 9
  10. 10. Fitness ITT for pricing and info! Do you like tennis or is bad- Saints vs. 49ers tickets are onminton more your style? Sign sale now for just $52.25/ticket!up for Lunchtime Intramural The first week of sales will bePickleball. Pickleball is a rac- open to Active Duty only. Dur-quet sport which combines ele- ing the second week of salesments of badminton, tennis, tickets will be available for pur-and table tennis. Head to the chase to all eligible MWR pa-CBC Fitness Center and sign up trons (Active Duty, Reservists,Nov. 16 - 30. The league starts Dependents, Retirees and DODFeb. 6 and the games will be employees) with proper ID.held 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. in Limit two tickets per Militarythe Fitness Center gymnasium. ID card. Parking passes are close of business. FREE! helmets at no charge from options. Call ahead for takeoutFor more information, call the $40 for inside the Superdome Liberty Center: Outdoor Recreation during and avoid the wait, 228-871-Fitness Center. Parking Garage and are avail- Volunteer with the Liberty business hours. 2494. able on a first come first serve Center! The Special Olympics Anchors and Eagles: OpenRecreation basis. (No refunds or ex- needs your support, Friday, Food & Beverage Tuesday - Thursday, 2 - 9 p.m. Movie Theater: FREE every changes. Ticket prices are 5:30 p.m. Have fun and earn Monday Night Football:weekend. Grab some popcorn subject to change without an LOA at the same time. Sign Grab a buddy and head to the Youth Activitiesand sit back and enjoy the warning. ITT is not responsi- up now at the Liberty Center, “BeeHive” on Monday to catch Get ready to suit up for a Paint- 228-871-4684. all the action. ball Trip - available to ages 12 November 15, 2012movie! ble for lost, stolen or launderedThursday, “Ice Age Continen- tickets and will not replace The Liberty Center’s Thanks- The Grill: Open Monday -Fri- and up and limited to 15 partici-tal Drift,” PG, 5:30 p.m. them. Due to government giving Feast is coming soon, day 6:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Stop pants. Leaves Saturday at 8 a.m.Friday, “The Watch,” R, 6:30 agency discounts, resale is pro- Nov. 22. Eat a turkey dinner so by and check out The grill’s and returns at 3 p.m. Only $10p.m. hibited and not authorized.) good you will think Grandma new menu - full of mouth- and includes gear rental andSaturday, “Ice Age Continen- We have your Mississippi made it. Play games during the watering breakfast and lunch paintballs.tal Drift,” PG, noon; “Diary of a Surge tickets in stock! Stop in day and feast at 5 p.m.Wimpy Kid Dog Days,” PG, to get your game vouchers for For more information about MWR2:30 p.m.; “Savages,” R, only $11 each! Vouchers are Outdoor Recreation: programs and opportunities, contact:5 p.m. good for the entire 2012-2013 Do you have holiday parties scheduled this season? Out- Anchors & Eagles 228-871-4607Sunday, “Ice Age Continental season but do not include play- door Recreation offers all kind Auto Hobby 228-871-2804Drift,” PG, 2 p.m.; “Dark Knight off games. Purchase your tick- Beehive 228-871-4682 ets today! of equipment for gatherings Seabee CourierRising,” PG13, 4:30 p.m. Child Development Center 228-871-2323 Want to go shopping on Black from grills and cookers to chil- Fitness Center 228-871-2668Information, Tickets and Friday but don’t want to deal dren’s bounce houses at very Information, Tickets & 228-871-2231 with the traffic? Well sit down affordable prices. Stop by or TravelTravel: call for more details. Liberty Center 228-871-4684 Your ITT Office now carries and buckle up because ITT, Seabee Heritage Center 228-871-3619select Hornets games!! Up- Liberty & NOR are driving to November Specials: 25 per- Navy Outdoor Recreation 228-871-2127coming games on sale are New the Gulfport Outlets and Cross- cent off Cajun cookers, tables, RV Park 228-871-5435York Knicks, Nov. 20, Okla- roads Nov. 23! Departs at chairs and grills! The Grill 228-871-2494homa City Thunder, Dec. 1, 6 a.m. from Liberty Center and FREE Batting Cage: No more Training Hall 228-871-4750 return approximately 10 a.m. tokens needed. Stop by and Youth Activities Center 228-871-2251Memphis Grizzlies, Dec. 7 and Sign up deadline is Nov. 21 at take a swing! Rent bats and Main Office 228-871-2538Indiana Pacers, Dec. 22. Call 10
  11. 11. NCBC Helping Hands volunteer opportunities See Something Wrong, Do Something Right!GOBBLEPALOOZA MUSIC & ART volunteer. right outside the Broad avenue gate. NCIS has two new anonymous ways to report crimes or suspicious behaviorFEST - Forty volunteers are needed to WOOLMARKET ELEMENTARY The contact for this volunteer opportu- with the use of discreet and secure on-help out at the Third Annual Gob- SCHOOL SEEKS MENTORS - Wool- nity is Christina at 228-243-3421. line or texting tip lines.blepalooza Music & Art Fest in Gulf- market Elementary School on John Lee ARMED FORCES RETIREMENT To report information by Cell text:port, Nov. 17. If you would like to Road in Biloxi is looking for mentors HOME - If you are interested in volun- 1. Text “NCIS” to the short code 274637assist, email Liz LeBleu at for their male students as they pre- teering at the AFRH, please contact (CRIMES) from any cell or smart or Steve Fitzger- pare for middle school. Please contact Chaplain Myers at brian.e.meyers@ 2. Receive a response, for example: “Yourald at Shirley Hardman at 228-392-5640 for alias is: S2U5 Call 911 if urgent! If repliesLONG BEACH ALTERNATIVE more information or to volunteer. VOLUNTEER WITH USO - Volunteer- rade. There will be numerous activi- put you at risk, text “STOP”SCHOOL SEEKS MENTORS - Long COAST SALVATION ARMY NEEDS ing is both fun and rewarding. If you ties starting at the public library and 3. Begin dialogueBeach Alternative School on Old Pass VOLUNTEERS - Volunteers are need are interested in volunteering or would ending with the kids parading to the To report information Online:Road in Long Beach is looking for for various projects throughout the like more information, please visit Biloxi Town Green. The Biloxi Public 1. Go to, click on thementors for three high school girls and year. Contact Shawna Tatge at Volun- Library is requesting volunteers to help “Report a Crime” tab and select the iconfour high school boys. Mentor duties teers are needed at both USO loca- the children make ornaments for the for “text and Web tip Hotline.”will include providing direction on as- for information. tions - (NMPS 2nd Floor, NCBC and Christmas tree provided by Biloxi, as There is a reward of up to $1,000 for infor-signments, increasing personal ac- DRIFTWOOD NURSING HOME - Gulfport Biloxi International Airport.) well as help with other activities and mation leading to a felony arrest or ap-countability and other life skills. Want to make a difference in the life BILOXI PUBLIC LIBRARY - The games. Interested persons may con- prehension.Please call Michelle Harrison at 228- of the elderly then volunteer this fall Biloxi Public Library is participating in tact Elizabeth Catalano at 228-436-865-1956 for more information or to with Driftwood Nursing Home located the city of Biloxi Christmas on the Pa- 3095or Seabee Memorial Chapel Chapel Offerings Looking for a church? Please call the chapel for reservations as The Seabee Memorial Chapel holds space is limited. services every Sunday that might suit Praise and Worship your needs. Protestant Services in- The Seabee Memorial Chapel is looking clude a Gospel Service at 8 a.m. and for new members for the Praise and Divine Worship Service at 11 a.m. Worship Team for the Divine Worship Catholic Services include Catholic Service at 11 a.m. Sundays. If you can Mass at 9:30 a.m. There is also sing or play an instrument, you are in- Catholic Mass Tuesdays at 11:15 a.m. vited to come share your gift. Seabee Pantry Women’s Bible Study Women’s The Seabee Pantry needs restocking. Fall Bible Study is held Wednes- During the holidays, the need for food days at 11 a.m. at the Seabee Me- November 15, 2012 donations is at its highest level. morial Chapel. The Fall Bible Study Please donate as many canned goods is conducting a six-week study by and other nonperishables as possible. Jennifer Rothchild - Missing Donation drop-off sites are located at Pieces.” Free child care is available. the Navy Exchange, Chapel, Commis- Thanksgiving Celebration sary, Fleet and Family Support Center A Thanksgiving Celebration will take and Armed Forces Retirement Home. place Nov. 18 at 11 a.m. at the The Seabee Pantry is for anyone affili- Seabee Memorial Chapel. The celebra- ated with NCBC. tion will include food, games, crafts, Parents’ Morning Out jumpies and more! The chapel will have certified care Angel Tree Program providers available for parents or Sign up sheets are now available at Center Chaplains: guardians caring for children of deployed the chapel for the annual Angel Tree Seabee Courier Lt. Cmdr. Paul Smith, Protestant Chaplain service members (1 - 5 years old), Nov. Program for children. Deadline for 14 and Nov. 28 from 8 - 11 a.m. This sign up is Dec. 12. Lt. Yoon Choi, Protestant Chaplain service extends to IA families as well. Chapel: 228-871-2454 For information concerning other faith groups, call the chapel office at 228-871-2454 Thanksgiving Celebration Nov. 18, 11 a.m. Services: Seabee Memorial Chapel Featuring food, fun, Gospel Service: 8 a.m. games, crafts, Sunday Catholic Mass: 9:30 a.m. jumpies and more! We all have something to Weekday Mass: Tuesday, 11:15 a.m. be thankful for Divine Worship: Sunday, 11 a.m. and we hope to see you there! 11
  12. 12. Bring a covered dish to share at our the Fleet and Family Support Center, bers. Meetings are Tuesdays at 2:30 (NMCB) 62 was recommissioned in Gulf- potluck dinner. Children are welcome. building 30, suite 103 or call 228-871- p.m. in the Fitness Center classroom. port in 1966, and decommissioned in Email or visit 2610 to find out how to become a Contact the Association’s Public Affairs 1989. To become a member, go to our Facebook page at “NMCB74 Fear- part of the NMCRS volunteer team! Officer LS2 Matthew Wasson at or for links to less FRG” for more information. Gamblers Anonymous or Presi- Seabee historical sites. Cent NMCB 133 FRG invites all friends and The Fleet and Family Support Center dent LS2 Earl Simpson at earl.simp- Seabee Veterans of America Is- er family members to attend FRG meetings offers GA meetings every Thursday at 11 for information. land X-1 Gulfport are seeking Active Note the first Monday of the month at 6 p.m. a.m. GA is a fellowship of people who NCBC Multi-Cultural Diversity Com- Duty, Reserve, Retired or Seabees who s at the Youth Center. Children are wel- share their experience, strength and mittee is seeking members. Meetings left the military after a short period of come and baby sitting is provided. Please hope with each other. All meetings are are held the first and third Wednesday time. Island X-1 Gulfport meets the first bring a dish to share. For more infor- confidential and facilitated by GA. Come of the month at 9 a.m., at the Seabee Thursday of each month at Anchors & mation contact FRG President Jaime to a meeting or call Jim Soriano at 228- Memorial Chapel. Contact BU1 Jerma Eagles at 7 p.m. Contact Joe Scott (sec-SUPPORT Royal at 317-730-4064 or send an email 871-3000 for information. Cloude at 228-871-2454 for details. retary) at 228-669-8335 orFamily Readiness Groups to To receive TRAINING VFW Post 3937 Long Beach is open or log ontoNMCB 1 FRG invites friends and fam- updates, log on to the FRG site at Naval Sea Cadets Monday - Thursday from Noon until 8 for information.ily members to attend FRG meetings The Gulfport branch of the Naval Sea p.m., Friday and Saturday from Noon D.A.V. - Disabled American Veter-the first Monday of every month at the FSG/133frg Cadets are recruiting youth ages 11 to until 10 p.m., Sunday from noon until 7 ans, Chapter 5 invites Veterans and fu-Youth Activity Center, building 335. A Gulfport Officer’s Spouse Club 17 for Sea Cadets, a nation-wide or- p.m. The first Friday of the month is ture Veterans to monthly meetings heldpotluck dinner is served at 6 p.m., fol- The Gulfport Officers’ Spouses’ Club is a ganization that help youth achieve per- Seafood Night, the remaining Fridays the 3rd Monday of each month atlowed by a meeting at 6:30 p.m. Chil- social organization that has FUN while sonal success through nautical training. are Steak Night. Breakfast is served from 7 p.m. Call Service Officer, Silva Royerdren are welcome and baby sitting is helping our community. We meet Meetings are the third Saturday of the 7 to 10 a.m. on Saturdays. VFW meet- at 228-324-1888 to find out more aboutprovided during deployment. Contact monthly and have special interest groups month from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m., building ings are held the second Wednesday of our organization and all that is offeredFRG President Mary Belanger, e-mail for almost everyone! For more infor- 1, 2nd floor conference room. Contact the month at 7:30 p.m. New members to mation, email Lt.j.g. Bowling at 228-313-9035 or are always welcome. Contact Post Com- HERITAGENMCB 11 FRG For more information re- We hope to see YOU soon! for information. mander Bill North at 228-863-8602 for The Seabee Gift Store is located in thegarding the NMCB 11 FRG, please visit NMCRS SOCIAL information. Seabee Heritage Center Training Hall,the FRG and Ombudsman website at The Navy-Marine Corps Relief Soci- Miss. Gulf Coast First Class Associ- VFW Post 4526 Orange Grove is open building 446. Hours are Monday-Friday, ety Thrift Shop is located in building ation is seeking new members. Meet- daily from Noon to 10 p.m. and located 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturdays fromNMCB 74 FRG All families of NMCB 74 29 on Snead Street. The Thrift Shop ings are every Wednesday at 3 p.m. at at 15206 Dedeaux Road, Orange Grove. 11a.m. to 3 p.m. The shop has a varietyare invited to the 74 FRG meeting the is staffed entirely by volunteers, and CBC’s Beehive, building 352. Call BU1 Meetings are the first Wednesday each of Seabee related memorabilia, booksthird Monday of each month. Meetings child care and mileage are reim- Tony Boldrey 228-871-2577 for more month at 7 p.m. All are welcome and en- and DVD’s. Contact the museum atare at the MWR Youth Activities Cen- bursed. Retail hours of operation are information or just come and join us at couraged to attend. Call 228-832-0017, building 335, behind the Grinder Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 9 a meeting. for more info. /shop/index.php or call the gift shop aton NCBC. Socializing begins at 5:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Volunteers are always CBC/20SRG Second Class Petty Of- NMCB 62 Alumni Group 228-871-4779 for information on all thatp.m., and meetings begin at 6 p.m. welcome. Visit the NMCRS offices at ficers Association is seeking mem- Naval Mobile Construction Battalion is available for customers. Gulfport Commissary Thanksgiving USO CENTER SUPPLY DRIVE November 15, 2012 The USO will be collecting food donations through December holiday schedule to use during the holidays as our young service members spend long hours waiting at Gulfport Biloxi International Air- port, where high food prices and the absence of meals on NCBC Commissary will be open Monday, Nov. 19 (Thanksgiving week), flights create financial challenges and hunger. Monetary dona- tions should be sent by Dec. 14. Monetary donations received 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. and closed Thursday and Friday, Nov. 22 - 23. after Dec. 14 will be applied to the 2013 effort. Checks or Commissary operating hours are Sunday: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m., Monday: money orders can be sent to: USO Gulf Coast, 14035 Q Airport Closed, Tuesday: 9 a.m. - 7 p.m., Wednesday, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m., Thursday, Road, Gulfport, MS 39507. Checks should be made payable to 9 a.m. - 7 p.m., Friday, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Call “USO Gulf Coast” and food donations should be placed on the memo line. Snacks that can be donated include: Variety pack 228-871-2039 for more information. of chips (Doritos, Frito Lays are most popular), Planters mixed peanuts, Chocolate and non-chocolate candy, Crackers, Cook- Seabee Courier ies (Famous Amos and Oreos are some of the most popular), Cheese Nips, Gardettos, Pretzels, Snack Mixes, Breakfast Snack Bars (Nature Valley and Quaker are the most popular), Race Engines, Dirt Bikes, ATV’s, Cigarette Boats, Zodiacs Pop Tarts, Rice Crispy Treats, Honey Buns, Fruit snacks, and Are you up to the challenge of hard work and repairing unique SOF equipment? 100 Calorie Packs. Please consider helping to make this holi- day season special by donating items and/or your time. If you Naval Special Warfare Development Group is seeking active duty have any questions, please contact Construction Mechanics and all other Seabee rates. Fraud, Waste and Abuse Hotline Information - Motivated/Volunteer - Pass Navy PFA - E4 - E6 - No NJP Due to limited IG resources throughout the Southeast Region, all - No bankruptcy - Obtain Secret/TOP Secret clearance Fraud, Waste and Abuse hotline work will now be handled by the Re- gion. To report Fraud, Waste and Abuse, contact the Region at: Toll Email us at ! or contact your detailer to request additional Free 1-877-657-9851 Comm: 904-542-4979 DSN 942-4979 FAX: information. 904- 542-5587, E-mail: 12