By MC1 Michael Barton, NMCB 11 Public Affairs
(Left) Rear Adm. Bret Muilenburg, commander of Naval Facilities Engineering Command and chief of Civil Engineers, and Seabee Force Master Chief Percy Trent speak with Seabees aboard Naval Construction Battalion Center Gulfport during a symposium, April 7. This year topics included advancements, nutrition, Navy programs focused on Seabees, communication, and how to balance work and life. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Michael Barton/160407-N-OR477-022)
Members of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 11’s Women’s Resiliency Council hosted a base-wide Sailor symposium aboard Naval Construction Battalion Center (NCBC), Gulfport, Miss, April 7.
The symposium has become an annual event aboard NCBC; this year topics included advancements, nutrition, Navy programs focused on Seabees, communication, and how to balance work and life.
“My goal was to provide people that had personnel experience, first-hand knowledge, and who have gone through the process of the topics discussed,” said Engineering Aide 3rd Class Miranda Donato, event coordinator. “I feel having these people in front of you, breaking it down simply, and making easy to understand is a better option than just reading it online.”
Guest speakers included retired Rear Adm. Kate Gregory, former commander of Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC), current NAVFAC Commander Rear Adm. Bret Muilenburg, and Force Master Chief of the Seabees Percy Trent.
Gregory spoke about previous leadership experiences throughout her career.
“You learn a lot more when things are bad, than when things are good,” said Gregory. “So pick all those tough jobs, the jobs you know the least about, the location you know the least about — that’s the job that will make you more marketable and more valuable to your command.”
The theme of this year’s symposium was “Empowerment Through Knowledge.”