Story by HM2 Jeremy Ferrer, Construction Battalion Maintenance Unit 303
SAN DIEGO – Construction Battalion Maintenance Unit (CBMU) 303 held a change of command ceremony at Seabee Village based at Naval Base San Diego (NBSD) May 24, 2018.
Lt. Cmdr. James Stewart relieved Lt. Cmdr. Javier Lopez-Martinez as commanding officer of CBMU 303, ending Lopez-Martinez’ two-year tenure as the unit’s commanding officer.
During the ceremony, Capt. Mike Saum, Commodore of Naval Construction Group (NCG) 1, was the presiding officer and guest speaker. He took a few moments to praise Lopez-Martinez’ accomplishments and the untiring work that CBMU 303 Seabees and Sailors have done during his tenure.
“CBMU  has done tremendous things over the past two years, not only of what they’ve done but what they’ve changed,” said Saum. “303’s executed operations and tasking supported three different combatant commanders, three navy regions, six Navy and Marine Corps installations and they’ve participated in four major exercises.”
Following Saum’s remarks, he awarded Lopez-Martinez the Meritorious Service Medal for his inspirational leadership and his outstanding performance as commanding officer from July 2016 to June 2018.
Lopez-Martinez praised and expressed his gratitude towards the men and women of his command.
“To the men of women of Team 303, you inspire me every single day, it has been a true honor to serve with you as your commanding officer,” said Lopez-Martinez.
Shortly after Lopez-Martinez and Stewart read their orders, the tradition of passing the command pennant was done, signifying the changing of command from one officer to another.
“To the stellar men and women of Construction Battalion [Maintenance Unit] 303, I looked forward to serving with you and I shall endeavor to give you my best every day,” said Stewart. “I look forward to continuing the momentum that this great unit has generated.”
Stewart served as Bravo Company Commander, Amphibious Construction Battalion 1 from June 2016 to May 2018. Stewart has earned his Master of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering, Master of Arts in Economics and Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering.
Construction Battalion Maintenance Units provide specialized public works support at naval support activities, forward operating bases, and expeditionary medical facilities during wartime or contingency operations.