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NMCB 11 Bees Support Guam Liberation Day Parade

Story by Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 11

SANTA RITA, Guam In 1944, during the three-week battle for Guam, the Seabees contributed greatly by unloading ships and performing vital construction in support of combat operations. Their efforts led to the construction of the advanced headquarters for the United States Pacific Fleet, an airbase for B-29 bombers, and a depot center for war supply. Seabees were also the driving force behind the construction of Marine Corps Drive and still maintain a strong presence on the island.

Sailors from various commands on Naval Base Guam walk in the Liberation Day Parade, next to the Seabee parade float. (Photo by Ensign Rixon Fletcher)

 

The Seabees of Naval Construction Battalion Eleven (NMCB-11) Detachment Guam, supported the event by providing several units of Civil Engineering Support Equipment (CESE) to include a motor grader and a tractor trailer to tow a Seabee parade float. The Seabees also provided a Seabee statue from Camp Covington, the Seabees home on Guam, to be a part of the float. “It was an honor to be a part of this event,” said Ensign Rixon Fletcher, the officer in charge of the event for NMCB-11. “The Seabees have a proud history on this island and I was very happy to see today’s Seabees carrying on that history” he went on to say.

Seabees of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion Eleven (NMCB-11) Detachment Guam, provide a motor grader for a static display at the Liberation Day Parade. NMCB-11 is forward deployed to execute construction, humanitarian and foreign assistance, and theater security cooperation in the 7th Fleet area of operations. (Photo by CM2 Brittney Ebbert)

 

NMCB-11 is a Seabee Battalion specializing in contingency construction, disaster response, and humanitarian assistance. The battalion currently has a large detachment forward deployed in Guam to execute construction projects in support of various Department of Defense commands in the Indo-Pacific Region. The Battalion’s homeport is in Gulfport, Miss.


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