By Lt. Eamon McGraw, NMCB 133 Public Affairs
BUCN Olivia Ploetz (second from left), the youngest Seabee in Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 133 and BU1 Anthony Hill (third from left), the oldest member in attendance, join Command Master Chief David Garcia (left) and NMCB 133 Commanding Officer Cmdr. Jeff Powell in cutting a cake during the battalion’s 70th birthday celebration. NMCB 133 was first commissioned as NCB 133 for service during World War II on September 17, 1943. Photo by MC1 Steven Myers
GULFPORT, Miss. – Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 133 gathered to celebrate 70 years of service with a cake cutting ceremony aboard the Construction Battalion Center Sept. 17.
Commanding Officer Cmdr. Jeff Powell, spoke briefly to remind those in attendance of the battalion’s tremendous legacy – a story that stretches from the Black Hell of Iwo Jima, through the jungles of Vietnam, across the deserts of Iraq and Afghanistan, and to numerous locations in every corner of the globe.
“While I want us to honor our predecessors and remember our fallen comrades today, I also want to drive home the point that you are also now a part of this legacy,” Powell said. “Whether you have served multiple tours in this battalion or checked in yesterday, you are a member of the NMCB 133 family.”
Along with this sense of community came a call to service.
“Building on our tremendous heritage, we will always be ready to operate forward and provide relevant, timely construction to the warfighter,” Powell added. “ Cherish your time here. Embrace and enhance the legacy of the Runnin’ Roos.”