By MC1 Steven Myers, NMCB 133 Public Affairs
Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 133 was announced as the winner of the Fiscal Year 2013 Rear Adm. Eugene J. Peltier Award via naval message, April 29.
NMCB 133 was recognized for its outstanding performance in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and U.S. Forces – Afghanistan during its most recent deployment.
In her message, Rear Adm. Katherine Gregory, Commander, Naval Facilities Engineering Command and Chief of Civil Engineers, stated that units selected for this prestigious award are recognized leaders in the Naval Construction Force and praised NMCB 133 for having “epitomized the Naval Construction Force’s very best.”
During its deployment to Afghanistan, NMCB 133 completed more than 70 projects, including construction of more than 18 kilometers of protective berm, five water wells, a medical facility and more than 104,000 square feet of infrastructure.
“Their balanced excellence was further demonstrated by their professionalism and tenacity in training the Afghanistan National Army Corps Engineer Kandak (CEK) on vertical and horizontal construction practices,” Gregory stated. “We are all very proud of you and what you have accomplished for our Navy and our nation. Bravo Zulu!”
The Peltier award is named for legendary and distinguished Civil Engineer Corps and Seabee leader Rear Adm. Eugene Peltier. Commissioned into the Navy in 1940, Peltier was appointed Chief of the Bureau of Yards and Docks and Chief of Civil Engineers of the Navy in 1957, an office in which he served until 1962. Peltier died Feb. 13, 2004, at the age of 93 and is interred in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va.
NMCB 133 has previously won the Peltier Award 10 times, most recently in 2006.