NMCB 5 Challenges Command and Control Expertise During FTX

Photos by MC1 John P. Curtis

Using realistic scenarios in a field environment, Naval Construction Group (NCG) 1 evaluated Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 5 during the final field training exercise (FTX), Fort Hunter Liggett, Calif., in October, in preparation for deployment. The FTX challenges the battalion’s command and control functions while maintaining the camp, building structures and bridges, and defending the camp and construction projects.  While deployed, Seabee battalions perform contingency construction, humanitarian aid and disaster recovery assistance.

NMCB 5 Seaebee's Field Training Exercise

A Seabee guides a mine resistant ambush protected (MRAP) vehicle on NMCB 5’s operating base, Fort Hunter Liggett, Calif., Oct. 6, during the battalion’s FTX.

NMCB 5 Seaebee's Field Training Exercise

ITC Troy Voorhies  guides a high mobility multipurpose vehicle (HMMV) on NMCB 5’s operating base, Fort Hunter Liggett, Calif., Oct. 6, during the battalion’s FTX.

NMCB 5 Seaebee's Field Training Exercise

CM2 Chris Harris instructs other Seabees how to operate the MK-19 automatic grenade launcher at NMCB 5’s operating base on Fort Hunter Liggett, Calif., Oct. 7, during the battalion’s FTX.

NMCB 5 Seaebee's Field Training Exercise

BU3 Zechariah Bukys (right) ensures the board stays level while BUCN Nicholas Sievert uses a nail gun to fasten the boards on a Southwest Asia hut at NMCB 5’s FTX on Fort Hunter Liggett, Calif., Oct. 8.

NMCB 5 Seaebee's Field Training Exercise

BU3 William Neilsen cuts a 2-by-4 board while framing the walls for a Southwest Asia hut at NMCB 5’s FTX on Fort Hunter Liggett. Calif., Oct. 8.

NMCB 5 Seaebee's Field Training Exercise

BU3 Zechariah Bukys (right) and BUCN Nicholas Sievert run a string line to ensure a Southwest Asia style hut stays level during construction at NMCB 5’s FTX on Fort Hunter Liggett, Calif., Oct. 8.

NMCB 5 Seaebee's Field Training Exercise

BUCN Stephanie Wood (right) covers BUCN Chad Davis’s movement while rehearsing a patrol at NMCB 5’s FTX, Fort Hunter Liggett, Calif., Oct. 8. 

NMCB 5 Seaebee's Field Training Exercise

Seabees assigned to NMCB 5’s convoy security element prepare their mine resistant ambush protected (MRAP) vehicles for the next day’s convoys  during the battalion’s FTX on Fort Hunter Liggett, Calif., Oct. 8. 

NMCB 5 Seaebee's Field Training Exercise

Seabees from NMCB 5’s ALFA Company prepare vehicles for the next day’s convoy during the battalion’s FTX on Fort Hunter Liggett, Calif., Oct. 8. 

NMCB 5 Seaebee's Field Training Exercise

Seabees from NMCB 5’s convoy move to a new forward operating base during the battalion’s FTX on Fort Hunter Liggett, Calif., Oct. 9. 

NMCB 5 Seaebee's Field Training Exercise

Seabees from NMCB 5 move to a new forward operating base during the battalion’s FTX on Fort Hunter Liggett, Calif., Oct. 9.

NMCB 5 Seaebee's Field Training Exercise

The Seabee convoy security element provides security in mine resistant ambush protected (MRAP) vehicles with crew-serve weapons, while other Seabees set up NMCB 5’s forward operating base  during the battalion’s FTX on Fort Hunter Liggett, Calif., Oct. 9.

NMCB 5 Seaebee's Field Training Exercise

Seabees set up NMCB 5’s command operation center tent at a forward operating base during the battalion’s FTX on Fort Hunter Liggett, Calif., Oct. 9.NMCB 5 Seaebee's Field Training Exercise

Two NMCB 5 Seabees walk through the powdery dust on Fort Hunter Liggett, Calif., during the battalion’s FTX, Oct. 6.

 

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