Battalion Readiness: NMCB 3 Seabees Train to Fight

By MC3 Debra Daco, NMCB 3

NMCB 3 Seabees train to fightBUCN Anthony Austin from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 3 patrols with his squad during NMCB 3’s tactical training at Port Hueneme Naval Base Ventura County. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Debra Daco)

Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 3 sharpened their warfighting skills during a weeklong training at Naval Base Ventura County Port Hueneme, Jan. 26-29.

The training prepared NMCB 3 Seabees to respond and deploy anywhere in the world for any reason necessary.

“This training will help the junior troops to be familiar with the basics and keep everyone on the same page with the tactical standard operating procedures,” said Equipment Operator 1st Class Manuel Figueroa, NMCB 3’s leading training petty officer.

More than 200 Seabees cycled through 12 stations that included assembling and disassembling weapons, conducting patrols, performing combat lifesaving drills and, over all teaching the Seabees how to operate under stress and in a tactical environment.

NMCB 3 Seabees train to fightSeabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 3 trains on properly transferring wounded victims to a litter during NMCB 3’s tactical training at Port Hueneme Naval Base Ventura County. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Debra Daco)

They were evaluated on their time to accomplish each task, motivation and participation.

“I’m learning a lot!” said Builder Constructionman Anthony Austin. “I like how everything is hands on.”

“It’s a good refresher,” said Construction Mechanic 2nd Class Antonio Harris. “I get to sharpen and brush up on my skills. It’s also a good exposure and experience for new people on what the Seabees do.”

NMCB 3 continues to train and be the “Better than the Best” to achieve complete battalion readiness.

The Naval Construction Force is a vital component of the U.S. Maritime Strategy. The force provides deployable battalions capable of providing disaster preparation and recovery support, humanitarian assistance and combat operations support.

NMCB 3 Seabees train to fightEA3 Migauel Angel Holguin Gonzalez from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 3 puts on his Mission Oriented Protective Posture gear during NMCB 3’s tactical training at Port Hueneme Naval Base Ventura County. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Debra Daco)


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