By BU1 Sergio Armas
BU2 Benjamin Salazar (left), assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 3, directs BU1 Hoekstra Brandon as he operates a rough terrain forklift, to lower a pallet used for transporting military air cargo during a mount out exercise. The exercise was held in preparation for NMCB 3’s upcoming Field Training Exercise (FTX). Photo by BU1 Sergio Armas
Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 3 Seabees executed an Embark Exercise (EMBEX) at Naval Base Ventura County, Port Hueneme, March 3-5.
More than 100 Seabees executed the 48-hour evolution, which demonstrated the ability to swiftly and efficiently forward deploy the battalion’s air detachment, a company of 89 personnel, their Civil Engineering Support Equipment (CESE), and supply cargo pallets that could be used in humanitarian aid or recovery efforts anywhere around the world.
According to Equipment Operator 1st Class Abel Abeyta, embark leading petty officer, NMCB 3’s embark team conducted many Unit Driven Training (UDT), and Embark Training Exercises (ETX) to prepare them before this evaluated EMBEX.
Construction Electrician Constructionman Eri Burger, assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 3, aligns analog weigh scales to weigh a Medium Tactical Vehicle Replacement (MTVR) during a mount out exercise. Photo by BU1 Sergio Armas
“We have a highly motivated young crew of Seabees that have conducted this exercise for the first time and they have done an exceptional job,” said Abeyta. “I am very pleased with the results and very proud of them. It goes to prove that you may not have all the experience, but if you have the motivation and eagerness to learn, you can just as easily succeed.”
This exercise prepared the men and women from NMCB 3 to execute their mount out exercise for their upcoming Field Training Exercise (FTX).
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.