By Ens. Via Ronic Snow-Hill, NMCB 11
ET2 Victor Torres, NMCB 11, holds his children during a homecoming ceremony at NCBC Gulfport, Miss., Aug. 7. (Photo by Ens. Via Ronic Snow-Hill/150807-N-XZ945-020)
Members of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 11’s delayed party, as well as attached reserve unit NMCB 14, returned to the U.S. from deployment in early August to family and friends onboard Naval Construction Battalion Center (NCBC) Gulfport, Miss.
Command leadership welcomed returning troops as they unloaded the plane and embarked the buses that would bring them onboard NCBC Gulfport. Decorated posters and T-shirts with customized messages were on display for returning Seabees, all having a heartfelt “Welcome Home” sentiment.
BU2 Sean Wills, NMCB 11, holds his daughters for the first time in seven months during a homecoming ceremony at NCBC Gulfport, Miss., Aug. 7. NMCB 11 recently returned from a six-month deployment to the U.S. European Command, U.S. Pacific Command and U.S. Africa Command areas of responsibility. (Photo by MC1 Michael C. Barton/150807-N-OR477-045)
CDR Jorge R. Cuadros, NMCB 11’s commanding officer, reported that the battalion executed over 30,000 man-days of construction, mission support and direct labor training through this deployment period to the U.S. European Command, U.S. Pacific Command and U.S. Africa Command areas of responsibility. This included 59 projects, 11 recurring missions, general engineering and camp maintenance in 35 countries and territories on four continents.
“The battalion continues to execute construction projects with the highest levels of quality, in any environment,” said Lt. Cmdr. Kenneth Sowell, operations officer, NMCB 11. “This not only speaks to the diligence but also the mobility of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion Eleven and their hard work.”
BUCN Fayah Varnie, NMCB 11, plays catch with his son during a homecoming ceremony at NCBC Gulfport, Miss., Aug. 7. (Photo by MC1 Michael C. Barton/150807-N-OR477-074)
CE3 Kelly Lopez, NMCB 11, is greeted by her family during a homecoming ceremony at NCBC Gulfport, Miss., Aug. 7. (Photo by YN2 Joshua Osara/150807-N-ZZ999-035)