By Ensign Via Ronic Snow-Hill, NMCB 11
NMCB 11 Quarterdeck after receiving the award. (Photo courtesy of NMCB 11)
“Consistency in efficiency.” That is the name of the game for Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 11, who won the Battle Efficiency award for a second consecutive year and third time since the battalion recommissioned in 2007.
“You should be proud,” said Cmdr. Jorge Cuadros, NMCB 11 commanding officer, who delivered the news as the battalion prepared to receive a brief on what to expect during the Field Training (FTX). Cuadros further remarked that “it takes hard work to get there and you’ve been working extra hard to be there.”
This referenced the hard work that the battalion has put in over the last two years in obtaining the Battle Efficiency Award.
The total deployed force consisted of 720 personnel, including an attached reserve component. In total, NMCB 11 Seabees operated at 58 locations in 31 different countries while completing critical tasking and participating in 15 named exercises. NMCB 11 also became the first battalion to simultaneously utilize three P25S Tables of Allowance (TOAs) in Rota, Guam and Gulfport.
The battalion’s effective use of three TOAs throughout deployment was a result of a rigorous “Khaki Spot Check” program. Their program was used throughout all phases of the TOA transfer and homeport cycle, ultimately leading to their management and accountability. A zero balance of missing TOA items was maintained throughout all of their homeport evolutions.
NMCB 11 is a Seabee battalion specializing in contingency construction, disaster response, and humanitarian assistance. The battalion’s homeport is in Gulfport, Miss.
The Naval Construction Force is a vital component of the U.S. Maritime Strategy. They offer deployable battalions capable of providing contingency construction, disaster preparation and recovery support, humanitarian assistance, and combat operations support.