Embark Exercise Develops Minds and Spirits of Seabees

By MC1 Brannon Deugan, NMCB 1

NMCB 1 Conducts Embark Exercise

CMCN Zachary Walker, NMCB 1, works on the battery terminal for a light plant aboard NCBC Gulfport, Mississippi, June 7, during a battalion embark exercise. NMCB 1 conducted the 24-hour exercise with a scenario for preparing pieces of construction equipment, several pallets of supplies and associated paperwork for shipment. (Photo by MC1 Brannon Deugan/160607-N-SD965-009)

Seabees assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 1 participated in a 24-hour embark exercise aboard Naval Construction Battalion Center (NCBC) Gulfport, June 7.

The exercise was a training scenario focused on providing in-depth, hands-on practice for both crews and their leaders.

“I’ve learned how to build and measure shoring to keep vehicles in place during shipment along with how to properly build and stack a pallet,” said Construction Mechanic Constructionman Zachary Walker, NMCB 1. “It is great working as a team and to see how much faster the entire process is when we are working with an entire crew instead of just 10 people.”

NMCB 1 Conducts Embark Exercise

BU1 John Bachik, NMCB 1, secures construction equipment for transportation aboard NCBC Gulfport, Mississippi, during a battalion embark exercise, June 7. (Photo by MC1 Brannon Deugan/160607-N-SD965-024)

The exercise incorporates knowledge received through classroom and on-the-job training to successfully complete an embark scenario. The scenario prepared pieces of construction equipment, several pallets of supplies and associated paperwork for shipment.

Before shipment, each piece of equipment is cleaned, given maintenance, weighed, measured, marked and then staged for inspection.

“The embark exercise develops the minds and spirits of our young Seabees to encourage building teamwork, communication skills and on-the-job knowledge to include material for our Seabee Combat Warfare qualification,” said Equipment Operator 1st Class Justin Jordan, NMCB 1 Embark leading petty officer. “Overall, the exercise increases the battalion’s embarkation process for improved mobilization.”

NMCB 1 Conducts Embark Exercise

BU1 John Bachik, NMCB 1, secures construction equipment for transportation aboard NCBC Gulfport, Mississippi, during a battalion embark exercise, June 7. NMCB 1 conducted the 24-hour exercise with a scenario for preparing pieces of construction equipment, several pallets of supplies and associated paperwork for shipment. (Photo by MC1 Brannon Deugan/160607-N-SD965-035)


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