NMCB 133 Seabees Receive Purple Heart in Afghanistan

Feb. 14, 2013 | By Seabee Magazine
By UT3 Drew Verbis, Task Force Anchor Public Affairs, NMCB 133
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130106-N-AS200-413 CAMP KRUTKE, Afghanistan � A formation of Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 133, Task Force Anchor, stand at attention during a Purple Heart ceremony Jan. 6. Equipment Operator Second Class Keith Hauter from Litchfield, Illinois, and Baton Rouge, Louisiana native Dan Morgan received the Purple Heart from Maj. Gen. Charles M. Gurganus, commanding general 1st Marine Expeditionary Force Forward, for wounds sustained when their vehicle struck an improvised explosive device. NMCB 133 is deployed to Afghanistan as part of Joint Task Force Empire in the U.S. Central Command area of operations to assist coalition forces and provide engineering support to the Afghan government. (U.S. Navy photo by Utilitiesman 3rd Class Drew Verbis/Released)
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130106-N-AS200-413 CAMP KRUTKE, Afghanistan � A formation of Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 133, Task Force Anchor, stand at attention during a Purple Heart ceremony Jan. 6. Equipment Operator Second Class Keith Hauter from Litchfield, Illinois, and Baton Rouge, Louisiana native Dan Morgan received the Purple Heart from Maj. Gen. Charles M. Gurganus, commanding general 1st Marine Expeditionary Force Forward, for wounds sustained when their vehicle struck an improvised explosive device. NMCB 133 is deployed to Afghanistan as part of Joint Task Force Empire in the U.S. Central Command area of operations to assist coalition forces and provide engineering support to the Afghan government. (U.S. Navy photo by Utilitiesman 3rd Class Drew Verbis/Released)
Photo By: Utilitiesman 3rd Class Drew Verb
VIRIN: 130106-N-AS200-413
A formation of Seabees from NMCB 133, Task Force Anchor, stands at attention during a Purple Heart ceremony on Camp Krutke, Afghanistan, Jan. 6. EO2 Keith Hauter and BUCN Dan Morgan, NMCB 133, received the Purple Heart from Maj. Gen. Charles M. Gurganus, commanding general 1st Marine Expeditionary Force Forward, for wounds sustained when their vehicle struck an improvised explosive device. Photo by UT3 Drew Verbis Two Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 133, Task Force Anchor, were awarded the Purple Heart by Maj. Gen. Charles M. Gurganus, commanding general 1st Marine Expeditionary Force Forward, during a ceremony on Camp Krutke, Afghanistan, Jan. 6. Equipment Operator 2nd Class Keith Hauter and Builder Constructionman Dan Morgan, NMCB 133, received the award for wounds sustained when their vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device (IED). They're expected to make a full recovery and finish the deployment. [caption id="attachment_3131" align="aligncenter" width="620"]
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130106-N-SE904-008CAMP KRUTKE, Afghanistan � Maj. Gen. Charles M. Gurganus, commanding general 1st Marine Expeditionary Force Forward, speaks to the Seabees of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 133 following the presentation the Purple Heart to Equipment Operator Second Class Keith Hauter, left, from Litchfield, Illinois, and Baton Rouge, Louisiana native Dan Morgan of NMCB 133, Task Force Anchor, received the Purple Heart from Gurganus for wounds sustained when their vehicle struck an improvised explosive device. NMCB 133 is deployed to Afghanistan as part of Joint Task Force Empire in the U.S. Central Command area of operations to assist coalition forces and provide engineering support to the Afghan government. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Steven Myers/Released)
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130106-N-SE904-008CAMP KRUTKE, Afghanistan � Maj. Gen. Charles M. Gurganus, commanding general 1st Marine Expeditionary Force Forward, speaks to the Seabees of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 133 following the presentation the Purple Heart to Equipment Operator Second Class Keith Hauter, left, from Litchfield, Illinois, and Baton Rouge, Louisiana native Dan Morgan of NMCB 133, Task Force Anchor, received the Purple Heart from Gurganus for wounds sustained when their vehicle struck an improvised explosive device. NMCB 133 is deployed to Afghanistan as part of Joint Task Force Empire in the U.S. Central Command area of operations to assist coalition forces and provide engineering support to the Afghan government. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Steven Myers/Released)
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VIRIN: 130106-N-SE904-008
Maj. Gen. Charles M. Gurganus, commanding general 1st Marine Expeditionary Force Forward, speaks to Seabees of NMCB 133 following the Purple Heart ceremony on Camp Krutke, Afghanistan. Photo by MC1 Steven Myers "Allow me to use these Seabees to talk to you," Gurganus said. "These guys have something that I don't have. These guys (Seabees) who drove over an IED, these Purple Heart recipients, are the brave example that we're succeeding. "I want you to know how important you all are," Gurganus added. "I know that Seabees 'build and fight' because I've seen it. I've seen you hammering in full battle gear, put down the hammer, grab your rifle and join the fire fight for hours, then go right back to hammering. I've seen you do this for days on end. I couldn't do this job without Seabees. I need you and I'm letting you know we're winning, and you're a big part of that result." Gurganus went on to explain the current condition of the drawdown of American forces in the region. He said to stay on course and maintain focus. "I felt like the major general gave us positive validation," said Builder 3rd Class Juan Moriealvelez, NMCB 133. "We all sacrifice so much to be here and it's good to get a motivating message directly from the top of our chain of command." Gurganus left these departing words, "I will only make one promise to you before you leave. I'll get you on that plane, but I promise I will work your tails everyday while you're in this battle space because that's how important Seabees are to the mission." [caption id="attachment_3134" align="aligncenter" width="620"]
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130106-N-AS200-416 CAMP KRUTKE, Afghanistan � Equipment Operator Second Class Keith Hauter from Litchfield, Illinois, and Baton Rouge, Louisiana native Dan Morgan of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 133, Task Force Anchor, received the Purple Heart from Maj. Gen. Charles M. Gurganus, commanding general 1st Marine Expeditionary Force Forward, for wounds sustained when their vehicle struck an improvised explosive device. NMCB 133 is deployed to Afghanistan as part of Joint Task Force Empire in the U.S. Central Command area of operations to assist coalition forces and provide engineering support to the Afghan government. (U.S. Navy photo by Utilitiesman 3rd Class Drew Verbis/Released)
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130106-N-AS200-416 CAMP KRUTKE, Afghanistan � Equipment Operator Second Class Keith Hauter from Litchfield, Illinois, and Baton Rouge, Louisiana native Dan Morgan of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 133, Task Force Anchor, received the Purple Heart from Maj. Gen. Charles M. Gurganus, commanding general 1st Marine Expeditionary Force Forward, for wounds sustained when their vehicle struck an improvised explosive device. NMCB 133 is deployed to Afghanistan as part of Joint Task Force Empire in the U.S. Central Command area of operations to assist coalition forces and provide engineering support to the Afghan government. (U.S. Navy photo by Utilitiesman 3rd Class Drew Verbis/Released)
Photo By: Utilitiesman 3rd Class Drew Verb
VIRIN: 130106-N-AS200-416
EO2 Keith Hauter and BUCN Dan Morgan, NMCB 133, received the Purple Heart from Maj. Gen. Charles M. Gurganus, commanding general 1st Marine Expeditionary Force Forward, for wounds sustained when their vehicle struck an improvised explosive device. Photo by UT3 Drew Verbis