NMCB 3 Completes Turnover, Assumes Charge of Pacific Region NCF Operations

Sept. 18, 2015 | By Seabee Magazine
By MC1 (SW) Michael Gomez, NMCB 3 Public Affairs
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VIRIN: 150918-N-XZ182-0074
UTC Philip Anderton, NMCB 3, places the battalion seal on the Camp Shields sign during a Transfer of Authority ceremony, a brief service when the incoming battalion formally relieves the outgoing battalion after a week-long turnover period, Okinawa, Japan, Sept. 3. (Photo by MC1 Michael Gomez/150903-N-YG415-153) Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 3 assumed charge of all Pacific Region Naval Construction Force (NCF) missions from NMCB 5 during a transfer of authority ceremony on Camp Shields, Okinawa, Japan, Sept. 3. The relief in place and transfer of authority ceremony (RIP/TOA) marked the official start of NMCB 3s deployment and the end of NMCB 5's deployment to Pacific Region that began in February when the battalion deployed from Port Hueneme, Calif. Before the RIP/TOA occurred, a week-long inspection and review was conducted of all equipment, supplies, projects, facilities and civil engineering support equipment (CESE). When a Seabee battalion deploys, it does not travel with equipment. Instead, all construction equipment and supplies are already at the deployment sites. A detailed turnover must be conducted before the incoming battalion commences work. The CESE undergoes a more thorough inspection in a process called the Battalion Equipment Evaluation Program (BEEP). The BEEP inspection is designed to transfer all special knowledge of CESE maintenance, operations and techniques to the relieving battalion. During the BEEP inspection, NMCB 3 Alfa Company, consisting of construction mechanics and equipment operators, inspected and received custody of more than 300 units of CESE.
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150903-N-YG415-168 OKINAWA, Japan (Sep. 3, 2015) Chief Utilitiesman Philip Anderton, left, oversees Builder Constructionman Michelle Her, right, both assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 3, place the battalion evaluation equipment program (BEEP) sign on the welcome board at Camp Shields during a Transfer of Authority ceremony(TOA). TOA is brief service when the incoming battalion formally relieves the outgoing battalion after a week turnover period. NMCB 3 is deployed to Japan and several countries in the Pacific area of operations conducting construction operations and humanitarian assistance projects. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Michael Gomez/Released)
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150903-N-YG415-168 OKINAWA, Japan (Sep. 3, 2015) Chief Utilitiesman Philip Anderton, left, oversees Builder Constructionman Michelle Her, right, both assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 3, place the battalion evaluation equipment program (BEEP) sign on the welcome board at Camp Shields during a Transfer of Authority ceremony(TOA). TOA is brief service when the incoming battalion formally relieves the outgoing battalion after a week turnover period. NMCB 3 is deployed to Japan and several countries in the Pacific area of operations conducting construction operations and humanitarian assistance projects. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Michael Gomez/Released)
Photo By: MC1(SW) Michael Gomez
VIRIN: 150903-N-YG415-168
UTC Philip Anderton (left) oversees BUCN Michelle Herr, both assigned NMCB 3, as the battalion evaluation equipment program (BEEP) sign is placed on the welcome board at Camp Shields during a Transfer of Authority ceremony, Okinawa, Japan, Sept. 3. (Photo by MC1 Michael Gomez/150903-N-YG415-168) We prepared and trained in homeport for deployment to conduct a smooth and successful transition with NMCB 5, said Construction Mechanic 2nd Class Antonio Harris, NMCB 3. When the inspection was complete, a red diamond shaped sticker with a white number three, called a BEEP sticker, was placed on each piece of CESE. A red diamond identifies the CESE as belonging to an NMCB; a triangle identifies it as belonging to a naval construction regiment. They were extremely thorough during the inspections and performed their duties according to the instructions and procedures, said Lt. Don R. Pasteur, NMCB 3s Alfa Company Commander. Alfa Company performed exceptionally well. Along with the equipment and supply turnover, NMCB 3 relieved NMCB 5 of construction project responsibilities throughout the NCF. Now that the turnover is complete, NMCB 5 will return to Port Hueneme, Calif. NMCB 3 is homeported in Port Hueneme, and is currently supporting Navy and joint forces throughout the U.S. Pacific Command with construction projects and humanitarian missions in more than 13 geographical locations.
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150903-N-YG415-045 OKINAWA, Japan (Sep. 3, 2015) Utilitiesman 1st Class Jeffery Walter and Electronics Technician 3rd Class Rhian A. Brinskele, both members of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 5, retrieve the battalion colors during a Transfer of Authority ceremony, a brief service when the incoming battalion formally relieves the outgoing battalion after a week turnover period. After a seven month deployment, NMCB 5 is turning over all of their missions in the U.S. Pacific Command to NMCB 3. Both battalions are homeported in Port Hueneme, Calif. While deployed NMCB 5 was headquartered on Camp Shields in Okinawa, Japan and sent Seabees to work on 41 construction projects in 12 countries. The Seabees built bridges in remote areas and built or renovated 20 schools and four health clinics in Timor Leste, the Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia and Cambodia. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Michael Gomez/Released)
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150903-N-YG415-045 OKINAWA, Japan (Sep. 3, 2015) Utilitiesman 1st Class Jeffery Walter and Electronics Technician 3rd Class Rhian A. Brinskele, both members of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 5, retrieve the battalion colors during a Transfer of Authority ceremony, a brief service when the incoming battalion formally relieves the outgoing battalion after a week turnover period. After a seven month deployment, NMCB 5 is turning over all of their missions in the U.S. Pacific Command to NMCB 3. Both battalions are homeported in Port Hueneme, Calif. While deployed NMCB 5 was headquartered on Camp Shields in Okinawa, Japan and sent Seabees to work on 41 construction projects in 12 countries. The Seabees built bridges in remote areas and built or renovated 20 schools and four health clinics in Timor Leste, the Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia and Cambodia. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Michael Gomez/Released)
Photo By: MC1(SW) Michael Gomez
VIRIN: 150903-N-YG415-045
UT1 Jeffery Walter and ET3 Rhian A. Brinskele, NMCB 5, retrieve the battalion colors during a Transfer of Authority ceremony, Okinawa, Japan, Sept. 3. (Photo by MC1 Michael Gomez/150903-N-YG415-045)
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150903-N-YG415-077 OKINAWA, Japan (Sep. 3, 2015) Master-at-Arms 1st Class Matthew G. Lundeen and Builder 1st Class Cresencio Estrada, both members of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 3, raise the battalion colors during a Transfer of Authority ceremony, a brief service when the incoming battalion formally relieves the outgoing battalion after a week turnover period. NMCB 3 is deployed to Japan and several countries in the Pacific area of operations conducting construction operations and humanitarian assistance projects. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Michael Gomez/Released)
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150903-N-YG415-077 OKINAWA, Japan (Sep. 3, 2015) Master-at-Arms 1st Class Matthew G. Lundeen and Builder 1st Class Cresencio Estrada, both members of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 3, raise the battalion colors during a Transfer of Authority ceremony, a brief service when the incoming battalion formally relieves the outgoing battalion after a week turnover period. NMCB 3 is deployed to Japan and several countries in the Pacific area of operations conducting construction operations and humanitarian assistance projects. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Michael Gomez/Released)
Photo By: MC1(SW) Michael Gomez
VIRIN: 150903-N-YG415-077
MA1 Matthew G. Lundeen and BU1 Cresencio Estrada, NMCB 3, raise the battalion colors during a Transfer of Authority ceremony, Okinawa, Japan, Sept. 3. (Photo by MC1 Michael Gomez/150903-N-YG415-077)
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Seabees assigned to NMCB 3 stand at attention after raising the battalion colors for the first time during a Transfer of Authority ceremony, Okinawa, Japan, Sept. 3. (Photo by MC1 Michael Gomez/150903-N-YG415-080)