NMCB 1 Completes Field Training Exercise

March 1, 2018 | By ggranger
Story by MC3 Alexa Trafton, NMCB 1 Public Affairs Seabees completed a two-week Field Training Exercise (FTX) on board Camp Shelby, Mississippi on February 22, 2018. Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 1 operated across Camp Shelbys rugged terrain while the FTX simultaneously tested the battalions ability to enter and secure hostile locations, execute expeditionary construction, and defend against enemy attacks.   [caption id="attachment_16050" align="alignnone" width="618"]
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Construction Mechanic 3rd Class Brandon Collins, from Hampshire, Illinois, operates a M2HB machine gun during Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 1 Field Training Exercise (FTX) on board Camp Shelby, Mississippi, February 23, 2018. (Photo by MC1 Brannon Deugan)   It demonstrated our ability to operate in a forward deployed location to accomplish contingency engineering and support for mission commanders, said Senior Chief Constructionman Timothy Weisenburg, operations department chief. The Seabees of NMCB 1 performed stellar across the board and set high standards throughout the exercise. During the exercise, NMCB 1 completed multiple site jumps where the entire battalion and its equipment moved from an established base to a non-secure area. Seabees provided their own security, while moving to and setting up the new Forward Operating Base.   [caption id="attachment_16049" align="alignnone" width="618"]
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CAMP SHELBY, Mississippi (February 21, 2018) Seabees assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Batttalion (NMCB) 1 and Marines assigned to Bridge Company, 8th Engineer Support Battalion assemble the Mabey Johnson bridge during a Field Training Exercise on board Camp Shelby, Mississippi, February 21, 2018. The FTX provides a robust training environment where Seabee forces plan and execute multiple mission essential tasks including convoy security, force protection, and camp buildup prior to deployment. NMCB 1 is a Seabee Battalion specializing in contingency construction, disaster response, humanitarian assistance and combat operations support. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Alexa Trafton)
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CAMP SHELBY, Mississippi (February 21, 2018) Seabees assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Batttalion (NMCB) 1 and Marines assigned to Bridge Company, 8th Engineer Support Battalion assemble the Mabey Johnson bridge during a Field Training Exercise on board Camp Shelby, Mississippi, February 21, 2018. The FTX provides a robust training environment where Seabee forces plan and execute multiple mission essential tasks including convoy security, force protection, and camp buildup prior to deployment. NMCB 1 is a Seabee Battalion specializing in contingency construction, disaster response, humanitarian assistance and combat operations support. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Alexa Trafton)
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Seabees assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Batttalion (NMCB) 1 and Marines assigned to Bridge Company, 8th Engineer Support Battalion assemble the Mabey Johnson bridge during a Field Training Exercise on board Camp Shelby, Mississippi, February 21, 2018. (Photo by MC3 Alexa Trafton)   During FTX, separate detachments operate independently from the main battalion, each having different assigned missions over the span of the exercise. Bridge Detachment, an independent detachment, was comprised of 89 personnel, including 10 Marines assigned to Bridge Company of 8th Engineer Support Battalion from Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, that were temporarily assigned to NMCB 1 during the exercise. Together the Marines and Seabees erected a Medium Girder Bridge and a Mabey Johnson Bridge, and completed two other construction projects at their detachment site.   [caption id="attachment_16047" align="alignnone" width="618"]
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CAMP SHELBY, Mississippi (February 9, 2018) Steelworker 3rd Class Reigan Kempt, from Grove, Oklahoma, trains in a fighting position during a Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 1 Field Training Exercise (FTX) on board Camp Shelby, Mississippi, February 9, 2018. The FTX provides a robust training environment where Seabee forces plan and execute multiple mission essential tasks including convoy security, force protection, and camp buildup prior to deployment. NMCB 1 is a Seabee Battalion specializing in contingency construction, disaster response, humanitarian assistance and combat operations support. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Alexa Trafton)
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CAMP SHELBY, Mississippi (February 9, 2018) Steelworker 3rd Class Reigan Kempt, from Grove, Oklahoma, trains in a fighting position during a Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 1 Field Training Exercise (FTX) on board Camp Shelby, Mississippi, February 9, 2018. The FTX provides a robust training environment where Seabee forces plan and execute multiple mission essential tasks including convoy security, force protection, and camp buildup prior to deployment. NMCB 1 is a Seabee Battalion specializing in contingency construction, disaster response, humanitarian assistance and combat operations support. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Alexa Trafton)
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VIRIN: 180209-N-JQ001-070
Steelworker 3rd Class Reigan Kempt, from Grove, Oklahoma, trains in a fighting position during a Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 1 Field Training Exercise (FTX) on board Camp Shelby, Mississippi, February 9, 2018. (Photo by MC3 Alexa Trafton)   The bridge mission of the exercise really gave us the chance to learn from the Marines, and have the Marines learn from us, said Builder 2nd Class Katherine York, from East Grand Forks, Minnesota. We worked together to learn patrol techniques and building techniques as a team. It was a fantastic experience for both sides. Seabees also employed tactical weapons systems, operated armored vehicles, and employed heavy construction equipment in hostile environments throughout the exercise.   [caption id="attachment_16048" align="alignnone" width="618"]
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CAMP SHELBY, Mississippi (February 11, 2018) Seabees assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 1 and Marines assigned to Bridge Company, 8th Engineer Support Battalion pose for a group photo on a completed Medium Girder bridge during Field Training Exercise (FTX) on board Camp Shelby, Mississippi, February 11, 2018. The FTX provides a robust training environment where Seabee forces plan and execute multiple mission essential tasks including convoy security, force protection, and camp buildup prior to deployment. NMCB 1 is a Seabee Battalion specializing in contingency construction, disaster response, humanitarian assistance and combat operations support. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Brannon Deugan)
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CAMP SHELBY, Mississippi (February 11, 2018) Seabees assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 1 and Marines assigned to Bridge Company, 8th Engineer Support Battalion pose for a group photo on a completed Medium Girder bridge during Field Training Exercise (FTX) on board Camp Shelby, Mississippi, February 11, 2018. The FTX provides a robust training environment where Seabee forces plan and execute multiple mission essential tasks including convoy security, force protection, and camp buildup prior to deployment. NMCB 1 is a Seabee Battalion specializing in contingency construction, disaster response, humanitarian assistance and combat operations support. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Brannon Deugan)
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VIRIN: 180211-N-SD965-121
Seabees assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 1 and Marines assigned to Bridge Company, 8th Engineer Support Battalion pose for a group photo on a completed Medium Girder bridge during Field Training Exercise (FTX) on board Camp Shelby, Mississippi, February 11, 2018. (Photo by MC1 Brannon Deugan)   NMCB 1 is a Seabee Battalion, homeported in Gulfport, Mississippi, that specializes in contingency construction, disaster response, and humanitarian assistance.