NMCB 1 Assumes Charge of Joint Task Group Tinian During Recovery Efforts

Nov. 19, 2018 | By ggranger
Story by MC2 Kelsey Hockenberger, Commander, Task Force 75 TINIAN, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands- Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 1, Detachment Guam, assumed responsibility for ongoing relief efforts on Tinian during a relief-in-place and transfer of authority ceremony with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) Nov. 14. [caption id="attachment_17530" align="alignnone" width="618"]
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A family of Tinians looks on as Marines and Sailors with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, Combat Logistics Battalion 31 and Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 1 stand in formation at the baseball field during a ceremony marking the end of the 31st MEU’s mission as part of the U.S. Defense Support of Civil Authorities relief efforts on Tinian, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Nov. 14, 2018. Marines and Sailors with the 31st MEU and CLB-31 assisted the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency and local and civil authorities on Tinian to deliver aid to Tinians affected by Super Typhoon Yutu, which struck here Oct. 25 as the second strongest storm to ever hit U.S. soil. Marines and Sailors with the 31st MEU and CLB-31 arrived on Tinian Oct. 29-31 to lead relief efforts on Tinian in response to Yutu as part of Task Force-West. TF-W is leading the Department of Defense’s efforts to assist CNMI’s local and civil authorities provide critical assistance for citizens devastated by Yutu. The 31st MEU, the Marine Corps’ only continuously forward-deployed MEU, provides a flexible force ready to perform a wide-range of military operations across the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Gunnery Sgt. T. T. Parish/Released)
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A family of Tinians looks on as Marines and Sailors with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, Combat Logistics Battalion 31 and Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 1 stand in formation at the baseball field during a ceremony marking the end of the 31st MEU’s mission as part of the U.S. Defense Support of Civil Authorities relief efforts on Tinian, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Nov. 14, 2018. Marines and Sailors with the 31st MEU and CLB-31 assisted the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency and local and civil authorities on Tinian to deliver aid to Tinians affected by Super Typhoon Yutu, which struck here Oct. 25 as the second strongest storm to ever hit U.S. soil. Marines and Sailors with the 31st MEU and CLB-31 arrived on Tinian Oct. 29-31 to lead relief efforts on Tinian in response to Yutu as part of Task Force-West. TF-W is leading the Department of Defense’s efforts to assist CNMI’s local and civil authorities provide critical assistance for citizens devastated by Yutu. The 31st MEU, the Marine Corps’ only continuously forward-deployed MEU, provides a flexible force ready to perform a wide-range of military operations across the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Gunnery Sgt. T. T. Parish/Released)
Photo By: Gunnery Sgt. T. T. Parish
VIRIN: 181119-N-ZY182-7530
A family of Tinians looks on as Marines and Sailors with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, Combat Logistics Battalion 31 and Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 1 stand in formation at the baseball field during a ceremony marking the end of the 31st MEU s mission as part of the U.S. Defense Support of Civil Authorities relief efforts on Tinian, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Nov. 14, 2018. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Gunnery Sgt. T. T. Parish)   During the ceremony, Lt. Cmdr. Pete Smagur, officer in charge of NMCB-1, Det. Guam, assumed responsibility from Marine Col. Robert Brodie and the 31st MEU as recovery efforts continue in Tinian. The Marines did an outstanding job assisting our neighbors and I am proud of the work we accomplished, said Brodie. I am supremely confident that Lt. Cmdr. Smagur and his team will knock it out of the park on continuing the mission to repair homes and reconstruct roofs damaged from the typhoon. After Super Typhoon Yutu hit the island late last month, Marines with the Okinawa-based 31st MEU and Combat Logistics Battalion (CLB) 31, Seabees from NMCB-1, and Airmen from 36th Civil Engineer Squadron, 36th Medical Group and 36th Contingency Response Group began Defense Support of Civil Authorities relief efforts on Oct. 29. During a several-weeks long sprint, the joint-service contingent cleared roads, assembled Federal Emergency Management Agency-provided shelters for displaced families, cleared debris from schools and government buildings and provided water and power for the community. We were able to take a truly devastated island and successfully assist the community due to the collaboration between service members from the Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force, said Brodie. NMCB-1, Det. Guam, will continue as the command element for Joint Task Group Tinian, constructing temporary roofs on damaged homes across the island. As Smagur assumed command, he spoke about the work that already occurred and his team s willingness to continue the effort. It s been an honor to serve along side the Marines and Airmen in the initial disaster recovery phase of this operation. With the routes cleared and temporary life support services in place, we re looking forward to getting the Seabees out in the field to construct temporary roofs for our neighbors said Smagur. [caption id="attachment_17533" align="alignnone" width="618"]
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181114-N-VR594-365 TINIAN, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (Nov. 14, 2018) Lt. Cmdr. Pete Smagur, officer in charge of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 1, Detachment Guam, passes the flag of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands to Chief Utilitiesman Patrick Hines, assigned to NMCB 1, Detachment Guam, during a relief-in-place and transfer of authority ceremony. NMCB 1, Detachment Guam, assumed responsibility as command element for Joint Task Group Tinian from the 31st MEU. Service members from Joint Region Marianas and U.S. Indo-Pacific Command are providing Department of Defense support to the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands' civil and local officials as part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency-supported Super Typhoon Yutu recovery efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kelsey J. Hockenberger)
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181114-N-VR594-365 TINIAN, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (Nov. 14, 2018) Lt. Cmdr. Pete Smagur, officer in charge of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 1, Detachment Guam, passes the flag of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands to Chief Utilitiesman Patrick Hines, assigned to NMCB 1, Detachment Guam, during a relief-in-place and transfer of authority ceremony. NMCB 1, Detachment Guam, assumed responsibility as command element for Joint Task Group Tinian from the 31st MEU. Service members from Joint Region Marianas and U.S. Indo-Pacific Command are providing Department of Defense support to the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands' civil and local officials as part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency-supported Super Typhoon Yutu recovery efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kelsey J. Hockenberger)
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VIRIN: 181119-N-ZY182-7533
Lt. Cmdr. Pete Smagur, officer in charge of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 1, Detachment Guam, passes the flag of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands to Chief Utilitiesman Patrick Hines, assigned to NMCB 1, Detachment Guam, during a relief-in-place and transfer of authority ceremony, Nov. 14, 2018. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kelsey J. Hockenberger)   Service members from the Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force produced more than 61,000 gallons of potable water, assembled more than 196 emergency shelters, and cleared 62 miles of roadway, moving 160-thousand cubic feet of debris left by Yutu. Service members from Joint Region Marianas and U.S. Indo-Pacific Command are providing Department of Defense support to the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands' civil and local officials as part of the FEMA-supported Super Typhoon Yutu recovery efforts. For more Navy news, visit www.navy.mil, http://www.c7f.navy.mil/, www.navy.mil/, and https://www.public.navy.mil/seabee/Pages/default.aspx.