NMCB-5 Completes Exercise Pacific Blitz 2019

May 9, 2019 | By ggranger
Story by Ensign Caleb Lennnon, Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 5 CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 5 completed participation in exercise Pacific Blitz 2019 (PacBlitz19). NMCB s participation in the exercise, which ran from March 1 - April 9, 2019, provided the opportunity for the battalion to test their mission readiness, ability to fend off enemy attacks, and employment of small unit leadership while testing their operating capabilities in a joint expeditionary environment. [caption id="attachment_17863" align="alignnone" width="741"]
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190309-N-MD802-1045 CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. (March 9, 2019) Ens. Kenneth Heinzerling and Lt. Joshua Moore, assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 5 (NMCB-5), monitor a road improvement project at on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California as part of Exercise Pacific Blitz 2019 (PacBlitz19). NMCB-5 provides support to 1st Marine Logistics Group in the establishment and maintenance of advanced naval bases. PacBlitz19 provides relevant training that replicates a realistic maritime threat environment designed to improve naval amphibious core competencies necessary for effective, global crisis response expected of the Navy and Marine Corps. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jack D. Aistrup)
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190309-N-MD802-1045 CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. (March 9, 2019) Ens. Kenneth Heinzerling and Lt. Joshua Moore, assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 5 (NMCB-5), monitor a road improvement project at on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California as part of Exercise Pacific Blitz 2019 (PacBlitz19). NMCB-5 provides support to 1st Marine Logistics Group in the establishment and maintenance of advanced naval bases. PacBlitz19 provides relevant training that replicates a realistic maritime threat environment designed to improve naval amphibious core competencies necessary for effective, global crisis response expected of the Navy and Marine Corps. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jack D. Aistrup)
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Ens. Kenneth Heinzerling and Lt. Joshua Moore, assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 5 (NMCB) 5, monitor a road improvement project at on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California as part of Exercise Pacific Blitz 2019 (PacBlitz19), March 9. (Photo by BU1 Fabian Flores)   The battalion s annual field training exercise (FTX) was also held in conjunction with PacBlitz19. PacBlitz19 integrated sea-based and land-based Navy and Marine Corps capabilities into the Navy s composite warfare commander construct and employed common, collaborative, and adaptable Navy and Marine Corps processes to support rapid planning and execution. As part of their PacBlitz19 participation, NMCB-5 deployed the entire battalion simultaneously to five sites across the Southern California region and embarked an Offload Preparation Party aboard the USNS Sgt. William R. Button (T-AK 3012). Battalion detachments at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton reconstructed more than three miles of roadway for a supply route, built an earthen berm, laid a concrete slab including required earth work at the Marine Corps Tactical Systems Support Activity (MCTSSA), and constructed two wood-frame Southeast Asia Huts with asphalt shingle roofing, screened-in windows, as well as interior, exterior and electrical finishes for use by Navy Expeditionary Medical Training Institute. Battalion members also demolished and installed a new Concrete Masonry Unit (CMU) platform as part of a project to construct a split-face CMU headquarters sign for the MCTSSA compound. The training gained while fortifying the relationship between the Marine Corps and the Naval Construction Force was invaluable, said NMCB-5 Lt. j.g. Joshua Lamb, MCTSSA compound officer in charge. Both forces gained knowledge and experience of each other s operational capabilities and techniques ensuring fluid interoperability while supporting any future major combat operations or humanitarian assistance/disaster relief. [caption id="attachment_17864" align="alignnone" width="734"]
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190312-N-ZN259-1003 CAMP PENDELTON, Calif. (Mar. 12, 2019) Construction Electrician Constructionman George Feldman, assigned to Naval Construction Battalion 5 (NMCB-5), mans a .50-caliber machine gun while standing security watch on Marine Corps Camp Pendleton in support of Exercise Pacific Blitz 2019 (PacBlitz19). Working hand-in-hand, Navy Expeditionary force and 1st Marine Logistics Group capabilities complement each other in the building of advanced naval bases. PacBlitz19 provides realistic, relevant training necessary for an effective global U.S. Navy and Marine Corps. (U.S. Navy Photo by Builder 1st class Fabian Flores)
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190312-N-ZN259-1003 CAMP PENDELTON, Calif. (Mar. 12, 2019) Construction Electrician Constructionman George Feldman, assigned to Naval Construction Battalion 5 (NMCB-5), mans a .50-caliber machine gun while standing security watch on Marine Corps Camp Pendleton in support of Exercise Pacific Blitz 2019 (PacBlitz19). Working hand-in-hand, Navy Expeditionary force and 1st Marine Logistics Group capabilities complement each other in the building of advanced naval bases. PacBlitz19 provides realistic, relevant training necessary for an effective global U.S. Navy and Marine Corps. (U.S. Navy Photo by Builder 1st class Fabian Flores)
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Construction Electrician Constructionman George Feldman, assigned to Naval Construction Battalion (NMCB) 5, mans a .50-caliber machine gun while standing security watch on Marine Corps Camp Pendleton in support of Exercise Pacific Blitz 2019 (PacBlitz19), March 12. (Photo by BU1 Fabian Flores)   In Twenty-Nine Palms, NMCB-5 detachments constructed two K-Span structures at Camp Wilson, to include foundation, concrete pads, electrical, and door and window installation. The multipurpose structures were constructed in support of Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center integrated training area and the Exercise Logistics Coordination Center. The Seabees also worked alongside Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 11 during an Expeditionary Rapid Airfield Damage Repair project at Vandenberg Air Force Base. Seabees involved in the project used crushed stone, flowable fill, and concrete caps to repair spalls and craters. The project demonstrated the Seabee s ability to restore airfields to fully operational standards and command and control expeditionary forces. At Point Mugu Naval Base, NMCB-5 Sailors supported 1st Marine Logistics Group in the establishment, maintenance, and operation of an advanced naval base, while nearby at Port Hueneme the battalion s effort focused on the offload of 72 pieces of Civil Engineer Support Equipment for the Maritime Pre-Positioning Force (MPF). MPF is a strategic power-projection capability that combines the lift capacity, flexibility, and responsiveness of surface ships with the speed of strategic airlift. It was definitely a unique experience working with the Marines and other Navy units within NECC, said NMCB-5 Lt. j.g. Don James Udofia Jr., Maritime Prepositioning Force officer in charge. Marines work diligently, with a purpose, and all players of the Maritime Prepositioning Force operations were able to gain insight on what works effectively to complete the mission. [caption id="attachment_17865" align="alignnone" width="712"]
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190313-N-ZN259-1004 CAMP PENDELTON, Calif. (March 13, 2019) Builder 3rd Class Jahrual Lloyd assigned to Naval Construction Battalion 5 (NMCB-5) measures trusses for a 16x32 Southeast Asia hut. NMCB-5 is building the huts during Exercise Pacific Blitz 2019 (PacBlitz19) for use by Navy Expeditionary Medical Training Institute on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton. Working hand-in-hand, Navy expeditionary force and 1st Marine Logistics Group capabilities complement each other in the building of advanced naval bases. PacBlitz19 provides realistic, relevant training necessary for an effective global U.S. Navy and Marine Corps. (U.S. Navy Photo by Builder 1st Class Fabian Flores)
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190313-N-ZN259-1004 CAMP PENDELTON, Calif. (March 13, 2019) Builder 3rd Class Jahrual Lloyd assigned to Naval Construction Battalion 5 (NMCB-5) measures trusses for a 16x32 Southeast Asia hut. NMCB-5 is building the huts during Exercise Pacific Blitz 2019 (PacBlitz19) for use by Navy Expeditionary Medical Training Institute on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton. Working hand-in-hand, Navy expeditionary force and 1st Marine Logistics Group capabilities complement each other in the building of advanced naval bases. PacBlitz19 provides realistic, relevant training necessary for an effective global U.S. Navy and Marine Corps. (U.S. Navy Photo by Builder 1st Class Fabian Flores)
VIRIN: 190509-N-ZY182-7865
Builder 3rd Class Jahrual Lloyd assigned to Naval Construction Battalion (NMCB) 5 measures trusses for a 16x32 Southeast Asia hut, March 13. (Photo by BU1 Fabian Flores)   NMCB-5 s intense planning, preparation, and training prior to the exercise and outstanding execution in the field led to the successful completion of PacBlitz19 as well as the final evaluation portion of the FTX. The battalion successfully delivered high quality construction and logistics support upheld the Can-Do reputation of the Seabees, and left the field ready for tasking. "Pacific Blitz allowed Naval Engineering Forces to demonstrate interoperability between the Navy and the Marine Corps, enhancing our capabilities to conduct advanced naval basing in an expeditionary environment," said Cmdr. Omarr Tobias, commanding officer, NMCB-5. "NMCB-5 completed all tasks, delivering safe, high-quality construction and general engineering support to ANBs, and upheld the Can Do spirit of the Seabees."