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February 26, 2010

Training

Seabees use training opportunities at Fort McCoy to Support deployments

Naval Mobile Construction Battalion Twenty-Five (NMCB-25) personnel stationed at Fort McCoy have been supporting sustainment training for the nine Midwestern Reserve detachments aligned under its command and control.

Senior Chief Mike Helgeson and Chief Juan Noyola of NMCB-25 at Fort McCoy said the sustainment training is part of a four-year cycle for the Seabees. The other years are devoted to technical/construction training, military training and a field exercise, held at Fort Hunter Liggett, Calif.

PHOTO: A Seabee from NMCB-25 uses an end-loader to do maintenance on a perimeter road at Naval Base Guantanamo Bay. Contributed photo
A Seabee from NMCB-25 uses an end-loader to do maintenance on a perimeter road at Naval Base Guantanamo Bay. Contributed photo
PHOTO: Seabees from NMCB-25 pour concrete at Naval Base Guantanamo Bay for an equipment pad inside one of the K-Span structures being built. Contributed photo
Seabees from NMCB-25 pour concrete at Naval Base Guantanamo Bay for an equipment pad inside one of the K-Span structures being built. Contributed photo

The unit moved to Fort McCoy from Naval Air Station Glenview, Ill., in 1995 as part of a Base Realignment and Closure action. Seabees provide construction support to the Navy, and have missions of building or maintaining facilities and associated work.

Helgeson said the unit takes advantage of the training facilities and opportunities at Fort McCoy to conduct high-quality training and to work with Army counterparts.

“We appreciate all the support Fort McCoy gives us to support our training and our short-notice exercises,” Noyola added. “The Installation Materiel Maintenance Activity, the Equipment Concentration Site and the Transportation Motor Pool often jump through hoops to support our vehicle needs. Range Scheduling does likewise to help ensure we have dining areas, barracks and other support facilities.”

Noyola said the permanent-party Seabees at Fort McCoy do the legwork to ensure units coming here to train have the support facilities and training areas they need.

Members of Seabee detachments throughout the Midwest support the military’s deployment missions. Currently, NMCB-25 personnel are supporting Operation Noble Eagle, which includes missions at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay.

Helgeson said the mission includes supporting facility maintenance, maintaining roads and building K-Span buildings, which are similar to the steel Quonset-like buildings constructed at Fort McCoy to serve as maintenance buildings.

Personnel also are dispatched from this area to support missions in Central America.

“Because of its location, (the Naval Station) also serves as a logistics hub and provides support to the Haiti relief mission,” to help earthquake victims, he said.

Although Seabees don’t mobilize or demobilize at Fort McCoy, the training the units received at Fort McCoy has helped prepare them for deployments. Helgeson said this training includes such things as convoy security, embarkation training, etc.

For more information about NMCB-25, call the unit at 608-388-2106 at Fort McCoy.

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