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
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,
A Seabee from NMCB-25
uses an end-loader to do maintenance on a perimeter road at
Naval Base Guantanamo Bay.
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
Personnel also are dispatched from this area to support missions in
“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