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 May 14, 2010

Training

Naval Mobile Construction Battalion-25 selected as Battle Efficiency award recipient

Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB)-25, which has its headquarters at Fort McCoy, has been awarded the Navy’s Battle Efficiency (Battle E) for its efficiency in training efforts and mobilization/deployment support during fiscal year 2009 (FY 2009).

The Battle E award signifies the overall readiness of a command to carry out its assigned wartime tasks, and is based on a year-long evaluation. To win, a ship or unit must demonstrate the highest state of battle readiness.

Eligibility for the award demands units demonstrate day-to-day excellence in addition to superior achievement during the certifications and qualifications conducted throughout the year. Units are judged during training exercises, weapons inspections, and tactical readiness examinations, which are among the 16 different areas that are considered in the competition.

First Naval Construction Division Commander Rear Adm. Mark A. Handley, NMCB-25’s higher headquarters commander, acknowledged NMCB-25’s commitment to excellence. “NMCB-25’s exceptional accomplishments fully demonstrate a substantial depth of professionalism, commitment to excellence and Can Do attitude,” Handley said. “Congratulations on a job well done.”

According to the award citation, NMCB-25 demonstrated excellence through superior planning and outstanding performance in its execution of a unit readiness training plan.

The unit also played a key role in launching a new reserve detachment site in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. (See The Real McCoy Feb. 26, 2010.)

NMCB-25 personnel executed an extremely aggressive training plan in FY 2009 that included two internal mount-out exercises, a graded mount-out exercise and two four-day field training exercises (FTX). Strong leadership led to high participation and involvement, which resulted in improved readiness and high marks in, among other areas, mount-out operations, airfield damage repair and decontamination team evolutions.

On top of this aggressive schedule, NMCB-25 personnel responded to a short-notice tasking to man two consecutive 85-member detachments to deploy to the U.S. Southern Command area of operations to provide construction support for operations. The unit incorporated this into one of its scheduled FTXs.

In addition to NMCB-25, NMCBs 7, 24 and 5 were recognized with the Navy Battle E award. NMCB-25 (Reserve) and NMCB-5 (active) were chosen as Pacific Fleet award recipients. NMCB-7 (active) and NBCB-24 (Reserve) were chosen as Atlantic Fleet award recipients.

NMCB-25 has been at Fort McCoy since 1995 when it relocated here from Naval Air Station Glenview, Ill., as the result of a Base Realignment and Closure action.

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