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
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
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.