|(Editor’s note: “SPOTLIGHT” is a continuing series
about tenant activities and missions at Fort McCoy.)
What is it?
The Naval Mobile Construction Battalion- Twenty-five (NMCB-25) is a
Naval Reserve construction unit headquartered at Fort McCoy. The unit
includes more than 600 personnel in nine detachments located in
Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Michigan, Illinois and North Dakota.
NMCB-25 is a routinely deployed asset. During contingency operations
members of the unit, also known as Seabees, provide construction-support
services, primarily, to the Navy and Marine Corps but also work in
joint-force efforts with the Army, Air Force and other organizations.
When not deployed the unit conducts sustainment-training operations at
Fort McCoy and other U.S. locations.
Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion-Twenty-five
work on a troop project at Fort McCoy.
(Photo by File photo)
NMCB-25 conducts a four-year, four-phase training cycle. The cycle
includes a deployment, field exercise, focused training in technical and
tactical skills, and maintenance and repair of equipment.
During overseas deployments Seabees provide many types of construction
services including maintaining facilities and roads on military bases
and building infrastructure such as water wells, bridges and schools in
the surrounding communities.
NMCB-25 is a subordinate unit of the 9th Naval Construction Regiment,
which falls under the First Naval Construction Division. It is one of 12
NMCB Battalions in the Naval Reserve.
What have they done?
NMCB-25 relocated to Fort McCoy from the Glenview Naval Air Station in
1995 as part of a Base Realignment and Closure action. The unit’s
current facility, building 2880, was constructed in 2001.
Since its time at Fort McCoy the unit has helped improve the
installation while simultaneously supporting its own training needs by
conducting troop projects work. Projects have included work on the
engine house, Regional Training Site-Maintenance facilities, and the
NMCB-25 facility parking lot. The most-recent projects include removing
a retaining wall, adding more beach sand and installing a storage
building at Squaw Lake Beach.
The unit deployed to Iraq in 2006 and Haiti in the 2010 timeframe.
NMCB-25 also participated in the 2012 Warrior Exercise at Fort McCoy for
the first time. The Seabees convoy security element paired with its Army
equivalent to conduct joint training.
The unit’s awards include the Pacific Fleet Best of Type Reserve Seabee
Battalion for fiscal (FY) years 1996, 1998 and 2005; the Admiral Perry
Award in FY 1996 for being the best Seabee Construction Battalion of
both the Atlantic and Pacific Fleets; and the Navy’s Battle Efficiency
award for its efficiency in training efforts during FY 2009.
What do they have planned?
The unit is a strong candidate in the 2012 Navy Battle Efficiency award
competition. The results will be announced later this year.
NMCB-25’s next deployment is scheduled for 2014. Prior to deploying the
unit will undergo a field exercise in 2013 at Fort Hunter Liggett,
Why are they important?
NMCB-25 Seabees help to win the hearts and minds of individuals in
underdeveloped, war-torn or disaster-stricken countries by providing
help through construction services. The construction they provide helps
improve the infrastructure of those communities.
At Fort McCoy the Seabees support the installation by participating in
the troop projects program, which helps improve McCoy facilities and
For more information about NMCB-25, call 608-388-2106 or visit the