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August 24, 2012

Spotlight

Naval Mobile Construction Battalion-Twenty-five

(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.
PHOTO: Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion-Twenty-five work on a troop project at Fort McCoy. File photo
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, Calif.

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 saves money.

Resources:
For more information about NMCB-25, call 608-388-2106 or visit the website http://www.public.navy.mil/necc/1ncd/Pages/NMCB25/default.aspx.

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