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Seabees' Kedge Hammer Comes to West Coast

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Story Number: NNS050518-13
Release Date: 5/18/2005 12:44:00 PM

By Journalist Seaman Ron Kuzlik, 3rd Naval Construction Regiment Public Affairs

FORT HUNTER LIGGETT, Calif. (NNS) -- Seabees from the 3rd Naval Construction Regiment (NCR) set up camp at Fort Hunter Liggett, Calif., in late April for Kedge Hammer '05, a command post exercise (CPX) designed to test the capacity and capabilities of Regiment staff to plan and execute operations.

The standard scenarios were replaced with customized scenarios using current, classified operational planning strategies. The exercise included key skills such as information flow, effective decision-making, impact assessment, adapting to quickly-changing scenarios, and logistical movement.

"This training results in heightened battlespace appreciation and enhances decision-making skills in dilemmas, both for the exercise planners and the participants," said Lt. Cmdr. Bruce Nevel, plans officer for the 1st Naval Construction Division Forward.

Prior to deploying to Fort Hunter Liggett, the nearly 40 3rd NCR staff members completed a course with the Expeditionary Warfare Training Group Pacific. The course focused on the Marine Corps Planning Process, a detailed, deliberate method, broken down into all the functions of successful planning and execution.

"The training that we went through ahead of the CPX not only gave us the formal training we needed, but also allowed us to exercise as a staff before we came into the field and had to operate and actually function as a staff," said Cmdr. Susanne Openshaw, of Valrico, Fla., 3rd NCR operations officer.

3rd NCR Military Advisor, Marine Lt. Col. Chris Lozano, advises the 3rd NCR commodore on tactics, techniques and procedures that will enhance the Regiment's warfighting capabilities on the battlefield.

"I admire the professionalism of the Seabees," said Lozano. "Their 'Can Do' attitude allows them to operate and accomplish the mission with the greatest impact."

Third Naval Construction Regiment is based in Atlanta, and exercises administrative and operational control of Reserve Seabee activities for Naval Mobile Construction Battalions (NMCB) 14 of Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Fla., NMCB 23 of Ft. Belvoir, Va., and NMCB 24 of Redstone Arsenal, Ala. Its mission is to train for mobilization readiness and to provide responsive military advanced base construction support, general military construction and defensive operations for Commander, U.S. Atlantic Fleet.

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