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NMCB 3 Receives New Commanding Officer

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Story Number: NNS070511-13
Release Date: 5/11/2007 4:11:00 PM

By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Carmichael Yepez, Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 3 Public Affairs

OKINAWA, Japan (NNS) -- Cmdr. Tony M. Edmonds relieved Cmdr. Scott K. Higgins as commanding officer of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 3 during a change of command ceremony held at Camp Shields, Okinawa, May 4.

The guest speaker was retired Capt. Hans Probst, Civil Engineer Corps, who commended both commanders for the transition they were about to make.

“Mission first, people always is a theme very much in evidence at NMCB 3,” said Probst. “Officers, chiefs and Seabees of NMCB 3 serving during Commander Higgins’ tour of leadership, I commend you for your extraordinary high level of achievement.”

Probst continued to talk about the accomplishments of the battalion since they deployed to the Far East before introducing Edmonds.

“NMCB 3 your incoming commanding officer is no stranger to the Seabees,” said Probst. “He has proven himself a strong leader and has the diversity of Civil Engineer Corps experience. Commander Edmonds, as those before you, you will experience the challenges of command and I will assure you, this tour will likely be the most rewarding of your career.”

Prior to handing over the command to his successor, both commanders accompanied by Probst proceeded to inspect the battalion also known as trooping the line. Higgins then expressed thanks to his battalion and praised his Seabees for accomplishing the mission under his command.

“From water wells in Ethiopia and Kenya, to Marines in far outposts in Afghanistan,” said Higgins. “When you guys show up to work and leave every day, you leave the world a better place.”

Higgins bid farewell to his crew, then read his orders, officially passing the torch to Edmonds.

Following the traditional reading of orders by both officers, Edmonds formally relieved Higgins. Edmonds said that after completing an exhausting week-long turn over with Higgins he was extremely pleased with the condition of the camp and most importantly with the overall readiness of the battalion. He then addressed the battalion for the first time as their new commanding officer.

“To all and each of you I pledge my passionate service and support to promote your personal achievement and the success of this building and fighting battalion,” said Edmonds. “I really look forward to serving with you and serving you. God bless all of you and God bless Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 3.”

Edmonds’ experience with the Civil Engineering Corps is extensive. His first battalion was NMCB 74 where he served as Charlie Company commander and was the officer in charge of a deployment for training to Ethiopia. He has served in Europe, and was deployed to Turkey in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Edmonds is reporting from Naval Facilities Engineering Command Midwest in Great Lakes, Ill., where he served as operations officer and then as the executive officer.

Higgins’ next assignment is to the Office of the Secretary of Defense in Washington.

Seabees from NMCB 3 are currently on a six month deployment to the Far East in support of construction operations. For more information on the Seabee construction force, visit

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