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Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 4 Turns 65

Navy NewsStand

Story Number: NNS070515-25
Release Date: 5/15/2007 7:46:00 PM

By Chief Mass Communication Specialist (SW/AW) Steve Bansbach, Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 4 Detachment Guam Public Affairs

CAMP COVINGTON, Guam (NNS) -- Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 4 formed during the early stages of America's involvement in World War II, on May 11, 1942. Sixty-five years later, personnel from NMCB 4 were singing Happy Birthday celebrating the birthday of NMCB 4 with a cake-cutting ceremony.

Personnel were treated to a prime rib and lobster meal before a speech by Lt. Cdr. William Whitmire, NMCB 4 executive officer.

Afterwards, Engineering Aide 1st Class (SCW) Michael Palyok spoke about the major accomplishments of NMCB 4, noting the battalion has been involved in every major conflict to include World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam.

NMCB 4 also responded to relief efforts such as the eruption of Mount Pinatubo and the Pakistan earthquake in October 2005. The battalion’s contributions have also been equally significant at home including relief assistance following recent Hurricanes Andrew and Katrina.

The birthday dinner concluded with a cake-cutting ceremony by the oldest and youngest Seabees in attendance, Senior Chief Builder (SCW) Roy Brochu and Constructionman Justin Aichele.

Currently NMCB 4 is deployed to Guam, Iraq, Afghanistan, Alaska, Palau, Australia and San Nicholas Island, Calif. supporting construction requirements for the U.S. Pacific, Central and Northern Commands.

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