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NAVELSG Returns from Deployment

Navy NewsStand

Story Number: NNS070518-04
Release Date: 5/18/2007 9:35:00 AM

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kevin L. Burleson, Fleet Public Affairs Center, Atlantic

NORFOLK (NNS) -- Reserve Sailors from Navy Expeditionary Logistics Support Group (NAVELSG) Port Group Echo returned to Naval Station Norfolk, May 16 after a seven-month deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

NAVELSG Port Group Echo is made up of Sailors from Navy Cargo Handling Battalion (NCHB) 4, Charleston, S.C.

“We’re thrilled that they accomplished their mission and returned home without any mishaps,” said Capt. Mark Sakowski, deputy commander of NAVELSG.

During the deployment, the 250 cargo handlers moved more than 12,000 shipping containers, 34,000 pieces of gear and 19,000 vehicles.

Senior Chief Boatswain’s Mate Jack Lee, command senior enlisted leader of Port Group Echo, expressed pride in his team.

“We exceeded all of our goals and [made our oncoming relief’s transition much easier,]” said Lee, “and we were the first NAVELSG group to get the EXW (Naval Expeditionary Warfare) pin,” said Lee.

The EXW pin is one of the newest warfare devices. And, 40 members from Port Group ECHO were among the first Sailors to earn the designation.

“I made it my mission to get it as soon as they announced it was coming out,” said Boatswain’s Mate 1st Class (EXW) Quincy Champion. “I put in a lot of hard work and studied constantly.”

With the rapid pace of the deployment behind them, Sailors of Port Group Echo and their loved ones are happy to be reunited.

“I’m proud that he served his country and very happy that he’s coming home,” said a wife of a Port Group Echo returning Sailor.

NAVELSG is part of Navy Expeditionary Combat Command (NECC), a global force provider of adaptive force packages of expeditionary capabilities to joint war fighting commanders. NECC serves as a single functional command to centrally manage the current and future readiness, resources, manning, training, and equipping of the Navy Expeditionary Force.

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