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Command of 22nd NCR Changes Hands

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Story Number: NNS070621-03
Release Date: 6/21/2007 3:53:00 PM

By Chief Mass Communication Specialist (SCW) Jeffrey Pierce, 22nd Naval Construction Regiment Public Affairs

GULFPORT, Miss. (NNS) -- Capt. Eric S. Odderstol was relieved as commander, 22nd Naval Construction Regiment (22nd NCR) by Capt. Robert A. McLean III, during a change of command ceremony June 20 aboard Construction Battalion Center Gulfport.

Rear Adm. Robert L. Phillips, commander 1st Naval Construction Division/Naval Construction Forces Command was the guest speaker at the ceremony.

Odderstol assumed command of 22nd NCR in May 2005; he departs to become chief of staff at Navy Expeditionary Combat Command in Norfolk.

The ceremony brings an end to a very successful tour for Odderstol. Shortly after assuming command of 22nd NCR, Odderstol was designated as commander of 1st Naval Construction Division (Forward) to lead the Seabees’ response to Hurricane Katrina as a part of Joint Task Force – Katrina. During the largest peacetime deployment of Seabees in the United States, more than 3,000 Seabees from 10 different commands deployed into the southern most parishes of Louisiana.

During the operation, Seabees cleared 800 miles of roads, removed more than 20,500 tons of debris, repaired 74 schools serving more than 47,000 students and delivered 250,000 gallons of water and fuel to relief and emergency response facilities. Additionally, the Seabees conducted port clearing operations, distributed food and water to in excess of 1,600 families daily and repaired more than 450 sewage, electrical and potable water lines throughout the devastated region.

Naval Construction Force units under Odderstol’s leadership supported four of the five geographic combatant commands worldwide. During his tenure, Odderstol oversaw operations and exercises in Afghanistan, Iraq, Kuwait, the Horn of Africa, the Black Sea region, South America and the Caribbean.

McLean comes to 22nd NCR from Naval Facilities Engineering Command Pacific where he initially served as operations officer then as vice commander.

During his career, McLean has served with Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 133 where he deployed to Puerto Rico, Yokosuka, Japan and Rota, Spain. In 1989, McLean transferred to the Public Works Center, San Francisco, serving as construction services department head. In 1991, he served as the assistant resident officer in charge of construction, London. McLean was then assigned as an instructor and later as director, acquisition division at the Civil Engineer Corps Officer School in Port Hueneme, Calif.

In 1996 he returned to the Seabees, serving as the operations officer of NMCB 5. McLean's next assignment took him to Millington, Tenn., where he served as the Seabee Detailing Branch head at Navy Personnel Command, and then as the Naval Support Activity Mid-South public works officer and resident officer in charge of construction. From 2001 to 2003, he served on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations as the Military Construction Program action officer. From 2003 to 2005 he served as the commanding officer, Naval Support Facility, Thurmont Maryland (Camp David).

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