Overlord Regiment Commissions
Story Number: NNS070920-03
Release Date: 9/20/2007 12:56:00 PM
By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Jeffrey R. Militzer, 25th Naval Construction Regiment Public Affairs
GULFPORT, Miss. (NNS) -- The 25th Naval Construction Regiment (NCR) was recommissioned Sept. 14, becoming an active unit of the U.S. Navy, fully prepared to take on the responsibilities as such.
The 25th NCR, while new to today’s Navy, is not actually a new unit. During World War II, the original 25th NCR, commissioned in Plymouth, England, on April 1, 1944, was a crucial element of the Allied D-Day invasion and the eastward campaign that ultimately resulted in victory over Nazi Germany.
During the Normandy landing of Operation Overlord, engineers and constructionmen of the 25th NCR demonstrated aggressive ingenuity and courage as they cleared bunkers, eliminated hazards, and moved vital equipment on shore. By November of that year, among a long list of accomplishments, the 25th NCR moved more than a third of Allied equipment and soldiers to Omaha and Utah beaches. They constructed tent “cities,” where more than 16,000 personnel were fed and housed, and constructed and maintained critical fuel installations at the beach heads as well.
The newly recommissioned 25th NCR is more than up to the challenge of fighting a new war in the modern era. Its leaders appreciate how today’s challenges differ from those faced by their predecessors.
In his remarks during the ceremony, Capt. Jeffrey T. Borowy, commodore, 25th NCR, quoted former President John Kennedy, “let the word go forth from this time and place, to friend and foe alike, that the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans,” he said.
“I certainly don’t want to focus on living up to the original 25th’s ‘legendary’ status. If we do what we are supposed to do to support our subordinate units, and get them the tools necessary to complete their mission, then I think we would be as successful as the original Overlord Regiment,” Borowy said.
Borowy described a vision for assessing the future success of the regiment.
“Most likely, there will never be an operation on such a scale as D-Day, but if the 25th can look back at themselves years from now, back at what the 25th NCR’s subordinate units have done, whether it be the global war on terrorism, Operation Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom, or making the people of some nation somewhere have a better life and a better understanding of the United States, then the 25th NCR would have done its job,” he said.
“The 25th NCR areas of responsibility are Northern Command and Southern Command, which means North America and South America,” said Command Master Chief (SCW) Sean Libby. “The 25th NCR will also take command of its subordinate units, which include Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 7, NMCB 133, Construction Battalion Maintenance Unit 202, and Underwater Construction Team 1,” said Libby.
“The 25th NCR is going to assist in the war effort by focusing on the softer side of construction, such as building schools, hospitals, wells, and other public-use buildings, in order to influence the people of Iraq in a positive way,” Libby continued. “By helping these people out now, and letting them know that the United States is here to help, they will not feel so inclined as to assist terrorists, and even become an ally to the United States.”
“I am truly envious of the incredible opportunities and future contributions that the 25th NCR team will make to our Navy and the new chapters that you all will write in Seabee history,” Rear Adm. Wayne G. Shear, Jr., Commander, Naval Facilities Engineering Command, said. “There will be challenges, but I know that as one team there is literally no limit to what you can accomplish.”
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