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'The Professionals' Take Charge in Pacific Area of Operation

Navy NewsStand

Story Number: NNS071228-01
Release Date: 12/28/2007 5:51:00 AM

By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Palmer Pinckney II, Commander, Naval Forces Japan Public Affairs

OKINAWA, Japan (NNS) -- Over 600 U.S. Navy Seabees attached to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 5 "The Professionals" have deployed to Okinawa, and various other locations within the Pacific Command's (PACOM) area of responsibility (AOR) gearing up for a six-month deployment.

Spread throughout several locations including Guam, Diego Garcia, Philippians, Atsugi and seven other locations, the battalion will conduct several projects supporting area commanders.

"We are the first battalion to take sole Naval Construction Force custody of the PACOM AOR," said Lt. Greg J. Woods, NMCB 5 assistant operations officer." This is a historic deployment and NMCB 5 is fully prepared to execute our mission successfully."

In addition to their many operation commitments, when they aren't working, the Seabees will train and refresh their skills in areas such as the prevention of chemical, biological and radiological contamination; first aid/buddy aid; camp and personal security and equipment operation.

Under harsh or hostile conditions Seabees are experts in construction of bases, airfields and more. As current events develop, NMCB 5 is the ready battalion able to provide general and contingency engineering support to area combatant commanders.

"We are concentrating our efforts on quality assurance through all phases of construction" said Chief Builder (SCW) Todd A. Bernashe, NMCB 5 quality control division officer. "The goal is to prevent any unnecessary rework. Preparatory and initial meetings are tools for us to attain this goal."

NMCB 5 will remain in the Pacific AOR throughout the winter and spring months.

For more news from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 5, visit www.navy.mil/local/nmcb5/.

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