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22 NCR Assumes Command in Al Anbar

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Story Number: NNS080314-08
Release Date: 3/14/2008 12:07:00 PM

By Chief Mass Communication Specialist Jeffrey J. Pierce, 22 Naval Construction Regiment Public Affairs

CAMP FALLUJAH, Iraq (NNS) -- The 22 Naval Construction Regiment (22 NCR) assumed command of Naval Construction Forces in the Al Anbar Province of Iraq. They relieved 30 NCR (FWD) in a transfer of authority ceremony held on March 11 aboard Camp Fallujah.

The guest of the honor at the ceremony was Major Gen. John F. Kelly, commanding general, Multi-National Forces-West.

In his remarks, Kelly thanked the men and women of 30 NCR (FWD) for their professionalism and their contributions to the enduring and lasting success in the Al Anbar Province of Iraq.

Speaking to the work that Seabees do here in Iraq and around the world, Kelly expressed that the Seabees' contribution goes far beyond their construction skills.

"You are superb ambassadors, creating far more goodwill among the people of this world than any diplomat's words could achieve," Kelly said.

After assuming command, Capt. Robert A. McLean, commander, 22 NCR directed his first comments to Kelly.

"I appreciate your trust and confidence in your engineers, and I know I speak for everyone in 22 NCR when I tell you how excited we are at the opportunity to support you and your Marines. We are proud to serve," McLean said.

He then thanked Capt. Hans Probst, Command Master Chief (SCW) Peter Samson, and the entire 30 NCR (FWD) team.

"My congratulations to you on a very successful deployment. Thank you for a terrific turnover and most importantly, thank you for your sacrifice and service – you have a lot to be proud of," said McLean.

McLean looked to the past and the present with his comment to the leadership of Naval Mobile Construction Battalions (NMCB) 1, 15 and 17 as well as the Marine's 6th Engineering Support Battalion.

"To the NMCB and ESB leadership represented here today: 26 regimental engineers have lost their lives in OIF including 15 Seabees and two Marines. You honor their sacrifice with your professionalism, hard work, and incredible mission success. You make a difference everyday and my mission is to help you succeed," said McLean.

McLean directed his final remarks to the men and women of 22 NCR.

"Oooh-Rah Double Deuce, you worked hard to prepare and I'm proud of you. You know your mission – let's get to work," McLean said.

The transfer of authority ceremony marked the culmination of 10 months of preparation for 22 NCR personnel, which included an intense training curriculum that centered on their current deployed area of operations.

In early January, 22 NCR welcomed the addition of 45 mobilized reservists from across the United States. These reservists assimilated quickly with their active-duty counterparts and assumed the challenge of deployment preparation.

Over the next six months, 22 NCR will provide engineering support to Multi-National Forces-West operations.

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