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Bogue Field FOB Hosts Distinguished Visitors During Bold Alligator

Navy News Service

Story Number: NNS141106-09
Release Date: 11/6/2014 1:30:00 PM

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jared Aldape, Bold Alligator 2014 Public Affairs

BOGUE, N.C. (NNS) -- Sailors assigned to Navy Expeditionary Combat Command (NECC) and tenant commands welcomed an entourage of high-profile military officials for a tour of a simulated forward operating base (FOB) during exercise Bold Alligator at Bogue Field, Nov. 5.

Capt. John Coffey, commanding officer of Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group 2 welcomed Rear Adm. Tim Lowe, Royal Navy deputy commander of Naval Striking and Support Forces, NATO, Lt. Gen. William Faulkner, deputy commandant for Installations and Logistics, Brig. Gen. Charles Chiarotti, commanding general, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, and staff before giving a personalized tour of the installation.

'From my experience serving with the U.S. 5th Fleet and coalition forces in the Middle East, I am only too aware of the outstanding missions and support provided by the NEF and the Seabee team and that was reflected in full today,' said Lowe.

Officials and Bogue Field service members interacted and shared their Bold Alligator experiences while giving brief presentations of the many duties that operate the FOB on a daily basis. Lt. Scott Bryant was one such Sailor, who gave Faulkner an overview of the base's operating center.

'Having the opportunity to not only brief the general on what we've been doing, but show him first hand was rewarding,' said Byrant. 'Our team has worked hard during this exercise and it's a great lift on morale to know that these leaders take an interest in what we've done here.'

Sailors also had the opportunity to give specialized demonstrations that highlighted the multidimensional NECC organization before the visit concluded.

Bold Alligator is intended to improve Navy and Marine Corps amphibious core competencies. Working with coalition, NATO, allied and partner nations is a necessary investment in the current and future readiness of our forces.

The exercise takes place Oct. 29 - Nov. 10, afloat and ashore along the Eastern Seaboard.

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