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Naval Mobile Construction Battalion SEVENTY-FOUR
Unit 60253
FPO AA  34099-5402

Naval Construction Battalion Center - Gulfport

 Welcome Aboard

SPONSOR PROGRAM COORDINATOR
The NMCB-74 Sponsor Program Coordinator can be contact via email at: NMCB74_GLFP_CCC@navy.mil

HOMEPORT
NMCB SEVENTY-FOUR’s homeport is in Gulfport, MS, and is located on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, 74 miles west of Mobile, Alabama, and 78 miles east of New Orleans, Louisiana. Gulfport and Biloxi are famous for the entertainment provided by their coastal resorts and casinos. The base itself is located south of Interstate 10 (just south of 28th Street) and west of route 49.

OMBUDSMEN
Navy family Ombudsman are valuable assets in facilitating communication between the Commanding Officer and family members, fostering a better understanding of the needs and viewpoints of Navy members and their families, and providing information and assistance to family members within the command. Please let your family know that they can leave a message for either of our ombudsmen. Your spouse, parents, or siblings should always feel free to contact them.

Email: nmcb74ombudsmen@gmail.com

FAMILY READINESS GROUP
The NMCB SEVENTY FOUR Family Readiness Group (FRG) plans and executes a select program of events, primarily during the deployment time frame. These events enhance communication between NMCB SEVENTY FOUR and families and contribute to the unity of the Battalion and to the high morale of the deployed personnel, families and friends. Please join us for fun, fellowship, and support.

EDUCATION SERVICE OFFICER
The command’s Education Service Officer will assist you in gaining the competitive edge as you seek to advance in your professional training, or simply pursue off-duty education. The ESO works closely with Navy College Learning Center, located in Building 60 room 239, at NCBC Gulfport. The following offices of local colleges and universities provide information degree programs as well as individual classes:

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Jackson County Campus
(228) 497-9602

University of Southern Mississippi, Gulf Coast Campus
(228) 497-3636

Navy College Learning Center
(228) 871-2785

COMMAND CAREER COUNSELOR
The opportunity to broaden your naval career both personally and professionally are only limited to your initiative. The Navy offers many programs to today’s Sailors and Seabees. Our Command Career Counselor is committed to providing you and your family with all the necessary information and assistance needed. Our Career Development Team’s mission is to ensure each Seabee and Sailor, both active and reserve, be provided with a sufficient quantity and quality of career information, in a timely manner, to allow them to align their goals with a viable career path and the command’s mission.

COMMAND CHAPLAIN
The Command Chaplain is a resource that is available to all members of NMCB SEVENTY-FOUR. Our Chaplain is here to help provide guidance in many of life’s situations. Our Chaplain deploys with the troops, so is normally easily accessible. Our chaplain is trained to facilitate opportunities for you to practice your denominational beliefs or can help connect you with local resources to practice with those of your like faith. If you have any family, personal, or spiritual problems, feel free to take advantage of this great resource.

CBC GULFPORT FLEET AND FAMILY SUPPORT CENTER (FFSC)
The FFSC provides an assortment of free services to service members and their families. Located in Bldg. 30, CBC Gulfport, the Navy Fleet and Family Support Center provides:

  • Information and Referral – Base information, civilian community information, Welcome Aboard packages
  • Transition Assistance Management Program – Spouse employment assistance, relocation assistance, transition assistance
  • Short Term Counseling – Individualized, Marital, Family counseling, referral to appropriate resources, Sexual Assault Victim Intervention (SAVI), Family Advocacy
  • Financial Guidance – Individualized financial planning, tax return preparation, financial workshops
  • Deployment Support – Good Neighbor Volunteer Program, pre-deployment and pre-homecoming seminars, return and reunion programs
  • Miscellaneous Programs and Workshops – Current listing available on request
Commercial (228)871-3000 / DSN 312-832-3000

Additional information about the Center’s services can be found at:
http://www.npc.navy.mil/CommandSupport/SpouseSupport/

HOUSING
All personnel are recommended to check into the Navy Housing Welcome Center prior to procuring off-base housing. Invaluable assistance can be obtained, whether you desire to rent or buy a home. This service provides a centralized source of information on available housing, schools, hospitals, shopping centers and other support services from the civilian community. Navy Housing Welcome Center will forward you a Welcome Aboard package. There is also a partnership program in place thru the Navy Housing Office, which will greatly benefit Military personnel who choose to rent in the local area. The phone number is (228) 871-2586.

HOUSEHOLD GOODS
Household Goods services information can be provided by the Gulfport Fleet and Family Support Center. You may contact them at 228-871-3000 ext. 7412.

VEHICLE REGISTRATION
Minimum requirements to register a motor vehicle onboard the base is as follows:

  • Possess a valid state driver’s license supported by an appropriate ID card.
  • Possess a certificate of valid state registration.
  • Proof of insurance with minimum required level of coverage.
  • Valid Mississippi State inspection sticker (MS tags only).

MOTORCYCLE USAGE
NMCB 74 fully complies with DOD’s Motorcycle Policy. You MUST have the following items before you operate a Motorcycle on or off base:

  • Possess a valid state motorcycle license
  • Proof of motorcycle insurance
  • Current Basic Riders Course

SOME MISSISSIPPI LAWS
The driver and passengers must wear safety belts. An approved child or infant safety seat must be used. Use of headphones and cell phones are prohibited while operating any motor vehicle on base. The use and/or display of RADAR detectors are prohibited. Motorcycle, moped, or scooter operators must show proof of completion of a certified Motorcycle Operator Safety course. All required personal protective equipment must be worn.

MOTOR VEHICLE OPERATOR LICENSE AND PLATES
Military personnel stationed in Mississippi are permitted to operate motor vehicles with a driver’s license and license plate issued by their state of legal residence or Mississippi. Personnel who are legal residents of states other than Mississippi may obtain Mississippi license plates without paying the Mississippi personal property tax on their vehicles. Special forms permit a spouse of a deployed member to apply on his or her behalf. Personnel who have applied for homestead exemption must pay the Mississippi automobile personal tax and may not claim the military license tax exemption. DMV telephone number is 228-769-3266.

SAFETY
Operation Risk Management (ORM) needs to be part of every Sailor’s daily life, no matter on duty or off. It’s a simple and logical process. First, you must know the four principles of ORM:

  • Accept risk when benefits outweigh the cost.
  • Accept no unnecessary risks.
  • Anticipate and manage risk by planning.
  • Make decisions about risk at the right level, (this happens before you start).
The five-step process in ORM:
  • IDENTIFY HAZARDS. A hazard can injure or kill people or make them sick, damage or destroy equipment or property, or even keep you from completing a mission.
  • ASSESS HAZARDS. This step examines each hazard in terms of probability and severity to determine what the level of risk is when you’re exposed to the hazard.
  • MAKE RISK DECISION. After assessing each hazard, you develop one or more controls to either eliminate the hazard or reduce the risk of mishap. You develop controls by considering the reason for the hazard, not just the hazard itself. (For example, driving a car, but a reason it may be even more a hazard is that the car is poorly maintained.)
  • IMPLEMENT CONTROLS. After you have developed controls, you have to carry them out. You know what to do to prevent a mishap, so do it.
  • SUPERVISE (watch for changes). If you’re supervising others, ensure they are using the controls you have set out for them. If you’re on your own, supervise yourself. (For instance, the poorly maintained car you’re driving and all of sudden the weather changed to rain, now you must develop a new controls.)
OPERATIONAL RISK MANAGEMENT IS NOT JUST OPERATIONAL, IT’S SITUATIONAL. USE ORM EVERY DAY.

BATTALION SERVICES

SUPPLY
You may have some questions regarding uniform and equipment issue when you report aboard. During your ECS class, a member of NMCB SEVEN FOUR Supply will meet with you to ensure that you receive all necessary uniform items to include a gas mask.
Initial issue of organizational clothing includes:

  • Camouflage Utility Uniform (CUU) Blouse (4 each)
  • CUU Trousers (4 each)
  • CUU Belt (1 each)
  • CUU Belt Buckle (1 each)
  • Boots (2 pair)
  • 8 Point Cover (2 each)
  • Field Jacket (1 each)
In addition, you will receive a one-time issue of:
  • Brown T-Shirts (6 each)
  • Black Socks (6 pair)
You will be notified via your chain of command when your uniforms are available for pick up in the Supply Office, located in Warehouse 225. In the event your uniform (blouse or trousers) become damaged or soiled beyond cleaning, or your boots are excessively worn or damaged, you may return them to the Supply Office located in Warehouse 225. The damaged items will be exchange on a one for one basis.

In addition to initial issue of organizational gear clothing, you will be issued personal organizational gear (i.e. Alice pack, canteens, web belt, sleeping bag, etc.) as required by the mission or the deployment site location. Please ensure 100% accountability of your gear at all times. You may be held financially responsible for any lost, stolen or destroyed gear.

Also, remember that you are not expected to use your own money to fund project materials or office supplies. Contact your Company or Departmental Supply Petty Officer or Repair parts Petty Officer when support is required.

DISBURSING
Whether at homeport or deployed, all pay matters should be taken care of through the NMCB SEVENTY-FOUR Disbursing office. You should inform your chain of command of any pay issues before reporting to the Disbursing office.

POST OFFICE
We provide a full postal service while deployed. While in homeport, there is a full service post office on base.

BARBER SHOP
NMCB SEVENTY_FOUR operates its own barber shop both deployed and in homeport. There is also a full service barber shop in homeport that is operated by CBC Gulfport.

COASTAL WEATHER
During severe weather, the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Association broadcast weather reports from Gulfport and Biloxi on frequency 162.4 MHz. The hottest month on the Mississippi coast is July, with an average maximum temperature of 98.7 degrees. The coolest month is February, with an average low of 49.3 degrees. Relative humidity ranges from an average of 52% in May to a maximum of 96% in July.

Tropical hurricane season occurs along the Gulf Coast during the months of June through November, with greatest frequency during August, September, and October. Less serious, but much more frequent, are thunderstorms accompanied by high velocity winds, hail and lightning. About 75% of all hurricanes that have struck the Mississippi Gulf Coast since the turn of century have been Category 3 or higher. Advance preparation on personal and family disaster plans along with a disaster survival kit will minimize the effects of such severe weather conditions.

BRANCH MEDICAL / DENTAL CLINIC
Dental(228) 871-2606
Medical(228) 871-2810
Ambulance(228) 871-2333

MILITARY MEDICAL SUPPORT OFFICE
Main Office1-800-647-6676
Healthcare Finder Line1-800-333-4040
Provider Locator Service1-800-661-4325
TRICARE Service Center(Biloxi)(228) 385-6650

QUICK REFERENCE NUMBERS

NCBC GULFPORT (DSN Prefix 868)
NCBC Gulfport Quarterdeck(228) 871-2555
Family Service Center(228) 871-3000
Bachelor's Quarters(228) 871-3844
Family Housing Office(228) 871-2586
Navy/Marine Corps Relief Society(228) 871-2610
Child Development Center(228) 871-2323
Navy Lodge1-800-628-9466
MWR(228) 871-4697

TRANSPORTATION
Gulfport/Biloxi Regional Airport(228) 863-5951
Coast Transit Authority (Bus)(228) 896-8080
Amtrak1-800-872-7245

PUBLIC SCHOOL ADMINISTRATION OFFICES
Gulfport City Schools(228) 865-4600
Long Beach City Schools(228) 864-1146
Harrison County Schools(228) 865-4052
Pass Christian City Schools(228) 452-7271
Biloxi City Schools(228) 374-1810

GOVERNMENT INTERNET RELOCATION INFORMATION DIRECTORY
MilitaryHOMEFRONT:http://www.militaryhomefront.dod.mil
Military OneSource:http://www.militaryonesource.com
Military Spouse Career Center:http://www.military.com/spouse
SITES:http://www.dmdc.osd.mil/sites
Navy Personnel Commandhttp://www.npc.navy.mil/channels
Worldwide Relocation Infowww.dmdc.osd.mil/sites
Military Acclimate (cost of moves, etc)www.militaryacclimate.com
DOD Education Activitywww.odedodea.edu
PCS Rules and Regulations/DLA/etc:www.dtic.mil/perdiem/
BAS/BAH and other Pay issueswww.dfas.mil/money/
PCS Housingwww.housing.navy.mil/pcshouse
FFSCwww.dmdc.osd.mil/sites
Chaplainwww.chaplaincare.navy.mil/index.htm
Military Connectionwww.militaryconnection.com

GULFPORT INFORMATION WEBSITES
TRICAREwww.tricare.osd.mil
Dentalwww.ucci.com
Jackson County Chamberwww.jcchamber.com
WLOX (TV)www.wlox.com
The Sun Heraldwww.sunherald.com
Gulf Coast Infowww.gulfcoast.org
Commercial Relocation sitewww.homestore.com
The Apartment Directorywww.aptdir.com
Realtorswww.realtor.com
Home Finder of Jackson Countywww.yournewhome.com
City Searchwww.usacitylink.com/citylink
The Newcomers Guide to the MS Gulf Coastwww.newcomersguide-ms.com
MS School systemwww.mde.k12.ms.us
Schoolswww.theschoolreport.com
HUDwww.hud.gov/index.html
Pay Scalewww.salary.com

We are presenting this to give information to incoming Seabee’s, current Battalion SEABEES, as well as family members and friends. If you have orders to join us, WELCOME! We want your transition into Fearless 74 to be as smooth as possible. My philosophy is that we can accomplish our mission while creating an environment where everyone has the opportunity to succeed magnificently and find satisfaction in this profession.

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