CORONADO, Calif. – More than 50 midshipmen from the United States Naval Academy visited Amphibious Construction Battalion (ACB) 1 eadquarters as part of their 2013 Professional Training of Midshipmen (PROTRAMID) program, Aug. 1.
PROTRAMID is a multi-week event that provides in-depth training in the Navy surface, aviation, submarine and Marine Corps warfare communities to midshipmen during the summer months.
This was the last group of midshipmen to visit ACB-1 as part of PROTRAMID 2013. Sailors from ACB-1 assisted Naval Beach Group One (NBG-1) in hosting several groups of midshipmen during the summer months in order to expose the next generation of naval officers to naval amphibious operations.
During the summer program, ACB-1 Sailors gave a weekly tour of the battalion headquarters and equipment to more than 1,200 midshipmen from colleges and universities around the country.
After debarking Assault Craft Unit (ACU) 1’s Landing Craft Unit at the ACB-1 sand ramp located aboard Naval Amphibious Base (NAB) Coronado, each group of midshipmen was given a tour and brief on ACB-1’s civil engineer support equipment (CESE), crew serve weapons (CSW) and an overview of the career path of a Civil Engineering Corp officer.
“They had a chance to see static CESE display including a High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV), a rough terrain container handler (RTCH) and a medium tactical vehicle replacement (MTVR),” said Lt. Travis Myers. “When I graduated I didn’t know much about Seabees, they just built things.”
According to Myers, the tour was a great opportunity for midshipmen to learn about the Seabee community.
“When they come across a Seabee battalion in their future they will have a basic understanding of what the Seabees do, and being aware of what is going around them is a very good thing,” said Myers.
During their visit, subject matter experts from ACB-1 talked with the midshipmen about the Seabee community and allowed them to get some hands-on experiences with weapons and equipment.
“It was a great opportunity to share my experiences with the midshipmen,” said Equipment Operator 3rd Class Rebekah Gumm. “My hope is that it draws their attention to the Seabee community and sparks their interest.”
ACB-1 reports to the Commander NBG-1 providing logistics over-the-shore support for amphibious force and MPF operations including ship-to-shore transportation of combat cargo, bulk fuel/water and tactical camp operations.