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ACB-1 Provides Convoy Security Element

Release Date: 10/29/2009

By: Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Brian Morales, ACB-1 Public Affairs

 

SAN DIEGO, Calif.-- Amphibious Construction Battalion (ACB) 1, home-ported in Coronado, Calif., provided Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 24, home-ported in Huntsville, Al., with 29 active and reserve troops to support convoy operations in Al Asad, Iraq on Dec 5, 2008. ACB-1 has provided two Combat Security Element (CSE) teams in the past to support the Global War on Terrorism.

 

Prior to departing San Diego, ACB-1 Seabees attended CSE training, CSE Field Exercise (FEX) and Battalion FEX, learning basic combat skills.

 

NMCB 24 had Seabees at over 11 Marine Camps and smaller bases needing logistic support.

 

CSE transported troops, supplies, equipment and mail to various locations.

 

It was its own line company within NMCB 24.

 

“We comprised of more than 70 troops and made up about half [the battalion]; NMCB 24 made up the rest,” said Chief Equipment Operator John Trujillo, leader of CSE team three.

 

ACB-1 Seabees continue to answer the call for volunteers, risking their own lives helping others who support real-time operations for the Global War on Terrorism.

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091008-N-1424C-343 CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. (Oct, 8, 2009) Yeoman 3rd Class Russel Lawrence and Yeoman 3rd Class Franco Velasquez, assigned to Amphibious Construction Battalion (ACB) 1, work on the construction of a life support area (LSA) for 800 military personnel supporting Pacific Horizon 10. Pacific Horizon will establish command and control of Marines and Navy units, construct an LSA, execute maritime pre-positioning force operations from a sea echelon area, and retrograde and redeploy allocated forces. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Brian P. Caracci/Released)

Sailors and Marines Partner for Pacific Horizon 10

Release Date: 10/29/2009

 

By: Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Brian P Caracci, ACB-1 Public Affairs

 

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – Military personnel from Naval Beach Group ONE (NBG-1), Amphibious Construction Battalion ONE (ACB-1), Beach Master Unit ONE (BMU-1), Assault Craft Unit ONE (ACU-1), Assault Craft Unit FIVE (ACU-5), Navy Cargo Handling Battalion ONE (NCHB-1), Combat Logistics Battalion (CLB) 13 and 1st Marine Expeditionary Force (MEF) joined forces at Camp Mark, a Life Support Area (LSA) for 900 personnel, to support Pacific Horizon 10.

 

The main mission of the exercise was an in-stream offload at Red Beach aboard Camp Pendleton. It also included training ACB-1 sailors on the Amphibious Bulk Liquid Transfer System (ABLTS) near Coronado, CA., aboard the USNS Pfc Dewayne T. Williams (T-AK 3009).

 

The joint exercise, headquartered at the LSA, was dedicated to the memory of Construction Mechanic 2nd Class Seabee Combat Warfare Bertillus Mark, a sailor assigned to BMU-1 who died in a motorcycle accident earlier this year.

 

Camp Mark served as the hub of mission critical operations while simultaneously providing for the morale of the troops. Sailors and Marines enjoyed camp accommodations of 85 berthing tents, four shower tents, five galley tents, a food service trailer which prepared hot breakfast and dinner meals, onsite laundry, a barber shop, a chapel for religious worship services, and a Morale Welfare Recreation (MWR) tent where troops enjoyed movies, snacks, and sodas.

 

“Culinary Specialist (CS) and food service attendants (FSA) prepared two meals a day, breakfast and dinner with meals ready to eat (MRE’s) for lunch for over 850 military personnel,” stated Culinary Specialist 1st Class Victor Rojas, assigned toACB-1.

 

“The CS’s and FSA’s worked long hours from 0230 to 2100 and still had to do the cleaning. Then they hit the rack, and got about five hours of sleep if they were lucky.  This is our rate and our part in supporting the mission.”

 

Capitalizing on the operational environment, ACB-1 reinforced its tactical skills by qualifying many of its members in M-16 weapon shoots and basic combat skills necessary to achieve the Seabee Combat Warfare designation.

 

Pacific Horizon 10 established command and control of Marines and Navy units, constructed a LSA, executed Maritime Prepositioning Force (MPF) operations from a sea echelon area and retrograded and redeployed allocated forces.

Seabees Return from Pacific Partnership 2009

Release Date: 10/29/2009

 

By: Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Brian Morales and Engineer Aide Constructionman Monique Collier

 

 

SAN DIEGO -- Amphibious Construction Battalion One (ACB-1), home-ported in Coronado, Calif., Seabees returned from Pacific Partnership 2009. 12 ACB-1 Seabees embarked onboard the USNS Amelia Earhart (T-AKE 6) then transferred to the USNS Richard E. Byrd (T-AKE 4) to execute Engineer Civic Action Program projects, contribute to the economic and social development of host countries, and strengthen the relationship between the U.S. and Pacific Rim countries to prepare for future Humanitarian Assistance/Disaster Relief Projects from June 12 to September 25, 2009.

This mission was unique, the first Pacific Partnership Mission to use the USNS as a platform as a result of the H1N1 virus on the USS Dubuque.  “This years team worked extremely tirelessly with our Partner Nations and NGOs completing 19 projects with minimal manning in an austere environment.  The final product was nothing short of astounding” said LTJG Talley Pacific Partnership LNO.

 

“It was harder this time [deployment] because my daughter was older, but it went faster because work kept us busy,” said ACB-1 Pacific Partnership 2009 Leading Petty Officer and Project Supervisor, Equipment Operator 1st Class Blake Litogot, from Howell, Michigan. Litogot participated in numerous humanitarian missions in his eight year naval career.

 

“All and all, it went pretty smooth.”

USNS Richard E. Byrd executed a Humanitarian/ Civic Assistance (HCA) mission in Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Solomon Islands, Tonga, and Samoa as part of this year’s Pacific Partnership.

 

“We got to places we would never be able to see again,” said Litogot.

“I volunteered for Pacific Partnership 2009 to see the world that most will never see and also to aid in the humanitarian missions,” added Construction Mechanic Constructionman Julian A. Cortez, from Copperas Cove, Texas.

ACB-1 Seabees worked alongside Seabees and partner nations from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion One (NMCB-1), The Royal Australian Army Combat Engineers, Royal New Zealand Army, and Navy Canadian Engineer during many projects.


Projects for this year’s Pacific Partnership included construction and repairs to schools, playgrounds, clinics, hospitals, community halls, health centers and general facilities. The mission’s keystone project challenged Seabees to install a 186’ bridge linking North and South Tarawa.

“That project made the biggest impact. We cut parts and bolts out of the old bridge and put the new one together,” stated Litogot.


Pacific Partnership 2009 aimed to strengthen alliances, promote multilateral security cooperation among partner nations, and improve U.S. military and partner Foreign Humanitarian Assistance/ Disaster Relief (FHA/DR) capacity.

“This is indeed a unique experience that may never be duplicated again,” said Chief Boatswain’s Mate Jay Browning, from Mobile, Al.

 

“I was pleased to welcome home our 12 Seabees from Pacific Partnership 09,” expressed Captain Scott R. Lister, commanding officer of ACB-1. ”A tremendous effort and a successful mission performing construction projects in the remote corners of the Pacific.”

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090717-N-1424C-995- CORONADO, Calif. (JULY 17, 2009)- Captain Scott Lister, Prospective Commanding Officer of Amphibious Construction Battalion ONE (ACB-1) gives the Battalion Flag to the Command Master Chief Damon Anthony during the Change of Command ceremony.  Captain Jim Wink, Commanding Officer of ACB-1, is being relieved by Captain Scott Lister.  U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Brian P Caracci (RELEASED).

Amphibious Construction Battalion 1 Holds Change of Command
Story Number: NNS090724-11
Release Date: 7/24/2009 5:41:00 AM

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Brian Morales, Amphibious Construction Battalion 1 Public Affairs

CORONADO, Calif. (NNS) -- Amphibious Construction Battalion (ACB) 1, homeported at Naval Amphibious Base Coronado, Calif., held its change of command ceremony July 17.

Capt. Jim Wink, commanding officer of ACB 1, was relieved by Capt. Scott Lister in a formal ceremony with all hands from all four companies present.

Melodies from the Navy Band played while Cmdr. Andrew Schulman, executive officer of ACB 1 welcomed all in attendance.

This time-honored tradition began with the arrival of the official party.

ACB 1's color guard proceeded to parade the national ensign as Seaman Shaka Baity sang the national anthem.

Following the national anthem, Chaplain Joseph Roach delivered the invocation.

Rear Adm. Richard E. Cellon, commander, First Naval Construction Division, took the podium as guest speaker of the ceremony.

"I spoke here at Captain Wink's incoming change of command, and I said a couple of things on that day, two years ago that I think are probably worth repeating here this morning," said Cellon. "The first thing I said that I want to repeat is that we choose our commanding officers very carefully. I want to welcome Captain Lister back to Amphibious Construction Battalion One and to San Diego. Congratulations Captain Lister; I know you're going to do great things, and we look forward to hearing all the wonderful contributions that Amphibious Construction Battalion One will make during your tenure."

"The second thing I said a couple of years ago was, I remarked how terrific the men and women of Amphibious Construction Battalion One look in ranks. It is certainly a true statement again, here this morning."

"The third and final thing that I'm going to repeat from two years ago is that, I told Captain Wink that we certainly did not expect him to accept the status quo and you [Captain Wink] have not done that. You have taken this battalion to new levels."

Guests came to their feet as Commodore Capt. James E. O'Connor, commander of Naval Beach Group (NBG) 1, presented Wink with the Legion of Merit award.

Wink addressed the battalion and guests one final time.

"The old saying goes, if you choose a job you love you won't have to work a day in your life. If the next two years for you [Captain Lister] are anything like the last two for me, you won't work a single day."

Throughout history, organizational colors are presented by the detaching commanding officer to his or her relief. Command Master Chief Damon Anthony presented the battalion flag to Wink, who carried out this proud tradition by passing the battalion flag to Lister.

"Men and women of [Amphibious Construction Battalion 1], you look great, and I could not be prouder than to be your commanding officer," said Lister as he addressed the battalion for the first time. "Your pride and professionalism is apparent in all that you do. I look forward to an exciting next couple of years."

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090715-N-1424C-659- CORONADO, Calif. (July 15, 2009)- Seabees assigned to Amphibious Construction Battalion ONE (ACB-1) participate in the annual Captains Cup tug-o-war competition between Alfa, Bravo, Charlie and Head Quarters Company.  The tug-o-war event is one of ten events that each of the four companies compete against each other for points towards winning the Battalion trophy and the Captain's Cup pennant for the company's guide-on.  U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Brian P Caracci (RELEASED).

ACB 1 Holds Annual Captain's Cup
Story Number: NNS090724-03
Release Date: 7/24/2009 5:06:00 AM

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Brian Morales, Amphibious Construction Battalion 1 Public Affairs

CORONADO, Calif. (NNS) -- Amphibious Construction Battalion (ACB) 1 held their annual Captain's Cup at Turner Field, located on board Naval Amphibious Base Coronado, Calif., July 14-16, to promote comradery and unity within the battalion.

ACB 1's four companies competed in 10 events to win the command trophy and attach the command pennant to their company guidon flag.

Each Seabee company participated in volleyball, softball, soccer, basketball, football, chemical biological radiological (CBR) dress out relay, M-16 field strip, relay race, the ultimate Seabee competition and concluded with the tug-o-war.

Events kicked off with volleyball and softball. Headquarters, Alfa, Bravo and Charlie Company all competed in a series of double elimination sports striving to be declared the battalion's champion company.

Headquarters Company, primarily composed of administrative and supply ratings, won four straight volleyball matches defeating Bravo and Charlie Company. They squared off against Alfa Company, comprised of construction mechanics and equipment operators, losing the event winning streak in a close final match.

Meanwhile, an ongoing friendly rivalry grew between the largest and smallest line companies as Bravo and Charlie Company took each other to their limits in basketball and softball. Bravo Company would come out on top at the end of the day.

The following day, ACB 1 Captain's Cup events resumed with the battalion's infamous ultimate Seabee competition. Spectators followed Seabees throughout the course, motivating them to overcome strenuous obstacles that demanded the dedication and "Can Do" spirit of a true Navy Seabee.

"I challenged every obstacle with a desire to prove myself," said Construction Mechanic Constructionman David C. Patrick, from Greenville, Tenn. "I didn't expect to win. Unexpected outcomes define your character and pride for your company."

Patrick demonstrated the strong fighting spirit of Alfa Company and was named this year's male ultimate Seabee.

"I gave my support to Bravo [Company]. I just wanted to finish. I was nervous and excited at the same time," said this year's female ultimate Seabee, Boatswain's Mate 1st Class (SW/AW) Barbara Korpi, from Morganton, N.C.

Obstacles included low crawls, two-minute lean and rest positions, sprints with a 25 pound ruck sack, push-ups, sit-ups and Medium Tactical Vehicle Replacement (MTVR) tire flips.

Charlie Company attempted to regain their momentum in this series of sporting events by winning the football competition.

Alfa Company pulled together and won the CBR relay and soccer events, ranking them a close second place for the cup.

Bravo Company took the lead by excelling in the relay race. With Bravo Company in the lead and Alfa Company in striking distance, the final event would decide which company would emerge as the victor. It would boil down to the tug-o-war.

Tension flared as rival companies, Bravo and Charlie, faced off against each other. As Alfa Company cheered on a determined Charlie Company, Bravo was defeated leaving the Captain's Cup a tie between Alfa and Bravo.

A tie-breaker event was decided to take place between both of the companies in an arm wrestling match between their commanders.

With all their troops to cheer them on, Lt. Joseph Dunaway, Alfa Company commander came forward to lock hands with Lt. j. g. Gabriel Gomez, Bravo Company assistant commander.

"I can't believe it came down to arm wrestling, but I am just happy that I could be a part of the victory. I'm proud of our accomplishments and proud to be part of Alfa," said Dunaway.

The Captain's Cup was presented to Alfa Company and plaques were presented to the male and female ultimate Seabees in front of the entire battalion during an awards ceremony prior to commemorating ACB 1's birthday.

"We are looking forward to defending the title next year," stated Dunaway.

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090611-N-4973M-043-  SAN DIEGO (June 11, 2009)- Operation Specialist 1st Class John Schill guides Amphibious Construction Battalion (ACB) 1 Seabees aboard the USNS Amelia Earhart (T-AKE 6) spaces for ship's familiarization. ACB-1 deploys 12 Seabees to support Pacific Partnership 2009 in executing engineering projects, contributing to the economical and social development of the host countries, and strengthening the professional relationship. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Brian Morales/ Released)

Seabees Set Out for Pacific Partnership 2009

Release Date: 7/12/2009

 

By: Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Brian Morales

SAN DIEGO -- Amphibious Construction Battalion (ACB) 1, home-ported in Coronado, Calif., deployed 12 Seabees onboard the USNS Amelia Earhart (T-AKE 6) to support Pacific Partnership 2009 on June 12, 2009. ACB-1 Seabees will execute engineer projects, contribute to the economic and social development of host countries, and strengthen the relationship between the U.S. and Pacific Rim countries.

Prior to deployment, ACB-1 Seabees were given a ship familiarization tour by Operation Specialist 1st Class John Schill. Schill went over the ship’s routine and rules and then guided them through the galley, medical, the weather decks, gyms, and the bridge.

“The majority of Seabees (onboard) are fairly new to some of the construction involved but are very eager at the same time,” said ACB-1 Pacific Partnership 2009 Leading Petty Officer, Equipment Operator 1st Class Blake Litogot, from Howell, Michigan. “I hope we can all improve our construction skills.”

From June 12 to October 1, 2009, USNS Amelia Earhart will execute a Humanitarian/ Civic Assistance (HCA) mission in Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Solomon Islands, Tonga, and Samoa as part of this year’s Pacific Partnership.

“The islands we are going to are the first and only we would be able to go in our careers. It will be exciting to see what the NMCB (Naval Mobile Construction Battalion) and ACB forces can accomplish together,” said Litogot.

“I volunteered for Pacific Partnership 2009 to see the world that most will never see and also to aid in the humanitarian missions,” added Construction Mechanic Constructionman Julian A. Cortez, from Copperas Cove, Texas.

Projects for this year’s Pacific Partnership include construction and repairs to schools, playgrounds, clinics, hospitals, community halls, health centers and general facilities. The mission’s keystone project challenges Seabees to install a bridge between North and South Tarawa.

Pacific Partnership 2009 aims to strengthen alliances, promote multilateral security cooperation among partner nations, and improve U.S. military and partner Foreign Humanitarian Assistance/ Disaster Relief (FHA/DR) capacity.

“This is indeed a unique experience that may never be duplicated again. We will embrace every moment,” said Chief Boatswain’s Mate Jay Browning, from Mobile, Al.

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090331-N-4973M-005 CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. (March 31, 2009) Construction Mechanic Constructionman David Patrick, left, and Construction Mechanic Constructionman Brandon Homan, both assigned to Amphibious Construction Battalion (ACB) 1, stand watch inside a fighting position during the Naval Beach Group (NBG) 1 tactical field exercise. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Brian Morales/Released)

Beach Group Completes Combat Readiness Exercise
Story Number: NNS090414-10
Release Date: 4/14/2009 5:35:00 PM

By Lt. Joseph Roach and Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Brian Morales, Naval Beach Group 1 Public Affairs

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. (NNS) -- Sailors from Naval Beach Group (NBG) 1 and its subordinate commands, Amphibious Construction Battalion (ACB) 1, Assault Craft Unit (ACU) 1, ACU 5, and Beach Master Unit (BMU) 1, conducted boat operations within a tactical environment during their annual Field Exercise at Camp Pendleton, Calif., March 30 – April 10.

The beach group's primary mission is to provide ship-to-shore transportation of fuel, materials and equipment in support of expeditionary strike groups, Marine expeditionary forces and brigade-sized operations and maritime prepositioned force (MPF) operations.

The training goals of the exercise were to arrive safely in a hostile environment, eliminate enemy threats in the area of responsibility (AOR) and conduct ship-to-shore logistics in support of the notional host nation.

Basic combat skills such as camp defense planning, convoy tactics, control posts communications and casualty evacuations were tested through scenarios ranging from managing civilian protesters to defending against an all-out assault from armed insurgents.

"We got off to a rough start. 'Mother Nature' dealt a difficult hand including cold weather and rain, but once we got going, things went very well," said Lt. Andrew Cline, ACB 1 Bravo company commander.

Day and night, NBG 1 Sailors were vigilant against any possible threat to their mission.

"There were hot days and cold nights, but the training evolution was worth it," said Equipment Operator 3rd Class Sergio Alvarez, from National City, Calif.

Fighting positions and security posts were manned 24/7 according to constantly changing force protection condition levels.

"As a force protection react team member, our mission was to protect and escort the commanding officer, executive officer and operations officer to a safe haven during an assault," said Sergio.

'Enemies' launched a full scale assault on the beach group during a final protective fire scenario. All fighting positions were manned at 100 percent while 'insurgents' attempted to breach defensive lines and swarm the camp.

"The NBG-1 FEX was an eye-opening experience," Sergio added.

After enemy threats were eliminated, the beach group changed its focus to the movement of personnel and supplies without the benefit of a port, using the Improved Navy Lighterage System (INLS), assault landing craft and maritime preposition force utility boats.
Though combat skills and craft operations were put to the test under unfavorable conditions, safety precautions were always monitored by 'white cell' personnel and range safety officers.

"Safety was paramount. The most dangerous scenarios were attacks on the camp at night. Safety procedures were followed 100 percent," said Engineering Aide 2nd Class Veli Hergul, a range safety officer participating in the exercise.

"The beach group field exercise provided us a unique opportunity to train both our tactical defense and amphibious missions simultaneously. The teamwork and cooperation by all units of the naval beach group working together allowed for a safe and very successful exercise," stated Capt. James O'Conner, commodore of NBG 1.
 

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090328-N-1424C-659 CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. (March 28, 2009) Seabees assigned to Amphibious Construction Battalion (ACB) 1 travel in a convoy at Red Beach Calif. to offload a reverse osmosis water purification unit as part of quarterly sustainment training during a recent Battalion field exercise. The exercise increases situational awareness and readiness for expeditionary operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Brian P Caracci/Released)

ACB-1 Conducts Field Exercise, Maintains Readiness
Story Number: NNS090405-05
Release Date: 4/5/2009 6:08:00 PM

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Brian Morales

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. (NNS) -- Seabees from Amphibious Construction Battalion (ACB) 1 at Naval Amphibious Base Coronado, Calif., conducted a field exercise (FEX) at Camp Pendleton March 21-30.

The ACB-1 FEX improves the command's mission readiness by training its Seabees for possible scenarios against hostile aggressors.

ACB-1 Seabees arrived in a field location March 21 at Camp Pendleton to start the construction of its life-support-area (LSA). The LSA provides operational and administrative needs including berthing to support 800 personnel, the beach support-center (BSC), showering facilities, the battle-aid-station and a galley for serving hot meals to personnel.

"This FEX gives us proper 'hands-on' training of what our actual mission is," said Construction Mechanic 3rd Class (SCW) Kristy Donoghue, from Perth, Australia.

During simulations, defensive fighting positions, patrols and convoys were executed as they would be in a hostile environment. Each line-company in the battalion set up fighting positions and control points which reported to the BSC for command and control of all activities in their area of responsibility.

"Communications is the key to achieving the mission. It can be the difference between life and death," said Yeoman 3rd Class (SCW) Samika Watson, BSC communicator.

Basic combat skills were taught through controlled scenarios created by the battalion's training department. Day and night, Seabees were tested by designated, "white cell" evaluators on their reactions to the challenging scenarios and their ability to follow the rules Of engagement, as well as deal with noise and light discipline.

"It's a lot of work, but [it's] good training," said Builder 3rd Class Jeremy Morgan, assigned to ACB-1 Charlie Company. "You learn your role in all defensive positions."

ACB-1's FEX focused on controlled, tactical training scenarios, demonstrating the battalion's primary mission to support real-time situations in hostile environments.

ACB-1 Seabees Share Holidays with San Diego Center for Children
Story Number: NNS081225-03
Release Date: 12/25/2008 12:12:00 AM

By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Brian Morales, Amphibious Construction Battalion 1

CORONADO, Calif. (NNS) -- Amphibious Construction Battalion (ACB) 1 Seabees invited the San Diego Center for Children (SDCC) into ACB-1's chiefs mess to share a home cooked meal for the holidays on Dec. 23 at Naval Amphibious Base Coronado.

SDCC is San Diego's oldest non-profit organization, celebrating more than 121 years of service. Children and adolescents face many challenges: mental, emotional, or behavioral. SDCC helps them regain a healthy and normal life with family, friends, and school.

The ACB-1 first class mess gathered donations of $450 from the command to supply food and gifts for the holiday gathering.

"I just wanted to show these kids we care," said Boatswain's Mate 1st Class Kisha L. Jacobi, vice president of the ACB-1 first class mess.

Many ACB-1 Seabees took time out of their normal duties to participate in making this holiday gathering a success.

"This time of year, it is better to give than receive," said Engineering Aide 2nd Class Salvador Hernandez, ACB-1 assistant Seabee Combat Warfare coordinator. Salvador provided an enchilada dish and assisted in arranging other dishes to form a buffet style serving line.

Prior to eating, ACB-1 Seabees, friends, family, and SDCC bowed their heads in prayer as Chaplain Joseph Roach led everyone in prayer.

The holiday gathering also provided a home cooked meal to ACB-1 single Seabees far away from home.

They feasted on turkey, mashed potatoes, candy yams, sweet potatoes, corn, chips, dip, and much more.

"It's priceless to see a smile on everyone's faces, especially during this time of the year," said Culinary Specialist Seaman Jugdeep Kingra, from San Fernando Valley, Calif. Like Salvador and many other ACB-1 Seabees, Jugdeep helped setting up food, chairs, and plates.

SDCC children and adolescents enjoyed the holiday meal and gifts provided by ACB-1.

"It's a great opportunity for them [SDCC children and adolescents] to get to meet new people and positive role models," said Allison Christian, a native San Diegan child care provider working with SDCC.

After the meal, Seabees continued to play with many of the younger children in various games.

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080913-N-4973M-005- MIRAMAR, Calif. (September 13, 2008)- Gunner's Mate 1st Class Thomas Buckman, assigned to Amphibious Construction Battalion (ACB) 1, discusses weapon's familiarization as ACB-1 line coaches Construction Mechanic 2nd Class Christopher Del Rio (close-left), Boatswain's Mate 2nd Class Fernando Partidavital, and Avaition Support Equipment Technician Airman Desmond Parker, all assigned to ACB-1, demonastrate fuctions of the 9mm handgun parts to 54 ACB-1 chiefs and officers. Quarterly Sustainment Training (QST) fully integrates reservists with active duty Seabees developing skills essential to achieving the Seabee Combat Warfare qualification. (RELEASED)

Reserve, Active Seabees Maintain Battle Rhythm Through Quarterly Training
Story Number: NNS080927-11
Release Date: 9/27/2008 2:12:00 PM

By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Brian Morales, Amphibious Construction Battalion 1 Public Affairs

MIRAMAR, Calif. (NNS) -- Amphibious Construction Battalion (ACB) 1 active and Reserve component Seabees trained day and night to maintain qualifications as part of quarterly sustainment training (QST) Sept. 11-14 at Camp Elliott at Miramar Marine Corps Air Base, Calif.

QST fully integrated Reservists with active-duty Seabees developing skills essential to the execution of the ACB-1 mission and gives individuals direct training to achieve the Seabee Combat Warfare qualification. Skills learned include land navigation, convoy planning and front line defense along with giving some Seabees their first experience in a field environment.

Leaders say the rewards of seeing all the members of the command working together as a team makes the hard work of planning the QST worthwhile, from coordinating the countless logistical requirements of getting the Reserve component from all over the country to San Diego, to the time limitations of trying to integrate the Reserve and active component of the command.

"To get them in one place at one time is still a challenge, and to get 100 percent participation from all detachments is still a challenge, but it improves every year and every QST," stated Master Chief Boatswain's Mate (SCW) Michael Angeline from Elizabethtown, Ky, ACB 1 Reservists' senior enlisted adviser.

During QST, ACB 1's training department placed Seabees in a field environment for a practical application of combat skills.

"They come out each time ready to learn," said Construction Mechanic 2nd Class Christopher Wadsworth, ACB 1 Alfa Company Reserve component coordinator, from Fallon, Nev. "They learn effective tactical communication in a matter of four days."

ACB 1's QST provided a dedicated time period for basic in-rate knowledge and combat training which enables the battalion to carry out its ship-to-shore missions anywhere in the world.

"They [QST's] map out a road to success in our Seabee Combat Warfare Specialist program designation as well as our professional job training for all personnel," said Angeline.
 

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080918-N-1424C-461- SAN DIEGO (September 18, 2008)- Seabees assigned to Amphibious Construction Battalion (ACB) 1  cheer on there fellow Seabees as they tug on the rope during the final tug-of-war event against Assault Craft Unit (ACU) 1 at this years Commodore Cup.  Naval Beach Group (NBG) 1, ACB-1, ACU-1, ACU-5 and Beach Master Unit (BMU) 1 compete in a series of sporting events to see who would win this years Commodore's Cup. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Brian P. Caracci/Released)

ACB-1 Wins NBG-1 Commodore's Cup 2008
Story Number: NNS080927-15
Release Date: 9/27/2008 6:17:00 PM

By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Brian Morales

SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- Seabees assigned to Naval Beach Group (NBG) 1, Amphibious Construction Battalion (ACB) 1, Assault Craft Unit (ACU) 1, Assault Craft Unit (ACU) 5 and Beach Master Unit (BMU) 1 competed in a series of sporting events Sept. 15-18 in the NBG-1 Commodore's Cup.

Last year, the Commodore's Cup championship was decided by the final event, a tug-of-war between ACB-1 and ACU-1. ACU-1 won and captured the cup making them the defending champions this year.

The Commodore's Cup events take place on Naval Amphibious Base (NAB) Coronado, Naval Air Station (NAS) North Island, and concluded on Admiral Baker Field. The individual commands have the opportunity to compete in a 5K run, racquetball, volleyball, bowling, basketball, bench press, softball, and tug-of-war with points being awarded for first, second and third place in each respective event.

"This was my first one. I pushed through and was supportive of my fellow members," said Engineering Aide 2nd Class Eric Chavarria, from Fort Myers, Fla. Chavarria, assigned to ACB-1, won 1st place in the male bench press competition lifting 385 pounds.

"This is the best that we've had. It boosts the morale of the command to be able to take some time off work and to get out and get involved in sports competing against the other commands," said Yeoman 2nd Class Jennifer Green, from Lubbock, Texas. "We supported each other and it motivated us to do a good job and to do our best."

On Sept. 18, ACB-1 faced ACU-5 in the final softball event. "All of us had a lot of team work, tried our hardest, but we came in 2nd place," said Engineer 3rd Class Nicholas Dahlin, assigned to ACB-1.

"We did really good this year. I think the Commodore's Cup has a good impact on the command. It brings the battalion together," Dahlin added.

After the softball tournament concluded, all commands competed in the final event, the tug-of-war.

ACB-1 was victorious at the tug-of-war, defeating both ACU-1 and ACU-5.

"We did our best. ACB-1 was tough competition and took the championship from us," said Chief Operations Specialist Mark Williams, assigned to ACU-5. "It's always a great event that brings commands together. It's just a good feeling to know that you hang that cup on your command's wall and know you took it overall."

All NBG-1 commands gathered around as individual event awards were handed out, followed by a speech from NBG-1 Commodore Thomas Wetherald to the entire beach group.

"It has been my honor and privilege to come back to the beach Group. I wanted to come to serve with the finest the Navy had," said Wetherald as he addressed the beach group one last time. "I've been blown away by what all of you have achieved in the past two years. I want to thank you all. It's been a tremendous tour. It's been my absolute privilege to lead the beach group."

Wetherald presented the Commodore's Cup after his speech to Capt. Jim Wink, commanding officer of ACB-1. ACB-1 regained the Commodore's Cup winning 1st place in the 5K run, basketball, male bench press and tug-of-war.

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080802-N-1424C-460 CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. (August 2, 2008) Ship's Serviceman Seaman Steven Day, assigned to Amphibious Construction Battalion (ACB) 1, paints camouflage face paint on a visitor on family day during Exercise Pacific Strike 2008 at Red Beach in Camp Pendleton. Pacific Strike 2008 is a Joint Logistics Over-The-Shore (JLOTS) engineering and logistical training exercise between Army and Navy units under a joint force commander as a means to load and unload ships without the benefit of deep draft-capable, fixed port facilities. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Brian P. Caracci/Released)

Seabees Host Family Day at Exercise Pacific Strike 2008
Story Number: NNS080806-10
Release Date: 8/6/2008 2:23:00 PM

By Lt. Joseph L. Roach, Amphibious Construction Battalion 1 Public Affairs

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. (NNS) -- Service members from Amphibious Construction Battalion (ACB) 1 invited family members Aug. 2, to learn about what they experienced in the field during Exercise Pacific Strike 2008 at Camp Pendleton.

One hundred and seventy-six family members arrived at Camp Peguero - inside Camp Pendleton - to the delight of the Sailors and Soldiers.

Family members attended a reception held in the galley, and toured the camp including the galley, gym, recreational facilities, movie tent, chapel and showers.

Visitors observed operations at Camp Pendleton's Red Beach where Seabees from ACB-1 and ACB-2 worked on the elevated causeway system, a pier they constructed stretching four football fields in length from the shore. They also watched as a landing craft air cushion from Assault Craft Unit (ACU) 5 performed a "fly by" of the beach.

ACB-1 Seabees were "stabbing the beach" with their Improved Navy Lighterage System causeway ferry while Sailors from Beach Master Unit 1 coordinated all activity on the beach. The joint operation center was in full action and provided guests with "the big picture" of how the operation was controlled.

Static displays of Seabee equipment were available as well as camouflage face-painting for children.

Lunch was served and afterwards all visitors boarded buses for the Del Mar Boat Basin for tours of the various watercraft used to conduct the mission. Everyone was treated to a boat ride on a maritime pre-position force utility boat from ACU-1. These boats were primarily used to transport crews from the basin to the underway watercraft during operations.

"I truly understand now what ACB-1 does," said Joy Johnson, mother-in-law of a Seabee at the event.

Camp Peguero was constructed by ACB-1 in late June and served as the life support area for the 2,700 joint task force (JTF) personnel participating in Pacific Strike 2008. During the exercise, the JTF moved 1,492 pieces of combat gear from Hawaii to Fort Irwin, Calif. to support the Army's 3rd Brigade, 25th Infantry Division's eventual deployment to Iraq.

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080719-N-4973M-320 CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. (July 19, 2008) Construction Electrician 1st Class Samuel Roman carries the guide-on flag for Amphibious Construction Battalion (ACB) 1, Charlie Company, while participating in the first Jose M. Peguero "Give Me More than a 5K" run. Camp Peguero is the 2,700 personnel life support area (LSA) dedicated in memory of ACB-1 Seabee Construction Electrician 1st Class Jose Peguero. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Brian Morales/Released)

Give Me More Than a 5K

Release Date: 7/19/2008

By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Brian Morales, Amphibious Construction Battalion ONE Public Affairs

 

Camp Pendleton-- Sailors and Soldiers participate in the first annual Jose M. Peguero “Give Me More Than a 5K” memorial run on July 19, 2008 while deployed for Joint Logistics Over-The-Shore (JLOTS) Exercise Pacific Strike 2008. Amphibious Construction Battalion (ACB) ONE dedicated the 2,700 person Life Support Area (LSA) for JLOTS after Construction Electrician 1st Class Jose M. Peguero, an ACB-1 Seabee who recently passed away while deployed on Pacific Partnership 2008.

 

Army and Navy units conduct JLOTS under a joint force commander (JFC) as a means to load and unload ships without the benefit of deep draft-capable, fixed port facilities.

 

While JLOTS operations are still continuing, over 150 Sailors and Soldiers ran a 5K around the camp as a tribute to Jose Peguero.

 

“This is a good way to remember him and hopefully we’ll continue this run annually,” said Construction Electrician 1st Class Seabee Combat Warfare Samuel Roman, assigned to ACB-1.

 

Jose Peguero was well-known for leading ACB-1 in morning PT (physical training) as a Command Fitness Leader (CFL) and the battalion’s communications chief.

 

“He was a good mentor and good leader. Truly a big loss to the command,” said Roman.

 

“I’m really proud of this race and next year will be so much better,” said Engineer Aide 1st Class Seabee Combat Warfare Jeanna Carlock, coordinator of the memorial run. “If he’s watching down on us right now, I think he would be thrilled we could get this much participation for a PT event.”

 

Joint Task Force EIGHT will conclude the JLOTS exercise in August 2008.

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080727-N-4973M-134 CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. (July 27, 2008)- Hospital Corpsman 1st Class John Vavrek, assigned to Amphibious Construction Battalion (ACB) ONE, examines a patient's hand laceration. The Camp Peguero , a 2,700 personnel life support area (LSA), Battle Aide Station (BAS) provides around the clock medical support for Joint Logistics Over-The-Shore (JLOTS) 2008 exercise Pacific Strike to Army and Navy units. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Brian Morales. (RELEASED)

JLOTS Medical Staff Supports Around-The-Clock Operations
Story Number: NNS080715-26
Release Date: 7/15/2008 10:06:00 PM

By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Brian Morales, Amphibious Construction Battalion 1 Public Affairs

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. (NNS) -- Sailors and Soldiers in the medical field joined forces to support Joint Logistics Over-The-Shore (JLOTS) 2008 to optimize health care response in a joint exercise environment.

JLOTS 2008 will establish command and control of Army and Navy units, construct a life-support area (LSA), conduct force protection operations, execute an in-stream offload of shipping from a sea echelon area, employ a offshore petroleum discharge system, retrograde and safely redeploy allocated forces.

The joint medical team consists of 25 Navy and Army personnel which will provide medical assistance 24-hours a day during JLOTS operations. Their battle aide station in Camp Peguero, JLOTS' 2,700 personnel LSA, treats numerous sick call patients on a daily basis.

"The comraderie between Navy and Army personnel is the true meaning of 'one team, one fight,'" said Navy Hospital Corpsman 1st Class John Vavrek, assigned to Amphibious Construction Battalion 1 (ACB-1).

Medical personnel stand by with three Army field litter ambulances and three Navy M998 high mobility multipurpose wheeled vehicles at various exercise sites to ensure the well being of Navy and Army personnel.

"There is a wide range of expertise on both sides as medical and non-medical personnel provide quality care to all military personnel for this mission," said Vavrek. "We are capable of supporting all JLOTS events around the clock, ashore and afloat."

JLOTS 2008 allows Navy and Army personnel the opportunity to train together in stretcher bearer, mass casualty and sea-to-shore emergency personnel transport drills during a real-time mission.

"I've had little experience in sick call training," said Pvt. 1st Class Christina Myers, assigned to the 396th Combat Support Hospital located at Vancouver, Wash. "It's been a good learning experience to expand my horizons."

The joint medical team plays an essential role in JLOTS 2008, capable of providing treatment to 2,700 personnel throughout the exercise.

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080630-N-4973M-010 DEL MAR, Calif. (June 30, 2008)- Amphibious Construction Battalion (ACB) ONE Seabees position a structural piece of the Navy Elevated Causeway System (ELCAS) off-loaded from the SS Flickertail State (T-ACS 5) master crane onto the Improved Navy Lighterage System (INLS) Causeway Ferry ONE during Joint Logistics Over-The-Shore (JLOTS) 2008. JLOTS 2008 will establish command and control of Army and Navy units, construct a Life Support Area (LSA), conduct force protection operations, execute an in-stream offload of shipping from a sea echelon area, employ Offshore Petroleum Discharge System (OPDS), retrograde and safely redeploy allocated forces. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Brian Morales. (RELEASED)

JLOTS Joint Task Force Off-loads the SS Flickertail State

Release Date: 6/30/2008

By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Brian Morales, JLOTS Joint Task Force Public Affairs.

Del Mar-- Joint Logistics Over-The-Shore (JLOTS) Joint Task Force (JTF) began off-loading the Elevated Causeway System (ELCAS) from the SS Flickertail State (T-ACS5) on June 30, 2008. The SS Flickertail State is carrying the Navy ELCAS, and Army Lighterage.

Amphibious Construction Battalion (ACB) ONE’s Improved Navy Lighterage System (INLS) causeway ferries pulled alongside the Flickertail State as Army Soldiers and Navy Seabees prepared to crane off structural pieces that will be utilized to erect the Navy ELCAS. INLS crafts are used to transport cargo and personnel from ship-to-shore.

“I think it would be a good experience for me and for everyone else participating in JLOTS,” said Sergeant Carlos Garcia, Coxswain for the Army 331st  Transportation Company.” I look forward to working with the Navy and learning about their duties and responsibilities.” 

The SS Flickertail State is one of the four amphibious ships used during this JLOTS operations.

Once the Navy ELCAS and Army Trident Pier are erected, the JLOTS JTF will be conducting 24 hour operations to transport over 1,569 pieces of rolling stock. JLOTS is one of many evolutions that support Exercise Pacific Strike 2008.

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080620-N-4973M-010 CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. (June 20, 2008) Amphibious Construction Battalion (ACB) 1 Seabees erect a tension fabric structure to be utilized as a galley at Camp Peguero. ACB-1 Seabees set up a life support area that supports 2,700 Army and Navy personnel for Joint Logistics Over-The-Shore 2008. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Brian Morales (Released)

Amphibious Construction Battalion 1 Prepares For Joint Logistics Exercise
Story Number: NNS080628-15
Release Date: 6/28/2008 11:01:00 AM

By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Brian Morales, Amphibious Construction Battalion 1 Public Affairs

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. (NNS) -- Amphibious Construction Battalion (ACB) 1 Seabees established a Life Support Area (LSA) June 24 at Camp Pendleton, as part of a joint task force exercise that ends in August 2008.

The LSA supports 2,700 Army and Navy personnel for Joint Logistics Over-The-Shore (JLOTS) 2008. The Seabees named the LSA Camp Peguero in honor of Construction Electrician 1st Class Jose Peguero, a Seabee who passed away while deployed on Pacific Partnership 2008.

During the JLOTS 2008 exercise participants will establish command and control of Army and Navy units, construct an LSA, conduct force protection operations, execute an in-stream offload of shipping from a sea echelon area, employ an Offshore Petroleum Discharge System (OPDS), retrograde and safely redeploy allocated forces. The task force expects to transport more than 1,569 pieces of rolling stock.

"This is a good opportunity to work with other military services," said Engineering Aide 1st Class Richard Lang, ACB-1's Operations Department leading petty officer.

"We have a great deal of experience transporting gear from ship to shore and we will provide 2,700 personnel with a top-notch living area."

Joint Task Force Pacific Strike includes Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 3, Naval Beach Group 1, Amphibious Construction Battalion 1, Amphibious Construction Battalion 2, Beach Master Unit 1, Assault Craft Unit 1, Assault Craft Unit 2, Assault Craft Unit 5, Underwater Construction Team 1, Navy Expeditionary Logistics Support Group, National Environmental Health Science and Protection Accreditation Council, Maritime Expeditionary Security Squadron 5, 483rd Transportation Battalion, 24th Transportation Battalion, and the 240th Quartermaster Battalion.

ACB-1 Seabees Return from Pacific Partnership 2008
Story Number: NNS080915-22
Release Date: 9/15/2008 10:45:00 PM

By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Brian Morales, Amphibious Construction Battalion 1 Public Affairs

CORONADO, Calif. (NNS) -- Eleven Amphibious Construction Battalion (ACB) 1 Seabees returned to their homeport, Naval Amphibious Base Coronado, Calif., following a four-month deployment aboard the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy Sept. 6, 2008, as part of exercise Pacific Partnership 2008.

Pacific Partnership 2008 began May 1 to provide humanitarian assistance in the Southeast Asia region. Pacific Partnership provided engineering, medical and dental assistance to host-nations in the region, building upon relationships established in past missions.

Missions were conducted in the Republic of Philippines, Vietnam, Timor-Leste, Papua New Guinea and the Federated States of Micronesia.

"We made a lot of friendships that are going to last forever," said Engineman 3rd Class Raymond Hilliard, from Palm Bay, Fla.

Hilliard was one of eleven ACB-1 Seabees that volunteered to participate in this year's exercise. Pacific Partnership gave him and 10 other ACB-1 Seabees the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others as well as their own.

"We were fixing up this rehabilitation center in Vietnam. There was this little girl that was blind and deaf. It's just good to know that we were fixing that place up for kids like her," said Hilliard, as he shared one of his personal experiences of Pacific Partnership 2008. "They're going to remember us and we're definitely going to remember them."

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080411-N-4973M-002 CORONADO, Calif. (April 11, 2008) Brian Beldyga, senior manager for the Save a Life Tour, discusses alcohol awareness with Seabees assigned to Amphibious Construction Battalion (ACB-1) and Sailors assigned to Naval Amphibious Base Coronado. The interactive Save a Life simulator demonstrates the dangers of driving while intoxicated. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Brian Morales (Released)

Seabees attended the Save a Life Tour at Naval Air Station North Island

Release Date: 4/11/2008

 

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Brian P Caracci, Amphibious Construction Battalion ONE Public Affairs

 

CORONADO, Calif,-- Amphibious Construction Battalion (ACB) ONE Sailors attended the Save a Life Tour at the Warehouse Gym located at Naval Air Station North Island on Friday the 11th of April.

 

“It’s like behavior modification to show a sober perspective on how alcohol affects reaction time which affects your monitor skills,” said Brian Beldyga, the Senior Manager of the Save a Life Tour.

 

“I lost my fiancé to a drunk driver 9 years ago and I’ve been doing it ever since” stated Brian Beldyga as he was questioned about his motivation for his job before the start of the training session.

 

By implanting a split-second delay in the Save a Life simulators responsiveness, participants will demonstrate every tendency that a driver would while under the influence of alcohol.

 

“I think its good, its real good for the junior troops that come, to interact, and realize the choices that they can make and how to prevent them,” said Equipment Operator 2nd Class Domonic Lopez, an ACB-1 Sailor.

 

“I think it’s a really good program, there is a lot of people at your command (ACB-1) who get DUI’s, and I think the number one reason why people go on restriction is because of DUI’s,” said Equipment Operator Constructionman Apprentice Gregory Rogers, an ACB-1 Sailor.

 

The Save a Life Tour travels nation wide to inform people of alcohol awareness and prevent vehicle accidents. The National Save a Life Tour has been developed to provide an interactive driving experience that simulates driving under the influence of alcohol.

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080315-N-4973M-003 SAN DIEGO, Calif. (MARCH 15, 2008) RADM Greg Shear, commander, NAVFAC, and chief of civil engineers, EOCA Kenny Lay and CAPT (Ret.) Bob Thomas cut the birthday cake for the 66th Seabee and 141st CEC Anniversary Ball in San Diego, Calif., March 15. in keeping with naval tradition, the oldest and the youngest Seabee at the ball came forward to cut the cake with RADM Shear. More than 450 navy personnel and families commemorated the Seabee and CEC birthdays.  U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Brian Morales (Released)

Amphibious Construction Battalion ONE Celebrates 65th Birthday

Release Date: 3/15/2008

By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Brian Morales, Amphibious Construction Battalion ONE

Public Affairs

 

CAMP PENDLETON-- Amphibious Construction Battalion (ACB) ONE Seabees, (home ported in Coronado, Ca.), celebrated its 65th birthday during morning quarters on July 16, 2008 at Camp Peguero.  Originally ACB-1 was commissioned as the 104th Naval Construction Battalion at Camp Peary, Williamsburg, Virginia, on July 16, 1943.  In October 1950, the Chief of Naval Operations recognized the 104th and 105th NCB’s unique and specialized capability that separated them from the rest of the Naval Construction Battalions so they were renamed Amphibious Construction Battalions One and Two.  In the years since, ACB-1 has participated in every major conflict that faced the nation and is currently deployed in support of JOINT STRIKE 8/JLOTS (Joint Logistics Over The Shore) 2008 from June to August 2008.

 

ACB-1’s unique capabilities are on display during JOINT STRIKE 8/JLOTS 2008 as they build a nearly 3000 person Life Support Area (LSA), assemble a Roll-on Roll-off Discharge Facility (RRDF), install a 900 foot long floating Admin Pier, deploy the Off-Shore Petroleum Distribution System (OPDS), and with their sister battalion ACB-2 (home ported in Little Creek, VA), constructing a 1,200 foot-long Elevated Causeway System (known as ELCAS).

 

“JLOTS provides an excellent opportunity for our battalion to deploy as a unit and exercise all of our mission capabilities” said Captain Jim Wink, Deputy JLOTS Commander. “From the base camp, OPDS, ELCAS, and barge ferry operations, our Seabees have come together and performed their mission with excellence.” 

 

While the Seabees from ACB-1 stood in formation, and in keeping with naval tradition, the youngest and oldest Seabee at the command, 18-year old Storekeeper Seaman Recruit Wesley D. Zietz and 49-year old Chief Equipment Operator Steven Beckley, were called to the front to cut the ceremonial battalion birthday cake with Captain Wink.  After the ceremony Seabees enjoyed some cake before carrying on with their current mission.

 

 
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