Naval Base Ventura County (NBVC) is located on the Oxnard plain, about 60 miles northwest of Los Angeles,
right on the beautiful Southern California coast. NBVC comprises several sites, the Naval Construction Training Center
(NAVCONSTRACEN) being located on the Construction Battalion Center (CBC) in Port Hueneme. CBC is the home of the Navy's
famous "Pacific" Seabees. Whether you are assigned to one of the Seabee battalions, or one of the many tenant activities,
you will become part of the Seabee "Can Do" spirit.
CBC Port Hueneme was officially established and began operating on May 18, 1942. During the Second World
War, 20 million tons of supplies and equipment and more than 200,000 men were staged and shipped out from the CBC. During
that time, more construction supplies and equipment were shipped from Port Hueneme than from any other port in the United
States. The CBC also provided the same type support for the Korean War, Vietnam, and Operations Desert Shield, Storm,
Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.
The mission today is much the same as it was in 1942; to provide a homeport to furnish training,
administrative and logistic support for Seabees serving in all parts of the world.
During the years, the CBC has expanded or contracted depending on the world situation. Today, to
accomplish the many tasks required to fulfill its mission, about 10,000 military and civilian personnel work at the
bustling complex. The base itself covers more than 1,600 acres and has more than 29 miles of road and streets and 10
miles of railroad track. The CBC's range of skills are military and civilian engineers, scientists, instructors,
administrators, information technology specialists, supply specialists, and construction workers, all combined to augment
the "Can Do" spirit of the Seabees.
Originally known as Camp Rousseau, the Advance Base Receiving Barracks, now Naval Construction Training
Center (NAVCONSTRACEN) was established in Port Hueneme in September, 1942. During World War II about 100,000 construction
workers were trained for duty with the construction battalions. In 1945, Camp Rousseau became the Training and
Distribution Center with the first classes convening in November of that year. There were 19 trade schools with courses
running from three to twelve weeks. By BUPERS action in 1947, eight schools were established to conform to the seven new
Seabee ratings and the Draftsman rating. In 1948, the Training and Distribution Center was renamed U.S. Naval Schools,
Construction (NAVSCON) with "A" and " B" School levels added.
By November 1956, the growth of the schools caused Chief of Naval Operations to designate NAVSCON a major
shore activity. Class "C" (Advanced) levels were added in 1958.
In 1972, NAVSCON became part of the Naval Technical Training Command and, in July 1974, changed its name to
the NAVCONSTRACEN. Disaster Recovery Training was added in 1976; the Underwater Construction Technician School was
established in October, 1977, but moved to Panama City, FL in 1999.
Accreditation was initially granted in January, 1979 by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
In January, 1984, the first reaccredidation was attained. In July 1991, NAVCONSTRACEN attained accreditation under the
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. In January 1996, the Council on Occupational Education (COE) assumed the
accreditation for NAVCONSTRACEN. In 2005, the NAVCONSTRACEN was again accredited by the COE.
Interservice Training Review Organization (ITRO) History
The ITRO has been utilized for many years. The 3787th Air Force Training Squadron was organized in 1967 to
facilitate administration of growing numbers of Air Force trainees at NAVSCON. By the time the squadron was
disestablished in 1971, over 2,300 Air Force personnel had been trained by NAVSCON.
In July of 1993, ITRO was again created to reduce costs in the Department of Defense by consolidating
similar training in the Armed Forces. The military services began reviewing the Civil Engineer and construction trade
skills training for consolidation. A Detailed Analysis Group (DAG) with members from all services found the initial
entry courses had enough in common and could be combined to save money. Full implementation became a reality in October
The ITRO plan selected the NAVCONSTRACEN in Gulfport, MS as the training site for Army, Navy, and Air Force
students attending Builder and Steelworker Apprentice courses. Construction Mechanics for the Air Force and Navy are
trained at NAVCONSTRACEN, Port Hueneme, CA. Sheppard Air Force Base, Wichita Falls, TX, is the ITRO training site for
Construction Electrician and Utilitiesman Apprentice courses for the Navy, Air Force, and Army. Fort Leonard Wood, MO is
the ITRO training site for the Equipment Operator and Engineering Aids Apprentice courses for the Navy, Air Force, Army
and Marine Corps. Each service provides instructors and administrative personnel at the training sites.