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San Diego, CA - Cmdr. Christopher Nelson, the CO of BMU-1 answers questions from Midshipmen from the US Naval Academy in San Diego.
Photo by ENS Alexander Kambanis (Photo by ENS Alexander Kambanis)
USNA Midshipmen Visit NBG-1
ENS Alexander Kambanis
San Diego, CA - During the month of July, over five hundred Midshipmen from the U.S. Naval Academy visited San Diego as part of their summer training regimen. Professional Training for Midshipman (PROTRAMID) is a four week event that provides in-depth training in the Navy’s surface, aviation, submarine, and Marine Corps communities.
This exposure offers invaluable insight into different warfare communities guiding the midshipman’s career choices. Beachmaster Unit ONE (BMU-1) hosted an exhibit during surface week which highlighted the unit’s contribution to the United States Navy’s amphibious capability.
On display on the beach were Medium Tactical Vehicle Replacements (MTVR), Lighter Amphibious Resupply Cargos (LARCs), High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMVs), and a Compact Service Support Vehicle (CSSV). Midshipman asked the crew questions about the complex pieces of equipment that they operate. The interaction provided Midshipmen with an understanding and appreciation of the hard work undertaken by the sailors they will one day lead.
“We get to learn the positive and negative aspect of every community. This really aids in our service selection,” commented Midshipman Danielle Plunkett, a native of Cincinnati Ohio.
The highlight of the morning included a live landing of an Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC), followed by a ride around the bay in an Landing Craft Utility (LCU).
Cmdr. Christopher Nelson, Commanding Officer of BMU-1, spoke on the plethora of opportunities available to Midshipmen who elect to go surface warfare.
“Unlike other communities where you may only be afforded one disassociated tour, going SWO allows you the ability to experience all the Navy has to offer.”
The Midshipmen asked him questions pertaining to their future careers in a forum conducive to learning and discussion.
Cmdr. Richard Rossetti, Chief Staff Officer at Naval Beach Group ONE, expanded on the opportunities available to individuals who decided to go SWO.
“When I witnessed this exhibit as a Midshipman, I never thought I’d have to opportunity to work in a field like this. I want you all to know that it can be done.”
The exhibition showcased a valuable element of surface warfare which many Midshipmen were unfamiliar with. The experience was enriching for both the Midshipmen and the Sailors of BMU One.
“It’s a great opportunity for the Midshipmen to see the Navy from the prospective of the watch standers, the people who they will lead one day,” explained Chief Boatswain’s Mate Todd Demers.
The positive interaction Midshipmen experience from evolutions like the beach exhibition will influence them as they develop as leaders. NBG ONE was proud to host the future leaders of the United States Navy and Marine Corps.
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