News | March 2, 2018

Site training enables Seabee unit to begin its mission

DLA Disposition Services

When Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 11’s detachment arrived at Camp Covington, Guam, it got some on-site help from DLA Disposition Services staff.

 Tracy Kyle said Guam staffers provided Seabees, as construction battalion sailors are known, with face-to-face instruction and guidance on turning in excess property along with a turn-in “SMARTBOOK” and tips on maneuvering around the DLA Disposition Services website. Kyle said the training visit paid off for sailors right way as they dealt with the turn-in of accumulated bulk construction materials left by the battalion they relieved.  

“During a pre-receipt inspection, the supply team put their newly acquired disposal knowledge to practical application identifying local stock numbers, proper demil codes, identifying property requiring additional preparations,” Kyle said.

According to the unit’s Facebook page, battalions do not deploy with their own equipment. Instead, all construction equipment, materials and supplies are pre-staged at the deployment sites. A detailed turnover must be completed between battalions before the relieving unit can begin its mission.

Kyle said the site visit concluded with the battalion’s supply team better prepared to move forward and complete their objective. He said the unit logistics chief appreciated the support and training provided.

Homeported in Gulfport, Mississippi, NMCB-11 is part of the Naval Construction Force, which is comprised of deployable battalions capable of providing contingency construction, disaster preparation and recovery support, humanitarian assistance, and combat operations support in support of regional partners and combatant commanders.