By Construction Mechanic 1st Class Adam G. Lopez
Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 11 hosted the 22nd Naval Construction Regiment (22-NCR) Commodore, Capt. Cameron J. Geertsema, and Command Master Chief Dean Fischer on May 2, 2018.
NMCB-11 leadership welcomed and briefed Geertsema and Fischer on the progress of multiple projects that NMCB-11 has underway throughout Africa.
While in Djibouti, the distinguished guests from 22-NCR visited the site of the Ali Oune Medical Clinic, in Djibouti. This project, once completed, will provide the local populace with health services focusing on maternity care and nursery services.
They arrived onsite as the Seabees were preparing for a concrete placement. The crew, who received encouraging words from Geertsema, discussed the project status and purpose, and then continued with the work at hand.
As the morning wrapped up, the commodore awarded Construction Electrician 2nd Class Crystal Dominguez a 22-NCR coin for her outstanding work on the project site and dedication to keeping the 15 crewmembers safe by promoting a culture of safety; adhering to Navy Occupational Health and Safety regulations, and mitigating risks on the construction site.
“I am humbled to grateful that I received a commodore’s command coin. This is a tough project, and I am glad to be part of a team that incorporates safety in everything they do” said Dominguez.
Geertsema also took the time to recognize and present coins to Builder 2nd Class Justin Haight, Construction Mechanic 2nd Class Jacob Vallilee, Builder 2nd Class Bryan Fenton, Builder 2nd Class Dylan Crain, Construction Electrician Constructionman Dominic Kosmoty, and Builder Constructionman Celina Herring for their outstanding performance and mission support.
NMCB-11 is homeported in Gulfport, Mississippi, and is part of the Naval Construction Force (NCF). They currently have personnel assigned to more than 15 locations world-wide performing a variety of missions in support of the Navy and the Department of Defense.
The NCF is a vital component of the U.S. Maritime Strategy and is comprised of deployable battalions capable of providing construction, disaster preparation and recovery support, humanitarian assistance, and combat operations support.