Troops Earn the Seabee Combat Warfare Qualification

Story Number: NNS081105-07Release Date: 11/5/2008 5:54:00 AM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SCW/SW/AW) Ronald Gutridge, Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 4 Det. Horn of Africa Public Affairs

CAMP LEMONIER, Djibouti (NNS) -- Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 4, based out of Naval Base Ventura County, Calif., are qualifying as a Seabee Combat Warfare (SCW) specialist while on a six-month deployment to the Horn of Africa (HOA).

To be eligible to wear the SCW pin, Seabees must complete a series of qualifications ranging from completing the required Personal Qualification Standard (PQS) manuals, completing classroom training and conducting a final oral board. Classroom training consists of various Seabee-specific subjects. Upon completion of all the class topics, a final written test is administered during which the member must attain a score greater than 80 percent to pass. The Seabee must then prepare a presentation of all the research data including project planning, setting up a convoy, a defensive perimeter and establishing communications. This package will then be fully explained by the Seabee during a pre-board, and then there is a final oral qualification board.

Construction Mechanic 1st Class (SCW) Jason Young, NMCB 4 Det. HOA SCW program coordinator encourages all Seabees to become qualified.

"Seabee combat warfare is the basic foundation for combat training in a naval mobile construction battalion," said Young. "Providing the proper training for the junior Seabee is always one of our top priorities. It is through this program that we continue to hone our combat skills in preparation for future deployments."

Many Seabees find that being on deployment is a perfect time to qualify in this program. All the subject matter experts and resources are easily accessible, and the troops can dedicate all their free time to studying and preparation so they can enjoy off-time back at homeport.

During this year's deployment, nine Seabees of NMCB 4 Det. HOA have earned the right to wear the SCW insignia. Another 63 Seabees are currently enrolled in the program, and several upcoming pre-boards and final qualification boards are scheduled during this deployment.

"Earning the SCW is not an easy task." said Construction Mechanic Brian Linnell of NMCB 4. "The knowledge I gained from this program helped me fully understand the Seabee rating, and I look forward to passing on this knowledge to the troops who are in the process of qualifying for their pin."

Qualifying as a SCW specialist is a crowning achievement in a young Seabee's career and is a linchpin in their future success. It signifies the Seabee has achieved a high level of professional expertise and is qualified to lead others in carrying out the mission that the Seabees are known and recognized for around the world.

NMCB 4 is currently deployed in support of Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa and is completing missions in various countries in Eastern Africa.

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