Convoy Security Element
Training Together, Protecting Each Other
It's four in the morning at Camp Shelby, Miss., and Builder Constructionman Richard Starcher wakes up to beeps from his watch. He rubs his tired eyes and glances over at his gear.
Walking over to the convoy of armored vehicles that line the edge of camp, the dark figures begin to turn into familiar faces, faces that he had only seen in passing before, but now play an important role in his life within the battalion.
"When we first got here everybody was on each other's nerves for the first three days, and then it started setting in - the more we worked together the better we would work as a team. Just naturally we got better," said Starcher. "So far it's been amazing, I've met so many great people just from this training... like UT1 [Utilitiesman 1st Class] Joshua Gatke who I'll want to go on deployment with and be there for them when they need me."
Starcher and his team members focus on the "fight" portion of the Seabee's famous motto "We build we fight," their mission to protect and escort vital equipment, construction projects and supplies.
Because of this responsibility, these Sailors are drilled in a whole new way. their training is designed to test the team's response under stress, tactical movements through urban environments, breaching buildings and locating improvised-explosive devices (IEDs), to name a few.