SANTA RITA, Guam (NNS) -- Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 74 turned over control of Camp Covington Jan. 17 to the Army's 84th Engineer Battalion (EN BN) during a change of charge ceremony at the camp on U.S. Naval Base Guam.
In order for the Navy to meet operational missions around the world, the 84th EN BN, from Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, relieved NMCB 74 as the forward-deployed presence in Guam for contingency and humanitarian response, disaster assistance, theater security cooperation and construction readiness operations.
Capt. Rodney Moore, commodore of the 30th Naval Construction Regiment, was the keynote speaker for the event and addressed the increased need for joint military operations.
"We are making a bit of history today since this is the first time that Army engineers have taken over the Seabee mission here on Guam and throughout Oceania," he said. "In recent years, the U.S. military has faced some of its most challenging combat deployments and made it a common practice to operate jointly, and now we are putting that into practice here as we work together in unity to support the fleet's maritime security and response objectives."
NMCB 74 Officer in Charge Lt. Cmdr. Brandon Casperson said regardless of the branch of command, the mission will continue.
"The legacy of contingency and peacetime construction remains the same," he said. "As a combined effort for all those who build and fight in support of our nation's military."
During NMCB 74's tour on Guam, construction was completed on several projects including a communication shelter, softball head and medical facility at Camp Covington, a steel range berm improvement at NBG, and 40 percent of the Polaris Point pure water tanker facility. NMCB 74 Sailors also volunteered for community service projects to include assisting at Special Olympics of Guam events and community events on Naval Base Guam.
Lt. Col. Aaron Reisinger, 84th EN BN commanding officer, thanked NMCB 74 for support during the battalion's move and said he is proud to be on Guam to carry on the mission and honor the Seabees contribution.
"To the Seabees of NMCB 74 who supported this transition, thank you," he said. "You are a tremendous group of professionals who should be extremely proud of both your accomplishments and reputation."
The 84th EN BN's 250 Soldiers deployed to Guam will ensure a seamless transition of construction projects during their nine-month tour, including a shelter for pure water storage tanker truck, Camp Covington Communication Shelter, several parking lots and various projects at Andersen Air Force Base.
Approximately 140 Sailors with NMCB 74 will return to their duty station in Gulfport, Miss.
NMCB 5 Det. Guam, a 21-person support element will remain on the island to provide logistical and financial oversight of various projects.
Navy construction battalions have been on Guam since the island's liberation from Japanese occupation in 1944. Since then, Seabees completed the initial construction on the island's main thoroughfare, Marine Corps Drive, and helped Guam recover from the devastation of several typhoons.
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