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US Navy ‘SEABEES’ Stationed At Rota, Spain Conduct Country Evacuation Drills

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NMCB 1 Exercises Evacuation of Non-Combatant Personnel

By Corey Hensley

NAVAL STATION ROTA, Spain – U.S. Navy Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 1 conducted a training exercise on operating an Evacuation Control Center (ECC) at Camp Mitchell on Naval Station Rota, Spain..

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The training prepared NMCB 1’s Seabees to operate an ECC and to assist with the evacuation of U.S. citizens when Americans and diplomatic personnel are living, working, or traveling abroad in unstable regions of the world.

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151011-N-SD965-110 ROTA, Spain (Oct. 11, 2015) Construction Mechanic 1st Class Joshua Duty, from Fairbanks, Alaska and assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 1, provides guidance to role players during an evacuation control center training exercise at Camp Mitchell on Naval Station Rota, Spain, Oct. 11, 2015. U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa, headquartered in Naples, Italy, oversees joint and naval operations, often in concert with allied, joint, and interagency partners, in order to advance U.S. national interests, security and stability in Europe and Africa. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Brannon Deugan/ Released)

 

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“This training is conducted in preparation of NMCB 1 being called upon to assist in the evacuation of non-combatants from a country. NMCB 1 conducts the ECC exercise once a month to ensure that the Seabees involved understand how to expedite the evacuation process in a safe manner for all involved for when the occasion arises to perform this tasking in the region.”

– Ensign Jeremiah Cahill, NMCB 1 officer-in-charge for the Evacuation Control Center

“This training is good because it allows us to get familiarized with the process so we don’t get surprised if we really need to complete this tasking. I have learned how to more efficiently search people, and I have enjoyed this learning experience. Each time we complete this training, I learn something new, and it is exciting to learn how this process works. When we know what to do, it helps us to remain calm when the people being evacuated are scared.”

– Steelworker Constructionman Katelyn Kirkpatrick

Quick Facts:

  • The training is conducted monthly by NMCB 1 during deployment to the U.S. 6th Fleet in order to ensure everyone is familiar with the process in order to quickly and effectively complete the task of evacuating non-combatant personnel from unstable regions.

 

  • NMCB 1 is a Seabee battalion that specializes in contingency construction, disaster response, and humanitarian assistance. The battalion’s homeport is in Gulfport, Miss.

 

  • The Naval Construction Force is a vital component of the U.S. Maritime Strategy. It offers deployable battalions capable of providing contingency construction, disaster preparation and recovery support, humanitarian assistance, and combat operations support.

 

  • U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa, headquartered in Naples, Italy, oversees joint and naval operations, often in concert with allied, joint, and interagency partners, in order to advance U.S. national interests, security and stability in Europe and Africa.

151011-N-SD965-151 ROTA, Spain (Oct. 11, 2015) Steelworker Constructionman Katelyn Kirkpatrick, from Greeneville, South Carolina, assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 1, searches Personnel Specialist 1st Class Jennifer Johnston, from Killeen, Texas, during an evacuation control center training exercise at Camp Mitchell on Naval Station Rota, Spain, Oct. 11, 2015. U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa, headquartered in Naples, Italy, oversees joint and naval operations, often in concert with allied, joint, and interagency partners, in order to advance U.S. national interests, security and stability in Europe and Africa. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Brannon Deugan/Released)

 

By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Brannon Deugan, NMCB 1 Public Affairs

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