Guam – Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 74 turned over Camp Covington to Army 84th Engineer Battalion (EN BN) during a change of charge ceremony on U.S. Naval Base Guam (NBG) Jan. 17.
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. The 84th EN BN assumed control of Camp Covington for the next nine months, marking the first time an Army unit has been assigned to the camp.
Lt. Col. Aaron Reisinger, officer in charge of 84th EN BN, assumed responsibility of camp duties from Lt. Cmdr. Brandon Casperson, officer in charge of NMCB 74.
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 NBG.
The 84th EN BN’s 250 Soldiers deployed to Guam will ensure a seamless transition of construction projects, including a shelter for pure water storage tanker truck, Camp Covington Communication Shelter, several parking lots and various projects at Andersen Air Force Base.
NMCB 5 Det. Guam, a 21-person support element will remain on island to provide logistical and financial oversight of various projects.
Approximately 140 Sailors with NMCB 74 will return to their duty station in Gulfport, Miss.
Navy construction battalions have been on Guam since the island’s liberation from Japanese occupation in 1944. Since then, Seabees did the initial construction on the island’s main thoroughfare, Marine Corps Drive, and helped Guam recover from the devastation of typhoons. For more information about the U.S. Naval Construction Force, visit www.seabee.navy.mil.