Lo­cal Sailor Con­tin­ues Se­abees Tra­di­tion

Washington County Enterprise-Leader - - COMMUNITY -

GULFPORT, Miss.— “We Build, We Fight” has been the motto of the U. S. Navy’s Con­struc­tion Force, known as the “Se­abees,” for the past 75 years. Farm­ing­ton na­tive and 2009 Farm­ing­ton High School grad­u­ate, Navy Con­struc­tion worker Brent Gar­ri­son, builds and fights around the world as a mem­ber of a naval con­struc­tion bat­tal­ion cen­ter lo­cated in Gulfport, Miss.

Gar­ri­son works as a builder re­spon­si­ble for con­struc­tion work that re­quires var­i­ous skills, such as ma­sonry, con­crete pour­ing, and car­pen­try.

“I worked in an oil field for five years and I learned the mean­ing of hard work,” said Gar­ri­son. “Those five years taught me great skills I have been able to ap­ply in my job now.”

The jobs of some of the Se­abees to­day have re­mained un­changed since World War II, when the Se­abees paved the 10,000mile road to vic­tory for the al­lies in the Pa­cific and in Europe, ac­cord­ing to Lara God­bille, di­rec­tor of the U.S. Navy Se­abee Mu­seum.

For the past 75 years Se­abees have served in all Amer­i­can con­flicts. They have also sup­ported hu­man­i­tar­ian ef­forts us­ing their con­struc­tion skills to help com­mu­ni­ties around the world. They aid fol­low­ing earth­quakes, hur­ri­canes and other nat­u­ral disasters.

“I am proud of the hard work that Se­abees do every day,” said Rear Adm. Bret Muilen­burg, com­man­der, Naval Fa­cil­i­ties En­gi­neer­ing Com­mand. “Their sup­port to the Navy and Ma­rine Corps mis­sion is im­mea­sur­able, and we look for­ward to the next seven decades of ser­vice.”

Se­abees around the world are tak­ing part in com­mem­o­rat­ing the group’s 75-year an­niver­sary this year. The theme of the cel­e­bra­tion is “Built on His­tory, Con­struct­ing the Fu­ture.”

Se­abees de­ploy around the world pro­vid­ing ex­pert ex­pe­di­tionary con­struc­tion sup­port on land and un­der the sea, for the Navy and Ma­rine Corps, in war, hu­man­i­tar­ian crisis and peace, said Capt. Mike Saum, com­modore with Naval Con­struc­tion Group 1.

Gar­ri­son com­pleted one de­ploy­ment and that, he said, “rep­re­sents one of my great­est ac­com­plish­ments to date.”

Serv­ing in the Navy al­lows peo­ple to cre­ate a legacy for the next gen­er­a­tion.

“The Navy al­lows me to serve my coun­try while of­fer­ing me the op­por­tu­nity to ven­ture out of my home­town and see the world,” Gar­ri­son said.


Brent Gar­ri­son, a Farm­ing­ton grad­u­ate, is with the U.S. Navy.

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