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We lost a member of NMCB25 last week he was out of St Louis Det info on arrangments:

Kutis Funeral Home
5255 Lemay Ferry Road
Mehlville, MO 68129 (this is South St Louis)...
(314) 894-4500

Monday September 14
Visitation 10:30am to 1:30pm.
Service 1:30pm
followed by procession to Jefferson Barracks Cemetary

if you need more info or have questions email (IMGRAM@aol.com)

thanks

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Make your child an Honorary Elf this holiday! A response from a reader got us thinking today... so here's an idea for you if Santa isn't bringing Daddy or Mommy home for Christmas! #MilFam
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U.S. Navy Petty Officer Steve Hallock remembers the day he had to tell his sons he was leaving for his second tour of duty in Afghanistan. He hasn’t been able to spend more than 90 days with children in the last two years. NBC 5's Lauren Jiggetts has more.
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Looking to download some high-res photos of NMCB 25? Check out our DVIDS page for photos and stories!

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This is what our Seabees have to look forward to on future field exercises.

About 200 soldiers at Fort Carson, Colorado, chowed down for science in September, participating in Army testing that could yield future Meal, Ready to Eat components like a burrito bowl, a chicken sandwich and what some might consider the Holy Grail of combat-ration cuisine - a slice of pepperoni pizza.
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If anyone plans to be in the Los Angeles area on November 14th...

If you are currently serving in the Armed Forces (to include National Guard and Reserves), America’s Funniest Videos wants you be a member of the studio audience.
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Thanks to one of our NMCB 25 spouses for sharing this study!

Are you or your romantic partner returning home from deployment soon? Military couples are needed for a research study in which both partners complete a 45-minute online questionnaire about their romantic relationship once per month for eight months. You each can earn up to $170 in e-gift cards from…
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Happy Birthday to the U.S. Navy!

In case you didn't see the post by one of our ombudsmen, Shawn Graham:

She contacted a photographer to take photos of Chalk 2 returning to Norfolk. If you want to see the photos, the below link will take you to the website of the photos taken by Mr. Dear. Just scroll down the page and you will see the link to NMCB 25. You can download the photos for free. Mr. Dear accepts donations on his website.

Soldiers coming home after a long deployment is a special moment for both the soldiers and their families.
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Congratulations to those who were promoted!!

Naval Mobile Construction Battalion Two Five added 23 new photos to the album: NMCB 25 CAP promotions.

NMCB 25 meritoriously advanced seven of its own under the Navy Command Advancement Program (CAP). The battalion congratulates Det Site Seabees Builder 1st Class... Raymond Naden, Utilitiesman 2nd Class Jerone Kellum, Construction Mechanic 2nd Class Bradley Thompson, Construction Mechanic 3rd Class Melanie Jones, Utilitiesman 3rd Class Brian Thao, Construction Electrician 3rd Class Dominique Delane, and NMCB 25 Main Body Hospital Corpsman 1st Class James Spieker.

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Naval Mobile Construction Battalion Two Five

NMCB 25 EARNS 2014 CITIZEN PATRIOT UNIT AWARD
Naval Construction Group 1 Public Affairs
By Lt. Emily J. McCamy

WASHINGTON (Sept. 26, 2014) -- Naval Mobile Const...ruction Battalion Two Five (NMCB 25) was awarded the Reserve Forces Policy Board (RFPB) Fellows Society’s 2014 Citizen Patriot Unit Award during a luncheon at the Army-Navy Club in Arlington, Va., Sept. 10.

The Citizen Patriot Unit Award recognizes units and individuals who have made a substantial contribution to the security of the U.S. and have demonstrated a quantifiable and recognizable pattern of excellence. It is the highest award given by the RFPB Fellows Society and was established in 2002 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the RFPB.

Since 2002, only one other naval unit has earned the award.

“In June, a message was put out by Commander, Navy Reserve Forces Command regarding nominations for the award,” said Cmdr. Jennifer Donahue, NMCB 25 commanding officer. “We researched its history and significance [and] realized that given our multiple deployments and contributions to the security and defensive posture of the nation, NMCB 25 would be a contender for the award.”

Known by its moniker “Spades and Clubs,” NMCB 25 is deployed as the Naval Construction Force in support of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) NATO Coalition and Special Operations Forces for Operation Enduring Freedom within U.S. Central Command’s area of responsibility. Partnered with the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, they are tasked to execute the Train, Advise and Assist (TAA) mentoring mission for the Afghan National Engineer Brigade (NEB) and its two supporting battalions, the Special Engineer Kandak (SEK) and Construction Engineer Kandak (CnEK), in addition to limited construction and deconstruction support to U.S. Forces Afghanistan (USFOR-A).

“NMCB 25’s performance during 2014 has been outstanding as demonstrated through the challenges of mobilizing 428 reservists, then organizing and integrating the mosaic of citizen Sailors from across the nation to become a single battalion in support of Operation Enduring Freedom,” said Donahue. “As we transition toward the end of a successful deployment and demobilization, the Seabee ‘Can Do’ spirit of the Spades and Clubs continues to be strong.”

Donahue explained the unique nature of the TAA mission which encompasses all aspects of unit management from administration, intelligence, operations, logistics, communication, safety and command leadership. The intent is to make them more capable and self-sufficient upon the departure of the coalition forces.

“Retired Army Maj. Gen. Kenneth Bouldin, president of the RFPB Fellows, presented the award which was given for the entire history of NMCB 25, going back to its commissioning in 1942,” said NMCB 25 prospective executive officer, Lt. Cmdr. Timothy Kaber who accepted the award on behalf of the unit. “They read through the history of the battalion… emphasizing its deployments for the global war on terror. It was an honor to be there and receive such a distinguished award.”

Retired Army Maj. Gen. Paul Bergson spoke about the caliber of the competitors for the award.

“We had 15 or 16 unit nominees this year and they’ve all performed magnificently. The awards committee was looking for a unit that had a long history of service to the country, that’s what NMCB 25 had,” said Bergson.

According to the award summary, the 25th Naval Construction Battalion (NCB) was commissioned in September 1942, at Camp Bradford, Va., and underwent its first training at Camp Allen, Va. Shortly after commissioning, the battalion received orders attaching it to the Marine Corps. The battalion transferred to Camp Elliot in San Diego, becoming the 3rd Battalion, 19th Marines, 3rd Marine Division, Fleet Marine Forces. The battalion detached from the Marine Corps in August 1945, and was once again the 25th NCB. The battalion’s operations on Bougainville Island in the South Pacific were under the control of U.S. Army Gen. Douglas Macarthur, giving the 25th the distinction of serving under the Army, Navy and Marine Corps.

The 25th NCB built a hospital on American Samoa, an airfield on Guadalcanal and roads and bridges on Bougainville Island. During operations on Guam, the 25th NCB worked long hours and stood night duty to form a secondary line of defense as the Japanese threatened a break through. One enlisted man was awarded the Silver Star for actions against the Japanese. Nineteen officers and enlisted were awarded the Bronze Star for their actions. Upon returning to the U.S. in June 1945, the 25th was officially deactivated in November.

The reserve NMCB 25 was commissioned in October 1961 as a member of the Seabee Ready Reserve. The newly formed battalion mustered for the first time at Davisville, R.I.

Today, NMCB 25 is headquartered at Ft. McCoy, a reserve army base located in Wisconsin. Upon redeployment, the unit will relocate to Naval Base Ventura County, Port Hueneme, Calif.

“Many of the men and women of NMCB 25 have answered the call to country many times before; and this award is a testament to the sacrifices they make for their family and civilian careers to become a citizen soldier once again,” said Donahue.

More than half of the deployed personnel are from other battalions and non-NCF units who volunteered to mobilize with NMCB 25 and serve in the last battalion in Afghanistan, according to Donahue.

“It is our honor to receive this award on behalf of not only NMCB 25, but for the Naval Construction Force [NCF] as well,” said Donahue. “For 13 years, the NCF has continually mobilized reserve battalions and regiments to fight the fight in Iraq and Afghanistan. To be recognized and selected over all other Navy Reserve components [air, sea, logistics], then compete against all of our sister services, shows the strength and endurance of the Seabees in this long battle with terrorism.”

Chief of the Navy Reserve, Vice Adm. Robin Braun lauded the unit in an email to Donahue. “Please accept my sincere congratulations for your outstanding efforts. This award is an acknowledgement of your team’s dedication, selflessness and service. We’re especially proud that your command was selected as the Navy Reserve’s nominee and competed with National Guard and other Service nominees for the award. Your selection is well deserved.”

“We look forward to congratulating you in person when you return home,” said Braun. “Well done.”

Photo caption: Lt. Cmdr. Tim Kaber, Naval Mobile Construction Battalion Two Five's (NMCB 25) prospective executive officer, holds the award certificate for the 2014 Citizen Patriot Unit Award with NMCB 25 members and presenting dignitaries at the Reserve Forces Policy Board (RFPB) Fellows Society's luncheon at the Army-Navy Club in Arlington, Va., Sept. 10. (U.S. Army photo by Alfredo Barraza/Released)

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