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Sunday, November 5, 2017

Steven Johnson: US Navy

Steven is a great-great-grandson of John & Kizzie,
and the grandson of Jessie Dolan and Theola Littrell

Facebook response from Deanna Littrell Johnson:
“Yes my son is now a Navy Reservist with a Marine unit scheduled to deploy Dec. 7th to Afghanistan. He has already done 2 tours in Iraq and the sad thing is he has 2 small children one only 7 weeks old and he won't even be home for her 1st birthday!”

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(Steven is 7th from the left in the back.)

Steven is currently deployed with Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 15 in Afghanistan.                                        5-31-13

NMCB 15 leaders participate in Convoy Simulator Training.
Story by Petty Officer 2nd Class Daniel Garas:FBDownload (7)

“NMCB 15 is currently mobilized to Naval Construction Battalion Center Gulfport, executing pre-deployment homeport training in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and is an expeditionary element of U.S. Naval Forces that act as civil engineers and support various units worldwide through national force readiness, humanitarian assistance, and building and maintaining infrastructure…”   Read more


NMCB 15 departs for it’s final deployment.
3-18-13   Story by Petty Officer 2nd Class Daniel Garas

CAMP SHELBY, Miss. – “Elements from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 15, based in Belton Mo., departed today for its final deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

After the battalion returns, it will be decommissioned Oct. 1, 2013, and it’s members will be assigned to other construction battalions.

…During the past three months, the battalion trained to complete various tasks to demonstrate proficiency in civil engineering operations and combat support and successfully completed their Final Evaluation Problem (FEP), in late February. FEP is a graded evolution used to train and evaluate Seabees on various scenarios they may face.

“Our main job is to keep the people who do the kinetic fight completely enabled,” said Church. “Our main job is to build bases, primary force support and protection to keep the warfighters fighting.”

Seabees are a critical engineer element to International Security Assistance Force assisting the Afghan National Army to conduct effective engineer operations. During homeport NMCB 15 was exposed to extensive Afghan language and culture classes in order to increase its operational effectiveness….”           Read complete article

NMCB 15 arrives in Afghanistan
4-12-13   Story by Petty Officer 2nd Class Daniel Garas

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan –Seabees assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 15, headquartered out of Belton Mo., arrived in Afghanistan earlier in April to support Operation Enduring Freedom.

As the International Security Assistance Force continues to drawdown, NMCB 15, operating under the recently coined name “Task Force True Grit”, is spearheading engineering retrograde operations.

“We just won’t be in one forward operating base,” said Commander Anthony Spinler, NMCB 15’s Commanding Officer. “Whether it is a squad of twelve or a large detachment of 100 or more, we tailor ourselves to the task at hand. That’s one of the things that make Seabees unique.”

Upon mission tasking, the Operations Department task tailors’ each project into detachments by supported commander priority, deploying to locations throughout the area of operations to support a wide-variety of engineering operations.

Spinler added that this deployment will be different from a standard one in that the number of tasks is greater and that Seabees will be continuously formed into new teams.

“The missions are a lot shorter,” said Spinler. “They may only be on a job for two weeks before they return and then reorganize into a new build-team.”

“I think this deployment will be exciting,” said Construction Mechanic 1st Class Justin Bohaty. “The opportunity to work on many jobs with different people will break-up the monotony and avoid complacency.“

While deployed, NMCB 15 will be tasked with completing numerous projects in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, including the drilling of water-wells, camp maintenance and various deconstruction projects.

NMCB 15 is currently deployed as part of the joint U.S. Theater Engineer Brigade in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and is an expeditionary engineering element of U.S. Naval forces supporting units worldwide through national force readiness, humanitarian assistance, and building and maintaining infrastructure.     Original article



The above information is from: Military Role Call: The Littrell Family of Mississippi County, Missouri, The Littrell Family Journals Volume IV. (click here)
Littrell Family Veterans Video

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