Westerville Sailor a Seabee


Sunbury News Staff Reports



Continuing 75 years of Seabee tradition

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. Westerville, Ohio native and 2002 Westerville South High School graduate, Navy Chief Petty Officer Clint Davis, builds and fights around the world based at Naval Construction Battalion Center, Gulfport, Mississippi.

Davis works as a construction mechanic and is responsible for the maintenance and repair of construction equipment.

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

“Giving everything 100 percent no matter what it is and doing everything to the best of your ability is what serving in the Seabees is all about,” said Davis.

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, Naval Construction Group (NCG) 1. “Seabee resiliency, skill, and resolution under hostile and rough conditions prove our motto ‘We Build, We Fight.’ The Seabee patch we wear on our uniform signifies to the warfighter and civilian alike that they’re in good hands.”

According to Saum the Sailors who make up Seabee battalions are very driven and accomplished individuals.

“I made chief last year and that was really important for me because it was that one thing that I wanted to achieve in my career that meant something big,” said Davis.

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

“I have such a feeling of pride serving my country and being part of something that allows me to defend the freedoms of all people,” added Davis.

Other Ohioans in the Seabees

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. Alger, Ohio, native and 2017 Upper Scioto Valley High School graduate, Navy Constructionman Recruit Peyton Dyer, builds and fights around the world as a member of a naval construction battalion center located in Gulfport, Mississippi.

Dyer works as a builder which is responsible for construction of an arrary of projects for the military and for humanitarian relief.

“Alger, Ohio, taught me a lot about fellowship and what it means to be a neighbor and how important it is to work together,” said Dyer. “My hometown prepared me for the Navy and I get to continue my fellowship with my shipmates.”

The jobs of some of the Seabees today have remained unchanged since World War II, when the Seabees paved the 10,000-mile 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, Naval Construction Group (NCG) 1. “Seabee resiliency, skill, and resolution under hostile and rough conditions prove our motto ‘We Build, We Fight.’ The Seabee patch we wear on our uniform signifies to the warfighter and civilian alike that they’re in good hands.”

According to Saum the Sailors who make up Seabee battalions are very driven and accomplished individuals.

“I am proud of serving in the Navy and continuing my agricultural experience by working towards my Future Farmers of America (FFA) American degree,” said Dyer.

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

“Serving in the Navy means helping preserve freedom for others,” added Dyer.

Other Ohioans in the Seabees

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. Blue Creek, Ohio, native and 2006 West Union High School graduate, Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Sherri Batson, builds and fights around the world as a member of a naval construction battalion center located in Gulfport, Mississippi.

Batson works as a yeoman which is responsible for managing security clearances and ensuring they are current so Seabees can deploy.

The jobs of some of the Seabees today have remained unchanged since World War II, when the Seabees paved the 10,000-mile 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, Naval Construction Group (NCG) 1. “Seabee resiliency, skill, and resolution under hostile and rough conditions prove our motto ‘We Build, We Fight.’ The Seabee patch we wear on our uniform signifies to the warfighter and civilian alike that they’re in good hands.”

According to Saum the Sailors who make up Seabee battalions are very driven and accomplished individuals.

“I am proud to be a mom of five kids and still maintain a career,” said Batson.

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

“I am honored to serve my country, this is something I have always wanted to do since the age of five, ” added Batson.

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Information for this story was provided by the Navy Office of Community Outreach.

Information for this story was provided by the Navy Office of Community Outreach.