Desert Battalion Decommissions after Seven Decades of Service Authorities View post tag: Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today Desert Battalion Decommissions after Seven Decades of Service View post tag: Decommissions View post tag: Service View post tag: Decades View post tag: Naval View post tag: SEVEN Share this article View post tag: News by topic October 23, 2014 Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 17, known as the Desert Battalion, decommissioned Sept. 28, after seven decades of service.The decommissioning of NMCB 17 marked the final Naval Construction Force (NCF) decommissioning for the fiscal year.The currents of transition that are running through the NCF were specifically felt by NMCB 17 as the battalion came together to perform this final ceremony.NCF has seen similar fluctuations before, transitioning from a force of more than 250,000 Seabees during World War II, to one of only 3,300 Seabees in the late ’40s before the Korean Conflict and Vietnam War. It was in 1945 that NMCB 17 was decommissioned for the first time, only to be recommissioned as a Reserve battalion in 1962 in support of the Vietnam War. Since then, the battalion has supported Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation Enduring Freedom.Today’s NCF stands at just over 6,500 Seabees, combined active and Reserve. While NMCB 17 has been decommissioned, the remaining eight active detachments will be reassigned to other battalions.[mappress mapid=”14164″]Press release, Image: US Navy View post tag: Desert Battalion View post tag: americas
Dear Friends,I hope you all have heard the great news that Ocean City was recently identified by Forbes as one of the top three smartest small towns in America (read the Forbes “America’s Smartest Cities” piece). This recognition comes following a year full of noteworthy designations in various “Best of” categories.The article recognizes Ocean City as an attractive small town that has attracted “down-shifting, but often well-educated, boomers.” This is another recognition that our residents, guests, businesses and our governing body can be proud of, which supports our reputation as America’s Greatest Family Resort.I would like to remind everyone that Friday, Nov. 28 is the annual Christmas in the Downtown – our Miracle on Asbury Avenue. Join merchants and the Chamber of Commerce in celebrating an old fashioned, Downtown Christmas and the arrival of Santa Claus from the top of the City Hall roof. This is a great family event and I look forward to seeing everyone there.There are several holiday programs coming in December, from the Christmas Parade and Train Show to the Pops Orchestra and performances by the Ocean City Theatre Company. Please visit the Chamber of Commerce website www.oceancityvacation.com for all of the up to date happenings.Lastly, I hope you all have a great holiday weekend, and Michele and I would like to extend our wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family,Warm regards,Jay A. GillianMayor Mayor Jay GillianThe following is Ocean City Mayor Jay Gillian’s weekly update to citizens posted on Wednesday, Nov. 24.