MISSISSIPPI SEABEE: A New Orleans native and 1999 Alcee Fortier High School graduate is building bridges and roads around the world as a member of the administrative support staff of the U.S. Navy’s Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 133, based in Gulfport, Mississippi.
Petty Officer 1st Class Patrice Argieard is a yeoman with NMCB 133, a unit specializing in building structures in areas of conflict. Sailors attached to NMCB 133 and other similar units, nicknamed “Seabees,” have the motto “We build, we fight.”
Seabees not only build bridges, roads, runways and other structures in war zones, they defend those structures after they’ve built them.
Argieard and the rest of the sailors assigned to NMCB 133 are part of the Navy’s construction force that has been around for more than 70 years. Seabees have built entire bases and bridges and bulldozed and paved thousands of miles of roadway and airstrips for the U.S. military all over the world, playing a vital role in every major conflict the U.S. has been involved with since World War II.
“Since I’ve been with this battalion, I’ve deployed to Rota, Spain, and Afghanistan providing administrative support for the sailors down range,” Argieard said.
WASHINGTON RESERVE: Petty Officer 2nd Class Aunri Stampley, a yeoman and 2005 Faith Christian Academy graduate and New Orleans native, is a full-time support Navy reservist serving with Navy Operational Support Center Kitsap in Bremerton, Washington. The Navy Reserve is celebrating its centennial. Since Sept. 11, 2001, there have been more than 70,000 selected reserve mobilizations, along with an additional 4,500 deployments by full-time support sailors, including more than 8,000 who have done a second combat tour.