Navy Constructionman Jared M. Brooks, son of Julie C. Georges of Catawba, Va. and Michael A. Brooks, of Bradenton, Fla., along with other Sailors assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 11 (NMCB 11) were recently awarded the Naval Construction Force Battle “E” award, which recognizes outstanding operational performance of its Naval Mobile Construction Battalions.
While supporting Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan, NMCB 11 performed engineering operations for three supported commands operating in 77 dispersed locations throughout six regional commands. Based in Gulfport, Miss., the battalion completed more than 70 projects and 46, 000 mandays of construction, counter-insurgency operations and training support to Afghan engineer forces.
NMCB 11 improved force protection, enhanced freedom of movement, and improved quality of life for U.S. and coalition forces, and set the stage for the surge drawdown of U.S. and coalition forces and the eventual transfer of the mission to the Afghan forces.
Brooks is a 2003 graduate of Lakewood Ranch High School of Bradenton, Fla. and joined the Navy in January 2011.
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