Constructing city-size bases, airfields and harbor facilities; managing budgets and ambitious public works plans; overseeing some of the most skilled and accomplished members of the construction trades on projects that span the globe. This is the job of the professionals and leaders who make up the Navy’s Civil Engineer Corps (CEC).
The Navy’s Civil Engineer Corps is made up of uniformed engineers and architects stationed around the globe, responsible for executing and managing the planning, design, construction, operation, and maintenance of Navy and Marine Corps shore facilities.
It is through their efforts that Navy and Marine Corps ports, piers, warehouses, shipyards, airfields, and other facilities are delivered. Starting in 1867 with seven people, 1,300 CEC officers are now hard at work at Naval Facilities Engineering Commands worldwide, strengthening the capabilities of their supported commanders, leading Seabee units, and serving as individual augmentees in a variety of assignments in Afghanistan and the Horn of Africa.
Besides supporting their fellow Navy team, the CEC has led the way in providing the same support to the Marine Corps. In fact, Marine Corps Commandant General James F. Amos released a message that said Marines take great pride in recognizing the heritage and long-standing service of the Civil Engineer Corps and Seabees.
“Naval engineers and Seabees have worked tirelessly to improve Marine Corps infrastructure, provide quality facilities and support our Marines, Sailors and families, as well as fight alongside Marines in every conflict our nation has known,” said Amos.
The Chief of Civil Engineers Rear Adm. Christopher Mossey talks about the teamwork of those engineers and Seabees (who are celebrating their birthday Mar. 5) – all part of the Naval Facilities Engineering Command.