New commander takes over at Seabee Base in Gulfport

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - There's a new man in charge at the Seabee Base in Gulfport. Capt. Lou Cariello of the Civil Engineer Corps became Commanding Officer of Naval Construction Battalion Center 20th Seabee Readiness Group during a Friday morning ceremony.

Cariello is no stranger to Gulfport Seabees. Thursday, he relinquished his position as the Commodore of the 22nd Naval Construction Regiment in Gulfport. The 22 NCR returned in August from a six month tour in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.  While there, they were responsible for operational command and control of more than 5,000 Navy, Army, and Air Force forces, USFORA-S, Afghanistan personnel.

Cariello assumes command from Capt. Ed Brown, Civil Engineer Corps who is retiring after 26 by years of naval service.

The Navy released the following information about Capt. Brown's career and service:

Brown assumed command of NCBC July 18, 2008. During his tenure, Brown's extraordinary management and superb creative problem solving skills, exceptional dedication, and visionary leadership were vital to enhancing personnel structure, operational capabilities, morale and quality of life for the war fighters and their families living and training on the Gulf Coast.

He flawlessly managed the completion of the $450M Katrina Installation Recapitalization Program, more than 25 new facilities, one of the largest and most complex restoration programs ever conducted. He made incredible improvements in mobilization, reducing a three week process for a battalion sized unit down to five days without loss of quality, ultimately providing more time for survivability training.

Brown led the efforts to mobilize/demobilize over 6,000 reservists, to train and deploy five active and three reserve Naval Mobile Construction Battalions to every theater, and to ship more than 120,000 tons of material and equipment in support of the Global War on Terrorism and other operations around the world. He fostered a cohesive, operational partnership and developed networks to share support services capabilities in the areas of public affairs, public safety, family services, housing, environmental, equipment and logistics.

Brown will reside in Jacksonville, FL upon retirement.

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