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07/22/05

Change Of Command At Seabee Base

There's a new man in charge at the Gulfport Seabee Base. Commander David Sasek took over for outgoing Captain Bret Muilenburg.

Captain Muilenburg has commanded the troops of NMCB-7 for the past two years, through operations in more than 20 locations across the world.

Friday, he was piped on board for his final shore assignment and for one of his final acts as Commander of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 7.

Muilenburg trooped the line, accompanied by Commander David Sasek, in review of Battalion 7. They are troops with two years of what base officials call "historic overseas missions" under their belts. 

"I have no doubt that history will hold them in the same regard as the legendary efforts of the Seabees of World War II, Korea, Vietnam, and the Gulf," says Capt. Eric Odderstol, Commodore, 22nd NC Regiment. 

Efforts which earned Muilenburg the Meritorious Service Medal. Capt. Muilenburg expertly led his battalion through two war time deployments in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. 

Now the troops will answer to new leadership in Commander David Sasek.

"The dedication to professionalism of the folks I've met this week have truly impressed me," Commander David Sasek said.

And Sasek expects every member of Battalion 7 he hasn't yet met, will get their chance to impress, by doing what their old commander says they always do best.

"Seabees go out do what Seabees do best," says Commander David Sasek. "They get the job done."

by Don Culpepper

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