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Forty-one students from the Civil Engineering Corps Officers School (CECOS) base class 271 entered the expeditionary phase of the pipeline during a five-day Field Training Exercise (FTX) across the Ventura Point Mugu County Naval Base, the September 23 coastal terrain.

FTX challenges future Civil Engineering Corps (CEC) officers to operate as a team on scenario field missions where students utilize the lessons and skills taught in the classroom and are integral to the pipeline moving students from their source of membership in units throughout the Navy.

“FTX prepares junior officers to understand the basics of field operations within Seabee battalions, including technical and tactical aspects, operations defense training, and gives students a perspective on what their future team would experience. on the ground, “said the lieutenant-adjutant of the CECOS command. Uziel Ladaw.

Captain Peter Maculan was a student of CECOS in 1994 and is now the Commander of CECOS. “FTX is essential basic training that lays the foundation for more advanced training when they join an operational unit,” Maculan said. Recalling his time as a student, Maculan said: “There is now more emphasis on engineering skills.”

The students were placed in three squads with an officer, chief petty officer and Marine assigned as advisers. The maritime advisers consisted of six reservists with training in the infantry.

“The instructors guide and share their knowledge of weapon handling, order writing and teaching CEC students the basics of field operations,” said Gunnery Sgt. Nicholas Cox, who is from the Navy Expeditionary Combat Command.

The squads were assigned missions for security patrols, command post exercises and technical reconnaissance. The squads presented a final brief to the Theoretical Combat Logistics Battalion Commander after performing these exercises.

One of the mission trainings performed by the students was to recognize a potential helicopter landing zone where the students planned, developed a patrol order, carried out reconnaissance and maintained security. The patrols presented unique challenges combining squad tactics, operational procedures, radio communications, and engineering problem solving. The final debriefing provided an opportunity for organization, verbal communication and leadership.

Seven reserve students, including Ensign Greg Szlejter, Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 27, joined the base class for the Expeditionary Operations and FTX phases of the course.

“I was constantly learning something new,” said Szletjer, who was participating in a field exercise for the first time.

Three members of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 4 received coins from Maculan for their support to CECOS during FTX. Utilitiesman Constructionman Dennis Horl, Utilitiesman 3rd Class Benjamin McCwright, and Construction Electrician 2nd Class Love Deomania were recognized for their expertise in providing logistics and communication support services during the exercise.

CECOS students receive classroom and laboratory instruction, before and after FTX, covering construction methods, emergency planning and operations, technical reconnaissance, and land navigation. The total duration of their training at Port Hueneme is 14 weeks and is typically followed by Expeditionary Combat Skills training in Gulfport, Mississippi.

CECOS equips Seabees, Civil Engineering Corps officers, facilities engineers and environmental professionals with the skills, knowledge and education to enhance lifelong learning and provide support for life. quality to the fleet.

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