PORT HUENEME, Calif. — “We Build, We Fight” has been the motto of the U. S. Navy’s Construction Force, known as the “Seabees,” for more than seven decades. The Navy Seabees are an elite group of personnel trained in both combat and the craft skills of the construction industry.
Petty Officer 2nd Class Carl Basinger, a a 2014 Ottawa-Glandorf High School graduate and a native of Ottawa, builds and fights around the world as a member of a naval construction battalion center located in Port Hueneme, California.
Basinger is serving as a Navy engineering aide, who is responsible for the surveying and material testing for construction projects.
“I like the camaraderie and making friends from all over the world,” Basinger said in a press release issued by the Navy. “Also I like working on projects and seeing the progression in real-time.”
Seabees have served in all American conflicts for nearly 80 years. They have also supported humanitarian efforts using their construction skills to help communities around the world following earthquakes, hurricanes and other natural disasters.
According to Basinger, the values required to succeed in the Navy are similar to those found in Ottawa.
“I learned the importance of respecting others and the value of hard work,” Basinger said. “These things have helped me in my Navy career because of the type of work we do. We have a hands-on job.” I am proud of that because I felt like it gave back to the past generations who gave their lives to defend our country.”