GULFPORT, Mississippi — “We Build, We Fight” has been the motto of the U.S. Navy’s Construction Force, known as the “Seabees”, for the past 74 years.
Today, Cullman native and a 2003 Vinemont graduate Petty Officer 1st Class Jonathan Doyle builds and fights with the Navy on the Gulf Coast and around the world as a member of the Navy serving at Naval Construction Battalion Center, Gulfport.
Gulfport is the command headquarters that oversees all naval construction forces based in the eastern half of the U.S. Land for the Naval Construction Battalion Center at Gulfport was acquired in April 1942, the same year the “Seabee” name was adopted for members of the Construction Battalions, a clever play on the CB initials.
Doyle is responsible for vehicle maintenance.
“My job gives me a sense of accomplishment and the feeling of contributing,” said Doyle.
"Seabees are some the hardest working Sailors in the Navy," said Captain Cheryl M. Hansen, NCBC commanding officer. "They are tough, bold, and ready, and they get the job done. They build and fight in some of the harshest and most hostile environments in the world."
For the past 74 years Seabees have served in all American conflicts. They have also supported humanitarian efforts, using their construction skills to help communities around the world following earthquakes, hurricanes and other natural disasters.
“My job allows me to educate the future of the Navy and to learn more for my career and personal life,” said Doyle.
Seabees around the world will take part in a year-long celebration in 2017 to commemorate the group’s 75-year anniversary. The theme of the celebration is “Built on History, Constructing the Future.”
Today, Seabees continue their innovative traditions ensuring they always meet fast-paced challenges, according to Hansen.
Working with the Seabees and serving in the U.S. Navy has allowed Doyle to continue learning about the legacy he wants to leave to future sailors.
“Seabees can do,” said Doyle. “Knowing the heritage of the Seabees and what those who have gone before us are able to accomplish gives you motivation to get through the tough times.”