Navy Seabees, Air Force civil engineers join ‘Olympics’

(Via Ho’okele News)

Sailors from Construction Battalion Maintenance Unit (CBMU) 303, Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Pacific and Air Force engineers competed in the Seabee Olympics held Feb. 22 at Quick Field at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.

The Seabee Olympics is an annual event held prior to the Seabee birthday ball to build camaraderie, esprit de corps and unit cohesion among Seabees, Civil Engineer Corp officers, and engineers from the U.S Air Force 647th Engineering Squadron.

“The way the teams have come together has changed over the years. Combining with the joint base has allowed us to invite the Air Force and have the 647th civil engineers,” said Lt. John Daly, resident officer of construction, Kaneohe Bay. “We call it the Seabee Olympics, but what we are really celebrating is the military engineers.”

Events included traditional competitions that deal with construction or the mechanic work that engineers do, such as pushing a Humvee, driving a nail relay race and a construction project, all which reflect the military engineering department. This year’s events also included ultimate frisbee, tug-of-war, tire flips and flag football.

“It’s pretty good being out here with the Navy. It’s good competition and a good morale builder,” said Air Force Tech. Sgt. Jeremie Wilson of 647th Civil Engineer Squadron. “We don’t get to see this side often and they don’t get to see us, so it’s a good way to just get out here and realize we are all the same people.”

The Seabee Olympics this year takes place during the National Engineers Week during which the Society of American Military Engineers recognizes the many achievements of military engineers.

“A couple of years ago, we switched it over to a trophy that gets passed back and forth called the “Admirals Hammer,” which currently the Air Force holds,” said Daly. “The goal is to get it out of building 1200. Whether it comes to NAVFAC Hawaii or whether it goes to CBMU 303, we are both trying to get the trophy back into Seabee hands.”

The USAF claimed the “Admirals Hammer” in both 2012 and 2013. This year the trophy was placed in the hands of NAVFAC Hawaii.

The official birthday of the Seabee rate is March 5. Navy Seabees will celebrate March 8 at the Hale Koa in Honolulu. This year marks the 72nd anniversary of the Navy Seabees and the 162nd anniversary of the Civil Engineer Corps.

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