Table 12-2. - DENBNs AND DENCOs
|1st DENBN||2nd DENBN||3rd DENBN||4th DENBN|
|2nd DENCO||1st DENCO||3rd DENCO||4th DENCO|
|12th DENCO||13th DENCO||11th DENCO||14th DENCO|
Dental support to the Naval Mobile Construction Battalions (NMCBs) is provided at the battalion level by dental personnel assigned to the NMCBs. These officers are clinically and administratively assisted by Navy enlisted Dental Technicians.
There are a total of eight NMCBs homeported in NMCB, Gulfport, Miss., and NMCB, Port Hueneme, California. The organization of the NMCBs is shown below in Table 12-3.
The mission of the NMCB dental organization is to ensure the combat effectiveness of the NMCB by providing a comprehensive program of dental support. During contingency, disaster control, or mass casualty situations, NMCB dental personnel augment with the medical effort under the direction of the cognizant authority.
The deployment schedules of the NMCBs are on a 7-month rotation basis. With four battalions on each coast, they rotate the deployment schedule with two battalions out and two battalions in. Each coast sends one battalion to Guam or Rota Spain, and one battalion
Table 12-3. - Organization of the NMCBs
|NMCB #||HOMEPORT||DEPLOY TO|
|NMCB 1||Gulfport||Guam, Rota Spain|
|NMCB 3||Port Hueneme||Guam, Rota Spain|
|NMCB 4||Port Hueneme||Puerto Rico, Okinawa JA|
|NMCB 5||Port Hueneme||Puerto Rico, Okinawa JA|
|NMCB 7||Gulfport||Puerto Rico, Okinawa JA|
|NMCB 40||Port Hueneme||Guam, Rota Spain|
|NMCB 74||Gulfport||Puerto Rico, Okinawa JA|
|NMCB 133||Gulfport||Guam, Rota Spain|
to Puerto Rico or Okinawa, Japan. The two battalions on each coast that are not deployed work out of the branch dental clinic treating battalion and base personnel.
The NMCBs can also be called upon for special missions. During the Gulf War, more than 5000 Seabees (4,000 active and 1,000 reservists) served in the Middle East. In Saudi Arabia, Seabees built 10 camps for more than 42,000 personnel, 14 galleys capable of feeding 7,500 people, and 6 million square feet of aircraft parking apron. Dental personnel assigned to the NMCBs were there providing dental support.
Each battalion has a total of three dental personnel assigned. One general dentist (dental department head) and two Dental Technicians. The dental department head reports directly to the commanding officer of the battalion. The enlisted personnel consists of one DT2 or DT1 who acts as the LPO and one DT3 or DN who is the chairside assistant to the dental officer.
The authorized dental allowance list (ADAL) for Naval Mobile Construction Battalions is the same as the FMF mentioned earlier in this chapter (dental field equipment).
All Dental Technicians who serve with an NMCB attend the same Field Service Dental Technician School as do the FMF Dental Technicians. Enlisted personnel permanently assigned to an NMCB have an opportunity to qualify as a Seabee Combat Warfare Specialist (SCW). The insignia is shown in figure 12-8. Contact the command master chief who serves as SCW coordinator for Personnel Qualification Standards (PQS) for your battalion. Serving a tour on a ship, FMF, or with NMCBs are the building blocks for a successful naval career. TakeContinue Reading