Seabees assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 5 and their families attended a pre-deployment fair Friday, Nov. 30, at Naval Base Ventura County, Point Mugu.
The Fleet & Family Support Center, American Red Cross, NMCB 5 Ombudsmen and the Family Readiness Group provided information for families to use while their Seabees are on deployment.
“The pre-deployment fair is not only a place for food, fun and family time, but it is more so a moment to get the friends and families of NMCB 5 together,” said Chief Construction Mechanic Dawn Ayala, NMCB 5 homeport liaison and coordinator for the event.
Each NMCB 5 deployment site for Pacific Command (PACOM) created displays for families that included information about each detachment, work and living conditions, recreational activities and more.
“This is going to be my ninth deployment. From my experience, I know that the more you tell the families, the more information they know, the better and more comfortable they’re going to feel when their Seabee deploys,” said Builder 1st Class Gordon Brewer, assigned to NMCB 5 Det Guam.
Ayala said the pre-deployment fair lets Seabees show off where they will be and what they will be doing for seven months.
“It’s also a chance to let families meet one another and possibly create friendships to help them through the deployment in any time of need,” she added.
NMCB 5 is preparing to deploy early next year.