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January 22, 2012 | By Catherine Saillant, Los Angeles Times
It was an unusual job even for the Seabees, the U.S. Navy's construction forces trained to hold a hammer in one hand and a Beretta M9 in the other. First, the team selected to build barracks high in the mountains of Afghanistan consisted of eight women, who are all stationed at Naval Base Ventura County. And second, the women completed the job far ahead of schedule. Beating deadline made up for long days and freezing nights in tents without plumbing, building four 20-by-30-foot structures, said Gafayat Moradeyo, the mission commander.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 22, 2012 | By Catherine Saillant, Los Angeles Times
It was an unusual job even for the Seabees, the U.S. Navy's construction forces trained to hold a hammer in one hand and a Beretta M9 in the other. First, the team selected to build barracks high in the mountains of Afghanistan consisted of eight women, who are all stationed at Naval Base Ventura County. And second, the women completed the job far ahead of schedule. Beating deadline made up for long days and freezing nights in tents without plumbing, building four 20-by-30-foot structures, said Gafayat Moradeyo, the mission commander.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 5, 1992 | PATRICK McCARTNEY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Plans for the Seabees' 50th anniversary celebration sprang a leak Thursday, as a Navy frigate got stranded in San Diego Bay. But Navy officials insisted that the party, dubbed Seabee 50 Fest, will be shipshape by the scheduled start on Saturday. A maintenance problem prevented the USS Reasoner from arriving Thursday, the prearranged time to stir up a little publicity as one of the event's star attractions.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 19, 2007 | Gregory W. Griggs, Times Staff Writer
Three Navy Seabees were ordered to stand trial Wednesday in the fatal shooting of the ex-husband of one of the defendants. Rebecca Golden Braswell, 26, the victim's former spouse; her roommate, Shannon Marie Butler, 23; and Matthew Gerald Toerner, 20, are charged with the murder of John Marmo Jr. Marmo, 27, was shot to death Dec. 1 outside his Camarillo condominium.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 7, 1999 | TONY LYSTRA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
After seven months in Kosovo and other parts of Europe, Rick Cook proudly cradled his youngest daughter, Rita, who will be a year old this month. He gently stroked her bright-red locks as she nestled into his chest, which was still covered in battle fatigues. "I've kind of missed most of her life so far," said the lieutenant commander, who is executive officer of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 3 stationed at Port Hueneme. "I'm looking to make some of that up."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 13, 2004 | Steve Chawkins, Times Staff Writer
There's never a good time to go off to war, but for 100 Seabees at Port Hueneme, Monday afternoon was a particularly bad one. The previous week had been among the deadliest for U.S. forces since the fighting in Iraq started. Foreign civilians were being kidnapped. Cities were erupting in anti-American hatred. At home, polls showed a growing number of people questioning the war. The mood at Naval Base Ventura County was subdued.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 8, 2006 | Gregory W. Griggs, Times Staff Writer
Two Ventura County Seabees were arrested and charged this week in connection with the fatal shooting of the ex-husband of one of the sailors, authorities said Thursday. Rebecca Braswell, 26, former spouse of the victim and a Navy mechanic, is accused of taking part in the Dec. 1 shooting of John Marmo Jr. outside his Camarillo condominium, investigators said. The two were engaged in a contentious, two-year child custody dispute and had a hearing scheduled next month, according to court records.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 22, 2001 | HOLLY J. WOLCOTT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
One of the last times Harold Schell stood inside a plywood sea hut, it was the 1960s and he was in Chu Lai, Vietnam. Schell was in the Navy and the United States was at war. On Saturday at the free military festival in Port Hueneme, the 54-year-old former Seabee electrician climbed the stairs of a replica hut and smiled as his sister snapped a photograph.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 28, 1993 | MAIA DAVIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Although the Navy has opened the skies to female pilots flying combat missions, it still draws a line on the ground barring women Seabees from combat duty. The Seabees' Naval Mobile Construction Battalions at Port Hueneme--which build barracks, clear airfields and defuse mines for the Marine Corps on ground combat missions--continue to be closed to women. Although the units are not assault forces, their mission is to directly support the Marines and to defend themselves if necessary.
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December 9, 1992 | H. G. REZA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Navy Seabee Jana Edge, 19, is long on confidence that she is up to the challenge in Somalia. She and 123 other Seabees from Amphibious Construction Battalion 1 were standing in formation Tuesday on a grassy parade field near North Island Naval Air Station. Wearing Kevlar helmets, combat gear and carrying M-16 assault rifles, they waited for orders to board Air Force C-5 transports that would fly them to Somalia. "It's our job.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 18, 2007 | Gregory W. Griggs, Times Staff Writer
A Ventura County sailor, on trial for murder, spoke to numerous co-workers and friends on different occasions at the Navy's Seabee base about her desire to harm or kill the former husband of her roommate in the months before he was shot to death in December, several witnesses testified Tuesday. Seabee Donald Kohler testified that he broke off a short relationship with Shannon Marie Butler, 23, because of her obsession with wanting to kill John Marmo Jr. Marmo, 27, was shot to death on Dec.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 7, 2007 | Gregory W. Griggs, Times Staff Writer
A 20-year-old Seabee told authorities that he shot and killed a Camarillo man after he was recruited for the crime and supplied with the gun by a female sailor, who is also implicated in the slaying along with the victim's ex-wife, according to court documents. Matthew Gerald Toerner said he shot John Marmo Jr., 27, outside Marmo's condominium as he walked to his car, according to the declaration for Toerner's arrest warrant filed with the court.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 8, 2006 | Gregory W. Griggs, Times Staff Writer
Two Ventura County Seabees were arrested and charged this week in connection with the fatal shooting of the ex-husband of one of the sailors, authorities said Thursday. Rebecca Braswell, 26, former spouse of the victim and a Navy mechanic, is accused of taking part in the Dec. 1 shooting of John Marmo Jr. outside his Camarillo condominium, investigators said. The two were engaged in a contentious, two-year child custody dispute and had a hearing scheduled next month, according to court records.
WORLD
December 21, 2005 | Tony Perry and Christian Retzlaff, Times Staff Writers
Germany has freed a Lebanese member of Hezbollah who was serving a life sentence for killing a U.S. Navy diver during the 1985 hijacking of a TWA jet. The release of Mohammed Ali Hamadi outraged the family of Robert Dean Stethem, who was beaten, shot in the head and dumped on the tarmac of Beirut's airport after he refused the hijackers' demands to denounce his country.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 21, 2005 | Rodney Bosch, Times Staff Writer
Naval Base Ventura County in Port Hueneme will welcome the public today to its Seabee Days festival. Each year the base welcomes visitors who take part in the festival's attractions, which include live music and carnival rides. For many, there is no attraction more popular than the ship tours, said base spokeswoman Teri Reid. A limited number of tours will be offered for a look at an amphibious transport dock ship and an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, she said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 1, 2005 | Gregory W. Griggs, Times Staff Writer
Waving American flags and wearing big smiles, about 30 wives, children and other loved ones were on hand at Naval Base Ventura County on Thursday to welcome two busloads of Seabee reservists from Iraq. The 65 reservists are members of two units based on the East Coast who came to the Port Hueneme base in August for training before shipping out to support construction efforts overseas.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 11, 1999 | GREG HAAS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
An American wearing a Kevlar helmet and flak vest hands an 8-foot sheet of corrugated roofing to another similarly dressed sailor on a snow-covered roof. The man on the roof slips slightly, but catches his balance. He, in turn, hands the sheet to two sailors in battle dress who lay the roofing and hammer it in place, causing small explosions of snow to fall to the ground. The current mission of the Seabees' Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 40 is to assemble corrugated roofs on classrooms.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 17, 1997 | LORENZA MUNOZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
While the Seabees avoided land mines, tore down buildings and schlepped through mountains of mud overseas, their spouses and loved ones endured hours of loneliness, solitary diaper changes and nursing sick babies for seven months. On Thursday, the separation came to an end. Nearly 300 members of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 40 returned home Thursday evening after being abroad since June, which included a three-month stop in war-torn Bosnia.
WORLD
February 4, 2005 | Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
Members of the Seabees, the Navy's construction force, were fixing broken doors at an empty courthouse here when one looked out a window and saw a group of Iraqi women eyeing the building. "I wonder if they're getting ready to call in a sniper," said John Weissgerber, 28, of Rockville, Md., who was attending college before his reserve unit was called to active duty several months ago. He was only half-joking.
WORLD
January 15, 2005 | John M. Glionna, Times Staff Writer
Andrew Willis can tell you this: It's a mighty long way from his hometown of Flint, Mich., to this steamy seaside village demolished by the tsunami that killed 30,000 people in this island nation. At 21, the U.S. Marine is already well traveled in his military career, from tours in war-torn Baghdad to time on the Pacific islands of Hawaii and Guam. But Willis says he's never seen mile after mile of exotic coastline reduced to rubble.
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