NEXT MEETING: March 7th
Speaker: Karl De Jong
Topic: The Military in Fiction
Have you ever wanted to meet one of the U.S. Navy’s true super-secret ninjas? Organized during World War II, the combat construction battalions, also known as the SeaBees, are one of the military’s least known units. Karl De Jong, a 22-yr veteran of the SeaBees, invites you to join him for a bit of history; chain of command; the trades found within the group; types of missions (military and volunteer civilian); combat specialties; and how they function with other military organizations.
My name is Karl De Jong
My father was a WWII Navy Veteran as a Quartermaster First Class Petty Officer.
My high school shop teacher was a Navy Veteran in a group called the Sea Bees.
I joined the Navy in the summer of 1986 and left for bootcamp the 4th of Aug of 1986. I went to Gulf Port Mississippi for Sea Bee “A” school to learn the building trade. After “A” school graduation I went into the Naval Reserves and was attached to RNMCB 15 later becoming NMCB 15 (1990). With the battalion logo as the “Bat Out Of Hell”, Battalion 15 was a part of the Navy’s expeditionary forces.
After 9-11, I reenlisted with NMCB 28, known as “The Old Pro’s”. NMCB 28 has the largest geographical area in the US and mostly augmented other battalions, filling in expertise in construction and military.
My career achievements consisted of; Senior Military Instructor with specialties in firearms, land navigation and perimeter security. CBR (Chemical, Biological and Radiological) team and instructor. SERT (Seabee Engineering Reconnaissance Team). K-SPAN school. SCW (Seabee Combat Warfare Specialist)
My awards consisted of (in precedence order); Meritorious Service Medal (4 times). Joint Service Achievement Medal. Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal (5 times). Navy Battle E (5 times). Good Conduct Medal. Navy Reserve Meritorious Service Medal. National Defense Service Medal. Iraq Campaign Medal. Afghanistan Campaign Medal. Global War on Terrorism. Kuwait Liberation Medal. Rifle Marksmanship (Expert). Pistol Marksmanship (Expert)
I was medically discharged in 2007 with the rank of BU1 (Builder First Class).
Meetings are held on the first Saturday of the month at:
Spring Creek Oaks Clubhouse
17111 Misty Creek
Spring, TX 77379.
Doors open at 8:30 a.m.
Business meeting at 9:00 a.m.
Educational Program beginning at 10:30 a.m.
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our Program Coordinator.
Every meeting includes:
- Success & Celebration
- Goals Pot and Literacy Raffle Basket
- Way too much good food
- Business and Event Planning
- Expert Speaker on Craft-of-Writing or Research topic