Local Man Receives Prestigious Navy Award
March 7th, 2013
Navy Constructionman Apprentice John E. Harris, son of Melissa A. and David D. Harris of Port Huron, Mich., along with other Sailors attached to the Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 11recently received the Rear Admiral Eugene J. Peltier Award for fiscal year 2012. Units selected for this prestigious award are recognized leaders in the Naval construction force in safety, overall performance, readiness, construction accomplishment, equipment management, logistics programs, retention and training. NMCB-11 completed an eight-month deployment in Afghanistan during 2012 in which the battalion set the stage for the surge drawdown of U.S. and coalition forces and eventual transfer of mission to the Afghan forces. NMCB-11 is a Seabee battalion specializing in contingency construction, disaster response, and humanitarian assistance. The battalion is homeported in Gulfport, Miss. Harris is a 2011 graduate of Port Huron High School of Port Huron, Mich. and joined the Navy in February 2011.