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Equipment Operator Constructionman Nicole Cusson, front, assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 3, performs a vehicle inspection for visiting engineers (from front right) Marine Corps Lt. Col. Casey Barnes, 3rd Marine Expeditionary Force (MEF) Engineering Department Head; Marine Corps Lt. Col. Ryan Anderson, 3rd MEF Aviation Ground Support Department Head; Marine Corps Maj. Jonathan Derosier, 1st Marine Air Wing Engineer; 30th Naval Construction Regiment Operations Officer Navy Cmdr. Joe Harder and, back right, Navy Lt. Henry Pollock, Naval Construction Force liaison to 3rd MEF during NMCB 3's 48-hour Mount Out Exercise (MOE). The MOE tested NMCB 3's ability to deploy construction equipment and personnel in support of humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations anywhere in the Pacific Region within 48 hours. One of the first battalions commissioned during World War II, NMCB 3’s legacy stands strong in its ability to build and fight anywhere in the world as either a full battalion or as a group of autonomous detachments, simultaneously completing critical engineering and construction missions. For this deployment, NMCB 3 has split into nine details to perform critical construction projects in remote island areas such as Timor-Leste, Tonga, Cambodia and the Philippines. The teams will also conduct operations in Atsugi, Yokosuka and Okinawa, Japan; Chinhae, Republic of Korea and China Lake, Calif. The Naval Construction Force is a vital component of the U.S. Maritime Strategy. They provide deployable battalions capable of providing disaster preparation and recovery support, humanitarian assistance and combat operations support.