The purpose of this newsletter is to provide the Seabee community and other museum friends regular updates about what is happening at the museum and to increase awareness and celebrate the rich history of the U.S. Navy Seabees. This publication is the result of the Museum and the Seabee Historical Foundation, the Museum's chartered private sector partner, joining forces to tell the story of the Seabees, the Civil Engineer Corps and NAVFAC and their shared role in serving our nation.

The name SeabeeGram is not new or original. Many of the early Seabee units as well as the Seabee Enlisted Detail shop used this title to inform Seabees about events and items of interest. Since we are celebrating history, it is only fitting that we adopt it as well.

Each SeabeeGram will highlight one or two key events in Seabee history, usually on their milestone anniversary year. The main historical article will focus on more contemporary Seabee history dating from 1975 to present. The museum and the Seabee Historical Foundation are collaborating to identify historically significant events and capture the stories of Seabees who experienced them firsthand.

Additionally, we want this to be a product that you can contribute to. We will feature a segment at the end of every issue called “Seabee Corner.” We will ask a question and you can answer in 50 words or less. We will publish a select few answers in the next issue. We only ask that you respect the word limit and remember this is read by families so keep the language PG! You can also submit events that you would like to see featured in future issues. To give us time to do the necessary research, the request should come six months prior to the anniversary. You can also submit an article for an event that you participated in and want remembered.

In commemoration of the 30th anniversary of Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm, this inaugural issue features an article written by CAPT Bill Rudich, CEC, USN (ret) who served in the Civil Engineer Corps from 1973 to 2004. During the first Gulf War, CAPT Rudich was the Operations Officer and Chief Staff Officer for the Provisional Command Element. CAPT Rudich’s position afforded him an operational birds eye perspective of what the Naval Construction Force accomplished in the Desert. Rudich’s article below provides a succinct yet detail rich narrative about the Seabees role in the First Gulf War and illustrates how their involvement impacted future operations.

On behalf of the U.S. Navy Seabee Museum staff, I hope you enjoy this first volume of “The SeabeeGram” and that you learn a little something new about Seabee history.

Happy history hunting,

Lara Godbille, Ph.D.

Director, U.S. Navy Seabee Museum

Naval History and Heritage Command