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“We build, we fight.” That is the motto of Navy Seabees everywhere, and in the spring of each year the Navy celebrates the heritage of this unique fighting force that has served in every major conflict America has been involved with since World War Two.
March 5th is the official Navy Seabee birthday. That birthday is, believe it or not, a complicated thing. An innovation of military minds during World War Two, Navy Seabees have a dual mission to build and to fight in support of combat operations, humanitarian outreach, and nation-building.
The first Seabee unit was known as “the Bobcats” and Seabees were among the very first to land during the World War Two invasion of Normandy.
Celebrating The Seabee Birthday
The Seabee birthday observance is not a federal holiday, and many events to celebrate are held on a unit or organizational level at military bases all over the world. Seabees work with other Navy organizations and cross-service when mission needs dictate.
Celebrating the legacy of the Navy Seabees can be as simple as a unit birthday party, or may involve command-level programs designed to raise awareness of the Seabee contribution to Navy history.
If you know a Seabee, thank one today for their service and dedication. You don’t have to wait until March 5th to make the effort!
The 78th Seabee birthday will be celebrated on Friday, March 5, 2021.