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Tyler native serves with Seabees in the U.S. Navy

By Chief Mass Communication Specialist Jeffery Tilghman Williams, Navy Office of Community Outreach

SAN DIEGO – Petty Officer 3rd Class Devon Stringer, a native of Tyler, Texas, serves the U.S. Navy at Amphibious Construction Battalion One (ACB-1) operating out of San Diego, California.


Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Bryan Niegel, Navy Office of Community Outreach

Stringer joined the Navy three years ago. Today, Stringer serves as an equipment operator.

“I joined the Navy for an opportunity to travel and see the world,” said Stringer.

Growing up in Tyler, Stringer attended Brownsboro High School and graduated in 2018. Today, Stringer uses the same skills and values learned in Tyler to succeed in the military.

“Early on in life, I learned the importance of discipline, which directly helps me in the Navy,” said Stringer.

Amphibious Construction Battalion ONE’s primary mission is to provide logistics over-the-shore support for Amphibious Ready Group, Marine Expeditionary Force, and Maritime Prepositioning Force operations, including ship-to-shore transportation of combat cargo, bulk fuel/water, and tactical camp operations.

With a combination of Seabee and Fleet rates, ACB-1 is skilled at offloading equipment through Improved Navy Lighterage System (INLS) operations, as well as providing camp support, perimeter defense, and limited construction support. Fleet rates qualify as craft masters and deck engineers and are proficient in operating and maintaining INLS. Seabee rates such as builders, steelworkers, electricians, equipment operators, construction mechanics, and engineering aides provide construction services. Additional deployable Seabee units include Naval Mobile Construction Battalions, Construction Battalion Maintenance Units, and Underwater Construction Teams who all make up the U.S. Naval Construction Forces.

“ACB One is a force multiplier that allows for rapid, joint-service operations around the globe, wherever our country needs us,” said Capt. Rafael A. Miranda, commanding officer, Amphibious Construction Battalion One “Our unique mix of hard-working Seabee, surface Sailors, and equipment means we are able to bring capabilities to an area that no one else can.”

With more than 90 percent of all trade traveling by sea, and 95 percent of the world’s international phone and internet traffic carried through fiber optic cables lying on the ocean floor, Navy officials continue to emphasize that the prosperity and security of the United States is directly linked to a strong and ready Navy.

Stringer and the sailors he serves with have many opportunities to achieve accomplishments during their military service.

“Being promoted was a huge accomplishment so far in my career,” said Stringer “It takes a lot of hard work to make rank, and I was fortunate enough to be selected.”

As Stringer and other sailors continue to train, they take pride in serving their country in the United States Navy.

“Serving in the Navy has provided me with structure and a solid foundation for professional growth,” added Stringer.

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