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Orland Park native exemplifies legacy of U.S. Navy Seabees

U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Bradley Gee Meno is serving as the commanding officer of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion One and is responsible for leadership of the Seabess who do engineering and construction missions.
U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Bradley Gee Meno is serving as the commanding officer of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion One and is responsible for leadership of the Seabess who do engineering and construction missions.

Commander Michael Meno, a 1991 Carl Sandburg High School graduate and native of Orland Park, Illinois, builds and fights around the world as a member of naval construction battalion center located in Gulfport, Mississippi.

Meno credits success in the Navy to many of the lessons learned growing up in Orland Park.

Building in austere environments can be a challenge. Fighting in harsh conditions can also be a challenge. Building in austere environments while fighting in harsh conditions takes a special kind of person with a great deal of perseverance and determination.

These are the kinds of people serving here at Gulfport, the home of the Atlantic Fleet Seabees. These are the people who provide crucial support to Seabee units deployed around the world.

The jobs of many of today’s Seabees remained unchanged since World War II, when the Seabees paved the 10,000-mile road to victory for the allies in the Pacific and in Europe, according to Lara Godbille, director of the U. S. Navy Seabee Museum.

Meno is playing an important part in America’s focus on rebuilding military readiness, strengthening alliances and reforming business practices in support of the National Defense Strategy.

Serving in the Navy is a continuing tradition of military service for Meno, who has military ties with family members who have previously served. Meno is honored to carry on that family tradition.

“Both my grandfathers served during World War II,” Meno said in a news release. "One was in the Navy, and one was in the Army."
 

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