MAHOPAC, N.Y.— “We Build, We Fight” has been the motto of the U. S. Navy’s Construction Force, known as the “Seabees,” for the past 75 years. Today, Mahopac native and a 2011 Mahopac High School graduate, Petty Officer 2nd Class Gregory Lorenzini, builds and fights with the Navy on the East Coast and around the world as a member of the Navy, serving at Amphibious Construction Battalion 2 (PHIBCB Two) located in Norfolk, Va.

Lorenzini is a construction mechanic, which is responsible for working on vehicles maintaining readiness.

“The challenge is the task of making something out of almost nothing,” Lorenzini said. “You’re given one wrench and told to rebuild the whole thing.”

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The jobs of some of the Seabees today have remained unchanged since World War II, when they 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.

“I enjoy having friends for life who are spread across this country,” Lorenzini said

For the past 75 years Seabees have served in all American conflicts. They have also supported humanitarian efforts using their construction skills to help communities around the world following earthquakes, hurricanes and other natural disasters.

“The amphibious Seabees have a distinguished history and the men and women of today’s amphibious construction battalions proudly carry on that legacy,” said Capt. Christopher Laplatney, PHIBCB Two commanding officer. “The Seabee’s can-do spirit continues to burn bright.”

Seabees around the world will take part in a yearlong celebration this year to commemorate the group’s 75th year anniversary. The theme of the celebration is “Built on History, Constructing the Future.”

Working with the Seabees and serving in the U.S. Navy has allowed Lorenzini to continue learning about the legacy he wants to leave to future sailors.

“I just reenlisted,” he said. “I’m changing commands and am looking forward to being stationed with friends who enjoy achieving unusual goals.”

Article provided by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Steve Watterworth, Navy Office of Community Outreach