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Oregon native named commander of naval base

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Capt. Tim DeWitt

Oregon native Capt. Tim J. DeWitt is the new commander of the Navy Civil Engineer Corps’ Naval Construction Group 2 – the Seabees’ base of operations – in Gulfport, Mississippi.

NCG 2 is in command of all Atlantic Fleet Seabees, which includes three active and two reserve Naval Mobile Construction Battalions; one active and one reserve Naval Construction Regiment; a Construction Battalion Maintenance Unit; an Underwater Construction Team and Expeditionary Combat Camera.

DeWitt, 47, a 1988 Oregon High School graduate, was installed Aug. 11.

He is the son of Gerald and Jackie DeWitt, Oregon.

He earned his bachelor’s in civil engineering from the University of Illinois in 1993, and his commission through the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps program.

He has master’s in civil engineering from the U of I and in business administration from the University of Colorado.

This is his fourth assignment in Gulfport, where he last was stationed a decade ago.

Commissioned as a surface warfare officer – an officer who operates Navy ships at sea and manages various shipboard systems – he first served aboard the forward deployed frigate USS Rodney M. Davis in Yokosuka, Japan, then was officer in charge of the military detachment aboard the USNS Laramie in Norfolk, Virginia.

He was a nuclear propulsion program officer recruiter in Denver before being transferred to the Civil Engineer Corps in 2000, where he was assigned as detachment staff civil engineer for commander, Naval Special Warfare Command at the John C. Stennis Space Center in Mississippi, supporting both Special Boat Unit 22 (which conducted and supported special operations in river environments) and the Naval Small Craft Instruction and Technical Training School.

DeWitt then was deputy resident officer in charge of construction for the Gulf Coast area, stationed in Gulfport; public works officer at Naval Station Great Lakes in Lake County; assistant regional engineer, Navy Region Midwest, also at Great Lakes; executive officer, 2nd in cmd, Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 74, in Gulfport; and public works officer, Fleet Activities in Yokosuka.

DeWitt’s recent tours include command of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 40, in Port Hueneme, California; chief staff officer at Naval Construction Group 1 in Port Hueneme; executive assistant to the director, Energy and Environmental Readiness Division in Washington, D.C.; branch head for Strategic Laydown & Assessment in D.C..

Most recently, he was operations officer for the Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southwest in San Diego.

He is a qualified Seabee combat warfare officer and surface warfare officer, a registered professional engineer in the state of Illinois, and a member of the Acquisition Professional Community.

His decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, three Meritorious Service Medals, eight Navy Commendation Medals, and three Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals.