Top sea dog: Oregon native commanding Seabees base in Mississippi

Capt. Tim J. DeWitt

GULFPORT, Miss. – 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.

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; and an underwater construction team and expeditionary combat camera – about 4,500 personnel in all

DeWitt, a 1988 Oregon High School graduate, is the son of Gareld and Jackie DeWitt and the brother of Carolyn Wheat, all of Oregon. He was installed Aug. 11.

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 a 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.

The captain’s personnel file …

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;…

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