Midlothian native serving with Naval Beach Group TWO
NORFOLK, Virginia – A 2014 Midlothian High School graduate and Midlothian native is serving in the U.S. Navy with Naval Beach Group TWO (NBG 2).
Seaman Sarjah Longoria is working with the beach group operating out of Virginia Beach, Virginia.
As a Navy seaman she is responsible for safely transporting people and equipment on and off the beach during operations.
“My job allows me to experience beach operations that most sailors don’t get to experience,” said Longoria.
Commissioned in 1948, NBG 2 is designed to organize, man, train and equip forces to execute, combat support, and combat service support missions.
NBG 2 is made of four commands, Assault Craft Unit TWO (ACU 2), Assault Craft Unit FOUR (ACU 4), Amphibious Construction Battalion TWO (PHIBCB 2), and Beach Master Unit TWO (BMU 2); who have their own individual missions that assist to ensure the overall mission of NBG 2 is complete.
Longoria serves with BMU2, which provides Naval Beach Party Teams (BPTs) for deployment in conjunction with Expeditionary Forces in order to provide beach and surf zone salvage and to facilitate the landing and movement over the beach of troops, equipment, supplies, and the evacuation of casualties, prisoners-of-war, and non-combatants.
“This command is great because it is small and family oriented,” said Longoria. “The leadership shows that they care about you and your success on a personal level.”
Approximately 30 officers and 300 enlisted men and women make up the beach group. Their jobs are highly specialized and keep each part of the command running smoothly. The jobs range from operating boats to maintaining engines and handling weaponry.
“The sailors here never cease to impress me with the effort they put into their daily work,” said Capt. Jeffrey Hayhurst, commodore commander of NBG 2. “Their dedication and hard work make me proud to be in command of Naval Beach Group Two.”
Although NBG 2 is made up of four separate commands, they all work together to complete their mission of providing the Navy personnel and equipment to support an amphibious operation or exercise.
These exercises can include evacuation of American citizens from a hostile territory, delivery of food and medical supplies after a natural disaster, the bulk delivery of fuel or fresh water from a ship anchored off the coast through a pipeline to a shore facility, and nearly any other task that involves moving from ships offshore to the beach.
“The Navy has given me a thick skin,” said Longoria. “I realized there is no need to stress or worry about things that are not in my control.”
As a member of the one of the U.S. Navy’s most unique commands, Longoria and other NBG 2 Sailors understand that they need to have the ability to complete a variety of missions to help keep America safe from enemies foreign and domestic.
On our planet, more than 70 percent of which is covered by water, being there means having the ability to act from the sea.
The Navy is uniquely positioned to be there; the world’s oceans give the Navy the power to protect America’s interests anywhere, and at any time. Your Navy protects and defends America on the world’s oceans. Navy ships, submarines, aircraft and, most importantly, tens of thousands of America’s finest young men and women are deployed around the world doing just that. They are there now. They will be there when we are sleeping tonight. They will be there every Saturday, Sunday and holiday this year. They are there around the clock, far from our shores, defending America.