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Military brief: Reed retires


Charles “Wes” Reed III is pictured as a member of a mortar team for NMCB 74.

Charles “Wes” Reed III is pictured as a member of a mortar team for NMCB 74.
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Charles Wesley "Wes" Reed III retired from active duty as an U.S. Navy Seabee on Nov. 1 after 20 years of honorable service. He joined the Navy on October 19, 1993, and attended boot camp training in Chicago, Ill. He learned his rate, Construction Electrician, at Navy Construction Training Center in Gulfport.  


Reed's first duty station was Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 74 and included deployments to Puerto Rico, Cuba, Okinawa and Korea.  


He then transferred to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, and worked at the Self-Help which later merged with the Construction Battalion Maintenance Unit (CBMU) 413. During this time, he was deployed to Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam and Thailand.  


His next duty station was Naval Support Activity Souda Bay Greece. Reed returned to NMCB 74 with deployments to Ghana, Africa; Afghanistan, Okinawa; Seychelles, Africa; Kuwait; and Trinidad. He transferred to Naval Support Activity Chesapeake, Va., working for NATO Headquarters which moved to Norfolk, Va., his final duty station. 


Reed is the son of Lella and Charles Reed Jr. of Columbus and a 1993 graduate of Columbus High School. 


He has retired to Elizabeth City, N.C., with his wife, Buffy, and two daughters.



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