The U.S. Naval Seabees, with a detachment in Las Vegas, recently used Cashman Equipment as a site for equipment training to prepare them for potential action.
The Seabees pave roads and build facilities during wartime. Their long history in the United States is the stuff of movies.
“Cashman Equipment showed its patriotism and support of the Navy by hosting our detachment on their facility and helping us learn to operate Caterpillar equipment,” said Jeb Bozarth, equipment operator 3rd class and coordinator of the exercise at Cashman Equipment. Each member of the group must have expertise in construction equipment operation as part of his training.
“Because of the time and resources we were given, we were able to train our equipment operators now rather than six months to send them to school,” said Bozarth. “Cashman Equipment did a tremendous service to their country by training our navy personnel.”
During the exercise, Navy reservists received instruction from Cashman equipment operator trainer Lynn Daybell and product support sales representative Mike Guillen. The group spent approximately four hours learning to operate such equipment as backhoe loaders, graders, wheel loaders and track loaders. They also reviewed safety requirements and performed walk-around inspections on each machine.
For Cashman Equipment’s efforts with the Seabees, the Navy will honor it with an official Navy (ESGR) Patriot Award as well as a Seven Seals Award signed by each branch of the U.S. military and U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld.
Cashman Equipment, which has been in business since 1931, operates throughout Nevada and northern California. The company’s locations include Las Vegas, Reno, Elko, Winnemucca and Round Mountain in Nevada and Susanville and Mammoth Lakes in California.