Chief Raymond Border

Chief Petty Officer Raymond J. BorderThe fitness center at the Seabee base in Gulfport will be named for a chief who died by an improvised explosive device while deployed to Afghanistan in 2011.

The Chief of Naval Operations has approved the renaming of the fitness center at the Naval Construction Battalion Center Gulfport in honor of Chief Petty Officer Raymond J. Border.

The dedication ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the fitness center at CBC Gulfport.

This will be the first building on base named after a Seabee who died in action while serving during Operation Enduring Freedom. Border’s family members will be in attendance, as well as Gulfport Mayor Billy Hewes and Long Beach Mayor George L. Bass.

Hewes is scheduled to speak at the ceremony and give a presentation to the family and a representative from U.S. Congressman Steven Palazzo office is also scheduled to make a presentation to the family.

Border served 12 years before his death. He had volunteered for an individual augmentee tour back to Afghanistan after deploying with Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 74 the year prior. He was the recipient of the Bronze Star with combat V, Purple Heart and Combat Action Ribbon.

The naming of the Fitness Center will allow the Seabees to remember and honor one of their fallen Seabees and chief petty officers.

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