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Seaman Apprentice Corey Moore, Builder Constructionman Selina Rodriguez and Petty Officer 3rd Class Mike Mclean, assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 7, remove debris from Ecole 5, a five-classroom school in Djibouti, June 30. NMCB-7 is operating out of Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, and is homeported at the Naval Construction Battalion Center, Gulfport, Miss. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Nathan Laird)

DJIBOUTI – Early next year, the laughter of about 1,200 children should fill the classrooms of the planned school Ecole 5 in Djibouti.

“We’re planning to build a 6,508 square foot building,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Joseph Waddell, Ecole 5 project supervisor. “Right now we’re going to be building new columns for stability and structural integrity.”

Waddell leads a team of seven sailors, working to clean up and reinforce the foundation and infrastructure of the expected school.

“The school is going to have five classrooms, two offices and two storage rooms,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Moore, project crew leader. “The last couple days we’ve just been doing construction and ground work.”

The team has also recently been working on excavation of the classrooms, cleaning out the rooms and preparing to install concrete walls with cement blocks for additional stability, Moore said. The projected completion is February 2011.

To take advantage of the training opportunity, Waddell and his team started the project June this year, with plans to finish the school in nine months.

“We should definitely be able to finish by February.” Moore said.


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This work, Seabees build Djibouti school, by SSgt Robert Barnett, identified by DVIDS, is free of known copyright restrictions under U.S. copyright law.

Date Taken:06.30.2010

Date Posted:07.01.2010 10:25

Location:DJIBOUTI, DJGlobe

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