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    1437th MRBC constructs Guatemalan school

    1437th MRBC constructs Guatemalan school

    Photo By Pfc. Haley Haile | A soldier from the 1437th Multi-Role Bridge Company works to complete the interior...... read more read more



    Story by Pfc. Haley Haile 

    119th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

    CHIQUIMULA, Guatemala – Soldiers from the 1437th Multi-Role Bridge Company from Michigan are attached to the 1430th Engineer Company for a deployment to support Beyond the Horizon 2014 – Guatemala. Beyond the Horizon is a joint partnership between the United States and Central and South America and the Caribbean to bring medical, dental, and engineering assistance to the local communities.

    The United States soldiers worked alongside Guatemalan troops and aided in the construction of a two-room school building in the community of El Roble. They completed a number of tasks throughout the rotation in Guatemala to include the exterior painting, electrical work, and installing the doors and windows. Additionally, the troops constructed and presented a play area for the school children.

    “I was proud of the discipline I saw in these soldiers,” reflected 1st Sgt. Luis Perez, first sergeant of the 1437th. “We had some real long days, but everything went smoothly because they put the mission first.”

    Currently, classes are conducted in three separate buildings that are comprised of a mixture of tin, mud, and stucco. There are approximately 80 students that attend the current school, with a possibility of an attendance increase in the new school because of additional room availability.

    “I told the students this is an American school,” commented Maj. Keir Scoubes, a linguist with the 300th MI Brigade out of Utah. “Not a North, Central, or South American school, but American because it was built with the bonds we have created.”

    The soldiers of the 1430th and 1437th began their tour working on the site with the project already ahead of the scheduled time frame. They kept the pace accelerated, and according to the Task Force Oso commander, the site is over three weeks ahead of the plan.

    “The 1430th Engineer Company and the 1437th Multi-Role Bridge Company picked up where the 188th Squadron left off and continued the outstanding work being done at that site,” stated Col. John Findley, Task Force Oso commander. “I couldn’t be happier with the progress being made in El Roble. That community needs a new school and our soldiers and airmen are providing it.”



    Date Taken: 05.15.2014
    Date Posted: 05.22.2014 21:52
    Story ID: 130872
    Location: CHIQUIMULA, GT

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