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    NMCB-11 LEAVES A LASTING IMPRESSION IN THE MARSHALL ISLANDS

    NMCB-11 LEAVES A LASTING IMPRESSION IN THE MARSHALL ISLANDS

    Courtesy Photo | 180721-N-MS236-0005 ENNIBUR, Marshall Islands (July 21st, 2018) Construction...... read more read more

    ENNIBUR, MARSHALL ISLANDS

    07.21.2018

    Courtesy Story

    Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 11

    The Detail has spent the last six months working towards their main objective of building relationships with the local populous. The Seabees have accomplished this by constructing quality infrastructure, training the local populous on basic construction skills, and developing future projects to better the community. There is no doubt their efforts will be felt around the Marshall Islands for years to come.
    “It’s crazy to see how far we’ve come. Only six months ago, we were getting ready to leave home and our families with only binders full of project plans and paper, and now those pieces of paper have come to life,” said Ensign Hulse, the officer in charge of the Detail. It didn’t take long for the Seabees to make a name for themselves, within a month of their arrival, they broke ground on the isolated island of Bigej, where they lived, with limited resources, for two and a half weeks constructing a water catchment system for the locals. Shortly after that, the Seabees moved to another island with similar conditions, Carlson, to complete a similar project. These two projects not only provided 24,000 gallons of fresh water that these islands rarely see, but also set the example for other water catchments to be built throughout the Marshall Islands.
    Shifting from island to island in an effort to reach out to more local communities, the Seabees continued their construction mission on two more outer islands. On Ennibur, the Seabees spent two weeks constructing a fence around an elementary school to improve the safety of the school. A small crew also spent time on Ebeye, providing training in concrete placement to local workers so they will have the skills necessary to perform quality construction and improve the infrastructure on their island. “It’s really rewarding to teach others what we’ve been taught and see its impact on the community,” said Builder 1st Class Joshua Vanblarcom, who has trained several locals on construction techniques and practices.
    NMCB-11 is a Seabee battalion specializing in contingency construction, disaster response, and humanitarian assistance. The battalion’s homeport is in Gulfport, Miss.

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    Date Taken: 07.21.2018
    Date Posted: 08.05.2018 19:31
    Story ID: 287373
    Location: ENNIBUR, MH

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