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    NMCB 11 Conducts Blasting Operations with 554th RED HORSE Squadron

    Photo By Petty Officer 3rd Class Kevin Neal | 210629-N-MO469-1005 YIGO, Guam (Jun. 29, 2021) In a display of interoperability,...... read more read more

    SANTA RITA, GUAM – Seabees assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 11 Det. Guam completed crushing 300 cubic yards of blasted quarry material at the Orote Point Quarry on Naval Base Guam on Friday, July 23rd.

    The crushed material provides the 554th RED HORSE Squadron, located on Andersen Air Force Base (AFB), with aggregate necessary to perform Rapid Airfield Damage Repair (RADR) which they practice and instruct other engineering units to perform in exercises such as Silver Flag and COPE North.

    The material had been blasted on Andersen AFB, but with their rock crusher being nonoperational the 554th RED HORSE Squadron was unable to produce aggregate in rock crushing operations. In their current situation, the material onsite at Andersen AFB was unable to be processed and utilized.

    NMCB 11 Det. Guam was able to initiate crushing operations by activating an Eagle Crusher, assembling the crusher on Orote Point Quarry, and transporting the unprocessed material from Andersen to Naval Base Guam. Upon completion of the rock crushing the finished product was delivered back to Andersen AFB ready to be further utilized.

    “It’s awesome to know that our training in homeport has been used to help out on island,” said Equipment Operator 3rd Class Arron Heckman. “This has been a lot of hard work and tight timelines, but it was all worth it.”

    Heckman, who served as one of the main Eagle Crusher and wheeled loader operators for the project, was able to practice his skills assembling and disassembling the Eagle Crusher with the other crew of five resulting in a safe and successful project execution.

    Rock crushing operations play a crucial role for the Naval Construction Force as it prepares for the next major global conflict. These operations enable units to independently produce aggregate in order to perform tasks such as Airfield Damage Repair and Port Damage Repair that enhance fleet maneuverability.

    NMCB 11 Det. Guam is forward-deployed to execute construction, humanitarian assistance, theater security cooperation, and support Major Combat Operations in the U.S. 7th Fleet areas of operation.



    Date Taken: 07.23.2021
    Date Posted: 08.09.2021 09:36
    Story ID: 401555
    Location: SANTA RITA, GU 

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