News: NMCB 133 Seabees create impact at Camp Dwyer
Story by Petty Officer 1st Class Steven Myers
CAMP KRUTKE, Afghanistan - Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 133’s Detail Dwyer hit the ground running upon their arrival Sept. 18.
The 23 members of the advanced party conducted a two-day turnover with NMCB 11 before starting their first projects of the deployment.
Lt. Cmdr. Blake Burket, the detail's officer-in-charge, said the phrase "teamwork makes the dream work" was the core of their turnover and made it a quick, thorough and safe evolution.
Less than a week later, the detail had already made an impact on board Camp Dwyer and with the camp’s occupants.
"We have begun the execution of immediate force protection improvements throughout the Camp," said Burket. "Working with the camp’s base defensive operations center, we have utilized Seabee ingenuity and a foundation of tactical doctrine to directly support and improve camp defensive operations. Simultaneously, we have been supporting the U.S. forces – Afghanistan directives to reduce footprint by performing demolition and demilitarization of recently vacated areas."
During that short period following turnover, the Seabees completed numerous force protection improvement projects ranging from the installation of anti-vehicle berms, the installation of entry control point gates, the demilitarization of multiple areas, the shifting of 900 cubic feet of four-foot tall temporary barriers, the repair of protective barriers, and a welding repair to a guard tower. This work continued with the ongoing demolition and disposal of temporary barriers, 3,000 linear feet of protective wire, seven wooden structures, and a concrete pad.
"From the beginning of turnover to our current phase of operations," said Burket, "safety and quality have remained hot topics. We embark on making everything count towards a bigger cause. NMCB 133’s Det. Dwyer will not only meet, but also exceed, every expectation according to the highest standard."
NMCB 133 is currently deployed to the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility, providing engineer support to Joint Task Force Empire, headed by the U.S. Army 411th Engineer Brigade, to help the Afghan people create their future.