NMCB ONE –“THE FIRST AND THE FINEST” ENHANCING PARTNERSHIPS THROUGHOUT AFRICA
Dikhil, Djibouti -- U.S. Naval Mobile Construction Battalion ONE is leading the way in building and sustaining relationships with East African partner nation military leadership, and local community leaders in their Area of Operations.
Detail Kontali Officer in Charge LTJG Alexsandra Reed and Assistant Officer in Charge SWC Chris Sterner took time to coordinate meetings with key officials in the Dikhil region to discuss opportunities for engagements with Djiboutian Military, Local Civilians and United States Seabees. These engagements will be focused on allowing Local Nationals to participate in the construction of a Medical Clinic Compound located in the Village of Kontali.
The Detail OIC, AOIC and Detail interpreter had a morning meeting with the Dikhil military base Commanding/Operations Officer, LTC Idriss Omar, which focused on the future Military to Military construction engagements that will allow Djiboutian military personnel to learn basic construction practices and quality control measures. The skills acquired will be of great value and benefit to the Djiboutian military as they learn the various construction trades. Their contributions will allow them to take ownership of the projects being constructed in their AO. During the visit, LTC Idriss Omar was excited about having his troops participate in the construction of the Kontali Clinic. “This will be a great opportunity for my personnel to learn the construction trade and maybe apply it to our future construction needs…” he went on to say, “We can teach the Seabees the ‘Djiboutian way’ to do stucco,” said Omar.
Later that afternoon, the Detail leadership conducted another meeting with the Dikhil Region Prefect, Mohamed Cheiko Hassan. During the meeting, there was discussion of the utilization of adult students from the local Vocational technical school located within the city. The Prefect was equally excited about the students learning the construction trade from Seabees and how it will allow the students to acquire the skill necessary to support independent economic growth in the region. “This opportunity will allow the students to learn and apply their newly gained knowledge to future jobs” said Hassan.
The Seabees of NMCB 1 will not only enhance the current U.S. relationship with the East African military but allow for new bridges of friendship and coordinated efforts to be built in the future.