NMCB 11 Keeps Rolling in Ethiopia

Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Erick S. Holmes

NMCB 11 Public Affairs

March 11, 2009

DIRE DAWA, Ethiopia – Eight Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 11 continues renovations of an auditorium for the Dire Dawa Secondary School here. The Seabees are working from the ground up, literally.  Right now, they are laying tile across the 4,300-square-foot floor and will replace the roof when finished. The crew hit some speed bumps during the renovation, ranging from having no electricity to using mismatched tile sizes. However, they are still ahead of schedule. “We found a technique for the laying the tile that works,” explained Builder 3rd Class John Vetter, a crew member. “According to Construction Battalion Construction Management, the computer program we use to track our project's progress and calculate man-hours, we did 14 days of work in three days,” Vetter said.

The Sailors' success came from their focus and determination to finish the school on schedule, according to Constructionman Scott Bishop, another crew member. “Once we get moving, it's actually hard to stop,” said Scott. “Most of the troops are green,” said Builder 1st Class (SCW) Jeffery Dwyer, project mission commander.  “But they stay motivated and very resourceful for the task at hand.”  “We have worked late and through lunch multiple times without even realizing it,” said Bishop.  “All of us just want to see the project to the end that much.” Once the auditorium is finished, it will provide a large location for plays, public speeches and other gatherings.  Dire Dawa Secondary School is one of four schools - in three countries - NMCB 11 is working on while assigned to the Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) area of responsibility. The service members of CJTF-HOA, headquartered in Djibouti, employ an indirect approach to counter violent extremism. Through a strategy of cooperative conflict prevention the task force helps build the internal capacities of countries at risk to prevail against extremists exploiting instability.

 
GRANDE DOUDA, Djibouti (Feb. 19, 2009) Builder Constructionman Recruit Heston Scott, assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 11, cuts lumber for a project at the Douda Ecole School Cantina as students relax during recess. The school is one of six major humanitarian missions assigned to the battalion during their Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa deployment.   AROMO, Uganda (March 3, 2009) Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 11 inspect and remove debris from a bridge project in Aromo, Uganda March 3.  The original bridge was destroyed during a flood and NMCB 11 is constructing a stronger one for the local population.  NMCB 11 is currently deployed for the first time since being re-established in 2007 and is tasked to Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA). 
 
TAKORADI, Ghana (March 2, 2009) Utilitiesman 2nd Class Jospeh Tabor, assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 11, installs new wiring for lights during a refurbishment project at the Naval Base Basic School during an Africa Partnership Station visit to Ghana by the amphibious transport dock ship USS Nashville (LPD 13). A team of Seabees from NMCB 11 is embarked aboard Nashville as part of Africa Partnership Station, an international initiative developed by Naval Forces Africa that works with U.S. and international partners to enhance maritime safety and security for the African continent.   AROMO, Uganda (March 3, 2009) Builder 2nd Class Peter A. Belcastro, assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 11, assembles a portion of a bridge in Aromo, Uganda March 3.  The original bridge was destroyed during a flood and NMCB 11 is constructing a stronger one for the local population.  NMCB 11 is currently deployed for the first time since being re-established in 2007 and is tasked to Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA). 
 
AROMO, Uganda (March 3, 2009) Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 11 inspect and remove debris from a bridge project in Aromo, Uganda March 3.  The original bridge was destroyed during a flood and NMCB 11 is constructing a stronger one for the local population.  NMCB 11 is currently deployed for the first time since being re-established in 2007 and is tasked to Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA).   AROMO, Uganda (March 2009) A pair of Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 11 tighten rebar and rebar caps on a bridge project in Aromo, Uganda March 3.  The original bridge was destroyed during a flood and NMCB 11 is constructing a stronger one for the local population.  NMCB 11 is currently deployed for the first time since being re-established in 2007 and is tasked to Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA). 
 
AROMO, Uganda (March 3, 2009) Builder 3rd Class Johnathon Johnston, assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 11, tightens rebar together on a bridge project in Aromo, Uganda March 3.  The original bridge was destroyed during a flood and NMCB 11 is constructing a stronger one for the local population.  NMCB 11 is currently deployed for the first time since being re-established in 2007 and is tasked to Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA).    AROMO, Uganda (March 3, 2009) Construction Mechanic 2nd Class Trent Thunhorst, assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 11, shows local children their photos on his digital camera in Aromo, Uganda March 3.  NMCB 11 is currently deployed for the first time since being re-established in 2007 and is tasked to Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA). 
 
AROMO, Uganda (March 3, 2009) Builder 2nd Class Peter A. Belcastro, assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 11,  plays with local children after a day's work in Aromo, Uganda.  NMCB 11 is currently deployed for the first time since being re-established in 2007 and is tasked to Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA).    DIRE DAWA, Ethiopia (March 6, 2009) Construction Electrician 3rd Class Anthony Crawford, assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 11, lays mortar for tile in a school's auditorium in Dire Dawa, Ethiopia March 6.  The project involves one of the four schools NMCB 11 working on in Africa.  NMCB 11 currently deployed for the first time since being re-established in 2007 and is tasked to Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA). 
 
 DIRE DAWA, Ethiopia (March 6, 2009) Seabees assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 11 clean and prepare an auditorium floor for laying tile in Dire Dawa, Ethiopia March 6.  Dire Dawa Secondary School is one of four schools NMCB 11 is working on in Africa.  The project involves one of the four schools NMCB 11 working on in Africa.  NMCB 11 currently deployed for the first time since being re-established in 2007 and is tasked to Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA).    MORONI, Comoros (March 9, 2009) Builder 3rd Class Joseph Eberhart, assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 11, drills temporary frames into place at the Hamramba School Project in Moroni, Comoros March 9.  The project involves one of the four schools NMCB 11 working on in Africa.  The project involves one of the four schools NMCB 11 working on in Africa.  NMCB 11 currently deployed for the first time since being re-established in 2007 and is tasked to Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA). 
 
 DIRE DAWA, Ethiopia (March 6, 2009) Builder 3rd Class John Vetter, assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 11, prepares a wheelbarrow full of mortar to lay tile in a secondary school's auditorium in Dire Dawa, Ethiopia, March 6.  The project involves one of the four schools NMCB 11 working on in Africa.  NMCB 11 currently deployed for the first time since being re-established in 2007 and is tasked to Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA).    Comoros (March 9, 2009) A pair of Seabees assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 11 pour concrete into a column for the Hamramba School Project in Moroni, Comoros March 9.  The project involves one of the four schools NMCB 11 working on in Africa.  NMCB 11 currently deployed for the first time since being re-established in 2007 and is tasked to Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA). 
  MORONI, Comoros (March 9, 2009) Builder Constructionman Benjamin Highfield, assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 11, secures temporary framework into place at Hamramba School Project in Moroni, Comoros March 9.  The project involves one of the four schools NMCB 11 working on in Africa.  NMCB 11 currently deployed for the first time since being re-established in 2007 and is tasked to Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA). 
(U.S. Navy photos by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Erick S. Holmes)
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