NMCB 11 Constructs the Future for Comoros

Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Erick S. Holmes

NMCB 11 Public Affairs Specialist

March 11, 2009

MORONI, Comoros – Seabees assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 11, based out of Gulfport, Miss., are currently building new facilities at the Hamramba Primary School in Moroni, Comoros. Once completed, the school will be the second primary school available to the people of Moroni. Working from sunup to sundown, in heat and rain seven days a week, the crew members say they keep motivated because their hard work will benefit the Comorans. “No matter how long the hours or hard the work, it's worth in the end,” said Builder 3rd Class Roylander J. Williams, Jr., a project crew member.  “The education will change the lives of the youths in Moroni.” The Comorans say they see the hard work and stress the Seabees endure every day and appreciate every moment of the work, which allows the deployed Americans and local people to create new relationships. “We asked for help and the Americans were the first to respond,” said Mohamed Ali Mgonri, headmaster for Hamramba Primary School.  “It's great having people help.  The impact of the work is (of) much value to Comoran people. “The Comorans I have spoken to are excited to have this school,” said Builder Constructionman Benjamin B. Highfield, a project crew member.  “After they finish their schooling here, they want to go to the United States, or to France, to continue a higher education.”

 
 CAMP LEMONIER, Djibouti (March 13, 2009) -- Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 11 Det. Horn of Africa secure a load of shoring lumber onto a trailer.  NMCB 11 is deployed for the first time since being re-established in 2007 and is tasked to Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa.   CAMP LEMONIER, Djibouti (March 17, 2009) -- A pair of Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 11 Det. Horn of Africa install a new floor.  NMCB 11 is deployed for the first time since being re-established in 2007 and is tasked to Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa.
 
CAMP LEMONIER, Djibouti (March 13, 2009) -- Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 11 Det. Horn of Africa weigh an excavator for a project in Uganda.  NMCB 11 is deployed for the first time since being re-established in 2007 and is tasked to Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa. CAMP LEMONIER, Djibou (March 17, 2009) -- Steelworker Constructionman Joshua Johnston, assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 11 Det. Horn of Africa, uses a grinder to clean rust off of steel so it can be used.  NMCB 11 is deployed for the first time since being re-established in 2007 and is tasked to Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa.
 
CAMP LEMONIER, Djibouti (March 17, 2009) -- Equipment Operator 1st Class Brian Reed, assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 11 Det. Horn of Africa, uses a forklift  to move supplies.  NMCB 11 is deployed for the first time since being re-established in 2007 and is tasked to Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa.   CAMP LEMONIER, Djibouti (March 17, 2009) -- Steelworker Constructionman Joshua Johnston, assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 11 Det. Horn of Africa, welds an antenna base together.  NMCB 11 is deployed for the first time since being re-established in 2007 and is tasked to Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa.
 
GRANDE DOUDA, Djibouti (March 18, 2009) -- Builder 3rd Class Gwennette Jamerson, assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 11 Det. Horn of Africa, uses a machine to settle concrete at the Douda de Ecole Primary School.  The pad will support a new water storage tank, giving the school 1,500 liters of water per day.   NMCB 11 is deployed for the first time since being re-established in 2007 and is tasked to Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa.   GRANDE DOUDA, Djibouti (March 20, 2009) -- Equipment Operator 3rd Class Spenser R. Gray, assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 11 Det. Horn of Africa, uses an excavator to dig the foundation for an addition to the Ecole de Douda Primary School.  NMCB 11 is expanding on existing facilities as part of a new construction project to give students at the Ecole de Douda Primary School a clean dining cantina.  NMCB 11 is deployed for the first time since being re-established in 2007 and is providing mission support in the Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) area of operations.
 
GRANDE DOUDA, Djibouti (March 18, 2009) -- Builder Constructionman Leslie Keen, assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 11 Det. Horn of Africa, edges a concrete pad at the Douda de Ecole Primary School.  The pad will support a new water storage tank, giving the school 1,500 liters of water per day.   NMCB 11 is deployed for the first time since being re-established in 2007 and is tasked to Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa.   GRANDE DOUDA, Djibouti (March 18, 2009) - Students watch Builder 2nd Class Randall Davis and Builder Constructionman Leslie Keen, assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 11 Det. Horn of Africa, edge a concrete pad at the Douda de Ecole Primary School.  The pad will support a new water storage tank, giving the school 1,500 liters of water per day.   NMCB 11 is deployed for the first time since being re-established in 2007 and is tasked to Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa.
 
GRANDE DOUDA, Djibouti (March 18, 2009) A pair of Seabees assigned to Naval Mobile Construction (NMCB) 11 Det. Horn of Africa smooth and edge a new entranceway at the Douda de Ecole Primary School.   NMCB 11 is deployed for the first time since being re-established in 2007 and is tasked to Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa.   GRANDE DOUDA, Djibouti (March 20, 2009) -- Equipment
Operator 3rd Class Spenser R. Gray, assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 11 Det. Horn of Africa, operates an excavator.  NMCB 11 is expanding on existing facilities as part of a new construction project to give students at the Ecole de Douda Primary School a clean dining cantina.  NMCB 11 is working on four schools within three countries in the Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa
 
GRANDE DOUDA, Djibouti (March 20, 2009) - Construction Electrician Constructionman Apprentice Kenneth Hwang and Utilitiesman 3rd Class Joshua Kondratowicz, assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 11, dig a new foundation.  NMCB 11 is expanding on existing facilities as part of a new construction project to give students at the Ecole de Douda Primary School a clean dining cantina.  NMCB 11 is deployed for the first time since being re-established in 2007 and is providing mission support in the Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) area of operations.    GRANDE DOUDA, Djibouti (March 20, 2009) - Construction Electrician Constructionman Apprentice Kenneth Hwang, assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 11 Det. Horn of Africa, digs a new foundation.  NMCB 11 is expanding on existing facilities as part of a new construction project to give students at the Ecole de Douda Primary School a clean dining cantina. NMCB 11 is working on four schools within three countries in the Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa
 
GRANDE DOUDA, Djibouti (March 21, 2009) - Construction Electrician 2nd Class Mark R. Lahey, assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 11 Det. Horn of Africa, explains
Construction scheduling to Army Brig. Gen. Christopher Leins, Deputy Commander of Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA).  NMCB 11 is expanding on existing facilities as part of a new construction project to give students at the Ecole de Douda Primary School a clean dining cantina.  NMCB 11 is working on four schools within three countries in the Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa
  GRANDE DOUDA, Djibouti (March 21, 2009) -- Builder 2nd Class Randall Davis, assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 11 Det. Horn of Africa, discusses construction progress at the Ecole de Douda Primary School to Army Brig. Gen. Christopher Leins, Deputy Commander of Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA).  NMCB 11 is expanding on existing facilities as part of a new construction project to give students at the Ecole de Douda Primary School a clean dining cantina.  NMCB 11 is working on four schools within three countries in the Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa
 
CAMP LEMONIER, Djibouti (March 23, 2009) Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 11 Det. Horn of Africa review final plans for a convoy to a construction site in Ali Sabieh, Djibouti.  NMCB 11 is deployed for the first time since being re-established in 2007 and is providing mission support in the Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa area of operations.   GRANDE DOUDA, Djibouti (March 18, 2009) Builder 2nd Class Randall Davis, assigned to Naval Mobile Construction (NMCB) 11 Det. Horn of Africa, smoothes a new entranceway at the Douda de Ecole Primary School.   NMCB 11 is deployed for the first time since being re-established in 2007 and is tasked to Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa.
(U.S. Navy photos by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Erick S. Holmes) 
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