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Seabees Change Command, Continue Reconstruction Efforts in Iraq

-- The I Marine Expeditionary Force Engineer Group (I MEG) officially stood down Friday, and was relieved by the 30th Naval Construction Regiment (30th NCR), in a Transfer of Authority ceremony held at Camp Fallujah, in western Iraq.

During their six-month deployment, I MEG Seabees, along with the civil engineer corps officers of the Officer in Charge of Construction detachment, made some significant contributions to U.S. efforts in Iraq.

Working alongside Marines from the 4th Civil Affairs Group, Seabees built relationships with the people of Fallujah, while supporting efforts to improve quality of life in the war-torn city. I MEG engineering assessment teams were in Fallujah soon after days of intense urban combat to assess infrastructure damage and start restoring critical services such as water and power.

Additionally, I MEG task forces participated in construction of polling places and the establishment of the I Marine Expeditionary Force Provisional Security Battalion, manned with over 300 I MEG personnel, in support of the historic Iraq elections; led the Iraqi Construction Apprentice Program, and completed more than $30 million worth of projects throughout the Al Anbar Province.

U.S. Navy Capt. Michael Blount heads the 30th NCR detachment, and said his Seabees are ready for the challenge of deploying in Iraq. Reconstruction efforts will be a priority for the unit, with Seabees working alongside the Interim Iraqi Government on infrastructure and quality of life improvement projects.

Currently, there are 77 reconstruction projects funded with $66 million for the city of Fallujah. Another 52 projects have been identified and are under consideration as well.

The 30th NCR will work with the 5th Civil Affairs Group of the I Marine Expeditionary Force to continue economic development and improve the quality of life for Iraqi citizens.

Point of contact for more information is JOC Suzanne Speight, I MEF public affairs officer at

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