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NMCB 74 "Empowers" Iraqi Police

Navy NewsStand

Story Number: NNS061204-11
Release Date: 12/4/2006 3:25:00 PM

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Gregory N. Juday, Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 74 Public Affairs

RAMADI, Iraq (NNS) -- Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 74 aided members of the Iraqi Police Nov. 30 by providing much needed electrical work at the police station in Zangora, a small town on the outskirts of Ramadi.

The policemen in Zangora had been without electricity for an extended period of time and had been anxiously awaiting power for obvious reasons, such as lighting, but most recently to fend off the cold desert nights with electric heaters.

“We practically had to rewire the entire compound,” said Construction Electrician 2nd Class Jumoke Freitas of NMCB 74. “Now they will have lights, electrical outlets, heating and A/C units."

Like many projects in the area, NMCB 74 went beyond the original tasking and provided more structures with electricity than originally tasked.

The Seabees did experience a few obstacles along the way, such as faulty wiring in previously wired structures. However, they worked diligently until the mission was completed.

“It was a mess once you opened the junction boxes or actually looked at the inside of an outlet box,” said Builder 1st Class Douglas Bennett. “It took some extra time, but they will have power, and that is why we’re here.”

Seabees from NMCB 74 are currently on their scheduled six month deployment to Guam, Whidbey Island, San Nicholas Island and multiple locations within Southwest Asia in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and the global war on terrorism.

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