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Seabees Construct New Flight Line Building

Navy NewsStand

Story Number: NNS070310-01
Release Date: 3/10/2007 5:24:00 PM

By Mass Communications Specialist 1st Class Bruce McVicar, Fleet Public Affairs Center Detachment Northwest

WHIDBEY ISLAND, Wash. (NNS) -- Seabees from Naval Construction Battalion (NMCB) 74 are putting the finishing touches on a flight line pre-fabricated building (PEB) for Electronic Attack Wing (VAQ) 129, to be completed March 23.

The PEB offers maximum usable space and volume in a small building, with a high degree of functional flexibility. Relocatable walls allow future expansion if needed.

“We expect to finish two weeks early due to the outstanding teamwork of this crew,” said Builder 2nd Class (SCW) Sean Karpinski, project supervisor. “They need very little guidance and are excited to see this project completed.”

“One key in completing this building so fast is the great support we are receiving from the air station,” said Engineering Aide Constructionman Alex Bobinger.

A crew of 10 Seabees are working on the project: including four builders, two construction electricians, and one utilitiesmen, equipment operator, engineering aid and steelworker.

“The crew is very versatile,” said Builder 3rd Class Jose Fierro, crew leader. “We all help each other out in performing any work needed to be completed, regardless of our particular rate.”

NMCB 74 is currently deployed to Iraq, Guam and Whidbey Island from their homeport of Gulfport, Miss.

“This is my first Seabee project and deployment,” said Builder Constructionman Clayton Condon. “I’ve learned quite a few new skills since we broke ground three weeks ago.”

The PEB will provide valuable space during the VAQ-129 hangar move and will help support the future EA-18 Growler transition.

“There is a lot of pride when you can work on a job from start to finish,” said Karpinski.

The Seabees have completed two other PEB’s on the Whidbey Island flight line during their current deployment.

The new building, 20 feet by 48 feet, is a bolted structure that can be used for a multitude of purposes.

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