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Seabee Road Project Gives Army Wider Path in Iraq

Navy NewsStand

Story Number: NNS070625-07
Release Date: 6/25/2007 4:16:00 PM

By Equipment Operator 2nd Class Lori Roberts, Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 28 Public Affairs

CAMP BAHARIA, Iraq (NNS) -- Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 28, Delta Company, completed a road widening project for the U.S. Army’s 5-7 Calvary unit at Camp Baharia near Fallujah on June 21.

The project allows the Army better accessibility to their camp and entry control points for tanks and other tracked vehicles. The Seabees recently helped construct tank pads for the Army’s new Tracked Vehicle Maintenance Facility and the wider road provided much-needed access to two-lane tracked vehicle traffic.

The project, which included the tank pads and approximately 1,000 meters of road, took several weeks to complete. The crew had to pull the curb off the existing road and widen it an additional 12 feet to accommodate tank traffic.

“This job was accomplished by removing 18 inches [of] depth off the shoulder of the road to get to a good base to start building the road back up,” said Equipment Operator 2nd Class Billy Cannon, one of the project team members. “We were able to use a lot of new people that have never done road work before. They were so eager to learn and did an excellent job.”

Equipment Operator 1st Class Shawn Crawford worked on both the tank pads and the road.

“The project ran smoothly,” said Crawford. “The Army was helpful. They told us exactly what they wanted and we were able to complete the project to their specifications and they were very happy with the end result.”

Army Sgt. Maj. Joseph Bulick, enlisted advisor for the 5-7 Cavalry, said that they owe a lot to the work the Seabees have done for his unit.

“Without the support of the Seabees there would have been no way we could have even lived where we are right now,” said Bulick. “All of the Soldiers feel the same way about the Navy Seabees, and we’re grateful for their support.”

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