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NMCB 5 "Professionals" and ROK Navy perform community service

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Story Number: NNS080317-16
Release Date: 3/17/2008 10:04:00 PM

From Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 5 Public Affairs

KOJE-DO, Republic of Korea (NNS) -- Seabees built on an enduring relationship with the Aikwangwon orphanage in Koje-do, an island of the coast of Chinhae, Korea, March 15.

In keeping with the tradition, the Seabees of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 5 Detail Chinhae spent the day at Aikwangwon helping improve the facility.

In 1952, U.S. Navy Seabees built a chicken coop at the the newly formed Aikwangwon orphanage. Since that first act of community service 56 years ago, Aikwangwon has grown into a large complex housing children and disabled residents of all ages.

This year, the Seabees brought partners from the Republic of Korea Navy Engineering Command to help. The two groups worked together to refurbish railing as well as assisting the residents with a bazaar. They concluded the day with a walk-through of the Koje Art Museum and through town.

"It was a great experience for those of us not used to working in that situation," said Builder 3rd Class Chase Luna. "I had a good time and would love to go back."

Builder 3rd Class Jonathon Bosch said, "It was nice to be able to work out in the community and help spruce the place up a bit. The residents were grateful and it was a good opportunity for them to see American and Korean sailors working together in the community."

NMCB 5 is one of the Navy Expeditionary Combat Command's warfighting support elements providing host nation construction operations and security in support of the global war on terrorism.

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