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NMCB 133 Deploys to PACOM

Navy NewsStand

Story Number: NNS080618-04
Release Date: 6/18/2008 11:19:00 AM

By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jeffrey R. Militzer, Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 133 Public Affairs

CAMP SHIELDS, Okinawa (NNS) -- Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 133's main body arrived at Camp Shields, June 15, beginning a seven month deployment.

Sailors assigned to NMCB 133's main body will be providing construction support in order to improve military facility readiness in Okinawa. NMCB 133 will also be sending details throughout the Pacific Command (PACOM) area of responsibility to do humanitarian construction in Palau, Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, and Malaysia, while providing naval facility infrastructure improvements on U.S. bases in Guam, South Korea, and other parts of mainland Japan.

Cmdr. Paul Odenthal, the commanding officer of NMCB 133, explained the goal of this deployment is to support the commanders in theater with quality construction.

"There are great opportunities out here, to work with the Marines and also the Air Force," said Odenthal.

While in Okinawa, NMCB 133 main body personnel will be working on several projects, said Steelworker 1st Class (SCW) Alan Bonham, a quality control supervisor in NMCB 133. Some of the construction projects include: two warehouses at White Beach, a concrete pad at Camp Foster, and three concrete gazeboes at Kadena Air Force Base.

"It may seem a little silly that we're building a picnic pavilion. But, it's a great training project because it is an overhead concrete placement, which means we have to be able to form up and support all that weight, at that elevation, and place the concrete for that roof," said Odenthal.

Another huge aspect of deployment is the training experience to be had.

"Over the course of this deployment, the Seabees of NMCB 133 will be trained in combat skills, weapons qualifications, project planning and management, and construction skills," said Lt. Robert D. Stiles, training officer for NMCB 133.

For more news from Naval Mobile Construction Batalion 133, visit www.navy.mil/local/nmcb133/.

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