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NAVFAC Southeast Sending Engineers to Support Relief Efforts in Haiti

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Story Number: NNS100120-17
Release Date: 1/20/2010 10:54:00 PM

From NAVFAC Southeast Public Affairs Office

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (NNS) -- Three active duty and two civilian engineers from Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southeast are headed to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba (GTMO) to assist with recovery efforts in Haiti. The civilians headed out from Naval Air Station Jacksonville Jan. 20 on a military flight.

"These engineers will work directly with our Public Works Department in GTMO," said NAVFAC Southeast Operations Officer Capt. Dwyn Taylor. "They will perform assessments of facilities and assets in GTMO to be a logistics hub to support relief and recovery efforts in Haiti."

"The Public Works Department currently manages the water, power, sanitation and fuel for the base," said Taylor. "They will be working hard to assist any efforts from other agencies based out of GTMO and we will support them with whatever they need to get the job done."

Sending engineers around the world is not new to NAVFAC.

"We always have a trained Contingency Engineering Response Team (CERT) ready to go at a moments notice," said Don Maconi, NAVFAC Southeast contingency engineer.

Maconi explained that the CERT has Damage Assessment Teams (DATs) which consist of structural, electrical, and mechanical engineers, architects, roofing specialists, community planners and construction contract specialists that deploy to begin Rapid Damage Assessments. It is during this phase that debris is removed and basic functions are restored such as opening roadways, sanitation, water, electricity and communications.

Typically, these teams are deployed to assess hurricane or other storm damage to military installations, but also are deployed for humanitarian efforts such as the tsunami and now the earthquake in Haiti.

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