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NMCB 1 Nears Completion on One Project, Gets Ready for More

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Story Number: NNS100126-12
Release Date: 1/26/2010 4:34:00 PM

By James Fee, Joint Region Marianas Public Affairs

SANTA RITA, Guam (NNS) -- Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 1 executed a concrete pour Jan. 22 for the roof of a chemical storage addition to a demineralized water plant at Polaris Point on U.S. Naval Base Guam.

The facility, which is now 90 percent complete, will "allow for a safer, more efficient work center for the personnel who work at the building," said Lt. David McCoy, NMCB 1 assistant officer-in-charge and operations officer.

Since arriving in August 2009, NMCB 1 has constructed a roof and a building addition for facilities at U.S. Naval Base Guam's fuel farm. Battalion Seabees have also built a boat tie-down pad at Sumay Cove, upgraded a waterline at Camp Covington to improve flow to fire hydrants and paved a 42-stall parking lot for the new Joint Region Marianas Headquarters on Nimitz Hill.

They have also completed 560 days of work in support of the U.S. Air Force's 554th Rapid Engineer Deployable Heavy Operational Repair Squadron (RED HORSE) engineers on Andersen Air Force Base.

"NMCB 1 was tasked to assist RED HORSE on the build out of their operations center and to complete some CMU [concrete masonry unit] block work for transformer enclosures," said McCoy. "The NCF [Naval Construction Force] is working jointly with RED HORSE in Afghanistan. Interaction here helps foster a joint mindset for future tasking."

Open projects include the chemical storage addition, improvements to surface drains at Camp Covington, upgrades to waterlines at Barrigada Reservoir, an access road to Bean's Bridge Utilities and modifications to Potts Junction Substation.

McCoy said NMCB 1 Sailors believe in high standards and quality work.

"NMCB 1 puts their name and the Seabees' reputation on everything that we do," he said. "If the job isn't something that we would be proud to have our name on then we will redo the work."

NMCBs have been on Guam since the island's liberation from Japanese occupation in 1944. Since then, Seabees did the initial construction on the island's main thoroughfare, Marine Corps Drive, built an elementary school that bears the name of one of the battalions' chief builders and helped Guam recover from the devastation of typhoons.

"The Seabees have a long history and a great reputation on the island of Guam," said McCoy. "We are committed to honoring that reputation."

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