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NMCB 3 Completes Base Improvement Project in Rota

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Story Number: NNS100210-12
Release Date: 2/10/2010 1:40:00 PM

By Builder Constructionman Jacob J Kusay, Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 3 Charlie Company Public Affairs

ROTA, Spain (NNS) -- Nine Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 3 completed phase one of a sidewalk construction project at Naval Station (NAVSTA) Rota, Spain, Feb. 1.

The Seabees were tasked with constructing a 500 foot long sidewalk that will provide for safer movement around NAVSTA Rota.

The project, divided into three phases, will eventually contain a bike path and sidewalk linking key areas.

War fighter support in Naval Station Rota has increased the need for a pathway linking the galley, Navy Exchange and other locations on station. Once complete, pedestrians will have a safe and efficient path to travel that keeps them off busy streets.

"Safety is the number one priority of the Seabees," said Builder Constructionman Cameron Burrows, the project safety supervisor. "This project will make it much safer for children and even the adults to move around the base."

The first step in the construction process is to prepare the site for set forms and placing concrete.

"The equipment operator we had on the project easily cut the finish time in half," said Builder 2nd Class (SCW) James Grace, the project crew leader. "While the dozer was digging out the area where our forms would go, the rest of the crew worked hard to assemble the forms."

Teamwork and leadership has been a theme of this project since inception.

This project is a great opportunity for the Seabees to show their skills and capabilities. Junior troops get the opportunity to learn new skills and hone their existing skills while working on the job. Senior troops have the opportunity to mentor junior troops and develop their management abilities.

"Finishing concrete is a fine tuned skill, almost an art," said Builder 3rd Class (SCW) Erik Kot, as he demonstrated the proper technique of using a float. "Since many people will be using this sidewalk, it is important that the finish is perfect to show how much effort each member of the crew has brought to this job."

"This is my first concrete pour while in the Seabees," said Builder Constructionman Michael Ereaux, one of the junior crew members. "Studying in the classroom can only do so much, but once you get the hands on work, all we have learned in class just fits right in and makes perfect sense."

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