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Camp Shields Seabees Dine at New Facility

Navy News Service

Story Number: NNS111028-13

By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Steven Myers, Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 133 Public Affairs

OKINAWA, Japan (NNS) -- Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 133 Seabees aboard Camp Shields attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a newly renovated dining facility Oct. 28.

Capt. Richard Weathers, commander, Fleet Activities Okinawa and keynote speaker said the facility is an important component in taking care of the Seabees.

"The Seabees are an integral part of Okinawa," he said. "I usually refer to the camp as 'Camp Shields - home of the Seabees.' The least we can do is give you a place to have a good meal."

The $2.4 million project, constructed by the Japanese construction firm, Trius Corporation, with assistance from Seabee battalions and U.S. Navy representatives, incorporates a large kitchen, multiple cafeteria-style serving lines, salad bars, and seating in a restaurant style setting.

Teams of Seabees from the battalion's Echo Company camp maintenance shop completed the final construction of the facility's restrooms and assisted in preparing the facility to serve its first meal.

"The kitchen is phenomenal," said Cmdr. Nicolas Yamodis, NMCB 133 commanding officer, who took the opportunity to tour the facility prior to the ceremony. "I'd like to thank the contractors who built this facility, not just for NMCB 133, but for all the battalions that follow."

NMCB 133 is deployed to the Pacific Command area of operations providing humanitarian and civic assistance to the region.

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