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NMCB 40 Erects Housing Units in Support of Katrina Relief Efforts

Navy NewsStand

Story Number: NNS051004-08
Release Date: 10/4/2005 11:10:00 AM

By Lt. Byron Page, Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 40

NEW ORLEANS (NNS) -- Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 40’s Delta Company worked alongside the men and women of the Army's 82nd Airborne Division in September to set up a crucial berthing area in support of local disaster recovery efforts after the devastating effects of Hurricane Katrina.

Utilitiesman 1st Class Trent Westlake led a crew of 25 Seabees in erecting 46 TEMPER (Temporary Personnel) Tents, and associated utilities on a local Plaquemine Parish High School grounds.

The berthing area was to accommodate a 1500-man camp, housing personnel from the 82nd Airborne and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The camp consisted of newly-developed tents, shower and grooming areas as well as a laundry facility.

Working with the crew of the 82nd Airborne in this joint military operation, each service was allowed to see how the other military’s structure worked and different leadership techniques.

Leading one of the sub crews, Builder 3rd Class Dean Harro said the two groups worked well together. “Everyone was able to have fun and still get the job done quickly,” Harro said.

The newly-developed tents provided Seabees and Army personnel the opportunity to see what the future holds in store for military quality of life during contingency operations. The TEMPER tents are also used as Navy Fleet Hospitals during times of war and, as in this case, disaster recovery.


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