Cobra Gold 2017
Learning and helping
Money was not the motivating factor for Seaman Jamel Harris, a Seabee assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 5. It was about the opportunity to learn a trade.
It was about the experience of working alongside construction counterparts to build a school in the beautiful countryside of Rayong, Thailand.
Harris was learning about all aspects of building construction during exercise Cobra Gold 2017, while at the same time helping build a school for the teachers and students of Rayong.
Another Seabee from NMCB 5, Petty Officer 3rd Class Peter Stanko, said these kinds of projects are what led him to enlist in the Navy as a steelworker.
"My recruiter told me to join the Seabees. He said they build schools in foreign countries for kids," Stanko said. "I joined the Navy to do construction, but the fact that it was humanitarian appealed to me."