NMCB 4 Seabees Arrive in Guam


Story Number: NNS070410-01Release Date: 4/11/2007 7:47:00 AM
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By Chief Mass Communications Specialist (SW/AW) Steve Bansbach, Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 4 Public Affairs

CAMP COVINGTON, Guam (NNS) -- Naval Mobile Construction Battalions (NMCB) 4 and 74 completed turnover of the Seabees' Camp Covington at Naval Base Guam on April 11, during a change of charge ceremony at the camp's headquarters.

NMCB 4 arrived with more than 150 Seabees from its homeport in Port Hueneme, Calif., to begin a six-month deployment to the island, relieving NMCB 74.

Both battalions have been working closely together to complete turnover of the camp and ongoing projects for the base to ensure a seamless transition.

"NMCB 74 has bent over backwards to make this turnover as thorough and easy as possible," said Master Chief Utilitiesman (SCW) Kevin Ormanoski, senior enlisted leader.

"We'll definitely have big shoes to fill, but they are committed at every level to ensure that we are set up for success when we take over."

While deployed to Guam, NMCB 4 will be tasked with completing several projects in support of Naval Base Guam's construction requirements, including construction of a 3,200 square foot maintenance facility at the Orote Point quarry, production of 12,000 tons of rock and sand for base development and repairs to the shoreline road at Dadi Beach.

In addition to these projects and maintenance of the Seabee camp, NMCB 4 will be participating in a Combined Joint Task Force exercise with the Australian Armed Forces. During this biennial exercise, Seabees will work to construct an expeditionary C-17 airstrip in the town of Timber Creek, Australia.

While part of NMCB 4 is deployed to Guam, other detachments of NMCB 4 are stationed in other parts of the world, including Iraq, Afghanistan, Alaska, Palau and San Nicholas Island, California supporting construction requirements for the U.S. Pacific, Central and Northern commands.

NMCB 74 will be returning to Gulfport, Miss., after a successful six-month deployment.

For more news from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 4, visit www.news.navy.mil/local/nmcb4/.

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