ACB-2 Seabees Return from Iraq

Story Number: NNS080726-02Release Date: 7/26/2008 8:10:00 AM
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By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Ash Severe, Fleet Public Affairs Center Atlantic

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (NNS) -- Friends and family welcomed home 55 active-duty and Reserve Sailors from Amphibious Construction Battalion (ACB) 2 after a six-month deployment in southern Iraq July 24.

During their deployment, ACB-2 Seabees constructed and renovated several buildings on an Army base located in the Iraqi province of Al-kut.

"These guys had a two-fold mission helping to construct buildings inside and outside the forward Army operating base in southern Iraq," said Capt. Paul Webb, commanding officer of ACB-2. "They provided an engineering and public works function in support of Army combat units."

ACB-2 built a 3,500 square foot wooden frame for the new home of the U.S. State Department Embedded Provincial Reconstruction Team and road construction site. They also assisted in the construction of the Wasit Province checkpoint projects by putting up guard towers and scud bunkers.

"We were fairly isolated in hostile conditions, extreme heat and a lot of sand storms going on made construction difficult, but we did complete several projects and helped build up the base," said Lt. Cmdr. Michael Hermanson, officer in charge of ACB-2 detachment 10.

In conjunction with constructing new projects, ACB-2 also renovated a Georgian Army medical facility's water and septic systems.

After a busy and successfuly deployment to Al-kut the Seebees say they're happy to be home.

"It feels good to be back. It was a great feeling to go over and help out, but it's great to be home," said Construction Electrician 1st Class James Reed, a Reservist assigned to ACB-2. "My wife, Gina, and I are going to take a vacation and try to enjoy ourselves before I head back to work."

According to Hermanson, ACB-2 couldn't have done this deployment without their families' support.

"It's great to be here and see the families and have a long journey over with," he added.

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