National Geographic Explorer Makes Documentary, Highlights Seabees


Story Number: NNS091005-02Release Date: 10/5/2009 4:37:00 AM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Michael Lindsey, Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 74 Public Affairs

HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan (NNS) -- Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 74 escorted a National Geographic Explorer video crew to document the construction and expansion of Camp Leatherneck in the Helmand Province of Afghanistan Sept. 21.

Mags Miller, a producer for the documentary, said that her directive to video the construction came shortly after the head of National Geographic visited Camp Leatherneck with the National Security Advisor, Gen. James Jones.

According to Miller, the head of National Geographic was absolutely amazed by the camp.

The National Geographic crew spent the five weeks filming troops at Camp Leatherneck, as well as some of the surrounding forward operating bases (FOBs) and combat outposts (COPs) within the Helmand Province of Afghanistan.

"The reality is that Leatherneck is the heart of this mission in the Helmand Province and the FOBs and COPs are where the heart pumps too," said Miller.

The first phase of construction for Camp Leatherneck was finished in May 2009 by NMCB 5, and now Leatherneck is home to the Marine Expeditionary Brigade - Afghanistan (MEB-A).

The second phase of construction, which will triple the size of the camp, has been the responsibility of NMCB 74 since Aug. 18.

"From what I've heard and seen, it's the Seabees who physically built the beams up and did the billeting in not so secure areas," Miller said. "Without the Seabees, I don't think the Marines would be able to have a camp like Leatherneck."

Ensign Eric Julius, Leatherneck expansion project officer from NMCB 74, was interviewed on camera and answered many questions concerning the mission of the Seabees at Leatherneck. Julius showed the crew what they were doing on the expansion project. He laid out what the battalion's goals are and how they are going to accomplish them.

"Our goal is to expand Leatherneck and provide a staging area for the Marines," Julius told Miller. "We are helping them accomplish their mission."

The Seabees of NMCB 74 expressed gratitude for National Geographic's efforts to showcase the important work they've carried out in the Helmand Province.

The documentary is slated to air early in the year 2010.

For more news from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 74, visit www.navy.mil/local/nmcb74/.

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Camp Leatherneck Expansion Project Officer Ensign Eric Julius, assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 74, is interviewed by National Geographic Explorer for a video documentary.
090921-N-4440L-021 HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan (Sept. 21, 2009) Camp Leatherneck Expansion Project Officer Ensign Eric Julius, assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 74, is interviewed by National Geographic Explorer for a video documentary of Camp Leatherneck. NMCB-74 is deployed to Afghanistan supporting NATO's International Security Assistance Force and U.S. Forces-Afghanistan. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Michael Lindsey/Released)
October 5, 2009
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