NMCB 7 Detachment Liberia Receives Commendation

Story Number: NNS100530-03Release Date: 5/30/2010 9:10:00 AM
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By Steelworker Constructionman Apprentice Stella Trusty, Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 7 Public Affairs

ELWA, Liberia (NNS) -- Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 7 Detachment Liberia received commendation certificate May 10 for camp construction improvements.

The Seabee detachment arrived in Liberia February 15 to construct two Africa Command counter-narcotics terrorism (CNT) projects and conduct discretionary projects in support of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) Coast Guard, as well as AFL soldiers and engineers at Camp Edward Binyah Kesselly (EBK) military barracks.

To date, Detachment Liberia has cleared and made significant improvements of an existing 200 meter by 75 meter small arms range for AFL soldiers. This horizontal project presented a great opportunity to increase the AFL's operational and training readiness while providing invaluable hands-on training for Seabee engineering aids and equipment operators in their primary construction skills.

Upon completing improvements to the camp's small arms range, the Seabees created a one acre national cemetery on the EBK compound, dedicated to the Armed Services of Liberia.

"I cannot thank the Seabees enough," said Lt. Col. Daniel Moore, commanding officer, AFL's 23rd Infantry Regiment. "Your hard work and skill has blessed this army, increasing pride and ownership in our installation and military tradition."

Detachment Liberia continues its construction of a CNT funded AFL Coast Guard boat ramp and a concrete masonry unit (CMU) perimeter wall. Construction of the Coast Guard boat ramp is currently 50 percent complete and currently scheduled for completion by early June.

The CMU wall construction has been a success to both the Seabees and AFL engineers, due to the military-to-military training evolution between the units.

Other camp improvements included the clearing of vegetation, around newly constructed barracks, to create additional parking and minor road repair within the facility.

Detachment Liberia is currently projected to complete all construction tasking by mid June, where they will return to the battalion's deployment mainbody site of Rota, Spain.

NMCB 7 and its detachments are currently deployed to various locations throughout Europe and Africa as part of the battalion's regularly scheduled 2010 deployment, with the main body of the battalion operating from Camp Mitchell at Naval Station Rota.

In January, the battalion deployed an air detachment of 85 Seabees to assist in Operation Unified Response, in response to the 7.0 earthquake that struck the country of Haiti on Jan. 12, 2010.

NCMB 7 is homeported at the Naval Construction Battalion Center Gulfport, Miss., home of the Atlantic Fleet Seabees, and is currently the East Coast's Battle "E" Seabee battalion.

For more news from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 7, visit www.navy.mil/local/nmcb7/.

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