By Petty Officer 3rd Class Justin Emerson, NMCB 11 CCAD Kosrae - NOV 2016
TOFUL, Kosrae. -- Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 11 Construction Civic Action Detail (CCAD) Kosrae, joined together with 7 Host Nation Apprentices to renovate a local elementary school house in Sansrik, Kosrae. The project consisted of renovating a 41'X17' school house which consisted of 1 class room, 1 storage room, 1 hall way, and 2 bathrooms.
Seabees deployed from Gulfport, Mississippi in August 2016 to Kosrae, Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) for 6 months to execute humanitarian civic assistance construction projects, host nation construction apprentice training, and medical community relation (COMREL) support, in efforts to increase the country’s infrastructure capacity, strengthen the US relationship with FSM, and develop grassroots relationships with the local populace. Renovating the Sansrik Early Childhood Education Center was one of the construction projects undertaken by the CCAD team, and began on September 12th.
Sansrik Principal Annang Welly, U.S. Marine Corps veteran, has been the principal at the school for the past two years. His perception of the Seabees work are as follows:
"We are very fortunate to have the Seabees here to work on our school. You guys turned a broken mess into a livable building, and I can't wait to move the kids into their new classroom"
The CCAD’s project supervisor (Petty Officer 2nd Class Chancellor Keeler) said,
"This was a great opportunity for us to learn our trade, cross train, and see the positive impact that our efforts have on the community here"
This sentiment was echoed by Constructionman Dominik Kosmaty,
"This was a great learning experience for me, I got to learn more of my trade as well as learn more about the other trades in the Seabees.” The Seabees of NMCB 11 take great pride in their ability to use their skills to improve the lives of others. Petty Officer 2nd Class Earnest Wilson expressed:
"This project was very rewarding for me personally because we turned a dilapidated building into a place where children can learn, and be happy to call it their school.”
A ribbon cutting with the United States Ambassador to the Federated States of Micronesia (Ambassador Robert Riley), Kosare State Government Officials, and Sansrik teachers and faculty is scheduled for the 14th of November.
NMCB 11 is a Seabee battalion specializing in contingency construction, disaster response, and humanitarian assistance. The battalion's homeport is in Gulfport, Miss.
The Naval Construction Force is a vital component of the U.S. Maritime Strategy. They offer deployable battalions capable of providing contingency construction, disaster preparation and recovery support, humanitarian assistance, and combat operations support.