Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 11 Ground-breaking for Two room classroom in Chuuk, FSM

by Lt.j.g. William Mitchell


Untitled 3The ground-breaking ceremony was held on February 27th, 2018 at Chuuk High School at 1000. The dignitaries in attendance included Ambassador Robert Riley from the U.S. Embassy in Kolonia, Pohnpei; the Director of the Chuuk Department of Education, Mr. Graceful Enlet; and many more from the Chuuk State Government. Building the school will provide much needed infrastructure for the island but building relationships with the locals will allow the Seabees of NMCB-11 to give the community the tools needed to develop their own economy and allow them to be self-sustainable.

NMCB-11 Seabees are working to establish an apprentice program during their time in Chuuk. Ambassador Riley urged the community to “work directly and closely with the Seabees, who are true experts in construction techniques.” Teaching the local populace how to properly execute Seabee-proficient skilled trades would enable them to repair and maintain their infrastructure for many years to come.

The CCAD is in Chuuk to complete Humanitarian Assistance projects while providing support for the local community through apprentice training, military enlistment preparation, basic community health assistance, as well as unyielding community relation involvement. The Civic Aid project that the CCAD is tasked with is to build a new two-room classroom at Chuuk High School. The project is estimated to be completed on July 28th, 2018, providing the 875 students at Chuuk High School more space for classes and after school Naval Mobile Construction Battalion
(NMCB) 11 Ground-breaking for Two room classroom in Chuuk, FSM activities. The community relations aspect of the CCAD’s mission is being accomplished by conducting ASVAB training 3 days a week to the students at Chuuk High School, establishing an Apprenticeship Program to develop the technical expertise of the local community, teaching the high school students basic medical procedures such as CPR and continuously participating in local events.

NMCB-11 is a Seabee battalion specializing in contingency construction, disaster response, and humanitarian assistance. The battalion’s homeport is in Gulfport, Mississippi.

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