By MC3 Michael Scichilone, NMCB 7
A Seabee with Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 7 supervises as an Afghan Air Force NCO puts into practice battalion-provided training to assist with the construction of a guard shack to be used by Afghan forces.
Seabees with Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 7 partnered with the U.S. Air Force’s 443rd Air Expeditionary Advisory Squadron to train and instruct Afghan engineers at the Kandahar Air Wing on Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan.
U.S. forces taught Afghan engineers principles of carpentry, welding and construction of concrete walls and foundations. NMCB 7’s Delta Company camp maintenance electricians also built an electrical training aid for the engineers to use and learn about interior wiring.
The Afghan engineers were actively engaged throughout the training evolution and were satisfied with their final product. When all was said and done, the crew of four Seabees that worked with the Afghan engineers put in approximately 1,850 man-hours, or 232 man-days. On any given day, there were eight to 22 Afghan engineers involved in training activities.
Lt. Jennifer Elliott, NMCB 7, said, “This project serves as a starting point to an enduring partnership that provides technical expertise and assists with developing construction skills for Kandahar Air Wing engineers while they are simultaneously supporting their local mission.”