NMCB 133 Improves Force Protection on Camp Leatherneck

Story and photos by UT3 Drew Verbis, NMCB 133 Task Force Anchor Public Affairs

 Seabees from NMCB 133 Task Force Anchor discuss project progress, Sept. 25, Camp Krutke, Afghanistan.

Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 133’s Task Force Anchor constructed additional force protection measures around the Camp Bastion-Camp Leatherneck compound, Sept. 25.

Working day and night for nearly 96 hours, five dozers and two excavators protected by static security teams moved earth to construct a formidable wall more than four kilometers long.

“Before we arrived there appeared to be a flat, easy access from a road to the perimeter,” said Equipment Operator 1st Class Michal Shafer, NMCB 133. “What we’re building should definitely strengthen the force protection.

“Despite long hours with fatigue and heat in full battle rattle, we were able to change the landscape to achieve the grade and slope necessary. It was hard work but Seabees have to be flexible,” said Shafer.

NMCB 133’s Task Force Anchor is currently deployed to Afghanistan in support of Task Force Empire, providing engineering support to coalition forces.

An equipment operator from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 133 drives a bulldozer into a massive pile of earth during force protection upgrades near the camp. The Task Force Anchor Seabee battalion is deployed to Afghanistan to provide engineering support for theater coalition forces. (U.S.Navy photo by Utilitiesman 3rd Class Drew Verbis/Released)
Equipment Operator 1st Class Michal Shafer from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 133 steps out of her bulldozer to inspect the project while upgrading force protection measures near camp. The Task Force Anchor Seabee battalion is deployed to Afghanistan to provide engineering support for theater coalition forces. (U.S. navy photo by Utilitiesman 3rd Class Drew Verbis/Released)

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