Seabees Bring Expertise to Humanitarian Projects in Indonesia

By Lt. Theresa Donnelly, Pacific Partnership (South) Public Affairs

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BU3 Charles Cummings (left), a native of Staunton, Va., assigned to NMCB 1, welcomes Capt. Rodney Moore, commodore, 30th NCR, to the Tuadale School, West Kupang, Indonesia, May 22, during an engineering project in support of Pacific Partnership 2014. Photo by MC1 Stephen Oleksiak

In support of Pacific Partnership 2014, Seabees are providing their special skills on many projects in Indonesia and Timor Leste.

“I think it is a great opportunity to work with our host nation and allies throughout our engagements, to work together and build relationships to accomplish our goal to help local communities,” said Equipment Operator 1st Class Jared Perry, a Eau Claire, Wis., native assigned to 30th Naval Construction Regiment (NCR).

On one engineering project, Seabees from NMCB 1 began work at the Tuadale School in West Kupang, Indonesia, and welcomed Capt. Rodney Moore, commodore, 30th NCR, to the school. Earlier this month, NMCB 1 and members of the 30th NCR worked on renovations to Puskesmas (health clinic) Baun, Kupang, Indonesia.

Pacific Partnership is in its ninth iteration and is the largest annual multilateral humanitarian assistance and disaster relief preparedness mission conducted in the Asia-Pacific region. Working at the invitation of each host nation, U.S. Navy forces, non-governmental organizations and regional partners to include Australia, Chile, Japan, New Zealand and Singapore execute medical, dental, veterinary and engineering civic action programs that strengthen partnerships and deliver international humanitarian aid in times of natural disaster or crisis.

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Capt. Rodney Moore, commodore, 30th NCR, observes an engineering project the Tuadale School, West Kupang, Indonesia, May 22, in support of Pacific Partnership 2014. Photo by MC1 Stephen Oleksiak

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Lt. Cmdr. Allen Willey (right), operations officer, 30th NCR, discusses an engineering project with Capt. Rodney Moore, commodore, 30th NCR, at the Tuadale School in West Kupang, Indonesia, May 22, in support of Pacific Partnership 2014. Photo by MC1 Stephen Oleksiak

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Indonesian Marine Capt. Teguh Patrono (left) and Capt. Rodney Moore, commodore, 30th NCR, discuss an engineering project at the Tuadale School, West Kupang, Indonesia, May 22, in support of Pacific Partnership 2014. Photo by MC1 Stephen Oleksiak

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SW3 Collin Welter, a native of Pepin, Wisc., assigned to NMCB 1, secures rebar in place for concrete during an engineering project at the Tuadale School, West Kupang, Indonesia, May 22, in support of Pacific Partnership 2014. Photo by MC1 Stephen Oleksiak

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NMCB 1 Seabees lead a physical fitness session for a boys and girls club meeting, Kupang, Indonesia, May 16, during Pacific Partnership. Photo by Lt. Julianne Holland

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Members of NMCB 1 (background, left) take a break from renovating the roof of the Puskesmas (health clinic) Baun, Kupang, Indonesia, to participate in a weekly boys and girls club meeting, May 16, during Pacific Partnership 2014. Photo by Lt. Julianne Holland

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Members of NMCB 1 working on renovations to Puskesmas (health clinic) Baun, Kupang, Indonesia, conduct their end-of-day round-up, May 16, during Pacific Partnership 2014. Photo by Lt. Julianne Holland

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BUCN Casey Hampton, NMCB 1, plays school yard games with local students, Kupang, Indonesia, May 16, during an advance party engagement with members of the 30th NCR, in cooperation with local partners for Pacific Partnership 2014. Photo by Lt. Julianne Holland


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