By BU3 Micaela Tennant, NMCB 3 Public Affairs
Seabees assigned to NMCB 3 place the final touches on a concrete block retaining wall¹s footer at the Twentynine Palms Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Calif., July 23. Photo by BU3 Micaela Tennant
Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 3 saved the Twentynine Palms Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center’s (MCAGCC) Exercise Logistics Coordination Center (ELCC) more than $1 million, while increasing the battalion’s construction capabilities.
From July 13 – Aug. 24, 43 NMCB 3 Seabees split into two groups to construct three concrete block retaining walls that will prevent washout damage during flash floods common to the region, and a new 17-ton steel command and control training center for the Marine Air Ground Task Force Training Command.
“I was pretty amazed at how high the morale was,” said Builder 1st Class Greg Hueramo, the team’s safety supervisor. “We had a lot of junior troops with no concrete experience, and I could see that ‘Can Do’ attitude coming out, and getting the job done safely no matter what the conditions. We had zero heat-related mishaps or heat-related medical emergencies. Our troops got used to working at 115 degree-heat, staying safe in that environment and getting the job done.”
The overall cost of the project totaled $110,000 – a fraction of outside construction costs estimated to be approximately $1.5 million.
The Naval Construction Force (NCF) is a vital component of the U.S. Maritime Strategy. The NCF includes deployable battalions capable of providing disaster preparation and recovery support, humanitarian assistance and combat operations support.
NMCB 3 provides combatant commanders and Navy component commanders with combat-ready warfighters capable of general engineering, construction and limited combat engineering across the full range of military operations.