By CMCN John Posey, NMCB 133 Public Affairs
EACN Fides Ybanez, NMCB 133, conducts a slump test to determine workability of concrete prior to placement, NCBC Gulfport, Miss. (U.S. Navy photo/150929-N-ZZ999-002 )
Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 133 Air Det recently completed a concrete placement for a new gazebo at the intersection of Moreell Avenue and Marvin Shields Boulevard, Naval Construction Battalion Center (NCBC), Gulfport, Miss., Sept. 29.
The project crew, led by Builder 2nd Class James Sachsel and supervised by Steelworker 1st Class Jarrod Cagel, used eight cubic yards of concrete for the placement. The new gazebo is the second project completed by Seabees from NMCB 133 Air Det during this homeport cycle.
BU2 Brandon Rowe, NMCB 133, directs placement of concrete for a new gazebo, NCBC Gulfport, Miss. (U.S. Navy photo/150929-N-ZZ999-021)
The placement incorporated the entire eight-person crew from start to finish. The first task was to conduct a slump test to ensure the concrete was adequate for the site. They then worked together to pour and level the rough foundation before the concrete could be screened and finished. The new gazebo replaces an existing structure that was starting to weather and show signs of deterioration.
“This new gazebo helps improve not just the quality of life, but the aesthetics of the base as well,” said Cagel.
NMCB 133 entered this homeport with a focus on quality training and increased hands-on experience.
“The gazebo project has provided valuable experience and excellent learning opportunities for our Seabees prior to the upcoming deployment in 2016,” said Sachsel. “The resources and experienced personnel are not always available to us during a deployment, so this project, along with the other homeport projects, have provided NMCB 133 Seabees with valuable on-the-job training.”
BUC Andrew Brandmeier (right) instructs BUCN Benjamin Sadak, both assigned to NMCB 133, on the proper technique of using a hand float to finish concrete during placement, NCBC Gulfport, Miss. (U.S. Navy photo/150929-N-ZZ999-033)
BUCN Benjamin Sadak, NMCB 133, uses a hand float to finish concrete placement employing recently learned techniques, NCBC Gulfport, Miss. (U.S. Navy photo/150929-N-ZZ999-041)
BU2 James Sachsel, NMCB 133, uses a bull float to finish the concrete placement during construction of a new gazebo, NCBC Gulfport, Miss. (U.S. Navy photo/150929-N-ZZ999-056)