NMCB 3 ‘Bees Partner to Improve Cambodian Maternity Ward

By Master Sgt. Mary Ferguson, 8th Theater Sustainment Command

Cambodian community celebrates maternity ward improvements thanks to joint, bilateral engineer project

U.S. and Cambodian engineers celebrated with the local community in Takeo Province, Cambodia, March 16, 2016, during a ribbon-cutting ceremony marking the completion of the Prey Sbat Health Center Facility maternity ward improvement project. The project was sponsored by Angkor Sentinel 2016, an annual bilateral exercise hosted by the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces with participants from U.S. Army Pacific and Idaho Army National Guard units. The improvements were completed by Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 3 and Royal Cambodian Army Engineers. (U.S. Army photo by Maj. Leslie A. Waddle, 8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs/160316-A-XX999-098)

U.S. and Cambodian engineers celebrated with the local community, March 16, during a ribbon-cutting ceremony marking the completion of the Prey Sbat Health Center Facility maternity ward improvement project.

The project was sponsored by Angkor Sentinel 2016, an annual bilateral exercise hosted by the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces with participants from U.S. Army Pacific and Idaho Army National Guard units. The improvements were completed by Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 3 and Royal Cambodian Army Engineers.

The engineers leveraged the project as a chance to train and build relationships together while improving the ward by adding necessary restroom facilities.

“The quality of our partnership with the local government is what brought us to Prey Sbat,” said Command Warrant Officer 5 Daniel Villarreal.

Cambodian community celebrates maternity ward improvements thanks to joint, bilateral engineer project

A new mother walks out of the Prey Sbat Health Center Facility in Takeo Province, Cambodia, March 16, 2016.  Maternity ward improvements were recently completed by Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 3 and Royal Cambodian Army Engineers. (U.S. Army photo by Maj. Leslie A. Waddle, 8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs/160316-A-XX999-050)

Villarreal is the 8th Theater Sustainment Command’s Command Chief Warrant Officer and represented U.S. Army Pacific and Angkor Sentinel 2016 as keynote speaker during the ceremony.

“Working with the Royal Cambodian Army was great,” said Builder 2nd Class Frank Guerrero, NMCB 3. “They have their way of doing construction, and we have ours, and what was great was that we both joined those ways together.”

“Every day we’d come out to work and we’d always have a crowd of locals, curious, and some even came to try to help,” Guerrero continued. “They are the reason why we are here, so it was really great to see that our work made a difference to them too.”

“Improving the medical facilities available to mothers and working to make newborn babies of this area as healthy as they can be are most certainly shared desires of both of our countries,” Villarreal added. “Aside from community health benefits that will result from this new building, the U.S. Navy Seabees and Royal Cambodian Army Engineers who worked here will also take home with them new friendships and a deeper appreciation of the people of Cambodia.”

The 26-day project wrapped-up the Seabees’ six-month mission in Cambodia.

Angkor Sentinel 2016 began March 14 and ran through March 25, at the Training School for Multi-National Peacekeeping Forces in Kampong Speu Province. It includes other U.S. Army and Royal Cambodian Army engineer expert academic exchanges and events.

Cambodian community celebrates maternity ward improvements thanks to joint, bilateral engineer project

U.S. and Cambodian engineers celebrated with the local community in Takeo Province, Cambodia, March 16, 2016, during a ribbon-cutting ceremony marking the completion of the Prey Sbat Health Center Facility maternity ward improvement project. The project was sponsored by Angkor Sentinel 2016, an annual bilateral exercise hosted by the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces with participants from U.S. Army Pacific and Idaho Army National Guard units. The improvements were completed by Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 3 and Royal Cambodian Army Engineers. (U.S. Army photo by Maj. Leslie A. Waddle, 8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs/160316-A-XX999-130)

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