By BU2 Stephanie Wolff, CBMU 202
(Top Left) Michael Fleming, retired Army National Guard Brig. Gen. and Chairman of the Board of HandsOn Jacksonville, presents Builder 3rd Class Kurtis McQueary with a letter of appreciation for contributions made to assist a disabled veteran with repairs to his home, May 5. Seabees from Construction Battalion Maintenance Unit 202 Detachment, Jacksonville showed their “Can Do” spirit by volunteering to help with several home repairs, Feb. 26. (U.S. Navy photo by Builder 2nd Class Stephanie Wolff/160505-N-PA772-002)
(Top Right) Builder 3rd Class Nathan Waddell receives a letter of appreciation from Michael Fleming, retired Army National Guard Brig. Gen. and Chairman of the Board of HandsOn Jacksonville. CBMU 202 Seabees volunteered to construct a new wheelchair ramp, new deck, new boardwalk and several other projects for the veteran, Feb. 26. (U.S. Navy photo by Builder 2nd Class Stephanie Wolff/160505-N-PA772-003)
Seabees of Construction Battalion Maintenance Unit (CBMU) 202 Detachment, Jacksonville were commended by HandsOn Jacksonville for their support of a local disabled veteran, May 5.
Nine Seabees from the detachment were instrumental in rebuilding and enhancing the deck, wheelchair ramp, and walkways for the home of C.J. Bagocius, a former Naval Aircrewman in the U.S. Navy. The project was finished Feb. 26 and took approximately 160 hours to complete.
“I have the upmost appreciation and give thanks to everyone involved in this project,” said Bagocius. “It has bettered my life in ways I cannot explain. I am so thankful to Utilitiesman 1st Class Paul Hoxit for making this happen. Bravo Zulu to the entire team for helping me.”
The project consisted of the demolition of the existing wheelchair ramp, the construction of a new wheelchair ramp, and the construction of a new deck and boardwalk. The Seabees also constructed concrete sidewalks from the ramp to the driveway. Previous to the new construction, Bagocius’ walkways consisted of dirt making it very difficult for him to enter and exit his home.
Disabled veteran C.J. Bagcious looks at the new ramp and boardwalk built at his home by Seabees from Construction Battalion Maintenance Unit 202 Detachment, Jacksonville, Feb. 26. CBMU 202 Seabees volunteered with HandsOn Jacksonville to work on this special project for the veteran. The project included construction of a new wheelchair ramp, new deck, and a new boardwalk for Bagcious’ home. (U.S. Navy photo by Builder 2nd Class Stephanie Wolff/160226-N-PA772-001)
“This is what HandsOn Jacksonville does,” said Michael Fleming, retired Army National Guard Brig. Gen. and Chairman of the Board of HandsOn Jacksonville. “We put volunteers and volunteer projects together and, in this case, Seabees were able to assist a fellow Navy veteran.”
“It feels amazing to be able to work in the community to help those with disabilities,” said Builder 3rd Class Kurtis McQueary. “I cannot wait to continue our efforts to assist others in need.”
“You have to give back to those who served before us,” said Builder 3rd Class Nathan Waddell. “That’s what Seabees do!”
Seabees of CBMU 202 Detachment Jacksonville gather around disabled veteran C.J. Bagocius for a photo after the presentation ceremony. Also in the photo from the left front are: LeAnn Daddario, Michael Fleming, and Debbie Andalora (kneeling) from HandsOn Jacksonville, and Eric Etze from Home Depot. (U.S. Navy photo by Builder 2nd Class Stephanie Wolff/160505-N-PA772-004)