By CE3 Angela Penton, NMCB 7
EOCN Matthew Loper (center) and CE3 Danny Hartless (right), NMCB 7, place concrete with an Afghan Local National worker during the construction of a 60-foot by 90-foot concrete maintenance pad at Forward Operating Base (FOB) Pasab, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, March 6.
Seabees assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 7 Detachment Pasab continue strategic construction operations at Forward Operating Base (FOB) Pasab, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, in the Task Force Spartan (TFS) Area of Operations (AOR), enhancing mission readiness for TFS and incoming soldiers assigned to the 82nd Airborne and Task Force Fury (TFF).
The Seabees main project at Pasab is the construction of a 60-foot by 90-foot concrete maintenance pad. Since breaking ground on the project in late January, Builder 2nd Class Dina Beale, project supervisor, and Builder 3rd Class Joshua Messer, project crew leader, have led Seabees and local Afghan workers in the placement, finishing and curing of more than 150 cubic meters of concrete. Their Can Do spirit and dedication led to project completion and turnover to 508th Special Troops Battalion more than a week ahead of schedule.
Tactical infrastructure construction is another important support area Seabees have provided to TFS and TFF warfighters. Seabees have constructed three guard towers, two 4-hole burnout latrines and six tent decks to improve security and life support facilities for an Army infantry unit located at a nearby Strong Point (SP).
NMCB 7 Seabees are also assisting the Special Troops Battalion in the fight against the growing and harvesting of illegal drugs in Kandahar Province. Working with Army personnel, Steelworker 3rd Class Shannon Archuleta has trained local Afghan welders to build eradicators, mechanisms similar to farming plows that are pulled behind tactical vehicles to disrupt marijuana and poppy production. Profits from these illegal drugs in the TFS/TFF AOR have been known to fund Taliban operations, and the elimination of this income is essential in defeating their efforts.
In addition to FOB construction and tactical infrastructure support, Detachment Pasab Seabees have continued to focus on table of allowance (TOA) equipment maintenance and management, officer in charge (OIC) discretionary projects, and material and tool management to maintain constant mission readiness in a dynamic environment.