By Lt. j.g. Teresa Bustamante, NMCB 27 Public Affairs
BU2 Brandon Smith, NMCB 27, constructs formwork in preparation for a concrete pour at Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras, Jan. 3. Photo by Lt. j.g. Teresa Bustamante
Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 27 continue construction operations at Soto Cano Air Base, the Republic of Honduras, supporting U.S. Special Operations Command South while assigned to U.S. 4th Fleet.
Located in Honduras, Soto Cano Air Base is home to U.S. Southern Command's Joint Task Force Bravo (JTF-B).
NMCB 27 is tasked with approximately six rehabilitation projects to improve both the quality of life for service members and the serviceability of the base. The team is responsible for several projects: a 20-foot by 12-foot concrete pad, wall partitions at the Special Forces compound and a steel pole barn.
The team will also forward-deploy to a U.S.-Honduran training site to make interior building renovations, repair a base electric grid, install a new roof and take care of plumbing for the current military occupants.
The Seabees are part of a larger group of Navy Reservists from NMCB 27, recalled to active duty in July and deployed throughout South and Central America in support of U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet multinational partnership and humanitarian assistance missions.