Seabees Recognized for Horn of Africa Efforts

Aug. 6, 2013 | By Seabee Magazine
By U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Antoinette Gibson,CJTF-HOA Public Affairs
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NMCB 4 Seabees salute U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Terry Ferrell, Combined Joint Task ForceHorn of Africa commanding general, during an awards ceremony at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, July 20, 2013. They earned Flag Letters of Commendation for their successful completion of multiple construction projects across the Horn of Africa. CAMP LEMONNIER, Djibouti, Aug 2, 2013 After 150 days in scorching temperatures, hammers, shovels, and saws are put away and CombinedJoint Task ForceHorn of Africa Seabees and leaders finally paused to reflect on numerous accomplishments. Seabees of the U.S. Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 4 received a Flag Letter of Commendation recently during an awards ceremony at CampLemonnier, Djibouti, July 20, 2013. NMCB 4, deployed from Port Hueneme, Calif., were presented the FLOC, by U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Terry Ferrell,CJTFHOA commanding general. "After working with Seabees for the past 10 years, they still never cease to amaze me," said U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Jackson Habeck, officer in charge ofNMCB 4 detachment. "They have done it faster, safer and with the best quality." According to the award citation, members of this battalion received this award for their successful completion of multiple construction projectsacross the Horn of Africa throughout their sixmonth deployment. "It was nice for the troops to see that their hard work and dedication is being recognized", said U. S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class David Allmer,NMCB 4 construction builder.One project, a highvisibility Manda Bay runway extension project on the Kenyan Naval Base took roughly 14 Seabees only four months tocomplete. The ceremony concluded with praises from leaders and peers across CJTFHOA. "They have embodied the "Can Do" Seabee legacy and can proudly hold their heads up knowing they have truly made a difference." Habeck said. Read moreSeabee stories here.