Seabees Build Furniture for Orphaned Children in Djibouti

Jan. 15, 2014 | By Seabee Magazine
By MC1 Jonathan Carmichael, NMCB 11 Public Affairs
VIRIN: 140115-N-ZZ182-5147
EO3 Jared A. Wygant (center), NMCB) 11, hands a bench to Spc. Chad Welch and Army Capt. Jackson Hau with the 443rd Civil Affairs Battalion, Djibouti, Africa, Dec. 30. Photo by MC1 Jonathan Carmichael Seabees assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 11 delivered 10 desks and 10 benches to the Balbala Community Development Center for use by orphaned children in Balbala Commune, Djibouti, Dec. 30 The furniture was constructed by BU3 Sara K. Parcher, SW3 Kenneth J. Lancaster, and BU3 Jackie J. Watkins. Watkins was not available to assist with the delivery, but EO3 Jared A. Wygant filled in for her, and drove the truck full of furniture to Balbala. The delivery was coordinated by U.S. Army Capt. Jackson Hau 443rd Civil Affairs Battalion, with Balbala Commune President Youssouf Hassan Nouho. Balbala Commune is home to some of Djibouti s poorest citizens. It took little more than two days for the Seabees to build the desks and benches, but the Balbala Community Development Center should get years of use out of them. The Naval Construction Force is a vital component of the U.S. Maritime Strategy. They offer deployable battalions capable of providing contingency construction, disaster preparation and recovery support, humanitarian assistance, and combat operations support. With its homeport in Gulfport, Miss., NMCB 11 is currently deployed to multiple locations in support of U.S. Africa Command, U.S. European Command, U.S. Central Command, and U.S. Pacific Command areas of responsibility.