NMCB 4 Participates in CARAT Indonesia 2016

Sept. 15, 2016 | By Seabee Magazine
By CE3 (SCW/EXW) Santiago Guzman Jr., NMCB 4
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EA2 Tyler Walker, NMCB 4, and a member of the Indonesian Marines (TNI-AL) ZENI Battalion, position and tie rebar for structural concrete columns for the engineering civic action project during Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Indonesia 2016, Surabaya, Indonesia,Aug. 4. CARAT is a series of annual maritime exercises between the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps and the armed forces of nine partner nations including Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Timor-Leste. (Photo by CE3 Santiago Guzman Jr./160804-N-N0818-179) Seabees assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 4 participated in joint construction operations in support of the 22nd Annual Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Indonesia 2016, Surabaya, Indonesia, July 21 to Sept. 3. CARAT is a series of annual multilateral military exercises conducted by the U.S. Pacific Fleet with several member nations of ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations). The exercise focuses on increasing interoperability and advancing regional stability within Southeast Asia. Engineering activities support maritime security, contingency and humanitarian assistance/disaster recovery (HA/DR) response through the targeted demonstration and practical application of innovative design and construction. This years naval exercise series was between the United States and Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Timor-Leste. The Seabees and Indonesian TNI-AL ZENI Battalion were tasked with planning, estimating, budgeting and constructing a school in a 44-day timeframe. The Seabees and Indonesians built friendships and strengthened professional skills during joint construction operations on a two-room schoolhouse for the students. I believe education is a right that every child should have. Being given the opportunity to build a school so that more children from the community can attend class is an honor that I will take with me for the rest of my life, said Utilitiesman Constructionman Jacob Brown, NMCB 4. The partnership that we built with the Indonesian Marines is also something I will never forget, and Im excited to share the memories and stories with others.
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BUCN Kiara Harris, NMCB 4, a local student and member of the Indonesian Marines (TNI-AL) ZENI Battalion prepare to dip their hands in paint to leave handprints on the schoolhouse built as part of the engineering civic action project during Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Indonesia 2016, Surabaya, Indonesia, Aug. 30. (Photo by CE3 Santiago Guzman Jr./160830-N-N0818-609) The construction team, students and Cemandi community members attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony, Sept. 3, officially opening the schoolhouse. Commodore, Destroyer Squadron (COMDESRON) SEVEN, Capt. H.B. Le expressed his gratitude to the team members for their hard work during his speech as the honorary guest. The ceremony concluded with food, singing, dancing performances and the official signing of the school opening. Its been such a great opportunity for the Seabees to work alongside our TNI-AL counterparts here in Indonesia. Not only have we been able to learn from each others construction methods, we have truly strengthened our partnership and built lasting friendships, said Ens. Michelle Fitzgerald, NMCB 4. By working together as one unit, we were able to give back to the community by building a schoolhouse that will be used for years to come.
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Ens. Michelle Fitzgerald, NMCB 4, and members of the local community place their hands on the schoolhouse walls to leave handprints during Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Indonesia 2016, Surabaya, Indonesia, Aug. 30. (Photo by CE3 Santiago Guzman Jr./160830-N-N0818-666) NMCB 4 is the forward deployed Pacific NMCB ready to support Major Combat Operations and Humanitarian Assistance/ Disaster Relief operations and provide general engineering and civil support to Navy, Marine Corps and joint operational forces. Homeported out of Port Hueneme, Calif., NMCB 4 has detachment sites deployed throughout the United States and Pacific area of operations, including Cambodia, Diego Garcia, Guam, Japan, Philippines, Republic of Korea and Timor Leste.
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Ens. Michelle Fitzgerald, NMCB 4, and members of the local community pose for a photo after placing their hands on the schoolhouse walls to leave handprints during Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Indonesia 2016, Surabaya, Indonesia, Aug. 30. (Photo by CE3 Santiago Guzman Jr./160830-N-N0818-738) For more news from NMCB 4, visit www.public.navy.mil/necc/1ncd/Pages/NMCB4 or follow NMCB 4 on Facebook at www.facebook.com/NMCB4