NMCB11 Provides Fresh Water In the Marshall Islands

April 5, 2018 | By ggranger
Story by Lt.j.g. William Mitchell, Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 11 BIGEJ, Republic of the Marshall Islands - Construction Electrician 1st Class Marc Artache and Builder 2nd Class Derek Howell lead five Seabees in constructing a vital water catchment system to help Marshallese locals sustain a fresh water supply during the dry months of the year.   [caption id="attachment_16222" align="alignnone" width="618"]
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180315-N-MS236-0043 BIGEJ, Marshall Islands (March 15th 2018) Construction Electrician 1st Class Marc Artache, assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 11, Construction Civic Action Detail Marshall Islands provides ground guide support as Equipment Operator 3rd Class Brady Northlee unloads materials from a Landing Craft Utility (LCU). NMCB-11 is forward deployed to execute construction, humanitarian and foreign assistance, and theater security cooperation in the 7th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Construction Electrician 2nd Class Joshua Zapien)
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180315-N-MS236-0043 BIGEJ, Marshall Islands (March 15th 2018) Construction Electrician 1st Class Marc Artache, assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 11, Construction Civic Action Detail Marshall Islands provides ground guide support as Equipment Operator 3rd Class Brady Northlee unloads materials from a Landing Craft Utility (LCU). NMCB-11 is forward deployed to execute construction, humanitarian and foreign assistance, and theater security cooperation in the 7th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Construction Electrician 2nd Class Joshua Zapien)
Photo By: Lt.j.g. William Mitchell
VIRIN: 180404-N-ZY182-6222
Construction Electrician 1st Class Marc Artache, assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 11, Construction Civic Action Detail Marshall Islands provides ground guide support as Equipment Operator 3rd Class Brady Northlee unloads materials from a Landing Craft Utility (LCU), March 15. (Photo by CE2 Joshua Zapien)   The structure consists of a concrete block foundation, corrugated roofing, and a PVC piping system that funnels rain water into 1,500 gallon water storage tanks. On March 15, the project began with the movement of all project tools and materials from Kwajalein to Bigej via a landing craft utility (LCU). The LCU also transported an 11K Skytrak and 420E Backhoe on the shore of Bigej where Equipment Operator 3rd Class Brady Northlee and Construction Mechanic 3rd Class Garrett Jarvis expertly unloaded the required materials to begin the project.   [caption id="attachment_16223" align="alignnone" width="618"]
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180315-N-MS236-0039 BIGEJ, Marshall Islands (March 15th 2018) Construction Electrician 1st Class Marc Artache, and Builder 2nd Class Derek Howell, top, assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 11, Construction Civic Action Detail Marshall Islands, offload tools and materials to begin a water catchment project on Bigej. NMCB-11 is forward deployed to execute construction, humanitarian and foreign assistance, and theater security cooperation in the 7th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Construction Electrician 2nd Class Joshua Zapien)
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180315-N-MS236-0039 BIGEJ, Marshall Islands (March 15th 2018) Construction Electrician 1st Class Marc Artache, and Builder 2nd Class Derek Howell, top, assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 11, Construction Civic Action Detail Marshall Islands, offload tools and materials to begin a water catchment project on Bigej. NMCB-11 is forward deployed to execute construction, humanitarian and foreign assistance, and theater security cooperation in the 7th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Construction Electrician 2nd Class Joshua Zapien)
Photo By: Lt.j.g. William Mitchell
VIRIN: 180404-N-ZY182-6223
Construction Electrician 1st Class Marc Artache, and Builder 2nd Class Derek Howell, top, assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 11, Construction Civic Action Detail Marshall Islands, offload tools and materials to begin a water catchment project on Bigej, March 15. (Photo by CE2 Joshua Zapien)   It was an incredibly unique experience, said Jarvis. Unloading materials from a huge boat onto a beach is something I ll never forget. With the beach landing complete, the seven Seabees assigned to Bigej began excavating the site and establishing a stable foundation. Artache is responsible for overseeing all quality control and safety during construction ensuring the project meets and exceeds the high standards upheld by Naval Construction Forces. The quality of this project is imperative,' said Artache. "This construction will establish an important guideline for locals to use to collect fresh water in the future.   [caption id="attachment_16227" align="alignnone" width="618"]
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180316-N-MS236-0072 BIGEJ, Marshall Islands (March 16th 2018) Builder 1st Class Joshua Vanblarcom, assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 11, Construction Civic Action Detail Marshall Islands checks the elevation ahead of the placement of a CMU block foundation. NMCB-11 is forward deployed to execute construction, humanitarian and foreign assistance, and theater security cooperation in the 7th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Construction Electrician 2nd Class Joshua Zapien)
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180316-N-MS236-0072 BIGEJ, Marshall Islands (March 16th 2018) Builder 1st Class Joshua Vanblarcom, assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 11, Construction Civic Action Detail Marshall Islands checks the elevation ahead of the placement of a CMU block foundation. NMCB-11 is forward deployed to execute construction, humanitarian and foreign assistance, and theater security cooperation in the 7th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Construction Electrician 2nd Class Joshua Zapien)
Photo By: Lt.j.g. William Mitchell
VIRIN: 180404-N-ZY182-6227
Builder 1st Class Joshua Vanblarcom, assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 11, Construction Civic Action Detail Marshall Islands checks the elevation ahead of the placement of a CMU block foundation, March 16. (Photo by CE2 Joshua Zapien)   Water is a critical resource throughout the world, and unfortunately, for some in the Marshall Islands, it is not always readily available. Determined, the Seabees of NMCB 11 are working to ensure the population on Bigej will never have this concern again. It s a great honor to be helping the people of this island. We re happy to be improving their way of life anyway we can, said Builder 1st Class Joshua Vanblarcom.   [caption id="attachment_16228" align="alignnone" width="618"]
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180320-N-DE561-0008 BIGEJ, Marshall Islands (March 20th 2018) Seabees assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 11, Construction Civic Action Detail Marshall Islands discuss project progress with leadership from the United States Army Garrison, Kwajalein Atoll. NMCB-11 is forward deployed to execute construction, humanitarian and foreign assistance, and theater security cooperation in the 7th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Builder Constructionman Jessika Corwin)
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180320-N-DE561-0008 BIGEJ, Marshall Islands (March 20th 2018) Seabees assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 11, Construction Civic Action Detail Marshall Islands discuss project progress with leadership from the United States Army Garrison, Kwajalein Atoll. NMCB-11 is forward deployed to execute construction, humanitarian and foreign assistance, and theater security cooperation in the 7th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Builder Constructionman Jessika Corwin)
Photo By: Lt.j.g. William Mitchell
VIRIN: 180404-N-ZY182-6228
Seabees assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 11, Construction Civic Action Detail Marshall Islands discuss project progress with leadership from the United States Army Garrison, Kwajalein Atoll, March 20. (Photo by BUCN Jessika Corwin)   Over the next week, the Seabees will continue to construct the water catchment project on Bigej and enhance community relationships in the pursuit of completing their mission in the Marshall Islands.   [caption id="attachment_16226" align="alignnone" width="618"]
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180327-N-DE561-0006 BIGEJ, Marshall Islands (March 27th, 2018) Seabees assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 11, Construction Civic Action Detail Marshall Islands, pose after the completion of a water catchment project which will provide locals with 12,000 gallons of fresh water. The Seabees spent two weeks in primitive living conditions to complete the project. NMCB-11 is forward deployed to execute construction, humanitarian and foreign assistance, and theater security cooperation in the 7th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Builder Constructionman Jessika Corwin)
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180327-N-DE561-0006 BIGEJ, Marshall Islands (March 27th, 2018) Seabees assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 11, Construction Civic Action Detail Marshall Islands, pose after the completion of a water catchment project which will provide locals with 12,000 gallons of fresh water. The Seabees spent two weeks in primitive living conditions to complete the project. NMCB-11 is forward deployed to execute construction, humanitarian and foreign assistance, and theater security cooperation in the 7th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Builder Constructionman Jessika Corwin)
Photo By: Lt.j.g. William Mitchell
VIRIN: 180404-N-ZY182-6226
Seabees assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 11, Construction Civic Action Detail Marshall Islands, pose after the completion of a water catchment project which will provide locals with 12,000 gallons of fresh water, March 20. (Photo by BUCN Jessika Corwin)