NMCB-3 Builds Up MCAS Iwakuni

April 11, 2019 | By ggranger
Story byCpl. Andrew Jones,Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni MARINE CORPS AIR STATION IWAKUNI, Japan-The Navys Better Than Best battalion, NMCB-3, left their homeport in Port Hueneme, California and deployed to Iwakuni in October 2018. What could a unit of the Navys construction force be doing in Iwakuni NMCB-3 is building 27 enclosures that are designed to withstand the harsh outdoor elements and keep wildlife away from garbage. They are the first unit to come to Iwakuni as a part of a rotational deployment site for West Coast Naval Construction Force Seabee units. [caption id="attachment_17810" align="alignnone" width="618"]
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VIRIN: 190411-N-XZ182-0536
Seabees with Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 3, Detachment Iwakuni pour concrete for trash enclosures at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, March 19, 2019. (Photo by Cpl. Andrew Jones)   So far, the Seabees have poured 150 cubic meters of concrete in support of their mission in Iwakuni. They have been buzzing around base doing more than just construction though they have made crucial connections and built relationships with local military and other entities to ensure that future generations of Seabees will thrive in the hive called MCAS Iwakuni. Our success is boundless [on] this deployment, proclaimed Steel Worker 1st Class Guillory Bryant, the leading petty officer for NMCB-3 Detachment Iwakuni and a native of Tabernacle, New Jersey. We made a lot of deals with a lot of different people around the base. We got to communicate with a bunch of different Marines and civilians to make sure that we had all the things that we needed whether it be hazmat, materials or tools. We also coordinated with the local facilities Seabees to make sure that we had everything that we need to set up shops for the alfa company so that the future Seabees have nothing to procure when they get here, all they have to do is work. [caption id="attachment_17808" align="alignleft" width="184"]
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VIRIN: 190411-N-XZ182-0537
Seabees with Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 3, Detachment Iwakuni pour concrete for trash enclosures at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, March 19, 2019. (Photo by Cpl. Andrew Jones) These accomplishments didnt come without some bumps in the road. According to most of the Sailors, the weather was the most difficult obstacle to overcome. The deployment lasted through the winter months and all of the construction was outdoors. On top of the physical discomfort of the cold temperature, frequent rain interfered with construction that involved mortar or the pouring of concrete. While working outside and engaging in physical labor may not be some peoples idea of a dream job, the Seabees expressed a sense of pride in their work. Im definitely a construction kind of person, said Builder Constructionman Brandon Curly, with NMCB-3 Detachment Iwakuni and a native of West Branch, Michigan. I very much enjoy working with my hands. Being able to build stuff for people that cant do it themselves, it feels really good. The people are great. Ive met a lot of really good people during my time in the military. I cant complain at all, Ive made some lifelong friends. Outside of work, the Seabees took advantage of liberty, visiting sites like the Kintai Bridge in Iwakuni and Peace Park in Hiroshima City. Iwakuni is a different place for me to be, said Builder 2nd Class Matthew Lind, with NMCB-3 and a native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. This is my first deployment to Japan. Its nice to see a different culture and see what this part of the world is all about. The Sailors experienced more than the local culture during their deployment, they learned more about their jobs and each other. [caption id="attachment_17811" align="alignnone" width="618"]
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VIRIN: 190411-N-XZ182-0535
Seabees with Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 3, Detachment Iwakuni build a trash enclosure at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, March 19, 2019. (Photo by Cpl. Andrew Jones)   A lot of us have become pretty good at laying block which sets up for more places to go to, said Curley. We all became pretty close with each other. I know a lot of us never really knew who each other were until we got here, and now were all friends. You know we hangout, we go to the bar, play darts or just hang out together and its super cool and I would say weve really accomplished a lot more than any of us thought we were going to. NMCB-3 is forward deployed throughout the Indo-Pacific region and United States ready to support major combat operations, theater security, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations. Seabees provide general engineering and civil support to Navy, Marine Corps and joint operation forces globally.