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NMCB-4 Seabees Work on Concrete at NSF Diego Garcia

23 September 2022

From Petty Officer 2nd Class Jan David Mercado, U.S. Navy Support Facility Diego Garcia

DIEGO GARCIA, British Indian Ocean Territory - Seabees assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 4 worked with civilian contractors to pour concrete at U.S. Navy Support Facility Diego Garcia, Sept. 19, 2022.

The concrete pour was one of many objectives scheduled to be constructed, including, but not limited to, a 1,440 square foot Butler pre-engineered building, chain link fence with barb wire, gates, and gas cylinder storage racks.

“Today all the hard work of this exceptional crew starts to pay off,” said Construction Mechanic 1st Class Jesse Stachurski, detail officer in charge of NMCB-4. “After months of preparation and planning, it’s uplifting for the team to see the culmination of all their efforts coming to life.”

This project will increase available storage for construction gas cylinders, allowing for more robust infrastructure projects to be undertaken as a result.

“I have 3rd Class petty officers leading me on this concrete placement, teaching me new skills and techniques,” said Stachurski. “As a leader, you must be willing to learn from your Sailors and their experience if you have any hopes to effectively lead them and expect them to follow you.”

Although 12 NMCB-4 personnel were physically doing the work, this placement would not be possible without the effective interoperability between dozens of people across multiple commands, services, and sectors.

“This was my first opportunity to place formwork in preparation for a concrete pour,” said Builder 3rd Class Anthony Sacco, a crewmember assigned to NMCB-4. “It helped hone my skills as a Builder.”

To ensure mission success, every crewmember needed to work effectively, time efficiently, and in a synchronized manner to make sure that the concrete did not incorrectly harden.

“I’ll be able to pass down what I’ve learned to someone else, especially since the majority of what we do comes from on the job training,” said Sacco. “It’s vital to learn how to do things correctly to prevent accidents from happening.”
NMCB-4 is forward deployed throughout the Indo-Pacific region and United States territories to support and maintain a free and open Indo-Pacific. As the stand-in, crisis response, naval engineering force, NMCB-4 maintains a ready posture to deliver in-theater expeditionary logistics via expeditionary shore infrastructure, forward damage repair, and mobile construction

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