Story by PO1 Brannon Deugan on 01/11/2016MAJURO, Marshall Islands - U.S. Navy Seabees assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 1 will be repairing the roof of the Alele Museum while replacing ceiling tiles in the Alele Public Library of the Republic of Marshall Islands.
"The Alele Museum and Public Library hold historical items for the Marshall Islands and repairing the roof will help ensure these cultural icons are not ruined by water intrusion from a damaged roof," said Lt. j.g. Cory Devonis, NMCB 1 officer in charge. "This also allows the local people to enjoy the museum and library without having to worry about getting wet."
NMCB 1 first met with Carol Curtis, Alele Museum manager and acting director, and Tallur Domnic, Alele Museum curator, to receive an overview of the renovations required for the library and museum.
"I am very impressed by your industrious work ethic and very grateful for your help," said Curtis. "The work you guys are doing means a lot to the people here."
The project, scheduled to conclude on Jan. 16, 2016, is the first time NMCB 1 has worked on Majuro Atoll during this deployment and it provides an opportunity to expand the scope for future projects in the Republic of Marshall Islands.
"This is very important for NMCB1 and CCAD Marshall Islands, because the history of this detachment has been restricted to Kwajalein Atoll," said Devonis. "Expanding to Majuro the capital of Marshall Islands is the first step in expanding the capabilities of projects within the Marshall Islands."
NMCB 1 is a Seabee battalion that specializes in contingency construction, disaster response, and humanitarian assistance. The battalion's homeport is in Gulfport, Mississippi.
The naval construction force is a vital component of the U.S. maritime strategy. It offers deployable battalions capable of providing contingency construction, disaster preparation and recovery support, humanitarian assistance, and combat operations support.