Seabees help keep training on track

17 May 2002 | Cpl. Julie A. Paynter

The Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 4 visited the Combat Center April 23 to May 3 to construct a corrugated steel culvert for one of the desert training area?s main supply routes.

The eight-man crew of Sailors, more commonly known as "Seabees," came aboard MCAGCC to build the culvert on Range 400 Road, where seasonal flooding tends to wash out the road.

"Every CAX uses that road for range 400 and range 500," said 1stLt. Kevin J. Legge, officer in charge, Range Training and Maintenance Section.  "When it floods it interrupts CAX scheduling, and we didn?t want it to happen again."

The same unit from NMCB 4 was here during exercise Steel Knight 02 in December and gathered their information for the design work of the culvert.

"Although Marines can construct culverts, that kind of construction is something the Seabees are specifically trained to do," said Legge.

The Seabees had a little over one week to complete the project.

"It?s been going well, because we are two days ahead of schedule," said Equipment Operator 2nd Class Joshua K. Crews, Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 4.  "Our materials are arriving on time.  The material and equipment support through RTAMS has been great."

"We?ve excavated materials and dirt from one side of the road to the other and built a concrete foundation to hold up a head wall," said Crews.  "Then we placed the culvert on top of the foundation and stacked the head wall with rock, which was re-used, busted-up concrete."

"About 10 years ago, Seabees were out here often," said Crews. "It?s good to be working hand-in-hand with the Marines, because it lets us implement our knowledge and capabilities in Twentynine Palms like we used to."   

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