Seabee from Gary leads remote Micronesia school construction project

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    KOSRAE, Federated States of Micronesia (May 9, 2017) Construction Electrician 3rd Class Eduardo Blanco, from Atlanta, Georgia, nails in formwork for the Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 1 Elementary School in Malem on the island of Kosrae, Federated States of Micronesia, May 11, 2017. NMCB 1 is forward deployed to execute construction, humanitarian and foreign assistance, special operations combat service support, and theater security cooperation in support of U.S. Pacific Command. (U.S. Navy Photo by Utilitiesman Constructionman Matthew Konopka)

    A naval Seabee from Gary is part of a team of builders renovating an eight-room school on the island of Kosrae, Federated States of Micronesia.

    In February, Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 1 began renovation of the facility that was condemned in 2016 because of a collapsing roof. Upon completion, the renovation will allow 210 students to return to a more conducive learning environment while reducing overcrowding in another school on the island, the Navy Facilities Engineering Command blog reports.

    Lecreia Hudson

    “Building the school is very important to this community,” said Builder 2nd Class Lecreia Hudson, on the remote island half-way around the world from her Indiana home “The kids are right next door in an overcrowded school, and this school will create a larger, safer and cleaner environment that lets the students focus on learning.”

    Hudson is leading the crew of four sailors and two local construction apprentices during the project. The renovation consists of framing walls, placing a new sidewalk, constructing two rain water catchment systems, extending a concrete pad, and installing new windows, doors, electrical, flooring, roof and gutters.

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