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US Navy Seabees with Navy Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 5, Details of the Marshall Islands working with the US Embassy in the Marshall Islands; US Army Garrison Kwajalein (USAG-KA); and local government Kwajalein Atoll, to build a hand washing station on the island from April 28 to April 30.

The hand washing station project is a joint effort to support the efforts of the Republic of Marshall Islands Ministry of Public Health in preventing the spread of COVID-19.

“Having these handwashing stations across the islands of Ebeye and Enniburr not only helps prevent the spread of COVID-19, but also displays it to local Marshall people, especially young populations, how washing hands can significantly affect our overall health,” said Mr. Lanny Kabua, Connection of the Marshall Islands to USAG-KA.

Seabees designed and made a prototype with the intention that the Republic of the Marshall Islands would take the design and remake the station when the material was available when the NMCB-5 left. The hand washing station is designed to hold five-gallon buckets, where it can be refilled using rainwater from catchments installed throughout the island. Seabees recently built the largest public water catchment area on Ennibur Island, providing 12,000 gallons of water to the local community.

“Working with the local government Kwajalein Atoll to create designs tailored to their needs and resources is another opportunity for the Navy Construction Force to show off our” Can Do “spirit,” said Builder 1st Class German Dunlop, chief operating officer for NMCB-5. Details of Marshall Island. The spirit of “Can Do” wins the hearts and minds of local residents through humanitarian construction. “

Seabee has worked together with the US Embassy on the Marshall Islands; USAG-KA; and the local Kwajalein Atoll government over the last decade built humanitarian projects throughout Kwajalein Atoll – to include Schools, water catchments, and medical facilities.

Once materials are available, the prototype and live blueprint provided by Seabees NMCB-5 will allow locals on the island to build up to 100 handwashing stations that will collect rainwater. These stations will be placed across the islands in the Kwajalein Atoll; including Ebeye, Enniburr, Carlson, Ebadon, and Mejato.

NMCB-5 is deployed throughout the Indo-Pacific region which undertakes high-quality construction to support the US and partner countries to strengthen partnerships, prevent aggression, and enable expeditionary logistics and naval power projections. Battalions are ready to support Humanitarian Relief / Disaster Relief and Major Combat Operations throughout the region.

Date Taken:05.14.2020
Date Posted:06.01.2020 23:47
Story ID:371224

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