MK AIRFIELD ADMINISTRATION CENTER, Romania — After six months of construction projects in support of Joint Task Force - East's humanitarian assistance mission, a detachment of Seabees officially handed over the reins to a new group of Sailors during an Aug. 12 change of mission ceremony.
"Congressmen and senior Army and Navy leaders are always asking me about the great work NMCB-74 (Naval Mobile Construction-Battalion) is doing," said Col. Peri Anest, JTF-East commander. "Now they'll ask about NMCB-4 and the great work they will also be doing in support of JTF-East," he added.
NMCB-74 worked on several projects in Romania and Bulgaria identified by the Offices of Defense Cooperation in U.S. Embassies in Bucharest, Romania, and Sofia, Bulgaria. The detachment, which specializes in contingency construction and disaster relief operations, will rotate back to Gulfport, Miss.
The new 25-person group, NMCB-4 out of Fort Hueneme, Calif., has several projects already lined up in Bulgaria and Romania. These include a clinic, two kindergartens, a community center, and various local base projects. Their first project, a clinic in Sinoe, Romania, begins this month.
"We're looking forward to being good ambassadors of the U.S. while here, and developing a relationship with the local population," said Navy Lt. Anthony Haverly, officer in charge of NMCB-4. Haverly added that he hopes to measure up to the impression NMCB-74 left on the local military and civilian community.
The new detachment will be deployed in support of JTF-East operations in Romania and Bulgaria through February of next year.