Seabees honored during ribbon cutting at Mihail Kogalniceanu school
MIHAIL KOGALNICEANU, Romania - U.S. Navy Seabees were honored at a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Mihail Kogalniceanu middle school, Sept. 14.
MIHAIL KOGALNICEANU, Romania — U.S. Army Col. Gary R. Russ, Joint Task Force-East commander, Mirela Draculet, principal of Mihail Kogalniceanu Middle School and Valer Iosif Muresan, the Mihail Kogalniceanu village Mayor, cut the ceremonial ribbon in honor of the new perimeter fence on the first day of school, Sept. 14. U.S. Navy Seabees replaced three sides of the fence surrounding the school's playground as part of a Humanitarian Civil Assistance mission for JTF-East. JTF-East is designed to building interoperability capabilities and develop relationships with other militaries for stronger regional security cooperation. (Department of Defense photo by Army Pfc. Charles Thompson)
4 photos: MIHAIL KOGALNICEANU, Romania — U.S. Army Col. Gary R. Russ, Joint Task Force-East commander, Mirela Draculet, principal of Mihail Kogalniceanu Middle School and Valer Iosif Muresan, the Mihail K
Photo 1 of 4: MIHAIL KOGALNICEANU, Romania — U.S. Army Col. Gary R. Russ, Joint Task Force-East commander, Mirela Draculet, principal of Mihail Kogalniceanu Middle School and Valer Iosif Muresan, the Mihail Kogalniceanu village Mayor, cut the ceremonial ribbon in honor of the new perimeter fence on the first day of school, Sept. 14. U.S. Navy Seabees replaced three sides of the fence surrounding the school's playground as part of a Humanitarian Civil Assistance mission for JTF-East. JTF-East is designed to building interoperability capabilities and develop relationships with other militaries for stronger regional security cooperation. (Department of Defense photo by Army Pfc. Charles Thompson) Download full-resolution version
MIHAIL KOGALNICEANU, Romania — Petty Officer 3rd Class James Praegitzer and Petty Officers 1st Class Alejandro Gonazales and Todd Feltub, proudly stand in front of the fence they built at the Mihail Kogalniceanu Middle School, Sept. 14. The U.S. Navy Seabees completed this Humanitarian Civil Assistance project as part of Joint Task Force-East. HCA missions are designed to strengthen relationships with local leaders and citizens of our host nations, Romania and Bulgaria. (Department of Defense photo by Army Pfc. Charles Thompson)
4 photos: MIHAIL KOGALNICEANU, Romania — Petty Officer 3rd Class James Praegitzer and Petty Officers 1st Class Alejandro Gonazales and Todd Feltub, proudly stand in front of the fence they built at the Mi
Photo 2 of 4: MIHAIL KOGALNICEANU, Romania — Petty Officer 3rd Class James Praegitzer and Petty Officers 1st Class Alejandro Gonazales and Todd Feltub, proudly stand in front of the fence they built at the Mihail Kogalniceanu Middle School, Sept. 14. The U.S. Navy Seabees completed this Humanitarian Civil Assistance project as part of Joint Task Force-East. HCA missions are designed to strengthen relationships with local leaders and citizens of our host nations, Romania and Bulgaria. (Department of Defense photo by Army Pfc. Charles Thompson) Download full-resolution version
MIHAIL KOGALNICEANU, Romania — Students of Mihail Kogalniceanu Middle School wait anxiously for the first day of school to start, Sept. 14. The day began with a ceremony to honor U.S. Navy Seabees of the Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 11, stationed in Gulfport, Miss., and NMCB 3 assigned to Port Hueneme, Calif., who built the new exterior fence surrounding the school's playground. It took six U.S. Navy Seabees approximately two months to complete the project at about 2,000 personnel hours and cost approximately $36,000.(Department of Defese photo by Army Pfc. Charles Thompson)
4 photos: MIHAIL KOGALNICEANU, Romania — Students of Mihail Kogalniceanu Middle School wait anxiously for the first day of school to start, Sept. 14. The day began with a ceremony to honor U.S. Navy Seabe
Photo 3 of 4: MIHAIL KOGALNICEANU, Romania — Students of Mihail Kogalniceanu Middle School wait anxiously for the first day of school to start, Sept. 14. The day began with a ceremony to honor U.S. Navy Seabees of the Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 11, stationed in Gulfport, Miss., and NMCB 3 assigned to Port Hueneme, Calif., who built the new exterior fence surrounding the school's playground. It took six U.S. Navy Seabees approximately two months to complete the project at about 2,000 personnel hours and cost approximately $36,000.(Department of Defese photo by Army Pfc. Charles Thompson) Download full-resolution version
MIHAIL KOGALNICEANU, Romania — Students of Mihail Kogalniceanu Middle School wave as they begin their first day of school after a ribbon-cutting ceremony held to honor U.S. Navy Seabees, Sept. 14. U.S. Navy Seabees assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 11 in Gulfport, Miss., and U.S. Navy Seabees assigned to NMBC 3 in Port Hueneme, Calif., built a new perimeter fence in July and August as part of a Humanitarian Civil Assistance mission designed to strengthen relationships with local villages in Romania and Bulgaria as part of Joint Task Force-East. (Department of Defense photo by Army Pfc. Charles Thompson)
4 photos: MIHAIL KOGALNICEANU, Romania — Students of Mihail Kogalniceanu Middle School wave as they begin their first day of school after a ribbon-cutting ceremony held to honor U.S. Navy Seabees, Sept. 1
Photo 4 of 4: MIHAIL KOGALNICEANU, Romania — Students of Mihail Kogalniceanu Middle School wave as they begin their first day of school after a ribbon-cutting ceremony held to honor U.S. Navy Seabees, Sept. 14. U.S. Navy Seabees assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 11 in Gulfport, Miss., and U.S. Navy Seabees assigned to NMBC 3 in Port Hueneme, Calif., built a new perimeter fence in July and August as part of a Humanitarian Civil Assistance mission designed to strengthen relationships with local villages in Romania and Bulgaria as part of Joint Task Force-East. (Department of Defense photo by Army Pfc. Charles Thompson) Download full-resolution version
MIHAIL KOGALNICEANU, Romania — U.S. Army Col. Gary R. Russ, Joint Task Force-East commander, Mirela Draculet, principal of Mihail Kogalniceanu Middle School and Valer Iosif Muresan, the Mihail Kogalniceanu village Mayor, cut the ceremonial ribbon in honor of the new perimeter fence on the first day of school, Sept. 14. U.S. Navy Seabees replaced three sides of the fence surrounding the school's playground as part of a Humanitarian Civil Assistance mission for JTF-East. JTF-East is designed to building interoperability capabilities and develop relationships with other militaries for stronger regional security cooperation. (Department of Defense photo by Army Pfc. Charles Thompson)
MIHAIL KOGALNICEANU, Romania — Petty Officer 3rd Class James Praegitzer and Petty Officers 1st Class Alejandro Gonazales and Todd Feltub, proudly stand in front of the fence they built at the Mihail Kogalniceanu Middle School, Sept. 14. The U.S. Navy Seabees completed this Humanitarian Civil Assistance project as part of Joint Task Force-East. HCA missions are designed to strengthen relationships with local leaders and citizens of our host nations, Romania and Bulgaria. (Department of Defense photo by Army Pfc. Charles Thompson)
MIHAIL KOGALNICEANU, Romania — Students of Mihail Kogalniceanu Middle School wait anxiously for the first day of school to start, Sept. 14. The day began with a ceremony to honor U.S. Navy Seabees of the Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 11, stationed in Gulfport, Miss., and NMCB 3 assigned to Port Hueneme, Calif., who built the new exterior fence surrounding the school's playground. It took six U.S. Navy Seabees approximately two months to complete the project at about 2,000 personnel hours and cost approximately $36,000.(Department of Defese photo by Army Pfc. Charles Thompson)
MIHAIL KOGALNICEANU, Romania — Students of Mihail Kogalniceanu Middle School wave as they begin their first day of school after a ribbon-cutting ceremony held to honor U.S. Navy Seabees, Sept. 14. U.S. Navy Seabees assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 11 in Gulfport, Miss., and U.S. Navy Seabees assigned to NMBC 3 in Port Hueneme, Calif., built a new perimeter fence in July and August as part of a Humanitarian Civil Assistance mission designed to strengthen relationships with local villages in Romania and Bulgaria as part of Joint Task Force-East. (Department of Defense photo by Army Pfc. Charles Thompson)

MIHAIL KOGALNICEANU, Romania — U.S. Navy Seabees were honored at a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Mihail Kogalniceanu middle school, Sept. 14.

U.S. Navy Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 11 stationed in Gulfport, Miss., and NMCB 3 in Port Hueneme, Calif., worked on a fence restoration project in July and August as part of a Humanitarian Civil Assistance mission in eastern Romania for Joint Task Force-East.

A 22-person detachment of the Seabees replaced an exterior fence surrounding the school's playground and also added two gated entrances into the schoolyard. The Seabees spent about 2,000 personnel hours on the project and it cost about $36,000.

The students read letters of thanks and recited their "ABC's" and "Old McDonald had a Farm" in English during the presentation. Students presented official guests with bouquets of flowers, a Romanian tradition where students bring flowers to their teachers on the first day of school. U.S. Army Col. Gary R. Russ, JTF-East Commander, and U.S. Navy Lt. Dan Schmitt, NMCB 3 officer-in-charge, were joined by local civic leaders at the school for the mid-day event.

The Seabees have been deploying on six-month rotations to eastern Romania with JTF-East since summer 2007 and have completed 22 construction projects totaling about $350,000.

JTF-East is a bi-lateral, U.S.-Romanian and U.S.-Bulgarian, U.S. Army Europe mission where U.S. forces are training side-by-side with their host-nation military partners to build interoperability capabilities and develop relationships with other militaries for stronger regional security cooperation. U.S. HCA missions are funded by the Department of Defense and designed to help people and strengthen relationships with our host nations in which we operate around the world.

Seabees with the NMCB 3 are working on several other projects within Constanta County in eastern Romania. They are expected to return to the U.S. in January 2010.

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