Seabee John Eckert of Grangeville, pictured during a 2012 building project in the Philippines.
As of Tuesday, April 17, 2018
WIGGINS, Miss. – John Eckert of Grangeville was one of 12 Seabees involved in a Mississippi project last month.
The remodel by Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 1 will provide the town of Wiggins, Miss., a police department with administrative offices and a holding room, and the building will also serve as the town’s emergency operations center.
In December 2017, NMCB 1 took over the project from NMCB 11. The Navy is augmenting the local contractor work force and executing rough-in plumbing and electrical work, framing new walls and installing ceilings throughout the building.
“Overall, the project has been running smooth for us,” said Eckert, Builder 2nd Class. “The crew has been performing amazingly, and they are learning a lot from the project and each other’s experiences in the construction field. On top of that, we are able to give back to the local community, which is a great feeling. Giving the town a functional building, with the Seabee name on it, means a lot to us out here.”
NMCB 1 is a Seabee Battalion, homeported in Gulfport, Mississippi, that specializes in contingency construction, disaster response, and humanitarian assistance.