Seabee Commander Visits Ali Oune

U.S. Navy Civil Engineer Corps Cmdr. Michael Meno, Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 1 commander, receives a construction site briefing from Builder 2nd Class Erik Rau in Ali Oune, Djibouti, Sept.19, 2018. Seabees with NMCB 1 Detachment Horn of Africa are building a medical facility in Ali Oune in support of the Ministry of Health for Djibouti. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Andrew Sinclair) Seabee Commander Visits Ali Oune U.S. Navy Civil Engineer Corps Cmdr. Michael Meno, Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 1 commander, receives a construction site briefing from Builder 2nd Class Erik Rau in Ali Oune, Djibouti, Sept.19, 2018. Seabees with NMCB 1 Detachment Horn of Africa are building a medical facility in Ali Oune in support of the Ministry of Health for Djibouti. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Andrew Sinclair)
U.S. Navy Construction Electrician 3rd Class Sandra Elly, a Seabee assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 1 (NMCB 1) ties in rebar at a construction site in Ali Oune, Djibouti, Sept.19, 2018. Seabees from NMCB 1 Detachment Horn of Africa are building a medical facility in Ali Oune in support of the Ministry of Health for Djibouti. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Andrew Sinclair) Seabee Commander Visits Ali Oune U.S. Navy Construction Electrician 3rd Class Sandra Elly, a Seabee assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 1 (NMCB 1) ties in rebar at a construction site in Ali Oune, Djibouti, Sept.19, 2018. Seabees from NMCB 1 Detachment Horn of Africa are building a medical facility in Ali Oune in support of the Ministry of Health for Djibouti. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Andrew Sinclair)
U.S. Navy Seabees with Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 1, Detachment Horn of Africa (NMCB 1 Det-HOA), tie in stirrups for new living quarters in Ali Oune, Djibouti, Sept. 19, 2018. NMCB-1, Det-HOA is building a medical facility in Ali Oune in support of the Ministry of Health for Djibouti. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Andrew Sinclair) Seabee Commander Visits Ali Oune U.S. Navy Seabees with Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 1, Detachment Horn of Africa (NMCB 1 Det-HOA), tie in stirrups for new living quarters in Ali Oune, Djibouti, Sept. 19, 2018. NMCB-1, Det-HOA is building a medical facility in Ali Oune in support of the Ministry of Health for Djibouti. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Andrew Sinclair)
U.S. Navy Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 1, Detachment Horn of Africa (NMCB 1 Det-HOA) hold rebar in place as they tie it together at Ali Oune, Djibouti, Sept. 19, 2018. NMCB 1, Det-HOA is building a medical facility in support of the Ministry of Health for Djibouti to provide medical aid to locals in need. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Andrew Sinclair) Seabee Commander Visits Ali Oune U.S. Navy Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 1, Detachment Horn of Africa (NMCB 1 Det-HOA) hold rebar in place as they tie it together at Ali Oune, Djibouti, Sept. 19, 2018. NMCB 1, Det-HOA is building a medical facility in support of the Ministry of Health for Djibouti to provide medical aid to locals in need. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Andrew Sinclair)
U.S. Navy Builder 2nd Class Erik Rau a Seabee assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 1 (NMCB 1) briefs Civil Engineer Corps Cmdr. Michael Meno on current on site berthing conditions in Ali Oune, Djibouti, Sept. 19, 2018. Seabees with NMCB 1 Detachment Horn of Africa are building a medical facility in Ali Oune in support of the Ministry of Health for Djibouti. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Andrew Sinclair) Seabee Commander Visits Ali Oune U.S. Navy Builder 2nd Class Erik Rau a Seabee assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 1 (NMCB 1) briefs Civil Engineer Corps Cmdr. Michael Meno on current on site berthing conditions in Ali Oune, Djibouti, Sept. 19, 2018. Seabees with NMCB 1 Detachment Horn of Africa are building a medical facility in Ali Oune in support of the Ministry of Health for Djibouti. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Andrew Sinclair)
U.S. Navy Steelworker 2nd Class Timothy Vincent helps direct Construction Electrician 3rd Class Joey Sanchez, both Seabees assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 1, Detachment-Horn of Africa (NMCB 1 Det-HOA), while he ties rebar at a construction site at Ali Oune, Djibouti, Sept. 19, 2018. NMCB 1, Det-HOA is building a clinic in Ali Oune in support of the Ministry of Health for Djibouti. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Andrew Sinclair) Seabee Commander Visits Ali Oune U.S. Navy Steelworker 2nd Class Timothy Vincent helps direct Construction Electrician 3rd Class Joey Sanchez, both Seabees assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 1, Detachment-Horn of Africa (NMCB 1 Det-HOA), while he ties rebar at a construction site at Ali Oune, Djibouti, Sept. 19, 2018. NMCB 1, Det-HOA is building a clinic in Ali Oune in support of the Ministry of Health for Djibouti. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Andrew Sinclair)
A U.S. Navy Seabee assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 1, Detachment Horn of Africa (NMCB 1 Det-HOA) ties in rebar at a construction site in Ali Oune, Djibouti, Sept. 19, 2018. NMCB-1, Det HOA is building a medical facility in Ali Oune in support of the Ministry of Health for Djibouti. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Andrew Sinclair) Seabee Commander Visits Ali Oune A U.S. Navy Seabee assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 1, Detachment Horn of Africa (NMCB 1 Det-HOA) ties in rebar at a construction site in Ali Oune, Djibouti, Sept. 19, 2018. NMCB-1, Det HOA is building a medical facility in Ali Oune in support of the Ministry of Health for Djibouti. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Andrew Sinclair)
U.S. Navy Engineering Aid 3rd Class Tabari Fells spots Steelworker 2nd Class Timothy Vincent, Seabees assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 1, Detachment-Horn of Africa (NMCB 1, Det-HOA) as part of routine safety at a construction site in Ali Oune, Djibouti, Sept. 19, 2018. Seabees from NMCB 1, Det-HOA are building a medical facility in Ali Oune in support of the Ministry of Health for Djibouti. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Andrew Sinclair) Seabee Commander Visits Ali Oune U.S. Navy Engineering Aid 3rd Class Tabari Fells spots Steelworker 2nd Class Timothy Vincent, Seabees assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 1, Detachment-Horn of Africa (NMCB 1, Det-HOA) as part of routine safety at a construction site in Ali Oune, Djibouti, Sept. 19, 2018. Seabees from NMCB 1, Det-HOA are building a medical facility in Ali Oune in support of the Ministry of Health for Djibouti. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Andrew Sinclair)
U.S. Navy Builder 2nd Class Gildardo Andrade, a Seabee assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 1, Detachment-Horn of Africa (NMCB 1, Det-HOA), observes rebar placement for new living quarters at the medical construction site in Ali Oune, Djibouti, Sept. 19, 2018. Seabees with NMCB 1, Det-HOA are building a medical facility in Ali Oune in support of the Ministry of Health for Djibouti. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Andrew Sinclair) Seabee Commander Visits Ali Oune U.S. Navy Builder 2nd Class Gildardo Andrade, a Seabee assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 1, Detachment-Horn of Africa (NMCB 1, Det-HOA), observes rebar placement for new living quarters at the medical construction site in Ali Oune, Djibouti, Sept. 19, 2018. Seabees with NMCB 1, Det-HOA are building a medical facility in Ali Oune in support of the Ministry of Health for Djibouti. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Andrew Sinclair)
U.S. Navy Command Master Chief Derrick Arrington, Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 1 (NMCB 1) talks with Seabees assigned to a project site in Ali Oune, Djibouti, Sept. 19, 2018. NMCB 1 Detachment Horn of Africa is building a medical facility in Ali Oune in support of the Ministry of Health for Djibouti. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Andrew Sinclair) Seabee Commander Visits Ali Oune U.S. Navy Command Master Chief Derrick Arrington, Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 1 (NMCB 1) talks with Seabees assigned to a project site in Ali Oune, Djibouti, Sept. 19, 2018. NMCB 1 Detachment Horn of Africa is building a medical facility in Ali Oune in support of the Ministry of Health for Djibouti. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Andrew Sinclair)
U.S. Navy Equipment Operator 1st Class Ryan Bright, a Seabee assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 1 Detachment Horn of Africa (NMCB 1 Det HOA) cuts plywood for living quarters at Ali Oune, Djibouti, Sept. 19, 2018. Seabees with NMCB 1 Det-HOA are building a medical facility in Ali Oune in support of the Ministry of Health for Djibouti. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Andrew Sinclair) Seabee Commander Visits Ali Oune U.S. Navy Equipment Operator 1st Class Ryan Bright, a Seabee assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 1 Detachment Horn of Africa (NMCB 1 Det HOA) cuts plywood for living quarters at Ali Oune, Djibouti, Sept. 19, 2018. Seabees with NMCB 1 Det-HOA are building a medical facility in Ali Oune in support of the Ministry of Health for Djibouti. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Andrew Sinclair)
U.S. Navy Seabees with Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 1, Detachment Horn of Africa (NMCB 1, Det-HOA) stop for a photo with NMCB-1’s Civil Engineer Corps Cmdr. Michael Meno and Command Master Chief Derrick Arrington at a project site in Ali Oune, Djibouti, Sept.19, 2018. NMCB-1, Det-HOA is building a medical facility in Ali Oune in support of the Ministry of Health for Djibouti. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Andrew Sinclair) Seabee Commander Visits Ali Oune U.S. Navy Seabees with Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 1, Detachment Horn of Africa (NMCB 1, Det-HOA) stop for a photo with NMCB-1’s Civil Engineer Corps Cmdr. Michael Meno and Command Master Chief Derrick Arrington at a project site in Ali Oune, Djibouti, Sept.19, 2018. NMCB-1, Det-HOA is building a medical facility in Ali Oune in support of the Ministry of Health for Djibouti. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Andrew Sinclair)
U.S. Navy Builder 2nd Class Erik Rau a Seabee assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 1, Detachment-Horn of Africa (NMCB 1 Det-HOA), gives Civil Engineer Corps Cmdr. Michael Meno a tour of the construction site in Ali Oune, Djibouti, Sept. 19, 2018. Seabees with NMCB 1 Det-HOA are building a medical facility in Ali Oune in support of the Ministry of Health for Djibouti. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Andrew Sinclair) Seabee Commander Visits Ali Oune U.S. Navy Builder 2nd Class Erik Rau a Seabee assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 1, Detachment-Horn of Africa (NMCB 1 Det-HOA), gives Civil Engineer Corps Cmdr. Michael Meno a tour of the construction site in Ali Oune, Djibouti, Sept. 19, 2018. Seabees with NMCB 1 Det-HOA are building a medical facility in Ali Oune in support of the Ministry of Health for Djibouti. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Andrew Sinclair)
U.S. Navy Civil Engineer Corp Cmdr. Michael Meno, Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 1 commander, observes construction of a nursery in Ali Oune, Djibouti, Sept. 19, 2018. Seabees with NMCB 1, Detachment-Horn of Africa are building a medical facility in Ali Oune in support of the Ministry of Health for Djibouti. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Andrew Sinclair) Seabee Commander Visits Ali Oune U.S. Navy Civil Engineer Corp Cmdr. Michael Meno, Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 1 commander, observes construction of a nursery in Ali Oune, Djibouti, Sept. 19, 2018. Seabees with NMCB 1, Detachment-Horn of Africa are building a medical facility in Ali Oune in support of the Ministry of Health for Djibouti. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Andrew Sinclair)
U.S Navy Civil Engineer Corps Cmdr. Michael Meno, Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 1 (NMCB 1) commander, answers questions from Seabees assigned to a construction site in Ali Oune, Djibouti, Sept. 19, 2018. Seabees with NMCB 1 Detachment Horn of Africa are building a medical facility in Ali Oune in support of the Ministry of Health for Djibouti. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Andrew Sinclair) Seabee Commander Visits Ali Oune U.S Navy Civil Engineer Corps Cmdr. Michael Meno, Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 1 (NMCB 1) commander, answers questions from Seabees assigned to a construction site in Ali Oune, Djibouti, Sept. 19, 2018. Seabees with NMCB 1 Detachment Horn of Africa are building a medical facility in Ali Oune in support of the Ministry of Health for Djibouti. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Andrew Sinclair)

ALI OUNE, Djibouti-The Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 1 Commander visited Seabees at Ali Oune Village, September 21.

Commander Michael W. Meno visited with Seabees assigned to Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa, who are staged out of Ali Oune village, where they’re building a clinic in support of the Ministry of Health for Djibouti.

The facility will serve as a health clinic for Ali Oune village, providing medical treatment to locals who live there.

Meno was excited to see his troops in action, but to also witness first hand the amazing progress his fellow Seabees have made on the clinic.

“It feels fantastic being out to visit the troops,” said Meno. “I’m really proud and honored to see the hard work in very austere conditions and the morale they all maintain. It’s truly amazing, I love my job.”

The Seabees were also visited by Master Chief Derrick D. Arrington, the Command Master Chief for NMCB 1. Both the Commander and Master Chief received a detailed tour of the site to include viewing structure plans and living conditions.

Meno and Arrington spent some of their time asking questions and allowed their troops to voice concerns to improve quality of life while living at the project site; ensuring they have what they need to complete the mission.

Arrington who is very proud of his enlisted corps, was excited to shake hands with the men and women of NMCB 1.

“It’s awesome to see this detachment out here working so hard, I’m so proud of them,” said Arrington. “I know that if we got the call to fight tonight, we’d be ready. Ops like this not only help build their tactical skills, but also their technical skills. I’m very excited to be able to serve in this capacity.”

Meno and Arrington were impressed with the Seabee’s work and their ability to keep morale high, in less than ideal conditions; a testament to the team’s passion for their work and commitment to excellence.

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