Navy Engineers Visit Humanitarian Assistance Project Sites

Engineers from Combined Joint Task Force (CJTF-HOA) J44 Force Engineer’s office discuss renovations during an engineering assessment for a construction nomination package on May 14, 2014 at Yoboki Primary School in Yoboki, Djibouti. CJTF HOA J44 Force Engineers Discuss Renovations

Engineers from Combined Joint Task Force (CJTF-HOA) J44 Force Engineer’s office discuss renovations during an engineering assessment for a construction nomination package on May 14, 2014 at Yoboki Primary School in Yoboki, Djibouti. If the nomination package is approved, the construction would include building a dormitory, cooking area, latrines and septic tanks for students (by CJTF HOA Staff Sergeant Leslie Keopka).

U. S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Timothy Trexler, CJTF-HOA J44 Force Engineer’s office operation’s chief, explains how an electrical panel works while doing a humanitarian aid nomination site survey, May 14, 2014, at Yoboki Primary School in Yoboki, Africa (by CJTF-HOA Staff Sergeant Leslie Keopka). J44 Operation's Chief Explains How Electrical Panel Works During Site Survey

U. S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Timothy Trexler, CJTF-HOA J44 Force Engineer’s office operation’s chief, explains how an electrical panel works while doing a humanitarian aid nomination site survey, May 14, 2014, at Yoboki Primary School in Yoboki, Africa. If the nomination package is approved, the construction would include building a dormitory, cooking area, latrines and septic tanks for students (by CJTF-HOA Staff Sergeant Leslie Keopka).

Soran Sadoon, CJTF-HOA J44 Force Engineer’s office civil engineer, inspects a newly installed water system during a pre-final inspection, May 14, 2014, at Bondara Primary School in Bondara, Djibouti. J44 Force Civil Engineer Inspects Newly Installed Water System

Soran Sadoon, CJTF-HOA J44 Force Engineer’s office civil engineer, inspects a newly installed water system during a pre-final inspection, May 14, 2014, at Bondara Primary School in Bondara, Djibouti. Personnel from the Force Engineer’s office traveled to the school to do a final inspection on a water system and to identify other areas that need additional maintenance. (U.S. Air Force photo by CJTF-HOA Staff Sergeant Leslie Keopka)

Engineers from Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) J44 Force Engineer’s office conducted inspections on two school buildings, May 14, 2014, in Bondara and Yoboki, Djibouti.

Engineers traveled to Bondara Primary School to complete a quality assurance and pre-final inspection on a newly installed water system. While inspecting buildings, the engineers looked for areas that would require additional work, such as cracks in foundations and leaking water pipes.

“We are also conducting warranty inspections,” said U.S. Navy Lt. Richard Scitzs, Djibouti Country engineer. “All these projects have a one year warranty once we turn them back over to the host nation; we identify if there are any items the contractor needs to go back to fix.”

The team then traveled to Yoboki Primary School and completed a preliminary inspection for a humanitarian aid nomination package. If the nomination package is approved, the construction will include building a dormitory, cooking area, latrines and septic tanks for students.

 “One of the things we do when we go out to sites is look for sustainability,” said Scitzs. “The key point is to do no harm; we look for natural resources. For example, we may build a building and use solar panels if there is no electrical grid available.”

The engineers work with local contractors to ensure repairs and renovations are being completed in a timely, safe and correct manner. Humanitarian assistance projects help build positive relationships with the host nation and provide the local communities with well-built facilities.

 “They can trust us,” said U. S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Timothy Trexler, CJTF-HOA J44 Force Engineer’s office operation’s chief. “We can help them better themselves by giving them better quality facilities.”

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