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May 11, 2012

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Seabees troop project improves Pine View beach

Story & photos by Rob Schuette, Public Affairs Staff

A busy Troop Project season at Fort McCoy got under way with work at Pine View Campground. A Naval Seabee unit removed a retaining wall, added more beach sand to the Squaw Lake beach area and began foundation work to install an additional storage building for recreation equipment.
PHOTO: Seabee construction workers remove a retaining wall at the Pine View Campground Squaw Lake beach area. Photo by Rob Schuette
Seabee construction workers remove a retaining wall at the Pine View Campground Squaw Lake beach area. As part of the troop-project work, the Seabees also brought in sand to help level the beach area and support quality-of-life and recreation services at the facility for members of the Fort McCoy community.

Navy Petty Officer (E-6, Equipment Operator First Class) Dan Wimme, the crew leader from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB)-25, said the projects were “terrific training for the troops.”

The unit trained at Fort McCoy from April 23-May 4. NMCB-25 is a tenant unit at Fort McCoy, which relocated to the installation after its former location the Glenview Naval Air Station closed.

“It feels good to help out the post,” Wimme said, adding the work they completed at Pine View “will make it a great facility for people in the community to enjoy.”

Removal of the retraining wall increases safety by eliminating obstructed views, he said.

“The new sand will create a beautiful beach for our patrons,” said Pam Budda, Fort McCoy Outdoor Recreation and Sports director. “Everyone will benefit from an improved beach area.”

Wimme said the project benefited the Seabees through the opportunity to train on excavation equipment, dump trucks, front-end loaders and bulldozers. The training will allow the Seabees to qualify for licenses and be prepared to operate the equipment in support of future missions.

PHOTO: A view of the Squaw Lake beach after Seabees removed a retaining wall and added beach sand to level the area. Photo by Rob Schuette
A view of the Squaw Lake beach after Seabees removed a retaining wall and added beach sand to level the area.

The Naval Reserve construction workers have participated in a number of past projects on the installation, including installing parking lots, and will support the construction of a two-story building on a North Post training area, etc.

“Larry Morrow, Fort McCoy Troop Projects coordinator, finds a lot of projects for us to do, helps set things up with materials and equipment and works through things with our command,” Wimme said.

Morrow said a number of Troop Projects are set for engineer units for the remainder of the fiscal year. Work will include construction of a tactical operations center for the Staff Sgt. Todd R. Cornell Noncommissioned Officer Academy and a concrete-block building near Mobile Urban Training Site-South. Other projects include creating a traffic circle, widening and improving a trail, and installing concrete pads at Forward Operating Bases Liberty and Freedom and a new gravel pad for recycling trash for South Post Housing.

“The projects support improved training and quality of life at the installation,” Morrow said. “Not only do we benefit, but the troops conducting the projects, which include Seabees and Army engineer personnel, also get to use their equipment, improve and maintain their job skills and complete projects they can use or enjoy.”

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