DEVESELU, Romania – Within the gates of the Navy’s newest shore installation, Naval Support Facility (NSF) Deveselu, Romania, stands a small detachment of five Seabees from several Public Works Departments (PWD) in the Europe, Africa and Southwest Asia region.
Their mission to the installation is to support any upgrades for the temporary camp, quality of life projects to boost morale, as well as facilitate building acceptances and movement to the permanent site. They also provide safety supervision of crane operations, quality assurance for the base operating support contractor, and assistance in Navy logistic and fueling operations.
“As we support our NATO allies and this Aegis Ashore dream becomes a reality, we are forging new territory which is forcing us to adapt to and overcome a lot of unique challenges presented by meshing a ship and a shore installation,” said PWD Deveselu Deputy Public Works Officer Lt. Cmdr. Jon Angle. “One of our biggest successes has been to bring a very diverse team of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, U.S. contractors, Israeli contractors and Turkish contractors together to achieve mission success; all while improving relations between the U.S., our Romanian Army hosts and the local community.”
With the limited amount of personnel assigned to NSF Deveselu, this small group of Seabees overcomes every obstacle with a “Can Do” attitude. They put in long working hours and dedicate their expertise and ingenuity to every task they receive.
Romania’s first permanent party Seabee and PWD Deveselu Leading Chief Petty Officer, Chief Utilitiesman Scott Kristek, explains some of the challenges he and his Seabees face.
“We face many difficult challenges, ranging from the austere location to the continuity of personnel. Until we get more permanent party personnel, we will continue to do a 90-day turnover of members,” said Kristek. “Other challenges include receiving supplies and materials in a timely manner to complete our projects and scheduling around so many different operations with a very small staff, but with teamwork and networking we always succeed.”
Even with only a small fire team of Seabees, the NAVFAC team of Deveselu has made a large impact. By tackling tasks with the “Can Do” spirit they are known for, they have managed to develop a lasting positive image amongst the rest of the base populace and improve overall moral. In a place like Deveselu, even routine things, from responding to faulty light plants in the middle of the night, to creating new temporary berthing locations for boosted manning numbers with little to no notice are appreciated.
NSF Deveselu was established Oct. 10, 2014, in south-central Romania. When completed, its mission will be to provide installation facilities, resources and services to support and enable the Aegis Ashore Missile Defense System (AAMDS).
AAMDS is part of Phase II of the European Phased Adaptive Approach (EPAA) to ballistic-missile defense in Europe and will become fully operational later this year. Utilizing the U.S. Navy's proven at-sea missile defense capability adapted for a shore application, the plan for EPAA builds on the Standard Missile-3 now deployed around the world.