By Bryan Bliss, Facilities Engineering and Acquisition Division Camp Butler Public Affairs
OKINAWA, Japan (NNS) -- Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Far East completed renovations on a remote obstacle course at Marine Corps Base (MCB) Camp Butler Oct. 24.
The six-month, $580,000 project at the Jungle Warfare Training Center was managed by Facilities Engineering and Acquisition Division (FEAD) Camp Butler.
"We are excited to provide these new facilities to the U.S. Marine Corps, so that they have more capability to train their Marines and meet their mission while using the brand new and safer obstacles we have installed," said Construction Management Engineer Susumu Yonahara.
The contract was awarded to American Engineering Corporation (AEC) in April to revitalize four training obstacles at the northern Okinawa camp, and verify safe installation by performing field tests. Work included repair of two wire rope crawls across a ravine and spanning a river, the installation of 42 stainless steel anchor points, and the weight testing of eight pre-existing concrete posts for rappelling. Despite rough terrain and rapidly-changing weather conditions, FEAD Camp Butler and its contractor completed the work on time, within budget, and with no safety mishaps.
"The JWTC project was an extremely challenging project for both the government and contractor, considering it was taking place in the middle of a national preserved forest with many endangered species living in the area," said Engineering Technician Ichiro Uema. "In order to avoid impact to nature and to overcome possible safety hazards, the team had to spend a great amount of time working together and developing plans to comply with NAVFAC safety requirements and environmental law."
NAVFAC Far East's FEAD Camp Butler provides construction and service contracting support to nine Marine Corps camps and one Marine Corps air station at Okinawa, Japan.