Forward-Deployed Guam Seabees Spruce Up Asan-Maina Community Center

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Forward-Deployed Guam Seabees Spruce Up Asan-Maina Community Center

by: JoAnna Delfin, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Public Affairs | .
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published: May 11, 2013

ASAN, Guam (NNS) -- Sailors from Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Marianas volunteered time to clean the Asan-Maina Community Center in Asan, Guam, May 1.

Asan-Maina Mayor Joana-Margaret Blas said she was excited to have the five Seabees at the center to help the villages with various project around the center.

"I was totally in shock yesterday when they called and they would be coming in," she said. I am very happy and I thank the military for giving us this time, committing themselves to come and help us out."

Blas added that with more community relations projects like this, the bond between the local and military communities will only be strengthened.

"This is a starting point for our village...with the military coming, bonding together we will work together," she said.

Construction Electrician Constructionman Ernest Cherwin, of NAVFAC Marianas, along with his fellow Seabees water-blasted and scrubbed down the community center kitchen and said he was glad to volunteer his time for a good cause.

"To me Guam is still so new so I wanted to learn more about the Chamorro way and how everything here operates," he said. "This is a good experience of getting into the community to actually do the community service."

Fairly new to the island, Cherwin said he takes advantage of the COMREL opportunities available to him as it allows him to learn more about the environment and people around him.

"A lot of the volunteer experiences I've had so far have been great learning experiences," he said. "It's actually good on my end learn how my job works. It's good for guys like us to actually get out there and like show our faces, change people's opinion, get people to actually understand how we operate."

The Seabees will continue their volunteer work at the community center throughout the week.

For more news from U.S. Naval Forces, Marianas, visit www.navy.mil/local/guam/

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