Seabees spend thousands of hours volunteering locally - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

Seabees spend thousands of hours volunteering locally

The Seabees volunteer around 4500 hours of service in the community each year. (Photo source: WLOX) The Seabees volunteer around 4500 hours of service in the community each year. (Photo source: WLOX)
GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) -

Military personnel spent their weekend reaching out into the community. A group of Seabees volunteered their time to help a construction project move forward.

The Naval Construction Battalion Center has gained a reputation for its projects abroad, but there's a lot of work that Seabees do closer to home.

"We don't focus just on things that are happening overseas. It's not just about conflict and stuff like that. It's about building up the community as well," said Chief Select Leigh-Anna Herring.

That was the case in Gulfport as Chief Selectees from the Seabee Base along with seasoned Chief Petty Officers got the elbow grease going.

"Working next to my brothers and actually pulling up carpet. Being a heavy equipment operator, I don't do a lot of the inside building. I never realized how hard they actually work. I'll have to give them a lot of credit for that now," said Herring.

Herring, along with Chief Select Jonathan Kessell and others from the base are working at the future home of the Mississippi Aviation Heritage Museum to help make repairs that funds aren't paying for.

"This is what Seabees are all about is helping the community. Building a strong relationship between the military and civilians around our bases," said Kessell.

These workdays sometimes also strengthen relationships within families. Such is the case with Chief Earnest Rouse and his daughters. He said this was a chance for his family to see what he might do on a deployment.

"We're out there on the ground a lot, so our families can't come out and experience that kind of work with us, so it's a good opportunity. Besides, they were watching cartoons and sleeping in anyway," joked Rouse.

The Seabees volunteer around 4500 hours of service in the community each year.

Copyright 2017 WLOX. All rights reserved. 

  • NEWSMore>>

  • Gov. Bryant declares State of Emergency for school districts affected by winter weather

    Gov. Bryant declares State of Emergency for school districts affected by winter weather

    Friday, January 19 2018 2:25 PM EST2018-01-19 19:25:02 GMT
    Source: TwitterSource: Twitter

    According to Twitter, Governor Bryant says the State Board of Education retains authority to decide if schools will make up any days missed.

    More >>

    According to Twitter, Governor Bryant says the State Board of Education retains authority to decide if schools will make up any days missed.

    More >>
  • USS Fitzgerald arrives in South Mississippi

    USS Fitzgerald arrives in South Mississippi

    Friday, January 19 2018 1:58 PM EST2018-01-19 18:58:10 GMT
    The USS Fitzgerald arrived in South Mississippi Friday morning for repairs at Ingalls Shipyard. (Source: WLOX)The USS Fitzgerald arrived in South Mississippi Friday morning for repairs at Ingalls Shipyard. (Source: WLOX)

    Outlined against the sun, the USS Fitzgerald painted a patriotic picture of American strength as it churned through the water, heading to the Port of Pascagoula. 

    More >>

    Outlined against the sun, the USS Fitzgerald painted a patriotic picture of American strength as it churned through the water, heading to the Port of Pascagoula. 

    More >>
  • Coast cities make up top 4 affordable beach towns in U.S.

    Coast cities make up top 4 affordable beach towns in U.S.

    Friday, January 19 2018 1:57 PM EST2018-01-19 18:57:29 GMT
    Coast cities are some of the most affordable beach towns to visit, according to one website. (Source: WLOX)Coast cities are some of the most affordable beach towns to visit, according to one website. (Source: WLOX)

    Four South Mississippi cities are taking top spots in a survey of the most affordable beach towns in America. Topping that list is Gulfport, which comes in the number one spot.

    More >>

    Four South Mississippi cities are taking top spots in a survey of the most affordable beach towns in America. Topping that list is Gulfport, which comes in the number one spot.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly