This page was captured from the GOSPORT online newspaper, April 24, 1998 issue.
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Leathernecks hammer for humanity
Story, photos by Scott D. Hallford
Abimael Arredondo and Pfc. Kemp Phelps hammer in support boards for the
was plenty of work for all the Marine volunteers and Habitat for Humanity
representatives as they worked on a house on G Street.|
Armed with esprit dcorps and tools, about 20 Marines from Aviation
Maintenance Squadron One linked up with members from Habitat for Humanity
April 18 to help build a house for a less fortunate Pensacola family.
The group of Leathernecks began at approximately 8 a.m. and within a very
short time had the roof on the house located on G Street.
Master Sgt. Mike McCormick, NCOIC of the Aviation Life Support School, said
the Marines have been involved with Habitat for Humanity and other volunteer
projects for the community since the great increase in Marine Corps personnel
here two years ago.
Fourteen of the volunteers were students, most of them in their late teens
and early 20s with no experience in building houses.
McCormick said they are getting around an overall lack of experience by
having permanent party staff and instructors learning more about construction
so there will always be some continuity with experience. That way
we (staff and instructors) will be able to go on a job site and know exactly
what needs to be done and can direct the less experienced, he said.
That will also free up some of the Habitat for Humanity workers to
perhaps be somewhere else where their experience is needed.
On this particular day, the Marines finished the roof up to the point of
being shingled and went through the inside and put up interior supports,
roofing panels for the porch are, put wedges in rafters to keep them apart
and to provide support. When we left all that needed to be done was
electrical, plumbing and dry walling, plus the windows and doors,
McCormick said all the volunteers have a sense of self-satisfaction and
accomplishment after theyve helped build a home for someone.
In another community project, the Marines will be conducting a cleanup at
Pensacola Beach May 16 involving about 200 personnel and an environmental
cleanup group is being formed to clean various parts of Pensacola.