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By Theresa Merto

HAGÅTÑA, Guam (June 14, 2002 - Pacific Daily News)---For the past several months, a military civic action team in Palau has been building an equipment shed and is slated next month to construct a water storage tank there.

The team, made up of members from the U.S. Army, Air Force and Navy, has assisted the Federated States of Micronesia and Palau in community projects.

"This is a joint effort between services that is headed up by the commander of the Pacific Command in Hawai‘i," said Navy Lt. Cmdr. Kevin L. Roye, the officer-in-charge of the U.S. Pacific Command Representative Detachment Civic Action Teams Guam.

The team provides construction, medical assistance, apprentice training and community relations in Kosrae, Pohnpei, Chuuk and Palau, Roye said.

He said the Guam CAT staff oversees projects, including recent renovations at Chuuk State Hospital. The team provides labor and equipment free of charge to the states, he said.

Making a difference

In Palau, there are currently 13 members of the Navy Mobile Construction Battalion building a heavy maintenance equipment shed.

"They are starting it from zero to 100 percent completion and they should be able to complete the project within their tour," said Navy Chief Peter Quiambao, Civic Action Team Palau and Chuuk site manager. The shed is expected to be completed next month.

The group also is planning to start a water storage tank project in July, Quiambao said.

"What they are going to do is go out and build water storage tank facilities to be used during disaster periods after typhoons or natural disasters when the local water is not available," Quiambao said.

The members will work on several sites in Palau and outer islands, he said.

"It is just a warm feeling that these guys get in getting the project done and walking away ... leaving a footprint," Roye said. "They make a difference."

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