Seabees with Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 133 put their training to work recently at a Gulfport school.
Fifteen Seabees chipped in at West Elementary School, a school the battalion has sponsored for five years, and painted classrooms for two days.
"Honestly, we just wanted to do something to help out the school," said Petty Officer 3rd Class Paul Theile. "We always want to help the community as much as possible, and sponsoring this school has been a great way to do it."
Several seabees remain at NMCB 133's permanent duty station during deployment. They help maintain the unit's personnel affairs and facilitate communication with family members in support of Seabees deployed to locations in Europe, Africa and the Pacific.
"With all the great things our Seabees are doing in remote locations, it feels good to do something at home that helps out other people, especially when that thing helps little children have clean and presentable classrooms," said Petty Officer 3rd Class Jacob Valle. "We hope to do more in the future and not limit those things to just the West Elementary School."