“In a situation, we need to understand how the Polish
battalion and the outside entities — such as police forces
— react to that. And if we don’t react and understand it
and do it the same way, that’s a problem,” he said.
“I’ve met with the commander of the Polish battal-
ion, the mayor and the police chief, to make sure we
understand. But our procedures have to be policy-
driven, not personality-driven. We can’t change the
way we do things just because we have someone new
in a leadership position.”
Redzikowo is a one-year tour. Like the others, Gilbert
has temporary lodging in town, where he can shop at
the local stores and meet and talk with the inhabitants.
“I’ll chat with someone walking their dog. They
speak reasonably good English, and if they don’t, my
reasonably bad Polish kind of fills in the gaps,” he said.
“The Sailors love it,” Gilbert said. “They live
in Ustka, which is a beach resort town near here.
Eventually we’ll all move on base. But we’ll still be
involved with the community. We’ve adopted two
schools, and expect to do more. We’re teaching them
English and they’re teaching us Polish. My wife is
visiting from the states, and we’re going to visit at a
Williamson said the Sailors are what the people of
the host nations see of America.
“It’s our responsibility to be good Americans and
interact with these people and build those relationships. They’re our partners. And so that’s a critical
aspect of the job. Our Sailors understand the role they
play. They really do get that,” he said.
Blueprints to Bulldozers
Daniel Olivas is a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
contracting officer and project manager at the
Redzikowo site, and is watching the complex pieces of
the project come together.
“We have both MDA [Missile Defense Agency] and
Navy projects. For MDA were building the deck house,
magazine, launcher area, infrastructure and mission
critical utilities. For the Navy contract we’re building
the multipurpose structure, galley, barracks, warehouse, fire station and other facilities,” he said.
Olivas said there are about 300 people working on
the site, including contractors, subcontractors, Corps
of Engineers, MDA and Navy personnel.
“We’ve got everyone from the guy with the blueprints to the guy on the bulldozer,” he said.
Construction crews work on the Emergency Management Facility at NSF Redzikowo. Co-located with the Redzikowo Polish Force Protection Battalion at
the Redzikowo Military Base, NSF Redzikowo will provide safety, security and housing to ensure the operations of Aegis Ashore Missile Defense System
Poland. Technical capability of the Aegis Ashore site is expected to be delivered in 2018.
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