Navy officer helps restore Serb base to house troops

November 22, 1999

Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 3 is restoring an abandoned Serb artillery base in Kosovo, which was bombed several months ago by NATO warplanes.

Navy Chief Petty Officer Keith A. Buckman, 36, of Westminster and fellow Seabees are helping to repair the facility, which will house 2,000 U.S. troops in Gnjilane, Kosovo.

He also was part of the battalion that repaved nearly 32 miles of road and worked on various civic projects for ethnic Albanian refugees.

"I supervised camp maintenance and sea-hut plumbing," said Buckman, a 1980 graduate of Woodlawn High School.

As a company maintenance supervisor, Buckman oversees construction and repair of campus structures.

He is the son of Charles Buckman of Westminster.

Fires

Westminster: Firefighters from Westminster, Reese, Pleasant Valley and Manchester responded at 7: 09 p.m. Thursday to an odor of gas in the first block of E. Main St. Units were out 28 minutes.

Westminster: Firefighters from Westminster, Reese and Pleasant Valley responded at 4: 02 p.m. Thursday to smoke and an odor of gas inside a building in the 600 block of Uniontown Road. Units were out 56 minutes.

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