The following is a release from Lance Cpl. Fatmeh Saad, II Marine Expeditionary Force:
Marines with Bridge Company, 8th Engineer Support Battalion teamed up with 2nd Tank Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, to perform a medium girder bridge crossing aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., July 24, 2015.
MGBs are used for dry and wet gap crossings and can be quickly constructed without the use of machinery, increasing mobility, saving ground units’ time and minimizing danger by decreasing the travel distance.
“The bridge itself is designed to cross a tank, that’s the heaviest vehicle it can carry,” said 1st Lt. Anthony L. Puopolo, platoon commander of MGB platoon. “In order to provide mobility to our units, it’s important that we become proficient in placing these bridges.”
They swept and set up security to simulate a combat environment to help maintain a tactical mindset.
“Ideally, the bridge takes about one hour to construct, but since this was a training exercise and it’s not something we do often, we spent about four hours constructing the bridge, which helped our Marines gain a deeper understanding of what doing,” said Sgt. Joshua S Tisdale, the bridge master with Bridge …read more
Source:: Tactical Life