News: 1438th Multi-Role Bridge Company assumes control as the International Security Assistance Force bridge unit
Story by 1st Lt. Alessandra Braun
CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan- The 1438 Multi-Role Bridge Company (MRBC), Missouri Army National Guard, assumed responsibility from the 2225th Multi-Role Bridge Company, Louisiana Army National Guard on Sept. 3, 2013. Their transfer of authority ceremony took place in front of an audience of 100 soldiers from Task Force SAW and Camp Leatherneck. This is a significant transition because 2225th MRBC is the singular bridge company operating in Afghanistan.
For the past nine months, the 2225th MRBC, Task Force SAW has provided freedom of movement and maneuver to U.S., Afghan and coalition forces. As the theater bridge asset, they were vital to the success of the Theater Engineer Brigade, Joint Task Force Triple Nickel.
They arrived in Afghanistan in December 2012 and quickly took control of all of the bridging equipment in each regional command. They were responsible for emplacing eight bridges, removing seven, completing 20 bridge inspections, eight reconnaissance missions, and repaired 15 bridges. They traveled more than 8,000 miles and conducted more than 30 combat patrols.
The 2225th MRBC accomplished two firsts for the bridging community by being the first company to ever launch and retrieve a Dry Support Bridge without the use of a launching vehicle. These two missions proved the flexibility of the MRBC.
The 1438th MRBC has been officially welcomed to the TF SAW team and will have the daunting task of completing all bridging operations throughout Afghanistan. 1st Lt. Graydon Gaines, the 1438th MRBC Executive Officer expressed his gratitude during the ceremony with his remarks, “2225th set the standard in military bridging operations and they have truly set us up for success. They have shown us what a theater asset MRBC is capable of and set us on the right path to conquering our mission.”
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