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    Michigan Bridge Unit Makes Powerful Connections By Sgt. 1st Class Helen Miller

    Michigan Bridge Unit Makes Powerful Connections

    Photo By Master Sgt. Helen Miller | Soldiers from the Sault Ste. Marie-based 1437th Engineer Multi-Role Bridge Company,...... read more read more



    Story by Sgt. 1st Class Helen Miller 

    Michigan National Guard

    The 1437th mission is to provide personnel and equipment to transport, assemble, disassemble, retrieve and maintain all standard and nonstandard U.S. Army bridging systems for wet or dry gap-crossings. All systems. Wet or dry. The men and women of the 1437th can, and have, under extremely challenging deployment conditions, bridge that gap.
    On August, 12, the unit put their skills to the test when CH-47, Chinooks from MIARNG, B. Company of the 3rd Battalion, 238th Aviation Regiment based in Grand Ledge, airlifted components of an Improved Float Bridge (Ribbon Bridge) and dropped them on the St. Mary’s River which runs into the Soo Locks between Lake Huron and Lake Superior. Using 500-hp MK-II Bridge Erection Boats, the engineers then maneuvered the separate pieces of the IFB to rehearse assembling them to form a sturdy floating bridge.
    “It was phenomenal to pull together two great Michigan Army National Guard units for this collective training event,” said First Sgt. Justin Proulx. “Each unit provided support training for the other unit’s Mission Essential Task List and assisted the commanders in moving forward training objectives in areas with limited training opportunities.”
    The 1437th Engineer Multi-Role Bridge Company has the largest rolling stock in the Michigan National Guard and includes Common Bridge Transporter trucks, HEMTTs and heavy equipment such as cranes and armored bulldozers which are used to prepare the sites. The unit also has a number of 500-hp MK-II Bridge Erection Boats, improved ribbon bridges and dry span bridges. They are one of the most frequently mobilized units – and for good reason – they know what they are doing and do it very well.
    The 1437th MBRC is under the command of Cpt. Michael Roy Anderson. For more information about the unit or the Michigan Army National Guard go to



    Date Taken: 08.20.2018
    Date Posted: 08.20.2018 15:41
    Story ID: 289527
    Location: SAULT ST. MARIE, MI, US

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