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Bridging the Tigris

An aerial view of the Mabey Johnson bridge on Sept. 1 shows the culmination of a one month long partnership project between the 225th Engineer Brigade, 555th Engineer Brigade, and elements of three Iraqi army Field Engineering Regiments. The enormous bridge spans 100 meters over the Tigris River near Taji in northern Baghdad. It will allow the crossing of nearly any piece of equipment the military uses today.

On the banks of the mighty Tigris River, a track excavator slowly inched forward, pushing a land-based on ramp towards a pontoon suspension bridge.

Simple pins, connecting the two, marked the Aug. 31 completion of a spectacular engineering effort from three separate engineer entities that took a month to complete.

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