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2nd Marine Logistics Group

Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Engineers: different uniforms, identical mission

By Lance Cpl. Devin Nichols | | May 13, 2013

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Soldiers with the Bermuda Regiment listen to instructions on how to use the MK III Bridge Erection Boats from Marines with 8th Engineer Support Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group during Exercise Island Warrior aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., May 7, 2013. Bermuda Regiment gun assault pioneers, or engineers, mostly use their abilities for humanitarian tasks, but came abroad to expand their knowledge as engineers and learned how to build and move Improved Ribbon Bridges in the water.

Soldiers with the Bermuda Regiment listen to instructions on how to use the MK III Bridge Erection Boats from Marines with 8th Engineer Support Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group during Exercise Island Warrior aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., May 7, 2013. Bermuda Regiment gun assault pioneers, or engineers, mostly use their abilities for humanitarian tasks, but came abroad to expand their knowledge as engineers and learned how to build and move Improved Ribbon Bridges in the water. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Devin Nichols)


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Marines with 8th Engineer Support Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group demonstrate for soldiers with the Bermuda Regiment how to operate the MK III Bridge Erection Boats during Exercise Island Warrior aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., May 8, 2013. After classes about the nomenclature and characteristics of the MK II BEB, the soldiers of the Bermuda Regiment went out on the water and performed practical applications under the supervision of Marine Corps operators.

Marines with 8th Engineer Support Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group demonstrate for soldiers with the Bermuda Regiment how to operate the MK III Bridge Erection Boats during Exercise Island Warrior aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., May 8, 2013. After classes about the nomenclature and characteristics of the MK II BEB, the soldiers of the Bermuda Regiment went out on the water and performed practical applications under the supervision of Marine Corps operators. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Devin Nichols)


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Lance Cpl. Joshua C. V. Iris (left), a gun assault pioneer with the Bermuda Regiment operates a MK III Bridge Erection Boat during Island Warrior training aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., May 8, 2013. Marines with 8th Engineer Support Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group instructed the Bermuda Regiment soldiers on how to use the MK III BEBs to move Improved Ribbon Bridges by using longitudinal and conventional rafting.

Lance Cpl. Joshua C. V. Iris (left), a gun assault pioneer with the Bermuda Regiment operates a MK III Bridge Erection Boat during Island Warrior training aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., May 8, 2013. Marines with 8th Engineer Support Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group instructed the Bermuda Regiment soldiers on how to use the MK III BEBs to move Improved Ribbon Bridges by using longitudinal and conventional rafting. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Devin Nichols)


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Soldiers with the Bermuda Regiment ask a Marine with 8th Engineer Support Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group questions about the MK III Bridge Erection Boats during Exercise Island Warrior aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., May 7, 2013. The Bermuda Regiment soldiers come from the Islands of Bermuda. The main island is a 20.6 square-mile island where they have limited space to train.

Soldiers with the Bermuda Regiment ask a Marine with 8th Engineer Support Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group questions about the MK III Bridge Erection Boats during Exercise Island Warrior aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., May 7, 2013. The Bermuda Regiment soldiers come from the Islands of Bermuda. The main island is a 20.6 square-mile island where they have limited space to train. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Devin Nichols)


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The Hon. George D. R. Fergusson (center), Governor of Bermuda, poses with soldiers with the Bermuda Regiment and Marines with 8th Engineer Support Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group during Exercise Island Warrior aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., May 7, 2013. Soldiers with the Bermuda Regiment received hands-on training from the Marines with 8th ESB on how to operate the MK III Bridge Erection Boats and to use them to construct and maneuver Improved Ribbon Bridges.

The Hon. George D. R. Fergusson (center), Governor of Bermuda, poses with soldiers with the Bermuda Regiment and Marines with 8th Engineer Support Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group during Exercise Island Warrior aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., May 7, 2013. Soldiers with the Bermuda Regiment received hands-on training from the Marines with 8th ESB on how to operate the MK III Bridge Erection Boats and to use them to construct and maneuver Improved Ribbon Bridges. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Devin Nichols)


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MK III Bridge Erection Boats belonging to 8th Engineer Support Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group sit at Engineer Point aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., May 7, 2013. Approximately 15 soldiers with the Bermuda Regiment were instructed by Marines with 8th ESB to practice longitudinal and conventional rafting using MK III BEBs when building and using Improved Ribbon Bridges.

MK III Bridge Erection Boats belonging to 8th Engineer Support Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group sit at Engineer Point aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., May 7, 2013. Approximately 15 soldiers with the Bermuda Regiment were instructed by Marines with 8th ESB to practice longitudinal and conventional rafting using MK III BEBs when building and using Improved Ribbon Bridges. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Devin Nichols)


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Cpl. Erikon C. Rosamond (left), a Kosciusko. Miss., native and combat engineer with Bridge Company, 8th Engineer Support Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, teaches soldiers with the Bermuda Regiment the nomenclature and characteristics of the MK III Bridge Erection Boat during Exercise Island Warrior at Engineer Point aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., May 7, 2013. Approximately 15 soldiers with the Bermuda Regiment came to enhance their engineer skills with the 8th ESB Marines.

Cpl. Erikon C. Rosamond (left), a Kosciusko. Miss., native and combat engineer with Bridge Company, 8th Engineer Support Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, teaches soldiers with the Bermuda Regiment the nomenclature and characteristics of the MK III Bridge Erection Boat during Exercise Island Warrior at Engineer Point aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., May 7, 2013. Approximately 15 soldiers with the Bermuda Regiment came to enhance their engineer skills with the 8th ESB Marines. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Devin Nichols)


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CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. -- Exchanging words and laughter, one person speaks with a foreign accent while the other has a deep southern twang. Both the servicemembers bear uniforms dedicating themselves to their country. However, these two share something similar – they are both engineers.

Marines with Bridge Company, 8th Engineer Support Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group trained approximately 15 soldiers with the Bermuda Regiment, based out of the Islands of Bermuda, during Exercise Island Warrior at Engineer Point here, May 7 and 8.

“It is a terrific experience coming here to get this training,” said Lance Cpl. Joshua C. V. Iris, a gun assault pioneer with the Bermuda Regiment. “Coming to the United States allows us to broaden our horizon and brings us better opportunities.”

Soldiers from the Bermuda Regiment came from a 20.6 square-mile island, smaller than the city of Miami, to cross-train with different units aboard Camp Lejeune.

“We come from an island where we have limited space to train,” said Iris. “I like having access to the tools needed to perform the tasks as an engineer here. The [Marines] have everything they need.”

Marines with 8th ESB gave classes and hands-on instructions to use the MK III Bridge Erection Boat, or MK III BEB, and how to use the boat to assemble and move Improved Ribbon Bridges, or IRBs.

Bermuda Regiment soldiers learned various ways to push the bridges in the water. The water current and wind distinguishes how the bridge will travel. Diverse types of rafting are used so IRBs can be moved upstream, parallel of the bridge or horizontally, to arrive to its destination.

“They are asking a lot of questions and they are very excited about learning the capabilities of these boats,” said Cpl. Erikon C. Rosamond, a Kosciusko, Miss., native and combat engineer with Bridge Co. “It is an honor to have another country come out here and train with us. It feels good to be able to pass the knowledge to others.”

After classes about the nomenclature and characteristics of the MK III BEB, the soldiers of the Bermuda Regiment ventured onto the water and performed practical applications under the supervision of experienced Marine Corps operators.

“My favorite part was the hands-on training with the boats and getting to use them,” said Iris. “This will benefit us when we go back because we are used to a limited amount of tasks, but now we know more.”


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