U.S. Army Engineers continue training of the Syrian Democratic Forces to increase regional stability
(Parsippany, New Jersey) – 12 December 2018 – Acrow Bridge, a leading international bridge engineering and supply company, noted today that its 700XS bridges are being used for training members of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) on basic and advanced engineering operations in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. In addition, 11 Acrow bridges of varying dimensions have been emplaced throughout the area of operation since late 2016, reestablishing routes which had been destroyed prior to the liberation from ISIS. More than 2,500 SDF and over one million civilians have benefitted from these renewed crossings.
Led by the U.S. Army Engineer Regiment, three Multi-Role Bridge Companies have been involved in the training and construction: the 310th, the 200th and the 652d. The inaugural class of the SDF Engineer School focused on the use of Line of Communication Bridges to support SDF military operations. Instruction included reconnaissance of potential bridge sites, bridge design using commercially available solutions, bridge emplacement, bridge maintenance and bridge repair. Following classroom instruction and practical exercises, members of the 652d Bridge Training Team (who completed the required training on Acrow bridges in August 2017) and the SDF Engineers completed a culminating exercise in which a 21 meter-long (68.9 foot) bridge was emplaced in a local village. The two teams continued to operate together and since then have completed dozens of joint missions while providing advanced training to subsequent classes of SDF Engineers.
The Acrow 700XS bridge system has been selected as a standard Line of Communication Bridge for logistical support by military organizations around the world, including the U.S. Army, the Canadian Army, the Australian Defence Force, the National Army of Colombia, the Chilean Army, the Israeli Defense Forces, the Indonesian Army and United Nations Peacekeeping operations. In addition to the supply of bridging systems, Acrow provides ongoing training to support the needs of military organizations worldwide.
“Acrow’s modular steel bridges are designed to military standards and capable of supporting heavy vehicles under a variety of conditions,” said Eugene Sobecki, Director – National Sales and Military Business Development at Acrow and a frequent speaker at military engineering conferences. “They are ideal for addressing time-sensitive infrastructure needs, both temporary and permanent, and components can be quickly transported, assembled, and reused wherever they are needed.”
Bill Killeen, Acrow CEO, added, “Acrow has a long history of addressing the needs of military forces worldwide. Whether used in combat, peacekeeping operations or humanitarian relief efforts, our bridges have key advantages that include a proven return on investment while providing our military partners with flexibility, redundancy and a capability that supports freedom of movement.”
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