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Marine combat engineers repair Iraq’s roadways

Marine combat engineers repair Iraq’s roadways Stephen Holt The sound of a cement mixer breaks the silence in the darkness on a lone Iraqi road near the city of Fallujah. Marine combat engineers are working in what is known as a “blackout” condition–no light other than the moon and the occasional glimmer of a flashlight. […]

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ultrasonic rail crack detector for passenger trains would mean more inspections

Taking a different line: ultrasonic rail crack detector for passenger trains would mean more inspections Helen Knight NETWORK RAIL and London Underground are supporting a project to build an ultrasonic device for inspecting cracks in rails, which could be fitted to conventional passenger trains. Researchers at Warwick, Birmingham and Bristol universities will build and test […]

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Sapper Pac—the tool kit for Engineers

Sapper Pac—the tool kit for Engineers Alan P. Schlie Engineers are almost universal in their agreement to carry some tool on their belt or in their pocket. The most popular tool seems to be multi-pliers, with hundreds of types available from numerous manufacturers. The second most popular would probably be a tie between a pocketknife […]

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National Training Center : SWEAT

National Training Center : SWEAT Thomas H. Magness The status of infrastructure, and the ability to show improvement, is critical to the success of the mission in Iraq and Afghanistan. NTC is addressing this issue by preparing units to assess infrastructural deficiencies and develop plans to remedy critical shortfalls. By aggressively seeking to determine the […]

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Command and control of a heavy engineer task force

Command and control of a heavy engineer task force Joseph P. Morsello When the 505th Engineer Battalion deployed to Iraq in October 2005, it was attached to the 555th Engineer Brigade under the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). The 505th’s missions were throughout north-western Iraq, resulting in decentralized employment of elements into a multidisciplinary task […]

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The Professional Bulletin for Army Engineers: Bad day at Dalat

Bad day at Dalat – Past in Review Larry Saul The resounding crash of rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs) and the staccato report of several automatic weapons were the first indications that things had just taken a turn for the worse. It didn’t take long to figure out that this was going to be ugly. Along the […]

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The Professional Bulletin for Army Engineers: QA/QC construction supervision … or “just wing it” – Letters To The editor

QA/QC construction supervision … or “just wing it” – Letters To The editor – Letter to the Editor John Weller As a nonengineer, I read Engineer for general interest. Articles that are “engineer-techie” go by me in a hurry, although I do have a civil engineer working for me who can explain–slowly and patiently–what I […]

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The Professional Bulletin for Army Engineers: Military Water-Well Drilling

Military Water-Well Drilling Captain Tim Scarbrough In recent years, especially since the attack of Hurricane Mitch on Central America, humanitarian civic operations have dramatically improved the quality of life for thousands of people in need. This aid came from international civic foundations, religious organizations, volunteers, and the U.S. armed forces. All four services use Active […]

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QA/QC construction supervision … or “just wing it”

QA/QC construction supervision … or “just wing it” Jeffrey J. Major Johnson Quality assurance (QA) and quality control (QC) are two of the most important elements of any engineer construction project. However, QA/QC have not been officially proclaimed apart of the engineering process, and there is a trend among the junior officers and noncommissioned officers […]

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From the American Revolution to the War in Iraq

Footprints of Heroes: From the American Revolution to the War in Iraq Susan Groth Footprints of Heroes: From the American Revolution to the War in Iraq by Robert Skimin. Prometheus Books, Amherst, New York, 2005, 328 pages, ISBN 1-59102-281-9, list $26 (hardcover). [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] “The word hero became practically a dirty word during and after […]