Active, Reserve Soldiers join forces to build tactical bridge, conduct river-crossing operations

By Capt. Maryjane Falefa Porter, 412th TEC Public AffairsAugust 2, 2012

Staff Sgt. William D'Angelo, an Army Deep Sea Diver from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., prepares for his jump as Spc. Andrew Holdner from Troy, Mo. and Pfc. Zachery Powell Tehachapi, Calif., jump from the rear of a Boeing CH-47 Chinook during Helocasting training at Operation River Assault 2012 at Fort Chaffee, Ark.
1 / 21 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Staff Sgt. William D'Angelo, an Army Deep Sea Diver from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., prepares for his jump as Spc. Andrew Holdner from Troy, Mo. and Pfc. Zachery Powell Tehachapi, Calif., jump from the rear of a Boeing CH-47 Chinook during Helocasting training at Operation River Assault 2012 at Fort Chaffee, Ark. (Photo Credit: Spc. Bradley Miller, 326th MPAD) VIEW ORIGINAL
Spc. Andrew Holdner from Troy, Mo., Pfc. Zachery Powell from Tehachapi, Calif., Spc. Brandon Sommerville from Pittsburgh, Pa. and Spc. Waylon Whitley from Athens, Ga., take a moment to catch their breath after jumping from a Boeing CH-47 Chinook during Helocasting training as a part of River Assault 2012 at Fort Chaffee, Ark.
2 / 21 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Spc. Andrew Holdner from Troy, Mo., Pfc. Zachery Powell from Tehachapi, Calif., Spc. Brandon Sommerville from Pittsburgh, Pa. and Spc. Waylon Whitley from Athens, Ga., take a moment to catch their breath after jumping from a Boeing CH-47 Chinook during Helocasting training as a part of River Assault 2012 at Fort Chaffee, Ark. (Photo Credit: Spc. Bradley Miller, 326th MPAD) VIEW ORIGINAL
Engineers with 459th Engineer Company from Bridgeport, W. Va., secure a section of an Improved Ribbon Bridge to a Bridge Erection Boat on the Arkansas River July 26. The bridge sections were flown in on CH-47 Chinhook helicopters and dropped by trucks as part of River Assault 2012 at Ft. Chaffee, Ark.
3 / 21 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Engineers with 459th Engineer Company from Bridgeport, W. Va., secure a section of an Improved Ribbon Bridge to a Bridge Erection Boat on the Arkansas River July 26. The bridge sections were flown in on CH-47 Chinhook helicopters and dropped by trucks as part of River Assault 2012 at Ft. Chaffee, Ark. (Photo Credit: Spc. Bradley Miller, 326th MPAD) VIEW ORIGINAL
A section of an Improvised Ribbon Bridge unfolds as it is dropped from a CH-47 Chinhook helicopter onto the Arkansas River. The floating bridge section was joined with others to span 293 meter during River Assault 2012.
4 / 21 Show Caption + Hide Caption – A section of an Improvised Ribbon Bridge unfolds as it is dropped from a CH-47 Chinhook helicopter onto the Arkansas River. The floating bridge section was joined with others to span 293 meter during River Assault 2012. (Photo Credit: Spc. Bradley Miller, 326th MPAD) VIEW ORIGINAL
Engineers with 459th Engineer Company from Bridgeport, W. Va., secure a section of an Improved Ribbon Bridge to a Bridge Erection Boat on the Arkansas River July 26. The bridge sections were flown in on CH-47 Chinhook helicopters and dropped by trucks as part of River Assault 2012 at Ft. Chaffee, Ark.
5 / 21 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Engineers with 459th Engineer Company from Bridgeport, W. Va., secure a section of an Improved Ribbon Bridge to a Bridge Erection Boat on the Arkansas River July 26. The bridge sections were flown in on CH-47 Chinhook helicopters and dropped by trucks as part of River Assault 2012 at Ft. Chaffee, Ark. (Photo Credit: Spc. Bradley Miller, 326th MPAD) VIEW ORIGINAL
A CH-47 Chinhook helicopter drops a section of Improved Ribbon Bridge into the Arkansas River on July 26. The bridge, which spanned 293 meters, was built during River Assault 2012.
6 / 21 Show Caption + Hide Caption – A CH-47 Chinhook helicopter drops a section of Improved Ribbon Bridge into the Arkansas River on July 26. The bridge, which spanned 293 meters, was built during River Assault 2012. (Photo Credit: Spc. Bradley Miller, 326th MPAD) VIEW ORIGINAL
An Improved Ribbon Bridge is moved into position on the Arkansas River by members of 459th Engineer Company from Bridgeport, W. Va. during River Assault 2012 at Fort Chaffee, Ark. Combat engineers from all over the country assembled to construct the 293 meter bridge in three hours.
7 / 21 Show Caption + Hide Caption – An Improved Ribbon Bridge is moved into position on the Arkansas River by members of 459th Engineer Company from Bridgeport, W. Va. during River Assault 2012 at Fort Chaffee, Ark. Combat engineers from all over the country assembled to construct the 293 meter bridge in three hours. (Photo Credit: Spc. Bradley Miller, 326th MPAD) VIEW ORIGINAL
Combat engineers with 459th Engineer Company from Bridgeport, W.Va. prepare to maneuver sections of an Improved Ribbon Bridge in a Bridge Erection Boat on the Arkansas River July 26 at Fort Chaffee, Ark. The floating bridge, which took three hours to complete, was the culmination event during River Assault 2012.
8 / 21 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Combat engineers with 459th Engineer Company from Bridgeport, W.Va. prepare to maneuver sections of an Improved Ribbon Bridge in a Bridge Erection Boat on the Arkansas River July 26 at Fort Chaffee, Ark. The floating bridge, which took three hours to complete, was the culmination event during River Assault 2012. (Photo Credit: Spc. Bradley Miller, 326th MPAD) VIEW ORIGINAL
Maj. Gen. William Buckler, Jr., commander, 412th Theater Engineer Command, Vicksburg, Miss., crosses the completed Improved Ribbon Bridge spanning the Arkansas River, as part of River Assault 2012 at Fort Chaffee, Ark. The bridge, consisting of individual floats pieced together, was completed in three hours.
9 / 21 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Maj. Gen. William Buckler, Jr., commander, 412th Theater Engineer Command, Vicksburg, Miss., crosses the completed Improved Ribbon Bridge spanning the Arkansas River, as part of River Assault 2012 at Fort Chaffee, Ark. The bridge, consisting of individual floats pieced together, was completed in three hours. (Photo Credit: Sgt. Timothy Book, 326th MPAD) VIEW ORIGINAL
Engineers from 459th Engineer Company from Bridgeport, W. Va. tighten down sections of an Improved Ribbon Bridge on the Arkansas River during River Assault 2012. Combat engineers from all over the country assembled to construct the 293 meter bridge in three hours.
10 / 21 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Engineers from 459th Engineer Company from Bridgeport, W. Va. tighten down sections of an Improved Ribbon Bridge on the Arkansas River during River Assault 2012. Combat engineers from all over the country assembled to construct the 293 meter bridge in three hours. (Photo Credit: Spc. Bradley Miller, 326th MPAD) VIEW ORIGINAL
Vehicles from 391st Engineer Battalion based in Greenville, S.C., cross the 293 meter Improved Ribbon Bridge during River Assault 2012 at Fort Chaffee, Ark. The bridge, consisting of individual floats pieced together, was completed in three hours.
11 / 21 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Vehicles from 391st Engineer Battalion based in Greenville, S.C., cross the 293 meter Improved Ribbon Bridge during River Assault 2012 at Fort Chaffee, Ark. The bridge, consisting of individual floats pieced together, was completed in three hours. (Photo Credit: Spc. Bradley Miller, 326th MPAD) VIEW ORIGINAL
Maj. Gen. William Buckler, Jr., commander, 412th Theater Engineer Command, Vicksburg, Miss., congratulates engineers from the 459th Engineer Company from Bridgeport, W. Va., on a job well done. The company participated in River Assault 2012 and helped construct a 293 meter floating Improved Ribbon Bridge across the Arkansas River on July 26.
12 / 21 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Maj. Gen. William Buckler, Jr., commander, 412th Theater Engineer Command, Vicksburg, Miss., congratulates engineers from the 459th Engineer Company from Bridgeport, W. Va., on a job well done. The company participated in River Assault 2012 and helped construct a 293 meter floating Improved Ribbon Bridge across the Arkansas River on July 26. (Photo Credit: Spc. Bradley Miller, 326th MPAD) VIEW ORIGINAL
Spc. Waylon Whitley, an Army Deep Sea Diver from Athens, Ga., is pulling himself in to the boat after jumping from a Boeing CH-47 Chinook during Helocasting training as a part of River Assault 2012 at Fort Chaffee, Ark.
13 / 21 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Spc. Waylon Whitley, an Army Deep Sea Diver from Athens, Ga., is pulling himself in to the boat after jumping from a Boeing CH-47 Chinook during Helocasting training as a part of River Assault 2012 at Fort Chaffee, Ark. (Photo Credit: Spc. Bradley Miller, 326th MPAD) VIEW ORIGINAL
Maj. Gen. William Buckler Jr., commander, 412th Theater Engineer Command, Vicksburg, Miss., congratulates engineers from 459th Engineer Company from Bridgeport, W. Va., on a job well done. The company participated in River Assault 2012 and helped construct a 293 meter floating Improved Ribbon Bridge across the Arkansas River on July 26.
14 / 21 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Maj. Gen. William Buckler Jr., commander, 412th Theater Engineer Command, Vicksburg, Miss., congratulates engineers from 459th Engineer Company from Bridgeport, W. Va., on a job well done. The company participated in River Assault 2012 and helped construct a 293 meter floating Improved Ribbon Bridge across the Arkansas River on July 26. (Photo Credit: Spc. Bradley Miller, 326th MPAD) VIEW ORIGINAL
An engineer with 459th Engineer Company from Bridgeport, W. Va., docks with a section of an Improved Ribbon Bridge while sitting on a Bridge Erection Boat on the Arkansas River July 26. The bridge sections were flown in on CH-47 Chinhook helicopters and dropped by trucks as part of River Assault 2012 at Fort Chaffee, Ark.
15 / 21 Show Caption + Hide Caption – An engineer with 459th Engineer Company from Bridgeport, W. Va., docks with a section of an Improved Ribbon Bridge while sitting on a Bridge Erection Boat on the Arkansas River July 26. The bridge sections were flown in on CH-47 Chinhook helicopters and dropped by trucks as part of River Assault 2012 at Fort Chaffee, Ark. (Photo Credit: Spc. Bradley Miller, 326th MPAD) VIEW ORIGINAL
Combat engineers with 459th Engineer Company from Bridgeport, W.Va. prepare to maneuver sections of an Improved Ribbon Bridge in a Bridge Erection Boat on the Arkansas River July 26 at Fort Chaffee, Ark. The floating bridge, which took three hours to complete, was the culmination event during River Assault 2012.
16 / 21 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Combat engineers with 459th Engineer Company from Bridgeport, W.Va. prepare to maneuver sections of an Improved Ribbon Bridge in a Bridge Erection Boat on the Arkansas River July 26 at Fort Chaffee, Ark. The floating bridge, which took three hours to complete, was the culmination event during River Assault 2012. (Photo Credit: Spc. Bradley Miller, 326th MPAD) VIEW ORIGINAL
Combat engineers with 459th Engineer Company from Bridgeport, W.Va. prepare to maneuver sections of an Improved Ribbon Bridge in a Bridge Erection Boat on the Arkansas River July 26 at Fort Chaffee, Ark. The floating bridge, which took three hours to complete, was the culmination event during River Assault 2012.
17 / 21 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Combat engineers with 459th Engineer Company from Bridgeport, W.Va. prepare to maneuver sections of an Improved Ribbon Bridge in a Bridge Erection Boat on the Arkansas River July 26 at Fort Chaffee, Ark. The floating bridge, which took three hours to complete, was the culmination event during River Assault 2012. (Photo Credit: Spc. Bradley Miller, 326th MPAD) VIEW ORIGINAL
A Chinook helicopter does a fly-by over the completed Improved Ribbon Bridge spanning the Arkansas River, as part of River Assault 2012 at Fort Chaffee, Ark. The bridge, consisting of individual floats pieced together, was completed in three hours.
18 / 21 Show Caption + Hide Caption – A Chinook helicopter does a fly-by over the completed Improved Ribbon Bridge spanning the Arkansas River, as part of River Assault 2012 at Fort Chaffee, Ark. The bridge, consisting of individual floats pieced together, was completed in three hours. (Photo Credit: Sgt. Timothy Book, 326th MPAD) VIEW ORIGINAL
Soldiers from 412th Theater Engineer Command, Vicksburg, Miss., celebrate after completing an Improved Ribbon Bridge spanning the Arkansas River, concluding Operation River Assault 2012, at Ft. Chaffee, Ark. The bridge, consisting of individual floats pieced together, was completed in three hours.
19 / 21 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Soldiers from 412th Theater Engineer Command, Vicksburg, Miss., celebrate after completing an Improved Ribbon Bridge spanning the Arkansas River, concluding Operation River Assault 2012, at Ft. Chaffee, Ark. The bridge, consisting of individual floats pieced together, was completed in three hours. (Photo Credit: Sgt. Timothy Book, 326th MPAD) VIEW ORIGINAL
Soldiers from 459th Engineer Company from Bridgeport, W.Va., get combat ready in preparation for River Assault 2012 at Fort Chaffee, Ark. on July 26. Combat engineers from all over the country assembled to construct an Improved Ribbon Bridge spanning the Arkansas River. The bridge, consisting of individual floats pieced together, was completed in three hours.
20 / 21 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Soldiers from 459th Engineer Company from Bridgeport, W.Va., get combat ready in preparation for River Assault 2012 at Fort Chaffee, Ark. on July 26. Combat engineers from all over the country assembled to construct an Improved Ribbon Bridge spanning the Arkansas River. The bridge, consisting of individual floats pieced together, was completed in three hours. (Photo Credit: Spc. Bradley Miller, 326th MPAD) VIEW ORIGINAL
A CH-47 Chinhook helicopter drops a section of Improved Ribbon Bridge into the Arkansas River on July 26. The bridge, which spanned 293 meters, was built during Operation River Assault 2012.
21 / 21 Show Caption + Hide Caption – A CH-47 Chinhook helicopter drops a section of Improved Ribbon Bridge into the Arkansas River on July 26. The bridge, which spanned 293 meters, was built during Operation River Assault 2012. (Photo Credit: Spc. Bradley Miller, 326th MPAD) VIEW ORIGINAL