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Article / July 30, 2014 / Project number: 14-0145

Fort Chaffee, Arkansas — Eighteen Reserve members of 41 Canadian Engineer Regiment (41 CER) embedded with the U.S. Army Reserve’s 412th and 416th Theater Engineer Command engineer units for Operation River Assault at Fort Chaffee, Arkansas, July 14 to 26.

 “Training focused on how you build bridges, demolition and get a little bit of weapon handling time in there as well. They participated as a boat crew and probably driving some of the boats as we built the bridge across the river,” said Corporal Unyun Ni, 41 CER.Major Steven Boychyn, commander of the Canadian contingent highlighted the size of the exercise.

“Just the number of bays, number of bridges, all the different equipment, the size of the river that’s being crossed and the size of the floating bridge that’s being created. We don’t get to see that type of opportunity almost ever in our careers up north,” said Maj Boychyn.The networking is an integral part of the exercise - building relationships that enhance our partnership.  “Any opportunities we have to train here at home in North America together is just an excellent opportunity and I personally fully plan on keeping contact with the people we’ve met here, those who are close to the border at least, inviting them north to some of our events, even if it’s just a social event, to keep up the ties,” said Maj Boychyn.  “I think these types of cross-border opportunities are invaluable. You can’t put a price on it when we’re actually working together like this.” 

Written by Samantha Bayard, Army Public Affairs

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