Bridges to Baghdad – USN (Ret.) RADM Charles R. Kubic CEC

Bridges to Baghdad tells the story of the “fighting Seabees” and their role in the Iraq War, and how they raised the bar of the legendary “Can Do!” tradition set by their World War II forefathers. The U.S. Navy Seabees are America’s premier expeditionary construction force. During Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003, they stormed into Iraq along side the First Marine Expeditionary Force (1 MEF). Task organized into three regimental-sized formations under division-level command of Rear Admiral Chuck Kubic, the Seabees maneuvered, built, and fought their way to Baghdad. They advanced through one of the world’s harshest environments and against some of the fiercest adversaries they had encountered since Vietnam. During this intense campaign, Seabees carried out their primary missions of building bridges and roads along the attack route, and conducting Civil Military Operations in the face of a cunning, often hidden enemy. They not only built military bridges during the historic march to Baghdad but also cultural bridges during the subsequent reconstruction of a liberated Iraq.

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