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Abigail Catherine Franklin <[log in to unmask]>
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Engineers Without Borders <[log in to unmask]>
Thu, 26 Feb 2009 14:12:54 -0500
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Hey everyone,
If you interested, check out the email below. It sounds very interesting!

Please join us for CEE Seminar this Friday (2/27).

Kathryn Purchase Fleming, M.S. student in Civil and Environmental  
Engineering will be
presenting some of her experiences as an Army engineer in Iraq and  

The title of her talk will be:

*US Army Engineering: A Pictorial View of My Engineering Experiences  
in both Iraq and

*Background will follow.

CEE Seminar
Friday, 12:50-1:40 PM
Votey 209
Refreshments provided.
Please bring your own cup/plate/etc.

Until 9/11 happened I never thought I'd deploy except for training  
purposes, however,
less than a year after graduating from the military academy I found  
myself sitting on
the Kuwait/Iraq border and in one of the first waves of the invasion.   
I spent 12 months
in Iraq as an Engineer liaison to an aviation unit (Army helicopters)  
and platoon leader
responsible for 38 Soldiers and our projects which including building  
and repairing
facilities on a US base in Iraq (helipads, airfield repair, wood frame  
Four years later, as a company commander in charge of 160 Soldier  
Combat Support
Equipment Engineering Company (translation: heavy road construction  
equipment), I
deployed to the ruggedly beautiful country of Afghanistan.  In  
Afghanistan, our projects
included a major road project, winterizing existing bases, building  
new bases and
inspection of contracted Afghani projects such a schools, medical  
clinics and culverts.
I will share my experiences as an Army Engineer, some spectacular  
views of the two
countries and their people, and how Army Engineering is helping not  
just both US and
coalition forces but also the Iraqi and Afghani people during these  
turbulent times.