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Date: May 20, 2010
Contact: Anne Strong
Telephone: (301) 279-9697

History Associates’ James P. Rife Presents at 2010 Joint Engineer Training Conference & Expo

History Associates senior historian James P. Rife recently delivered a presentation entitled “Lessons Learned: Bridges to Baghdad, the Seabees in the Iraq War” with Rear Admiral Charles R. Kubic, CEC, U.S. Navy (ret.) at the Society of American Military Engineers 2010 Joint Engineer Training Conference & Expo (JETC) in Atlanta, Georgia.

Mr. Rife and Rear Admiral Kubic discussed the historical legacy of the U.S. Navy Seabees with respect to “lessons learned” from the organization’s contingency operations in Iraq from 2003 through 2008. The presentation evolved from the book Bridges to Baghdad: The U.S. Navy Seabees in the Iraq War, co-authored by Mr. Rife and Rear Admiral Kubic last year, which chronicled the experience of the “fighting Seabees,” the U.S. Navy’s premier expeditionary construction force.

An annual event, JETC is designed to bring the U.S. military engineering community and private industry together to discuss emerging trends and associated activities in the modern joint environment and included more than 2,500 attendees. Lieutenant Colonel Jared Ware of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Rock Island District moderated the session.

Mr. Rife specializes in military history and the history of weapons technology at History Associates. His publications include The Sound of Freedom: U.S. Naval Weapons Technology at Dahlgren, Virginia, 1918-2006 and Caring & Curing: A History of the U.S. Indian Health Service. Mr. Rife received his master’s degree in American military history from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University in 1999. Rear Admiral Kubic is currently president of ECC International, LCC, a global expeditionary engineering company headquartered in Burlingame, California.

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