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Loralei Premo

Loralei Premo '07
Biology Major

Communications and SPC Administrator, Drinking Source Water Protection Division of the Sault Ste. Marie Region Conservation Authority (Ontario)

"Most natural science classes at LSSU offer students as much hands-on experience (lab hours) as lecture hours, which ensures that the university experience prepares us for the real world careers, whether you work at a desk or out in the field, or both. There are endless advantages and opportunities available to LSSU students due to its location on an international border.

I found my career path on campus when my advisor posted a job for the Bi-national Public Advisory Council (BPAC), a group dedicated to and overseeing the clean-up the St. Mary's River. I was able to gain experience and network on both sides of the border, ultimately finding full-time employment before I graduated with my biology degree."


    A bugler starts the day at Fort Brady, with the Jail House (aka East Hall) in the background.

    Daily life at Fort Brady began at sunrise and ended at sunset. Each morning at sunrise a soldier would play his bugle into a large metal megaphone, projecting the strains of Reveille across the fort grounds. Buglers were stationed in front of the post guardhouse, known today as East Hall.

    Meals were served in the cafeteria located between the infantry barracks. Throughout the day troopers could have hot meals served at the snack bar, an underground restaurant located in the basement of Brady Hall, which was then used as barracks for officers.


    Snowshoe troopers in training.

    After a hot breakfast soldiers broke down into companies to begin their training.

    Colonel Nash and the snowshoe troopers trained every day for European warfare, often in weather conditions ranging from zero to sixteen degrees below zero. The snowshoe troopers traveled several miles each day through the dense temperate forest of the Upper Peninsula with weapons and military equipment strapped to their backs. The troopers were camouflaged in white long underwear shirts and dark brown pants, used to blend in with the snow. Instead of helmets troopers wore thick, wool ski masks which exposed only eyes and lips.

     


    Ski troopers prepare to depart, with Brady Hall in the background.

    Ski troopers traveled cross country on skis with their weapons strapped to their backs. The troopers wore white tops and green camouflaged pants. During extremely cold weather exercises ski troopers wore long wool coats with a weapons belt around their waists. These weapons belts contained ammunition, first aid kits, and green bandages used for tending wounds.

    The police battalions marched on the fort grounds and patrolled the area surrounding the Sault Locks. When the battalions were not marching they engaged in target practice. The left image below shows the battalions marching, with the horse stable (Fletcher Center), fort library (small white building to left of horse stable) and the maintenance buildings in the background. The right image shows the police battalion preparing to fire their weapons at a public display at the fort, circa winter 1941. The police battalion was assigned to the Fort in the Summer of 1941 and was dismissed in the Spring of 1942.

1st Place with ROV

Marine Advanced Technology Center

First Place
Lake Superior State University

One of only two teams to complete the event. Others in the group of 11 participants included: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Arizona, Monterey Peninsula College, Cape Fear Community College of Wilmington-North Carolina

2003 Marine Advanced Technology Center (MATE), Remotely Operated Vehicle Competition

Open All-Around Champion

June 14, 2003
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

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