May 29, 2007
The Soldiers pause at an Afghan National Police checkpoint en route to their destination.
Brig. Gen. Joseph Votel, the task force deputy commander of operations, looks at an unmanned aerial vehicle that will be used on the route-clearing mission. Staff Sgt. Jonathan Wolford discusses how the UAV will be employed for forward reconnaissance.
2nd Lt. John Deal, a platoon leader, explains mission details using a sand table, as Brig. Gen. Joseph Votel and fellow Soldiers look on.
Route-clearing vehicles make their way through the terrain, which gets progressively more rugged. The Husky vehicle at the front clears the route of potential IEDs.
Soldiers from the 3rd Infantry Division's 2nd Platoon "Roughnecks," the unit responsible for the route-clearing mission, pause for a photo.