Photo Credit: Col. John Elam, Joint Task Force Empire
A route clearance patrol of Joint Task Force Empire conducts operations in southern Afghanistan. Route clearance vigilantly worked to keep routes clear for coalition and Afghan traffic. During Operation Shrimp Net in July, JTF Empire staff identified the operational need of route clearance patrols being moved from one regional area of operation to another. This coordination better addressed regional requirements as well as overall theater operations through the realignment of eight RCPs. JTF Empire's vision of the whole theater allowed for better assessment and allocation of engineer resources throughout Afghanistan.