Complacency is not an option. That can lead to dangerous or catastrophic results.
They work long, often monotonous hours with detailed precision but must constantly adapt themselves to change while remaining on the highest state of alertness. They go about their daily duties with the eyes of an eagle and the focus of a bloodhound. Simply put, they clear the way for those who follow. They are Army soldiers and members of the 2nd Platoon, Alpha Company 2nd Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 10th Mountain Division Light Infantry, Route Clearance Patrol RCP 29. Their mission is to make sure the roadways of Afghanistan are free of improvised explosive devices so Coalition Forces, and Afghan civilians alike, can safely pass with confidence.
Among them is Sergeant First Class Jeffrey Garland, a 16-year veteran of the U.S. Army. Jeff is from a small town in the mountains of western North Carolina called Black Mountain. He is also an avid outdoorsman and an elk hunter. . . .
Jeff is also a proud member of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. Longing for a piece of home, he recently contacted RMEF on behalf of the 34 members of his platoon. RMEF staffers, excited to help out, quickly assembled a care package that included Bugle magazines, Cabelas water bottles, travel mugs, stickers and 15 RMEF hats.
“The hats are allowed to be worn in our work areas and living areas so it almost normal to have a regular hat which feels great,” Jeff added.