Archive for August 10, 2012
The people who design and build robots and other unmanned systems like to say their technology is meant to relieve humans of tasks that are “dirty, dull or dangerous.” This week’s FRIFO illustrates one of those tasks.
Here we see U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Alan Sutton searching for a command wire to a homemade bomb — known as an improvised explosive device (IED) — during a sweep one of Afghanistan’s primary roads, Highway 1 in Ghazni province. Obviously, this work is far from dull but it looks dirty and plenty dangerous. Sutton, a platoon leader, is assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division’s Company A, 1st Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team. (Yes, that’s quite a mouthful.)
The BCT deployed to Ghazni in March to help bring security to the areas surrounding Highway 1. During this patrol on Aug. 1, the company came under fire from insurgents. (See photo below)
For more photos of this operation, click here.