The Fort Bragg combat engineers took their backhoes and bulldozers into al-Qaida strongholds in northeast Afghanistan and cleared a route for Marines.
The soldiers built Afghanistan’s longest Bailey bridge — what one engineer describes as “an Erector set of a bridge” — while under attack.
They built more than 100 miles of roads over some of the most difficult terrain in Afghanistan and cleared thousands of miles of roads and conducted combat patrols.
The soldiers turned over their duties to the 70th Engineer Battalion on March 28 and returned to Fort Bragg by April6.
But this month, every member of the 27th Engineer Battalion came back alive from a year in Afghanistan.