Guard unit that lost EOD troop in Afghanistan faced ‘funding constraints’ and ‘time-consuming request process’

An investigation into the 2018 death of an Army EOD tech in Helmand province, Afghanistan, found that his unit faced equipping and funding issues prior to deployment, but the company command team went to great lengths to resolve those problems before arriving downrange.

The investigation also noted that U.S. troops out of Camp Dwyer in Garmsir district had patrolled in the vicinity of the fatal Oct. 4, 2018, operation 19 times in the previous three months, potentially giving Taliban observers an idea of where the Americans would eventually drive their armored vehicles.

Though the soldiers had been tracing their patrol routes to ensure they didn’t revisit the same passages, the investigation recommended they expand that practice to ensure they’re not setting patterns in the area.

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Source: Army Times