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Building roads to a better future in Helmand

October 27, 2011

A Corps of Royal Engineers officer, recently awarded an MBE for his work, talks about his team’s achievements building roads and checkpoints in Afghanistan during Operation HERRICK 13.

Captain Simon Oxley attending a shura in Helmand province

Captain Simon Oxley attending a shura in Helmand province, southern Afghanistan. Picture: Crown Copyright/MOD 2011

Captain Simon Oxley was employed as the Operations Officer as part of 517 Specialist Team Royal Engineers, 170 (Infrastructure Support) Group Royal Engineers during Op HERRICK 13, between October 2010 and March 2011, and was recently awarded the MBE in the Operational Honours.

During the tour he led a team of Army Engineers who were helping to build the future of Afghanistan by delivering infrastructure projects across Helmand province.

Capt Oxley managed the design and construction of 71km of Tarmac road (the equivalent of 42 football pitches or 544 tennis courts) in Helmand province.

In addition to the 71km of black-topped road delivered by the team, their six-month deployment also saw them manage the construction and refurbishment of 34 Afghan National Police (ANP) patrol bases and checkpoints, as well as numerous other projects across southern Afghanistan.

Continues at: – Building roads to a better future in Helmand

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Claudio Alpaca permalink
    October 27, 2011 18:26

    It is a big job: the creations of roads and infrastructure are need for us and for Afghan people, also for consent them personal conctats, a dialogue, the abatement of tribes frontiers, interrelations just now not possible or difficults.
    We may consider the engineers as soldiers for a war against isolament, loss of human relations and a close culture.
    A big thanks. Claudio Alpaca

  2. October 28, 2011 06:52

    You guys are doing a great job!! Thanks for your dedication and your service in the cause of freedom!

  3. October 28, 2011 15:21

    Warmest congratulations to Cpt. Simon Oxley and all the Sappers under his command – superb achievements under extremely difficult circumstances – WELL DONE!

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