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"These are designed to blow up," said Albert Bacon a field service representative for R4PM IED Defeat. "They really work."

Bacon helps coalition forces in Afghanistan install mine rollers on the front of tactical vehicles. He has traveled across the country providing support to Soldiers and assisting with the installations of the mine rollers.

It's a good piece of equipment," said Spc. John Rollins, from Trent, Mo., of the 548th Transportation Company. "It does its job."

That job is detonating improvised explosive devises before Soldiers drive over them. The rollers are the latest in the cat-and-mouse game of defeating IEDs.

"I feel safer and I know everyone behind me is safer." said Pfc. Juan Callepiedrahita, from Columbia, Mo., also in the 548th.

The mine rollers were first fielded by the Army in 2007 to protect soldiers from IEDs that detonate when their vehicles drive over them. Since then there have been several adaptations to the mine rollers that allow soldiers to adjust the equipment as need and without having to leave their vehicle.

At the end of the day it's about saving Soldiers' lives said Bacon. "Proper use of the rollers saves lives."

Article by J. Elise Van Pool, Army.mil