Thursday, November 17, 2011

Explosive Ordinance Disposal

We thought that we'd give our readers some insight on an occupation that one of our Iowa Troop Pantry enrollees has. Please visit the sources below for even more information on EOD.

Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) personnel are highly trained, skilled technicians who are experts in explosives, diving, and parachuting. EOD technicians share the task of rendering safe and disposing of explosive material. Explosive Ordnance Disposal technicians protect and save lives by analyzing and handling foreign, domestic, and home-made explosives. They routinely work with the U.S. Secret Service and the U.S. State Department, helping to protect the President, Vice President and other state and foreign officials and dignitaries. They support the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs Office, and the FBI as well as state and local police bomb squads. EOD technicians also assist in security at large international events, such as the Olympics or world summits.

Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technicians render safe all types of ordnance, both conventional and unconventional, improvised, chemical, biological, and nuclear to include Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) and Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD). They perform land and underwater location, identification, render-safe, and recovery (or disposal) of foreign and domestic ordnance. They conduct demolition of hazardous munitions, pyrotechnics, and retrograde explosives using detonation and burning techniques. They forward deploy and fully integrate with the various Combatant Commanders, Special Operations Force (SOF), and various warfare units within the Navy, Marine Corps, and Army. They are also called upon to support military and civilian law enforcement agencies.

Their job takes them all over the world, helping to clear minefields, prepare coastal areas for amphibious landings and provide intelligence about potential threats both in the U.S. and abroad.

EOD Technicians’ missions take them to all environments, every climate, in every part of the world. They have many assets available to arrive to their mission, from open and closed-circuit scuba and surface-supplied diving rigs, to parachute insertion from fixed-wing and fast-rope, rappel, and Special Purpose Insertion Extraction (SPIE) from rotary aircraft, to small boats and tracked vehicles.


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