Washington, D.C Formed in 2011 by Congressman Rick Crawford (R-AK) and Susan Davis (D-CA), the Congressional EOD Caucus has been reaffirmed for the 115th Congress with the addition of co-chairs Rep. Brian Mast (R-FL) and Rep. Tim Walz (D-MN).
Mast is a former Army EOD technician who served in Afghanistan while Waltz is a retired command Sg. Major with the Army National Guard.
In announcing the continuation of the EOD Caucus, an announcement stated, "Across all branches of our military, EOD technicians risk their lives to protect others by rendering safe every type of ordnance from hand grenades to improvised explosive devices (IEDs), to naval mines, to nuclear weapons and more. These highly specialized EOD technicians perform their mission on land and at sea, as well as operating not only in theater abroad but also by partnering with civil authorities and lending their expertise to neutralize domestic threats."