USAF EOD Responds To 40mm Round

Murrells Inlet, South Carolina Horry County police responded to an ordnance call near Waccamaw Drive. The police requested support from the USAF EOD based out of Shaw AFB. EOD responded and identified the ordnance as a 40mm round.

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Army EOD Brassard Changes

Article Source - Army Times.

Army EOD soldiers are now permitted to wear their EOD brassard full-time. The change was made in a memo signed by Lt. Gen. Thomas Seamands, the Army G-1. The memo authorized full-time wear of the EOD brassard by all qualified EOD techs beginning with its signing. Previously, the brassard was authorized for wear only while actively engaged in the duty associated with the brassard and identification of personnel was required, such as field operations and event response.

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Flare Scare

Outer Banks, NC Park rangers at the Cape Lookout National Seashore contacted the U.S. Marine Corps after a civilian found a munition related item on the beach. EOD responded and identified the item as a canister for a marine marker. The item did not present a hazard but was removed from the area by EOD for proper disposal. Park Rangers reportedly shared photos on Facebook of the find.

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Couple of Bad Apples

El Paso, Texas Tyler James Sumlin (former Army EOD) and Jason Wayne Jarvis (active duty EOD) were arrested on allegations that they conspired to assemble a cache of weapons and explosives that were to be illegally sold and smuggled into Mexico. According to the criminal compliant, the two allegedly met with undercover agents from Homeland Security at a truck stop where they agreed to sell weapons and explosives for $75,000 with the exchange to occur at a nearby storage warehouse.

However, when the group arrived at the warehouse, the undercover agents arrested to the two men. According to court documents, agents seized 32 rifles, three handguns, and five pounds of C4 explosives. They also seized silencers, a short barreled rifle, and a hand grenade, according to the indictment.

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Hurricane-Damaged Ordnance to be Detonated at Tyndall AFB

Tyndall Air Force, Florida If you leave near Tyndall Air Force Base, don't be surprised if you hear some loud booms from now until March 8. Tyndall's EOD Unit is disposing of live ordnance damaged by Hurricane Michael. It's happening on Tyndall's EOD range, but officials say you may still hear sounds of explosions near the base. Tyndall leaders are working with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to destroy the hurricane damaged munitions. Any "blast waves" felt or heard are extremely low-pressure and will not harm people or buildings.

Air Force Offering Retention Bonuses for Select EOD Position

Randolph Air Force Base, Texas The Air Force Personnel Center announced a selective retention bonus program of up to $75,000 for Sr. level NCO EOD Airman. The offer applies to Master Sergeants and Sr. Master Sergeants but not Chief Master Sergeants with at least 20 years, but fewer than 25 years, of active duty service.

According to the announcement, eligible EOD specialists who sign up for three more years would receive $30,000, a four-year service agreement would draw $50,000, and airmen who sign up for five more years would receive $75,000. The bonuses could be payable in either a lump sum, or in periodic installments.

Technician's Death Sparks Equipment and Training Investigation

Washington, D.C. the death of Army National Guard EOD Specialist James Slape, who was killed in October from an IED, has reportedly caused the Army National Guard to open an investigation into whether or not training and equipment needs were sufficient for his unit.

Lt. Col. Wesley A. Parmer, a spokesman for the National Guard, said that the Army National Guard had started an investigation "into the training and equipping of the 430th EOD Company for their mobilization and deployment to Afghanistan." He provided no further details on the investigation.

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Beach Evacuated As Potential Bomb is Found Washed Ashore

Brixham, England A beach area was evacuated after potential UXO washed up near the breakwater in Brixham. A Navy EOD team was called who arrived to investigate the item. EOD identified as the item as a flagpole anchor weight, The beach was re-opened to the public.

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UXO Tech Alert - Benefit In Kind Increase

Washington, D.C the Department of Labor (DOL)issued All Agency Memorandum No. 225 which increased the applicable Health and Welfare (H&W) fringe rate, also known as benefits-in-kind, from $4.27 per hour to $4.41 effective August 1, 2017. All Agency Memorandum No. 225 can be downloaded using the link below.

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Army EOD Technician Killed In Motorcycle Accident

Fort Hood, Texas Army officials reported that EOD Specialist Spc. James Thomas Smith IV, 23, assigned to the 752nd Ordnance Company, 79th Ordnance Battalion was killed in a motorcycle accident.

Circumstances surrounding the incident are currently under investigation by the Temple Police Department. Smith's military awards and decorations include the Nation Defense Service Medal and Army Service Ribbon.

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