USMC EOD Task Force Koa Moana

Peleliu, Republic of Palau U.S. Marines with the explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) section with Task Force Koa Moana (TF KM) 20, I Marine Expeditionary Force (MEF), takes photos of UXO conduct a transfer of responsibly of UXO with members of the Palau National Safety office in Peleliu, Republic of Palau, Aug. 6, 2020. Marines and Sailors with TF KM20, are conducting engagements in the Republic of Palau from July through September of 2020.

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EOD Called To Remove Missile From Airport

Lakeland, Florida A contractor at the Lakeland Linder International Airport got the shock of his day when he opened a container to find what he described as a "massive guided missile." The police were called and the airport was evacuated as an EOD team from nearby MacDill Air Force Base responded to remove the item which was deemed to be "live but not armed."

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British EOD Clears Beach Area

East Yorkshire, United Kingdom An EOD Team from the 29th Group of Engineer Regiment 35 have been working the past few weeks to clear ordnance from a 600-acre area of Cowden Sands. The area previously served as a RAF and US Air Force practice bombing range until 1998.

The targets were situated at the top of a cliff above the beach. However, rapid erosion has led to significant amounts of ordnance being exposed on the beach. The removal work began on July 13 and the EOD team has recovered over 1,000 ordnance items with the majority being disposed of in controlled detonations.

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Navy EOD Disposed UXO From Waters Off Lanikai

Lanikai Beach, Hawaii The U.S. Navy's EOD team, Detachment Mid-Pacific, safely set off C-4 explosives attached to UXO off Lanikai Beach. The detonation was the culmination of an all-day UXO removal for the special Navy team in cooperation with the Dept. of Land and Natural Resources.

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Magnet Fishing Results In Hand Grenade Find

Vass, North Carolina The Crains Creek Fire Department announced via social media that a few locals were magnet fishing near Morrison Bridge and Riverview Drive when they found a hand grenade, missing its firing pin, near the bridge. Several emergency units responded, including military EOD, who determined that it was unsafe to transport the grenade.

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Veterans Day 2019

November 11, 2019

On this Veterans Day, please remember to thank a Veteran for the sacrifices they made in support of our great country. We especially like to thank all those who have served or are serving in EOD as it takes a unique and brave individual to accept the mission of defeating IEDs and disposing of explosive threats.

Please also keep the families most touched and impacted by the risks faced by EOD in your thoughts and prayers as you reflect back on this Veteran's Day.

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In the words of late President Ronald Reagan - "We remember those who were called upon to give all a person can give, and we remember those who were prepared to make that sacrifice if it were demanded of them in the line of duty."

GAO Suggests EOD Needs to Improve Forces Planning

Washington, D.C. GAO released a report titled "Actions Needed to Improve Explosive Ordnance Disposal Forces Planning" which documents their assessment of EOD's Forces Planning effort. The GAO assessment examined the effects of non-combat related duties on military preparedness. The report suggests that EOD readiness is degraded as EOD forces have experienced an increase in defense support of civil authority (DSCA) taskings such as VIP support.

The report found that VIP support missions--increased from about 248,000 man-hours in 2007 to over 690,000 man-hours in fiscal years 2017. In addition, other EOD DSCA duties such as assisting civilian law enforcement and rendering safe military munitions as requested by civil authorities also take time away from EOD's ability to complete it's military mission.

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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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