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.


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.

Ft. Riley EOD Dispose of Buried UXO

Topeka, Kansas Army EOD from Ft. Riley responded to dispose of an ordnance found buried underground near a police impound lot in Topeka. The UXO, initially uncovered by utility workers, was safety removed and disposed of by the EOD unit. The exact type of round was not reported.

Six Heroes Added to EOD Memorial

Eglin Air Force Base, Florida The Naval School Explosive Ordnance Disposal (NAVSCOLEOD) hosted the 48th Annual EOD Memorial Ceremony at the EOD Memorial on Eglin Air Force Base on May 6. The EOD community from each of the joint Services gathered to honor the memory of 320 EOD heroes and add six additional EOD Technicians to the EOD Memorial.

Those added to the memorial this year include: Army Sgt. 1st Class Biddle Carrol Izard, Jr. killed in action on June 19, 1968 while serving in Vietnam; Army Tech. Sgt James H. Eberle, killed in action on Aug. 23, 1944 while serving in WWII; Navy Senior Chief EOD Technician Scott Cooper Dayton killed in action Nov 24, 2016 while serving in support of Combined Joint Task Force, Operation Inherent Resolve; Navy Chief EOD Technician Jason Christopher Finan killed in action Oct 20, 2016 while serving in support of Combined Joint Task Force, Operation Inherent Resolve; Navy Ensign Charles Williams Grice, Sr. killed in action May 14, 1945 while serving in WWII; Navy Gunner's Mate Seaman Robert Paul Burr was killed in action July 16, 1944 while serving in WWII.

UXOInfo.com salutes these brave men and their families.

EOD Responds to Parking Lot UXO Call

Guam Navy EOD responded to what was believed to be an unexploded World War II ordnance at the Inarajan Pools. However, according to reports, the UXO was actually just a parking barrier covered in cement.

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Navy EOD Technician Killed By IED

Ayn Issa, Syria Navy EOD Technician Senior Chief Petty Officer Scott Cooper Dayton, 42, died after sustaining wounds by an IED blast in northern Syria. The blast occurred in the vicinity of, near the Islamic State stronghold of Raqqa, where U.S. troops are working with local forces to retake the city. Dayton had been serving with Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve, the operation focused on defeating Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria.


It's' A Bird, It's A Plane, No It's EOD

Fort Bragg, North Carolina Members of the Army's 767th Ordnance Company (EOD) made history earlier this month by practicing the Army's first conventional airborne EOD operations with members of the 82nd Airborne Division. The airborne training was provided to 16 EOD technicians as part of an effort to integrate EOD assets into the 82nd Airborne's global response force (GRF) mission. Other EOD technicians will be attending jump school at Fort Benning, Georgia.


Operation Render Safe Nets 400 UXO in First Week

Solomon Islands Royal New Zealand Navy EOD divers from the HMNZS Mamawanui, a diving support vessel working jointly with a Canadian Defence Force EOD unit, are recovering WWII era UXO from the Solomon Islands. The clearance, dubbed Operation Render Safe 2016, is a 3-week (Sept. 15 to Oct. 7) training mission for EOD personnel with the end result directly benefiting the local communities.

Over the past week, the EOD teams have been working in the Russell Island group, which lies north-west of Guadalcanal, where they recovered over 400 UXO including underwater UXO.



Ft. Bragg's Hall of Heroes Honors Fallen EOD

Fort Bragg, North Carolina A memorial established by the members of the 192nd EOD Battalion out of Fort Bragg was dedicated on April 21. The Hall of Heroes honors the 45 EOD soldiers who died in the line of duty while deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan since March 2001. Seven of those soldiers served with the 192nd.

The memorial seeks to not only to serve as a tribute, but to serve as a window into the unit's past for new members, many of whom have not participated in the types of missions that claimed the lives of their fellow EOD specialists.

In a statement, 192nd Commander Lt. Col. Benjamin Lipari said, "The day we fail to remember to honor our fallen, the day we forget that we serve a higher purpose than just ourselves, that is the day we lose focus on what it means to be a soldier."


EOD Responds To Report of Cannonball at Museum

Bozeman, Montana Management personnel at the Gallatin History Museum called police to report a cannonball that was found while museum workers were clearing out a museum vault. The cannonball was neatly packed in a wooden box. The munition was reportedly found on a ranch many years ago and was donated to the museum.

Cannonball Fort Ellis, MT


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