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.


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.


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.


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. 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.

See the You Tube video below:


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