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August 2019

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Happy Labor Day to all our readers, especially those who work so hard to keep us all safe from the dangers of UXO including military EOD, civilian bomb technicians, and civilian commercial UXO Technicians alike! Many such men and women have been busy this month responding to calls of suspect UXO as told in our stories out of Basingstoke, UK where gardeners dug up an old ordnance and Martinsburg, WV where EOD from Andrews Air Force Base responded to remove a bazooka round brought in to the Air National Guard.

We are also excited to bring you a review of Guest Author, Tom Gersbeck's newly released second edition of his book, "Practical Military Ordnance Identification," a must-have, comprehensive guide for all ordnance-enthusiasts and professionals.

As always, it is our pleasure to bring this newsletter to the UXO industry each month. We welcome our readers to contact us with your own stories related to UXO. Contributions and feedback make the UXO E-Newsletter and UXOInfo.com website better for all our readers. To share your own story related to UXO, please contact Rhonda Crowley at rhonda@uxoinfo.com for details on how to submit an article.

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09 August 2019

Members of Congress Attempt To Stop Humanitarian Demining Program Cuts

Washington, D.C. Congressmen TJ Cox (CA) and Brad Sherman (CA) led a letter signed by 89 of their Democratic and Republican colleagues in defense of The USAID demining program in the Republic of Artsakh. The letter was sent in response to the USAID's recent decision to end all support for humanitarian landmine clearance in the traditional boundaries of Artsakh at the end of 2019. The development is a reversal of the testimony USAID Administrator, Mark Green offered on April 9, 2019, during a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing in which he stated on the record, that USAID is committed to completing the clearance of landmines and UXO within the traditional boundaries of Nagorno Karabakh.

"I'm deeply troubled by the recent decision that USAID had made to halt funding for humanitarian landmine clearance in Artsakh," said Congressman TJ Cox. "This move would leave the people of the region with no hope, and fear of death or injury from landmines, with no local capacity in place to address the ongoing threat."

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31 July 2019

Another Magnet Fishing UXO Find

Leicester, United Kingdom A 48-year old man recovered an ordnance item out of the River Soar while magnet fishing. The man, who is part of the Northants Magnet Fishing group, was keen enough to know to back away and notify authorities.

The police responded with technical support from an EOD unit to transport the item for safe disposal. In an interview with reporters following the call, the man described the find in detail - "You get a bit of an adrenaline rush when you find something like that, but you don't know how volatile these things are.... When you find something like that, you just have to put it down on the ground and move away from it and then phone it in."

13 August 2019

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.

EOD safely counter charged the round to dispose of the hazard without incident. The source of the round is under investigation.

20 August 2019

Garden Variety Ordnance

Basingstoke, United Kingdom A couple made a shocking discovery when they unearthed a munition item while digging in their garden. The couple told a neighbor about the discovery who recommended that they contact the police to report the find.

The police responded with an EOD team from the Royal Logistic Corps Bomb Disposal who identified the item as a practice warhead from a U.S. rocket. It remains a mystery how the item came to be in the couple's back garden, buried about seven inches down. A search of the surrounding area did not result in any additional munitions related finds.

Book Review

Updated Ordnance Identification Guide

For those readers familiar with UXOInfo's Guest Author Tom Gersbeck's book "Practical Military Ordnance Identification," we have great news. CRC Press has released a second edition. The comprehensive guide to ordnance identification has been updated to include pre-1900 ordnance and is a must-have for public bomb technicians, EOD, UXO technicians, archeologists, historians and museum curators alike.

The book offers a comprehensive explanation of the compounds used in the creation of ordnance and outlines the use of the 7-Step Practical Process to effectively identify ordnance. The new edition is filled with detailed diagrams and photos to further aid in the identification process.

Both professional technicians and historical ordnance buffs will appreciate the detailed examination of fuze types, presenting insight into the "brain of the munition." Gersbeck offers a thorough description of all ordnance types, from projectiles and guided missiles, to chemical munitions and landmines. There is also a chapter devoted to underwater ordnance. This second edition now offers readers a list of conventional markings; an expanded list of high explosives; additional technical details on explosives effects; hazards associated with pyrotechnics, pyrophorics, smoke compounds, and incendiaries; a section on pre-1870 projectiles, hand grenades, landmines, and rockets; and details on Man-Portable-Air-Defense-Systems (MANPADS) missile systems.

Practical Military Ordnance Identification is a vital reference for even the most experienced UXO or bomb technician and will provide historians with an equally-important resource for identifying ordnance both old and new.

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For any queries please contact the author at tgersbeck@2ig-llc.com.

UXO-Related History Remembered

Sea Mine Tangier Island, VA - 1950

In this month's 'This Old Ordnance' article, we feature a photograph from 1950 of the U.S. Navy unloading a sea mine with the caption "Mine being taken ashore at Piney Point, MD after disposal from Tangier Island, VA." Source - National Archives, Washington, D.C.

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04 August 2019

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.

The Army hopes that the additional visibility of the EOD brassard will help recruit soldiers to join EOD since, according to an Army spokesperson "generates questions about its significance and provides an opening for the recruiter to discuss qualifications and EOD career options."


The full-time wear of the brassard will also help with force protection by immediately identifying the wearer as qualified to provide render safe and exploitation capability. Before the update, an EOD tech was only allowed to wear their brassard while actively conducting disposal operations in an environment where non-EOD personnel are present and identification of EOD personnel is necessary, such as a deployment to Afghanistan or Iraq.

August 2019

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12 August 2019

Former Army Range Manager Pleads Guilty For Accepting Bribes

Story from ABC News

A former U.S. Army civilian employee pleaded guilty to conspiring to accept tens of thousands of dollars worth of bribes and disclose sensitive Army procurement information.

Franklin Raby, 67, of Greeneville, Tennessee, received items of value from a company hoping to get "sensitive internal U.S. Department of Defense procurement information" while he was working as a civilian range operations manager at Hawaii's Schofield Barracks from March 2015 through May 2018, according to court documents.

The company, REK Associates, allegedly sent Raby high-value items, including a 1969 Ford Galaxie, custom H&H rifle, and $2,300 diamond earrings "meant for the defendant's wife," documents said. In total, the government estimates Raby received between $40,000 and $95,000 worth of items from REK Associates. However, he did not properly fill out financial disclosure forms, including gift and travel reimbursements over a five-year period.

According to court documents, Raby used his "position of influence" to assist REK Associates in receiving a government contract by tailoring the contract's language so that the company had a better chance of getting it, the government said.

Raby would ultimately go on to leave the Army, accepting a position as a program manager with REK Associates in June 2018.

Article continued on ABC News website.
20 August 2019

Man Finds Projectile in Attic

Janesville, Wisconsin A man cleaning out the attic of his mother's house reportedly found a projectile. Instead of calling the police to report the find, the man decided to load the ordnance in his car to drop it off at the Rock County Sheriff's Office.

Once police realized what was in the man's car, they quickly evacuated the area and closed the parking lot. The Sheriff's Office then contacted the Rockford bomb squad, who responded and safely transported the item for proper disposal.

Following the incident, the Rock County Sheriff's Office issued a press release warning the public that if any ordnance or artillery items are found, "the best and safest practice is to quarantine the area, safely evacuate and call 911 as soon as possible."

It's unclear how the ordnance ended up in the attic; police are investigating the find further.

26 August 2019

Basement Bazooka Brought to National Guard

Martinsburg, West Virginia One resident's cleanout led to the evacuation of many others after the resident discovered an old military ordnance in the basement of a deceased parent. According to the Berkeley County Sheriff, the item was brought in to the Air National Guard in Martinsburg, resulting in a voluntary evacuation in the area Monday.

West Virginia Air National Guard Representative Emily Deyerelelater identified the object as a WWII-era M7A1 Bazooka Practice Round. An EOD unit from Andrews Air Force Base responded to evacuate the area, while Andrews Air Force Base, MD EOD deemed the round inert, according to the 167th Airlift Wing West Virginia Air National Guard.

28 August 2019

Grenades Left Behind at Vacant House

Fort Walton Beach, Florida The Fort Walton Beach Police Department was called to a vacant home on where they discovered an abandoned vehicle with weapons, munitions and grenades. A caller had reported seeing rifles and two suspected grenades inside the car which had been left behind by tenants vacating the home.

The grenades were reportedly in a safe inside the car. The area was cordoned off until personnel from the Eglin Air Force Base 96th Civil Engineers Squadron EOD responded to safely recover the grenades. The two items were identified as a military grenades including one riot control-type grenade and one illumination grenade (specific types not reported). Police are investigating to determine the source of the grenades.

Clean Burning Ignitor (CBI) (Blue)
Filler Type and Weight
Chemical Composition:
Nitrocellulose - 98%
Diphenylamine - 1.5%
Potassium Nitrate - .1 (maximum for Type I), 0 for Type II
Graphite - .2 (Type I), .3 (Type II)
Body Type and Weight
Single perforated flake. Color - Yellow, Blue or Green.
Propellant Identification Guide, Defense Ammunition Center

Clean Burning Ignitor (CBI) is a flake ignitor utilized in 155 mm projectiles. A single perforated flake measures .004 inches in length, .08 inches in diameter, with a perforated diameter of .018 inches. The flakes are either yellow, green or blue in color with the blue common in the M119A2 propelling charge stored in Southwest Asia. The color change is not linked to the stability level of the CBI.

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