Army EOD Team Honored at Annual 'EOD Day on the Hill'

Washington, D.C. The winning EOD team from the all-Army EOD Team of the Year competition was invited to Capitol Hill for the "EOD Day on the Hill" event, hosted by the Congressional EOD Caucus. Members of the 760th Ordnance Company (EOD), 192nd EOD Battalion, 52nd EOD Group, were recognized by Congressional representatives during the event.

The all-Army EOD Team of the Year competition was held at Fort Liberty, NC in April. Members from the winning team met with Congressional leaders including Rep. Rick Crawford from Arkansas, who served as an Army EOD tech, and Rep. Brian Mast from Florida, who served as an Army EOD tech in the 28th Ordnance Company in support of Army Rangers and Special Forces troops.

775th EOD holds international knowledge exchange with Poland and the UK

Source: Eglin AFB Website

HILL AIR FORCE BASE  Hill's 775th Explosive Ordnance Disposal flight hosted a 10-day international knowledge exchange here with EOD military members from Poland and the United Kingdom last month. The exchange directly supports strategic and operational objectives of strengthening partnerships in the critical European theater.

Members from the three North Atlantic Treaty Organization partner nations shared best practices learned while encountering EOD challenges in the EUCOM theater including dealing with drones, trench warfare and airfield recovery.

Master Sgt. Matthew Childers, 775th EOD flight chief said the first international exchange event happened at Nellis AFB in December. Hill EOD members were invited to attend and accepted the invitation to host the next knowledge exchange in April.

"Hill was a good fit because we support the Utah Test and Training Range with range clearances," Childers said. "Being a large range base flight, we have the manning and equipment to set up and be successful with something of this magnitude."

Training interoperability during peacetime is very beneficial because EOD is a joint community that performs as one team of partner nations when deployed.

Death of EOD Officer During Training Under Investigation

Vernon Parish, Louisiana The Army issued an announcement that EOD officer, 1LT Zachary Galli, 23, was killed during unspecified training at the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Johnson. Galli, originally from Williamsburg, Virginia was assigned to the 749th Ordnance Company, 242nd EOD, 71st EOD Group located at Fort Carson in Colorado.

The cause of "training accident" is under investigation. The installation's Public Affairs Office has not released any details surrounding the death.

Emergency Response Shocks Discoverer of Backyard Grenade

Norfolk, Virginia Bomb squad technicians responded to a Norfolk home after a man discovered a WWII-era MK II grenade while digging up a shrub in his backyard.

Andrew Taunton told reporters, "I was finding little rocks, little river rocks and I ended up picking up one of them and was like, well that shape's not a rock." Turns out he was holding an old hand grenade. According to Taunton, the top of it where the pin should have been, was cut off.

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UXO Fuels Debate over Where to House Asylum Seekers

Lincolnshire, United Kingdom British Authorities seeking to provide alternative, less expensive, housing for asylum seekers have run into a potential dilemma due to UXO. Plans to use the former Royal Air Force Scampton base to house some 2,000 asylum seekers vs more expensive hotels have been hindered due to ground contamination and UXO.

The issue was detailed in a letter from Housing Minister Lee Rowley to the West Lindsey District Council, which contains RAF Scampton, outlining "potential risks to human health arising from ground gases, UXO and ground contamination which could affect both workers on the site and asylum seekers." The letter states that the risks could mean "the site is not suitable for its intended use which could give rise to likely significant effects associated with human health."

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WWII Ordnance Abandoned at Former Fire Hall

Wenatchee, Washington State Police were called after someone discovered an a 40-mm shell outside the former Wenatchee fire station across from City Hall. A pair of gardening gloves were laid on top of the shell.

The police setup an exclusion zone around the ordnance and notified the Army for technical support. The police chief told reports that the shell was about 12 inches long dating back to WWII. It was left at the northeast corner of the fire hall property, which has been vacant since 2021.

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