The Heros of 2011 : The EOD Soldier – Disarming Explosive Materials
The young men who risk their lives are not normally faces that we see in the news. They are the men who strap on the equipment; take a deep breath, and do the job. Their worst enemy are those who would make the IED’s that come from a simple ingredient: calcium ammonium nitrate. Those who sell it; those who trade it; those who know how to make it are the silent murders of fine young military men and civilians: men, women and children around the world.
WHO ARE THESE MEN WITH EXPERTISE AND THE BRAVERY TO DISMANTLE THESE DEVICES?
They are men who have trained to be an Explosive Ordnance Disposal Specialists.
“Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Soldiers are the Army’s preeminent tactical and technical explosives experts. They are Warriors who are properly trained, equipped, and integrated to attack, defeat, and exploit unexploded ordnance (UXO), improvised explosive devices (IED), chemical, biological, and nuclear ordnance and Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD). EOD Warriors are the culmination of the best tactical and technical training the Army and civilian academia can provide. They are prepared to perform missions in support of Army units worldwide, across all operational environments.
EOD Specialists perform duties locating, identifying, rendering safe and disposing of foreign and domestic conventional, biological, chemical, or nuclear ordnance and IEDs; WMDs and large vehicle bombs; they conduct intelligence gathering operations on first seen ordnance and IEDs, and support very important persons (VIP) missions for the U.S. Secret Service, State Department and other Federal agencies. Some of the duties as an EOD Specialist may include:
- Research and identify ordnance using EOD technical publications
- Explosively disposing of hazardous ordnance
- Prepare and maintain EOD tools, equipment and vehicles
- Assist in the preparation and use of advance robotics
- Assist the EOD Team Leader in performing all actions required to safely mitigate ordnance explosive hazards
- Assist in the training of Soldiers in IED awareness”
Recently a video was made of their bravery. It says it all. Boyer Writes salutes these brave, dedicated men who have saved the lives, limbs and futures of many of our soldiers in harm’s way.
May this New Year 2012 be a Happier One, especially for those families who lost loved ones via the IED and those in hospitals trying to recover from this deadly obstacle hidden on the roads; in the ditches; in towns and villages, or under water. Even though little known or seen, they deserve the title of “hero” for 2011 WATCH VIDEO