DVIDS – News – EOD soldiers clear more than 1,000 shells from US Air Force training field

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FORT LEONARD WOOD, Missouri – U.S. Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal Soldiers paved the way for U.S. Air Force ground training by removing more than 1,000 rounds from the cannon range at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.

To support the bombing and strafing training of A-10 Thunderbolt attack aircraft, EOD soldiers from the 763rd Ordnance Company (EOD) based out of Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, managed a mine clearance project on more than 100 acres on the Air Force firing range.

This was the first range clearance operation conducted by the 763rd EOD Company since 2009.

Managed by the 131st Bomb Wing of the Missouri Air National Guard at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, Canon Range is the only aerial rifle range in the state of Missouri and is used by all branches of the United States military.

Sgt. 1st Class John S. Neely, a platoon sergeant with 763rd EOD Company, planned and managed the mission with nine people, including seven US Army EOD technicians.

The other 763rd EOD Company members involved in the Air Force’s range clearance mission were 1st Lt. Frank A. Russell of Orange Grove, Texas; 1st Lieutenant Raylen L. Dupuis of Polson, Montana; 1st sergeant. Kevin J. Pisani of Lyman, Maine; Sgt. Adam D. Carter of Stafford Springs, Connecticut; Sgt. Robert B. Singleton of Blue Springs, Missouri; CPS. Scott A. Sartin of Kettering, Ohio; and SPC. Logan J. Sterner of Springfield, Illinois.

EOD soldiers recovered and cleaned up over 1,000 50-pound training bombs, Neely said, and ensured that 33 additional 500-pound training bombs and 11 40-mm training projectiles were exempt. explosive hazards.

“The mission was carried out to allow for the targeted replacement of vehicles and buildings on the Cannon Range for A-10 close air support training,” said Neely, a 15-year-old US Army veteran native from Whiteland, Indiana, which deployed to Afghanistan and Africa.

763rd EOD Company is assigned to 242nd EOD Battalion, 71st EOD Group and 20th Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, Explosives (CBRNE) Command.

As part of the United States Department of Defense’s first all-hazards formation, the soldiers and civilians of 20th CBRNE Command deploy from 19 bases in 16 states to confront and defeat the world’s most dangerous dangers and threats to l support from joint, inter-agency and allied partners.

Based in Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., The 20th CBRNE Command is home to 75 percent of active Army EOD technicians and chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear specialists, as well as the 1st area medical laboratory, analytical activity and d CBRNE remediation, five weapons of mass destruction coordination teams and three nuclear deactivation teams.

In addition to deploying for overseas missions, EOD technicians from the 763rd EOD Company also support explosive mitigation missions for all military munitions found in Missouri, Iowa, and Minnesota.

Captain Tarik B. Jensen, commander of the 763rd EOD Company, said his EOD soldiers emphasized their technical and tactical skills and expertise during the mission.

“The clearance of the range carried out by the soldiers of the 763rd EOD Company allowed the lethality of the first attack aircraft on the ground of the US Air Force while maintaining the range operational for the almost daily training missions carried out. on the shooting range, ”said Jensen, from Liberty Lake. , Washington. “Completion of the clearance imparted ammunition knowledge to our EOD technicians who researched the various ammunition located on the firing range, showcasing the technical expertise of the EOD technicians.”

Date taken: 12.02.2021
Date posted: 02/12/2021 3:21 PM
Story ID: 410348
Site: FORT LEONARD WOOD, MO, UNITED STATES
Hometown: BLUE SPRINGS, MO, US
Hometown: KETTERING, Ohio, United States
Hometown: LIBERTY LAKE, WA, United States
Hometown: ORANGE GROVE, Texas, United States
Hometown: POLSON, MT, United States
Hometown: SPRINGFIELD, Illinois, United States
Hometown: STAFFORD SPRINGS, CT, United States
Hometown: WHITELAND, IN, UNITED STATES

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