DVIDS – News – First All Hazards Command Honors Fallen EOD Techs at Arlington National Cemetery


ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY, Va. – Leaders of the U.S. Army’s First All Hazards Command paid their respects to fallen Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technicians at Arlington National Cemetery, Va., Sept. 23.

Commanding Sgt. Maj. Jorge Arzabala, Col. Christopher P. Bartos and John W. Bestall represented the 20th Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear (CBRNE) Explosives Command at an event that honored Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines who served as EOD technicians.

Based at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., the 20th CBRNE Command houses 75 percent of active duty Army soldiers and Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) personnel, as well as the 1st Area Medical Laboratory , Analysis and Remediation CBRNE Activity, five Weapons of Mass Destruction Teams and three Nuclear Deactivation Teams.

U.S. Army soldiers and civilians from the 20th CBRNE Command deploy from 19 bases in 16 states to confront and defeat the world’s most dangerous dangers in support of joint, interagency and allied operations.

Sponsored by the EOD Warrior Foundation, the event involved active duty, former and retired EOD Technicians from the US Army, US Navy, US Air Force and US Marine Corps.

Among the dignitaries at the event were retired Lt. Gen. Reynold N. Hoover, former Deputy Commander of U.S. Northern Command, and Maj. Gen. Heidi J. Hoyle, Director of Operations for the Deputy Chief of Staff of the US Army for logistics. .

Hoyle is the current senior active duty explosive ordnance disposal officer in the U.S. Army and Hoover also served as an EOD officer.

During the two-day event, attendees placed biodegradable wooden discs on the graves of more than 320 EOD Technicians currently buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

Event leaders also honored more than 80 EOD Technicians who were missing by laying a special EOD wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

John W. Bestall, chief of force and manpower management at 20th CBRNE Command, said the highlight was “to see the service and sacrifice made by the joint World War II EOD community to the global war on terrorism”.

A retired EOD sergeant major from Phoenix, Bestall has deployed to Iraq twice, Afghanistan twice, and Kuwait once during his 24-year career in the U.S. Army.

The U.S. Army EOD Community celebrated its 80th anniversary in April 2022, the month EOD soldiers began training at the Bomb Disposal School on Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, the headquarters base of the 20th CBRNE Command today.

Col. Christopher P. Bartos, operations officer for the 20th CBRNE command and the command’s senior explosive ordnance disposal officer, said some of the EOD techs at Arlington National Cemetery died on active duty while on duty. others died after serving.

“We need to remember those who paved the way before us,” said Bartos, a native of Edgewater, Florida.

Date taken: 26.09.2022
Date posted: 26.09.2022 15:26
Story ID: 430118
Hometown: EDGEWATER, Florida, USA
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