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FORT STEWART, Ga. – US Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal Soldiers trained to field new EOD robots at Fort Stewart, Georgia.

Soldiers from the 756th Ordnance Company (EOD) learned about the CRS robot system during a training course.

sergeant. Joseph Serafini of Palm City, Florida; sergeant. Eric Forgarsi of Raleigh, North Carolina; SPC. Patrick Doherty of Kansas City, Missouri; SPC. Ryan Huffhines of Hollywood, South Carolina; and PFCs. Christian Wilson-Garcia of Puyallup, Washington, participated in the training course which was cut short by Hurricane Ian.

The “Blasters” of the 756th EOD Company based at Fort Stewart, Georgia, are part of the 184th EOD Battalion and the 20th Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, Explosives (CBRNE) Command, the premier all-hazards command of the U.S. Department of Defense.

U.S. Army soldiers and civilians deploy from 19 bases in 16 states to confront the world’s most dangerous dangers in support of military operations around the world and national authorities across the country.

According to 1st Lt. Houston T. Buxton, platoon leader of the 756th EOD Company, the new robot will increase the EOD Company’s arsenal of weapons needed to defeat dangerous explosive devices.

“The robot’s size and operability make it an excellent reconnaissance tool,” Buxton said. “This robot will be used frequently on various sets of missions, given its portability. Its quick start-up will reduce idle time before missions and allow team members to focus their attention on more relevant tasks.

Buxton said the Blasters will use the new robots to prepare for an upcoming training rotation at the National Training Center in Fort Irwin, Calif.

“After commissioning, the 756th EOD Company will set up different robotic lanes in preparation for the NTC,” said Buxton, a Seattle native and graduate of the US Military Academy at West Point. “These lanes will tell us which robots to use during mounted operations. Likewise, we will use these robots for team leader certifications and other training events to better prepare our EOD technicians for future missions.

Highly trained and equipped for operations around the world, U.S. Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technicians are experts capable of securing anything from a hand grenade to a nuclear weapon.

Based at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, the 20th CBRNE Command is home to 75 percent of the U.S. Army’s active duty EOD Technicians and Chemical, Biological, Radiology, and Nuclear (CBRN) specialists, as well as the 1st CBRNE Medical Laboratory. sector, CBRNE Analytical and Remediation, five Weapons of Mass Destruction Coordination Teams and three Nuclear Disposal Teams.

U.S. Army EOD units from 20th CBRNE Command deploy to U.S. Central Command and U.S. Africa Command areas of operations while supporting U.S. Indo-Pacific Command exercises and Defense Support to Authorities missions civilians for the US Northern Command.

The 756th EOD Company deployed to Syria and Iraq from April 2021 to December 2021.

As part of their nationwide response mission, the Blasters also respond when military ordnance is found on or off base in coastal areas of Georgia, including anything east of Atlanta, north of Jacksonville, Florida; and south of Fort Jackson, SC.












Date taken: 29.09.2022
Date posted: 29.09.2022 15:38
Story ID: 430408
Location: FORT STEWART, Georgia, USA
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