The sun edged over the horizon while teams from the 741st Ordnance Company (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) were busy responding to calls of improvised explosive devices, unexploded ordnance, and chemical hazards. They had been awake since midnight, rudely awoken to put on their bomb suits and start the day. It would be another 20 hours before any of them got a chance to rest.
This wasn’t a deployment, and all threats were simulated. This was the beginning of the final event of the 741st’s Team of the Year Competition. The winning team’s prize? Bragging rights; and a chance to compete against other EOD teams from around the country.
The competition started on Oct. 9 with a modified fitness test, and included a live demolition range, a board appearance, ruck march, and 24 continuous hours of EOD response to a variety of incidents.