The West Virginia Army National Guard’s 753rd Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) unit recently returned to the Mountain State after successfully completing a nine-month overseas deployment in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel, where they earned praise and recognition for their vital support to the United States mission in Afghanistan.
The 753rd EOD, based out of Kingwood, West Virginia, consists of over 40 personnel from around the United States, 32 of which were deployed. The unit specializes in the identification, safe handling, and rendering safe of unexploded ordnance (UXO), and is tasked with protecting U.S. forces from improvised explosive devices (IED), hazardous munitions, and weapons of mass destruction (WMD). Members of the unit work with cutting-edge technology and are some of the U.S. Army’s most highly trained and skilled Soldiers.
While deployed, the unit’s mission was to reduce or eliminate the hazards of munitions and explosive devices for Train, Advise, and Assist Command – South (TAAC-South) and TAAC-SouthWest. TAAC-South is a multinational military formation part of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s (NATO’s) Resolute Support mission within Afghanistan. The unit worked with NATO partners and U.S. forces on counterterrorism and EOD operations throughout their Area of Responsibility (AOR) in southern Afghanistan.