MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. – Explosive Ordnance Disposal teams from across the Department of Defense competed in the third-annual East Coast Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Team of the Year Competition hosted by 8th Engineer Support Battalion (ESB) on Camp Lejeune, North Carolina from October 18 to 22, 2021.
Ten teams from the U.S. Army, Air Force, and Marine Corps competed for five days in multiple challenges evaluating their skills as EOD technicians. While there are several EOD competitions across the country every year, this occasion marked the first time Camp Lejeune has hosted the annual event with members of the joint force.
“The events that we held were actual simulated response scenarios such as an IED in a non-permissive environment or an unexploded ordnance response here stateside,” said Gunnery Sgt. Daniel C. LaBounty, a training chief with EOD Company, 8th ESB. “We tested the full gambit of EOD skills.”