Helping defuse explosive situations: Meet the Air Force’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit at JBSA

The Air Force’s 902nd civil engineering squadron explosive ordnance disposal unit, known as the EOD unit, is based at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland. The unit handles, retrieves and defuses dangerous explosive devices that are military-owned with a coverage area ranging from a large portion of Dallas to the South Texas border.

During a tour offered by San Antonio-based USAA, the Business Journal took a tour of the EOD facilities at JBSA-Lackland in order to highlight some missions conducted by the military in our city, which contributes at least $30.37 billion to the Texas economy, according to the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts. USAA has provided services to military members and their families since its inception in 1922.

Airman 1st Class Logan Avery and Staff Sgt. Eli Marquez showed an F-6 robot that is used to open doors and break glass for reconnaissance of explosive devices ranging from underground training targets for fighter aircraft at JBSA-Camp Bullis — the most frequent user of the EOD unit’s services — to a “token or trophy prize” military device that was taken home by a grandparent after military service overseas and even munitions from the Civil War era in West Texas.

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Source: San Antonio Business Journal