Misawa EOD team trains to save lives


“Initial success or total failure” is the motto fueling explosive ordnance disposal Airmen to accept nothing less than perfection in and out of uniform.

The 35th Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal flight’s mission is to clear hazards by locating, identifying and neutralizing explosive devices in order for base operations to continue, especially during wartime contingencies.

“Our primary mission is to clear the runway first and get our F-16 Fighting Falcons in the air to fight and defend the U.S. and Japan,” said Staff Sgt. Tanner Connally, a 35th CES EOD journeyman.

Ensuring the team can accomplish this mission encompasses a few different components, but one of the baseline requirements is physical fitness. EOD members are required to work out a minimum of five days a week for an hour to meet the Tier 2 physical fitness test requirements, superseding the traditional physical standards.

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Source: USAF, Pacific Air Forces