Two explosive ordnance disposal Marines, an Air Force EOD technician and a chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear specialist Marine stood around a manhole, peering down at a dummy with its limbs in unnatural positions – a simulated casualty that needed to be retrieved.
“Every scenario can be reset and rerun,” said U.S. Marine Corps Master Sgt. Jason Hilker, an EOD technician with EOD Company, 9th Engineer Support Battalion, 3rd Marine Logistics Group. “We aren’t telling the Marines how to solve the problems – we aren’t here to influence their decisions. We are only presenting problems. I want to see what they come up with.”
For U.S. Marine Corps Master Sgt. Joshua McLeod, EOD Company’s design and control chief and the primary designer of this year’s exercise, the key words for EODEX 19 were integration and innovation.