720th EOD trains on self-contained breathing apparatus equipment

Soldiers from the 720th Ordnance Company (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) received training on self-contained breathing apparatus equipment during a two-week Chemical Biological Radiological and Nuclear Hazardous Material Technician Course. The training provided the Soldiers the skills and knowledge required to respond Read More …

DoD Identifies Two U.S. Soldiers Killed By An Improvised Explosive Device In Afghanistan

The Department of Defense (DoD) on Sunday identified two American troops who died after an improvised explosive device (IED) detonated this weekend in southern Afghanistan. The two service members—Staff Sgt. Ian P. McLaughlin, 29, of Newport News, Virginia, and Pfc. Read More …

American service member killed in Afghanistan, U.S. military says

An American service member was killed in combat Monday in Afghanistan, the U.S. military said, while the Taliban claimed they were behind a roadside bombing in northern Kunduz province that killed the U.S. soldier. The U.S. Army Special Operations Command Read More …

Pentagon to Modernize Bomb Disposal Technology

Worrisome threats from a resurgent Russia and provocative China have made great power competition the No. 1 topic among military officials and analysts, but it wasn’t so long ago that counterterrorism and improvised explosive devices were the buzzwords du jour Read More …

Repurposed bomb material provides Munitions Enterprise huge cost savings

Repurposing bomb material is one example of how the Army’s Joint Munitions Command continuously reviews its processes to be more efficient, while providing the munitions enterprise cost savings. The McAlester Army Ammunition Plant recently determined that scrap explosive material, PBXN-109, Read More …

‘A huge morale hit’ – Army EOD techs are stuck between plummeting recruitment levels and skyrocketing workloads

Explosive ordnance disposal units across the Army are struggling to train for combat operations amid both a personnel shortfall and a surge of domestic protection missions, a dangerous combination some EOD techs say has compromised their overall readiness and left Read More …

Kuwaiti, U.S. EOD techs conduct joint munitions disposal training

Kuwaiti Ministry of Defense and U.S. explosive ordnance disposal teams joined forces for a controlled munitions detonation training designed to share knowledge in disposing of newly upgraded artillery rounds known as insensitive munitions. The new version of the round uses Read More …

82nd Airborne tests new portable robot for individual Soldiers

A new robot that can be transported by an individual Soldier conducting dismounted operations is being tested by the 82nd Airborne Division. During a three-week operational test, the 2nd Brigade Combat Team’s mission was to validate the effectiveness of the Read More …