U.S. Army and U.S. Navy explosive ordnance disposal, or EOD, technicians trained together at sea during the May Underway exercise.
Army EOD Soldiers from the Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico-based 21st EOD Company “Blackjacks” trained with Navy EOD technicians aboard an Afloat Forward Staging Base in the Atlantic Ocean.
The 21st EOD Company is part of the 71st EOD Group, 20th CBRNE Command (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, Explosives). With Soldiers and civilians on 19 posts in 16 states, the Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland-based 20th CBRNE Command combats global CBRNE threats with joint, interagency and allied partners.
The U.S. military EOD community is inherently joint because all EOD techs are trained together at the Naval Explosive Ordnance Disposal School, or NAVSCOLEOD, on Elgin Air Force Base, Florida.
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