DVIDS – News – Army and Marine Corps EOD technicians brief congressional staffers on duds

MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va. – Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal Soldiers from the 55th Ordnance Company (EOD) and Marine Corps EOD technicians briefed a congressional staff delegation on the potential unexploded ordnance (UXO) threat.

Staffers from Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri, Rep. Tom Cole of Oklahoma and Rep. Mike Johnson of Louisiana spoke with the EOD technicians and looked at weapons displays ranging from submunitions to Stinger missiles.

US Army Col. Matthew L. Kuhns, the commander of the 52nd EOD Group, and Command Sgt. Maj. Michael C. Gray, the senior commander of the 52nd EOD Group, also attended the visit.

Captain of the Marine Corps David B. Southerland, the officer in charge of Quantico’s EOD technicians, answered questions from the staff after they viewed the static displays.

US Army Capt. Matthew D. Booker, the commanding officer of the 55th EOD Company, said his EOD technicians discussed the dangers posed by explosive remnants of war.

“The 55th provided staff with technical expert briefings that highlighted EOD’s implicit knowledge of the identification and dangers of UXO and explosive effects,” Booker said. “We have demonstrated the importance of EOD not only during conflict, but also post-conflict in our ability to elucidate and resolve explosive hazards.

“We talked about each category, along with dud rates and the dangers and impact those duds would have on the population as they try to rebuild,” said Booker, a Buffalo, NY local who was deployed to Afghanistan.

Based in Fort Belvoir, Virginia, 55th EOD Company “VIPers” is part of the 192nd EOD Battalion, 52nd EOD Group and the 20th Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, Explosives (CBRNE) Command, the premier all-hazards command of the US military.

From 19 bases in 16 states, soldiers and civilians of the 20th CBRNE Command take on the world’s most dangerous threats in support of joint, multi-agency and allied operations.

In addition to facilitating military operations, the 55th EOD Company covers explosives mitigation missions in most of Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, half of Pennsylvania, part of Washington, DC, and part of West Virginia.

The company also assists the US Secret Service and the US Department of State on missions to protect very important individuals to protect the President, First Lady, Vice President and foreign heads of state.

Date of recording: 07/18/2022
Release Date: 18.07.2022 14:30
Story ID: 425227
Hometown: BUFFALO, NY, USA

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