706th EOD adopts a highway

| July 23, 2010 | 0 Comments

Story and Photo by
Capt. Thomas Vail 
706th Explosive Ordnance Company (Explosive Ordnance Disposal), 303rd EOD Battalion, 45th Sustainment Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command

Sgt. Brian Salaver, 706th Explosive Ordnance Company, 303rd Explosive Ordnance Disposal Battalion, 45th Sustainment Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Commaånd, picks up litter, July 9, along the H-2 highway. The 706th recently voluntarily joined the “Adopt-A-Highway’ Program run by the state of Hawaii Department of Transportation’s Highways Division.SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Soldiers with the 706th Explosive Ordnance Company (Explosive Ordnance Disposal), 303rd EOD Battalion, 45th Sustainment Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, took a break from their normal duties as the local “bomb squad” for Hawaii and cleared the roads in a different way.  

The company recently agreed to “adopt” a two-mile section of the H-2 Highway and pick up litter scattered along the state highway.

“It’s a great way to give something back to the people who live here,” said Sgt. Brian Salaver, 706th EOD Co. “I’ve always liked to help others out, which is why I joined EOD. 

“Our job is about service to others, so they can be safe,” Salaver added. “Doing this ‘Adopt-A-Highway’ as a company volunteer project is just a natural extension of that kind of attitude.”  

The state of Hawaii’s Department of Transportation, Highways Division, manages the program and provides the vests, gloves and trash bags needed to clean up the roads. Participants need to sign a two-year agreement and find a road or highway they wish to clean.

“The Adopt-A-Highway project allows the unit to perform some measure of community service while still maintaining its forward presence worldwide,” said Sgt. 1st Class Kieran Dollard, operations sergeant with the 706th. “We stay pretty busy, but this is a good way to do something noticeable for the local community.”

The company is responsible for disposal of all explosive hazards on all Hawaiian islands and many of the Pacific Rim islands, and it supports major yearly training events such as Operation Cobra Gold and Balikatan. 

The unit also maintains direct liaison with all local, state and federal agencies that have overlapping responsibilities for Homeland Defense.

 

Visit http://hawaii.gov/dot/highways/adopt-a-highway/adopt-a-highway for more information about Adopt-A-Highway.

 

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