706th EOD maintains mission readiness

| February 4, 2011 | 0 Comments

Story and Photos by
Sgt. 1st Class Joseph E. Garcia
706th Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company, 303rd EOD Battalion, 45th Sustainment Brigade, 8th Theater Sust. Command

Staff Sgt. Justin Talbert, team leader, 706th EOD Co., 303rd EOD Bn., 45th Sust. Bde., 8th TSC, aims the Percussion Actuated Neutralizer at the suspected IED to defeat the device from its intended purpose of detonation.

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — The 706th Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company has a hand in eliminating danger to the public when a suspected bomb or unexploded ordnance is disarmed.

That helping hand extends to both military and civilian communities in Hawaii and beyond.

Soldiers of the 706th EOD Co., 303rd EOD Battalion, 45th Sustainment Brigade, 8th Theater Sust. Command, serve as subject matter experts in EOD training and emergency responses for all the islands of Hawaii. They also support the Honolulu Police Department.

In 2010, the company responded to reports of 95 unexploded ordnance and unidentified explosive devices, in cooperation with the FBI, Secret Service and other local and foreign authorities. Additionally, 706th EOD Co. Soldiers trained nearly 1,500 foreign EOD specialists and more than 530 U.S. EOD specialists.

“I am proud of my Soldiers as they execute their mission,” said Capt. Thomas Vail, commander, 706th EOD Co., 303rd EOD Bn., 45th Sust. Bde. “Wherever it takes them, they perform their duties with distinction and professionalism.”

Staff Sgt. Justin Talbert, team leader, 706th EOD Co., 303rd EOD Bn., 45th Sust. Bde., 8th TSC, prepares to attach a rope to a suspected IED, so he can gain better access to X-ray the potential threat.

Soldiers of the 706th EOD Co. are expected to respond within a moment’s notice and to fly anywhere within the Pacific theater. Soldiers use their valuable skills to assist operations across three continents and nine countries, including India, Germany, China and Malaysia. On average, each EOD Soldier will spend 10 weeks of temporary duty throughout the year performing missions to train military units and police departments.

This role of training other teams and reacting to real situations, requires the 706th EOD team to train relentlessly to conduct real-world operations and to ensure that every threat is neutralized.

Staff Sgt. Justin Talbert, team leader, 706th EOD Co., 303rd EOD Bn., 45th Sust. Bde., said a successful mission begins with paying attention to the details during preparation.

“Every call is different and every situation is unique,” Talbert said. “You have to use creative thinking to diffuse the situation.”

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