706th EOD Co. conducts exchange with Singapore army

| May 19, 2011 | 0 Comments
Staff Sgt. Justin Talbert and Staff Sgt. Christopher Gray, both with 706th EOD Co., 303rd EOD Bn. 45th Sust. Bde., 8th TSC, discuss their approach to a suspected improvised explosive device with their Singapore army counterpart. (Courtesy Photo)

Staff Sgt. Justin Talbert and Staff Sgt. Christopher Gray, both with 706th EOD Co., 303rd EOD Bn. 45th Sust. Bde., 8th TSC, discuss their approach to a suspected improvised explosive device with their Singapore army counterpart. (Courtesy Photo)

706th Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company
303rd EOD Battalion, 45th Sustainment Brigade, 8th Theater Sust. Command 

FORT SELARANG, Singapore — U.S. and Singaporean Soldiers learned lots from one another during a recent subject matter expert exchange, or SMEE.

The 706th Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company, 303rd EOD Battalion, 45th Sustainment Brigade, 8th Theater Sust. Command, conducted a productive, interactive SMEE with the 36th Combat Engineers of the Singapore army.

In turn, the Singapore army EOD hosted several social events for 706th EOD Co. representatives to facilitate further discussion on EOD operations.

“We welcome the U.S. EOD operators,” said the commander of the 36th Combat Eng., Singapore Army. “I hope this is just the first of many such opportunities for our forces to interact.”

The U.S. team consisted of Staff Sgt. Justin Talbert, Staff Sgt. Christopher Gray and Sgt. 1st Class Kieran Dollard, all of 706th EOD Co.; Capt. Thomas Vail, commander, 706th EOD Co.; and Special Agent Sam Mum, bomb technician, FBI.

“We always welcome exchange missions,” Vail said, “but this is one of the best bomb squads in Asia. Their skills in rendering safe ordnance (removal and disposal) using alternate techniques are very impressive.”

The Japanese Imperial Army and the allied forces in World War II extensively fought over Singapore, and the 36th Eng. Bn. continually responds to unearthed ordnance from that era. Plus, the small size of the island has created unusually difficult conditions for the Singapore Army’s EOD forces when disposal of ordnance is necessary.

“This exchange is very valuable,” Talbert said. “The Singapore Army EOD is a world-class organization, and we are better for spending this week with them.”

Vail said the great thing about this exchange was that the U.S. and Singaporean EOD teams have a nearly identical mission.

“We both share a homeland defense mission and a wartime mission, meaning we have to remain ready for both missions at any moment,” Vail said. “This exchange is very valuable for just that reason, our compatibility.”

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