‘Watchdogs’ bid aloha to 706th EOD Company

| August 19, 2016 | 0 Comments
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii- Capt. Alexandra Long (left), commander, 706th Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company (EOD), 303rd EOD Battalion, 8th Military Police Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, stands with the companyÕs encased guidon during an inactivation ceremony held Aug. 3, here. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Taresha Hill, 8th Military Police Brigade Public Affairs, 8th Theater Sustainment Command)

Capt. Alexandra Long (left), commander, and Sgt. 1st Class Ricky J. West, 706th Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company (EOD), 303rd EOD Battalion, 8th Military Police Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, stand with the company’s encased guidon during an inactivation ceremony held Aug. 3.

Story and photos by Staff Sgt. Taresha Hill
8th Military Police Brigade Public Affairs
8th Theater Sustainment Command

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — The 303rd Explosive Ordnance Disposal Battalion, 8th Military Police “Watchdog” Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, hosted an inactivation ceremony for its 706th Ordnance Company (EOD), Aug. 3, at Hamilton Field.

It was a small and somber ceremony as Watchdog leaders, Soldiers and family members gathered together to witness the inactivation of one of its companies.

After nearly 20 years in Hawaii as the 706th Ord. Co., Capt. Alexandra Long, commander, encased the unit’s guidon, signaling the end of the unit’s mission.

“Today marks a sad, but bittersweet, day in history for the 706th Ord. Co. (EOD),” said Long.

With more than 70 years of military service, the 706th Ordnance Co. was first constituted as the 6th Ord. Bomb Disposal Squad, Separate, on Jan. 30, 1943, as part of the Army Reserves. It was not until 1954, over 10 years later, that the unit was allotted to the Army’s active component.

The unit has called several places home: from Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., to Fort Bragg, N.C., to its most recent home at Fort Shafter, on March 25, 1959. It was on June 16, 1997, that the unit was reorganized and redesignated as the 706th Ordnance Co.

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii- Soldiers from the 706th Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company (EOD), 303rd EOD Battalion, 8th Military Police Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, salute the American flag one last time during the company's inactivation ceremony held Aug. 3, here. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Taresha Hill, 8th Military Police Brigade Public Affairs, 8th Theater Sustainment Command)

Soldiers from the 706th EOD salute one last time as a unit during the company’s inactivation ceremony.

Throughout the unit’s seven decades of military service, it has participated in several military campaigns, to include World War II, and most recently, the Overseas Contingency Operations.

As part of the U.S. Army-Pacific, the unit has participated in several critical and unique missions, to include numerous subject matter expert engagements throughout the Hawaiian Islands and partner nations. The unit has also performed the safe execution of more than 80 emergency response missions, 10 VIP missions for the Secret Service and two Humanitarian Mine Action missions.

“I could not be more proud and honored to be standing here today, having commanded such a phenomenal organization with outstanding Soldiers and leaders who dedicated and sacrificed day-in and day-out for such an incredible mission,” Long said.

While the ceremony marked the end of the unit’s mission, Long said it was just another chapter in the unit’s extensive history.

“The 706th EOD Co. may be going away,” she said. “However, the legacy of the Soldiers, leaders and families will carry on.”

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii- Capt. Alexandra Long (left), commander, 706th Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company (EOD), 303rd EOD Battalion, 8th Military Police Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, prepares the companyÕs guidon to be cased during an inactivation ceremony held Aug. 3, here. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Taresha Hill, 8th Military Police Brigade Public Affairs, 8th Theater Sustainment Command)

Long and West prepare to case the company guidon.

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