303rd EOD Bn. builds interagency relationships, enhances capabilities

| March 31, 2017 | 0 Comments
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii — Trainees Erin Callahan (left), Special Agent with Honolulu's Police Department Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and Marine Sgt. Seth Barnes, Combat Logistics Battalion 3, Combat Logistics Regiment 3, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, collect evidence during a Post Blast Investigator's Course conducted by the FBI and hosted by the 303rd Ordnance Disposal Battalion (EOD), 8th Military Police Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command March 6-10, here. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Taresha Hill, 8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs)

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii — Trainees Erin Callahan (left), Special Agent with Honolulu’s Police Department Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and Marine Sgt. Seth Barnes, Combat Logistics Battalion 3, Combat Logistics Regiment 3, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, collect evidence during a Post Blast Investigator’s Course conducted by the FBI and hosted by the 303rd Ordnance Disposal Battalion (EOD), 8th Military Police Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command March 6-10, here. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Taresha Hill, 8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs)

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Staff Sgt. Taresha Hill
8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — The 303rd Ordnance Disposal Battalion (EOD), 8th Military Police Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, hosted a Post Blast Investigator’s Course, here, March 6-10.

The weeklong course taught by the FBI was a collaborative effort between the 303rd OD Bn. (EOD), the FBI’s Honolulu Field Office, and the FBI’s Explosive Unit.

It provided basic knowledge of conducting a post-blast crime scene (bombing) investigation to 40 personnel from nine military, federal and state agencies. The training was instrumental to building key relationships among bomb techs, investigators and prosecutors in Hawaii.

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii — Trainee Kaleo Kaluhioklani, a criminalist with the Honolulu Police Department, sifts through the dirt searching for bomb pieces during a Post Blast Investigator's Course conducted by the FBI and hosted by the 303rd Ordnance Disposal Battalion (EOD), 8th Military Police Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command March 6-10, here. Kaluhioklani is one of the 40 trainees from nine military, federal and state agencies learning how process a post blast crime scene. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Taresha Hill, 8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs)

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii — Trainee Kaleo Kaluhioklani, a criminalist with the Honolulu Police Department, sifts through the dirt searching for bomb pieces during a Post Blast Investigator’s Course conducted by the FBI and hosted by the 303rd Ordnance Disposal Battalion (EOD), 8th Military Police Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command March 6-10, here. Kaluhioklani is one of the 40 trainees from nine military, federal and state agencies learning how process a post blast crime scene. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Taresha Hill, 8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs)

“The training this week developed relationships with interagency partners that operate throughout the U.S. Pacific Command area of responsibility in support of developing Partner Nation Rule of Law and Attack the Network (AtN) capabilities,” said Lt. Col. Shawn Kadlec, the battalion’s commander.

The course not only allowed for 303rd OD Bn. (EOD) to enhance its interagency relationships, but also to increase its own bomb technicians’ expertise and readiness to support the PACOM AOR.

“The skills and knowledge gained by our EOD technicians and intelligence staff members apply equally well to conventional ordnance threats and the associated Weapons Technical Intelligence (WTI) and AtN responsibilities of EOD units at all levels of command,” said Kadlec.

Trainees received instructions in the following: Introduction to Explosives, Construction of Improvised Explosive Devices (IED), Booby Traps, Improvised Explosive Threat, Bombing Investigations, Forensic Examinations, and Post Blast Crime Scene Search.

Another crucial aspect of the course was to have the trainees develop the skills necessary to properly collect and preserve evidence for forensic examination.

“We are learning different techniques as far as evidence collection and search patterns and also the requirements that the FBI and the other agencies need in order to produce a proper forensics package for any criminal activities,” said Sgt. 1st Class Donald Pearl, battalion operations noncommissioned officer and course coordinator.

Mark Wells, an FBI special agent bomb technician and course instructor, said, “The goal of this class is to get everyone on the same page, so that when we are working together on a large scene, everybody is speaking the same language and doing things the same way.”

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii — FBI supervisory special agent and course instructor, Kevin Finnerty (2nd from right), instructs 40 trainees from nine military, federal and state agencies, on the proper evidence collection process during a Post Blast Investigator's Course conducted by the FBI and hosted by the 303rd Ordnance Disposal Battalion (EOD), 8th Military Police Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command March 6-10, here. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Taresha Hill, 8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs)

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii — FBI supervisory special agent and course instructor, Kevin Finnerty (2nd from right), instructs 40 trainees from nine military, federal and state agencies, on the proper evidence collection process during a Post Blast Investigator’s Course conducted by the FBI and hosted by the 303rd Ordnance Disposal Battalion (EOD), 8th Military Police Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command March 6-10, here. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Taresha Hill, 8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs)

While the training was focused on civilian law enforcement scenarios and procedures, the overall post-blast assessment processes form the foundation for post-blast assessments in a tactical environment, regardless of whether the attack utilized IEDs or conventional munitions.

“The training this week is a recognition and continuation of the effective joint and interagency partnerships that were successfully utilized in the counter-IED fight in Iraq and Afghanistan,” said Kadlec.

Kadlec added, “Closer to home, the personal relationships and procedural understanding developed over the course of the week will prove invaluable in the event that an IED attack is carried out in Hawaii and we have to respond in support to the local police and FBI.”

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