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As quickly as the acronym IED, or improvised explosive device, became a household name, popping up all over television news reports and newspaper articles, there was another acronym - EOD - that rose to the forefront, becoming the most used and trusted force amongst our military to defeat the horrible new IED threat.
EOD or Explosive Ordnance Disposal is our nation's first line of defense to not only counter the new IED threat that continues to plague innocent people around the world, but also to dispose of conventional retrograde munitions left behind in war torn regions, as well as detect and dispose of weapons of mass destruction.
EOD is a joint service military occupational skill, which means that EOD Technicians serve within the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines. The program is strictly manned by volunteer candidates.
So where do I fit into this?
Prior to my current career, I spent 10 years of Active Duty military service as a Naval EOD Officer. The bonds that I formed over that time with my fellow EOD warriors are stronger than anything I have ever known and after recently losing a close comrade of mine during combat operations, I realized that I have not been doing nearly enough to help a community that has always been my second family.
In order to properly honor the memories and sacrifices of my brethren, I have decided it’s time for me to “walk the walk.” There is an old saying in the EOD community, “if you’re going to be dumb, you better be tough.” With that in mind, I decided to sign up for a 100 mile ultramarathon through the Florida Keys from May 19-20 – we’ll see if this little fat guy can run... the details of the race are here:
No community in the military has sacrificed more, yet asked so little in return... our exploits are not published as widely as some of the other military communities, but rarely does a Special Operation take place without at least one EOD Technician present as an operator... and there is not a member of the military that over the past decade has not heard or uttered the phrase “call EOD.”
For more information on the amazing foundation I will be running in honor of, please visit the Wounded EOD Warrior Foundation website:
For a list of fallen EOD warriors, please visit the EOD Memorial Foundation website:
Many thanks for your support – even if you cannot afford to donate money, I can use volunteers to help with my chase team - and don't forget to forward this to anyone who you think might want to donate too!