Last Thursday I had the opportunity to visit Explosive Ordnance Disposal Training and Evaluation Unit (EODTEU) TWO to observe and participate in several training exercises. EODTEU TWO is a specialized EOD training unit that provides advanced unit level and mobility skill training for our deploying forces.
One of the notable events of my visit was a combat demonstration in a fabricated indigenous village during which the EOD team disarmed and detained a hostile force before locating, neutralizing and safely disposing of an improvised explosive device. I also had the opportunity to ride with our Sailors in the MRAP-JERRV (Mine Resistant Ambush Protected - Joint Explosive Ordnance Disposal Rapid Response Vehicle) to the demolition range where I saw up close the meticulous effort that goes into detonating a live explosive.
Our EOD Sailors are currently serving in every major region in the world, including Afghanistan where they’re forward deployed and participating in direct combat operations every day. They are capable of clearing IEDs, unexploded ordnance, chemical and biological warfare agents, dirty bombs and underwater mines. Whether parachuting into a combat zone from 30,000 feet or diving to 300 feet to disarm mines in critical waterways, these highly skilled professionals are almost always “first in” to clear the way for combat operations.
Thanks again to the Sailors of EODTEU TWO for hosting me and showing me what you can do. I was very impressed by your dedication to your profession and commitment to your mission. You truly represent the very best of our Navy.
All the best, JCHjr