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E.O.D. Olympics

by haninah_levine on January 4, 2007

The Navy command responsible for testing bomb-disposal tactics and equipment for the entire U.S. military recently has hosted its first annual “Explosive Ordnance Disposal Top Tech Challenge,” a three-day slate of competitions for Navy bomb squads, as I report over at Military​.com:
EOD Training and Evaluation Unit Two, part of Naval Expeditionary Combat Command headquartered at this facility near Virginia Beach in southern Virginia, in November welcomed five two-man teams from Navy bases around the world, according to the unit’s skipper, Commander Tom Smith, 42.
“It’s an absolute uber-challenge,” Smith says of the competition, going on to describe grueling events including booby-trap defusing, rappelling, land navigation and a “limpet mine” challenge where bomb technicians must dive into a “cold lake on a cold morning” to find and disable a replica of the kinds of mines terrorists might attach to the bottom of a ship.
“We threw the kitchen sink at them,” Smith laughs.
This year, an EOD team from Sigonella, Italy took top honors. Calling the competition a success, Smith adds that his unit is already planning for next years. He says the 2007 Challenge will involve as many as a dozen teams.

Read on.
–David Axe
P.S. — Slate has a sweet roundup of Iraq war comics that includes my book WAR FIX as well as cool entries from Brian Wood (DMZ) and Joe Sacco (WAR JUNKIE). Check it out.

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David Thompson January 4, 2007 at 7:46 pm

In a similar vein, people might be interested in Patrick Farley’s “The Spiders” - an alternate history/SF view of the Afghanistan conflict:
http://www.e-sheep.com/spiders/

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games June 20, 2008 at 8:51 am

thank you
very goooooooood
very nic

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