What We Do

Historically, our mission has been to render safe armed ordnance and then dispose of it. However, our biggest current threat is summed up with one simple acronym... IED. In spite of today's predominate menace, we still have to carryout all of our mandated tasks.

The "Army Bomb Squad"

IED with smokeIf we referred to ourselves in the same manner as our civilian counterparts, we'd be called the Army's "Bomb Squad". If there is an IED, pipe bomb, or something similar within our response area, we go make it safe and try to preserve as much evidence as possible. Most of what we render safe nowadays is along the roadways of Afghanistan.  Nevertheless, if there is an improvised device that needs to be made safe, we're always more than happy to do it.

Unexploded Ordnance

UXOs are the reason for our existence. There are over 200,000 different models of military ordnance in the world today. The number that have been deployed and not exploded is immeasurable. Through trials, testing, research, experience, and sometimes luck, we are able to get a clearer understanding of how these devices work, and how to make them not work. The majority of training that we go through, and, appropriately, the majority of equipment that we own is for this purpose.

VIP Protection

White House

Part of our duties is to assist in the protection of the President of the United States, his Vice-President, Cabinet Members, Foreign Dignitaries, and any other persons as directed by the Secret Service or State Department.

Assist Local Communities

Town Hall
Many communities across America don't have a police bomb squad. So, in addition to being the primary team for military munitions in the United States, we may be called upon as the primary team for criminal devices. We also train and train with police, fire, EMS, Civil Support Teams, and others in preparation for possible terrorist attacks involving Weapons of Mass Destruction.

Training Others

Because dealing with IEDs and UXOs are our primary missions, we are the nation's foremost authority on their threat. We recognize that our best effort in force protection is teaching others how to minimize their danger. We are willing, ready, and able to pass on any unclassified knowledge to any authorized party in any forum. Some of the training that we present are Convoy Reaction to IEDs, IED recognition, and UXO recognition. We also train related subject matters to suit Unit/Organizational needs. If your Unit or Department is interested in receiving one of these classes, please click this link to email our Readiness NCO, or refer to the contact information on the menu bar.

Our Army Mission

The Army EOD mission is to support national security strategy by providing the capability to neutralize hazards from conventional UXO, NBC and associated materials, and IED (both explosive and NBC), that present a threat to operations, installations, personnel, and/or material. Army EOD forces also may dispose of hazardous foreign or US ammunition, UXO, individual mines, booby-trapped mines, and chemical mines. Routine clearing and rapid breaching of foreign or US minefields is the responsibility of the Army engineers. EOD provides the Army with a rapidly deployable support package for the elimination of hazards from UXO in any operational environment. The EOD force serves as a combat multiplier by neutralizing UXO that is restricting freedom of movement and denying access to supplies, facilities, and other critical assets. Army EOD forces equip, train, and organize to support tactical land forces across the spectrum of operations, to include peacekeeping, military operations other than war (MOOTW),and MTW.

-from FM 4-30.16, Multiservice Procedures for EOD in a Joint Environment

Our DoD Mission

The mission of DOD EOD is to support national security strategy and force protection by neutralizing hazards from foreign and domestic, conventional, nuclear, biological or chemical (NBC) UXO, and improvised explosive devices (IEDs) that present a threat to operations, installations, personnel, or materiel.

-from FM 4-30.16, Multiservice Procedures for EOD in a Joint Environment