Wednesday, January 04, 2006

The Crazy Brave - EOD


Various bombs, pressure switches, and IED components discovered by 3/7 EOD. January 2, 2006.


A typical IED - the Marines worst nightmare, Ramadi, Iraq. January 2, 2006.

January 2, 2006

I stopped by the Explosive Ordnance Detail (EOD) spaces at Hurricane Point, manned by some of the bravest, albeit craziest, men in the Marine Corps. Men like Staff Sgt. Jones, SSgt. Spurlock, Sgt. Farmer, and Corpsman (HM3) Hicks of 3/7 brave the roadway hazards daily, keeping the streets safe for patrolling Marines and Iraqi Army (IA). These guys have set up a small display in front of their hooch, samples of IED’s they’ve recovered during call-outs into the city. The tactics, techniques and procedures (TTP’s) of the insurgency is ever-changing, a continual nuisance to Marines in the field. It’s a simple cat and mouse game; we do something to defeat the threat, and within a week or two, the insurgents find new methods of countering our actions. The insurgents have utlized every imagineable means of planting and detonating IED's in the city of Ramadi. From radio-controlled devices to hard-wired bombs, they have caused hundreds thousands of injuries and hundreds of deaths in theater. Besides the sniper threat in Ramadi, IED’s are one of the biggest worries of the 3/7 Marines.

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6 comments:

Beth* A. said...

Please tell the members of the EOD that what they do is phenominal. No question. Their voluntary insanity and expertise saves lives. God bless them all, each and every one. Be safe and well.

VMICraig said...

Beth - I've got to do a return visit and plan on spending a little more time with them. The previous team lost lost 3 of it's members, and they are constant targets for the insurgents. They are the heroes for the heroes. I'll pass on your comments.

Craig

Agnieszka O. said...

I've read that they are targets before.
Please tell them "thank you" from me and my family too.
It takes a strong mind...

JOSH WRIGHT said...

THANK YOU FOR DOING WHAT YOU DO ! :)

Tracy Della Vecchia said...

Thanks for sharing your stories with the families and friends of the 3/7 on the MarineParents.com web site. Please tell the 3/7 men we are praying for them and appreciate the sacrifices they are making. Thank you for spending time with the 3/7, and again, thank you for sharing your stories. It's wonderful to read about the "daily grind" over there. God Bless and Semper Fidelis. -Tracy Della Vecchia

Joe from Kokomo said...

My son is with the 3/8 in Ramadi and is currently working toward getting attached to EOD school. As a combat engineer, he likes the demolision side much more than the construction side. Nothing much has changed since childhood :)