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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