NATEODA Newsletter July 2022

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4th Edition of the NATEODA newsletter

1 July 2022

This project is the sole effort of Woody Eastwood, and it is not to be assumed that the Association will continue this in the future.

National Officers

James E Duncan – Commander
Woody Eastwood -Vice Commander
Lew Weinberg – Treasurer
Stu Steinberg – Adjutant
Bobby Steagall – Webmaster
Ted Carlson – Webmaster
John C Scott – Director
Chet Heidl Director

Irvin Banta III, National EOD Association Chaplain

Bob Leiendecker, National EOD Association Historian

SGM Mike Vining, US Army retired, our “go-to” for anything NATEODA

Vietnam Veterans Chapter
Michael Tavano – Commander Vietnam Veterans Chapter
Dave Tipton – Director/Quartermaster
Adjutant -Vietnam Vets Chapter
Stu Steinberg – Coordinator of Veterans Benefits


 A personal note from the Vice Commander

As I enter into my 7th month of being the NATEODA Vice Commander

I would like to make the membership of the Association aware that we are in need of increasing our membership, and in order to maintain a good meaningful Organization we need more members, especially from the younger generation of EOD Technicians. It would be delightful to see new Chapters to NATEODA.

I recently contracted the hateful COVID disease and it kicked my butt for about 4 days. I am delighted to report that I am now fully recovered.

I would appreciate your feedback on these newsletters, is there information you would like to see covered in them that I am missing? Contact me at: vicecommander@nateoda.com


 

Have you made your arrangements to attend the NATEODA Convention?

It is easily done at: Join us in St. Louis

Reminder: Open Registration ends on 18 August 2022

We have a lot of catching up to do and really need a good turnout for this Convention


Check out the EOD Warrior Foundation Second Quarter 2022 Newsletter

The Blaster News (Second Quarter 2022)

Attached is a flyer from the EOD Warrior Foundation.  They will be placing biodegradable wooden EOD discs at Arlington National Cemetery on 23 & 24 September 2022.  They are seeking volunteers for the program.  A wreath will also be placed at the Tomb of the Unknown.

Attached here is Mike Vinings document of EOD laid to rest at Arlington.

Melissa (Mo) Tackitt from the EOD Warrior Foundation, will be a guest speaker at the NATEODA, St. Louis Convention


Environmental remediation, decontamination, destruction of
explosives and demilitarization with MuniRem Reagent.

Rapid Neutralization of HME , Powerpoint Presentation

From Chris Broome: NATEODA Member
I have been working for a small company which has developed a chemical to neutralize, degrade explosives and chemical warfare agents(CWA).
MuniRem is a scalable and versatile solution for a broad range of explosives and munitions constituents including Sarin gas, Mustard (CWA), HMX, RDX, TNT, TNR, DNTs, ADNTs, NBs, NDMA, Black Powder, Ammonium Nitrate, Lead Styphnate, Lead Azide, Nitrocellulose, Nitroguanidine, Nitroglycerine, PBX, PETN, Primer Mix, and reactive Aluminum.

The company has been doing business in the commercial sector cleaning up old dynamite and decontaminating / deconstructing ammunition plants.

I know you have a lot of contacts in the military and commercial CBRNE sector. I think the product would make a nice addition to the toolboxes of the CBRNE sector.

I have attached the HME Proof of concept PPT for you. Any help getting the product out to those who may need it would be greatly appreciated.
Website:  https://www.munirem.com/

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 Luke Air Force Base Tribute to the 4th of July

{from 2017, but appropriate}

U.S.Military Tribute – They Were There (Granger Smith) – 4th of July Special

Thank you for being there! YouTube Video

4th of July 2022

 

We Celebrate the Birth of America! 

The freedoms our founders sought for us on this day range from the pursuit of life, liberty, and happiness to the ability to choose how and where we worship.

 

Many of our freedoms are eroding away and we must always remember that freedoms such as ours have come at a very high price and our EOD Brethren have suffered largely in protecting those freedoms.

 

The National EOD Association thanks you the EOD community for your sacrifices.

 

Happy 4th of July

Remember how we got here!


National EOD Association Election 2022

The NATEODA Election this year will be by electronic voting. Voting will begin on 12 August 2022 at 1200 hrs (CDT) and will end on 12 September 2022 at 1200 hrs (CDT). You will receive an email and/or a text with a link to the ballot.

If you are interested in seeking a position on the board of directors, please submit your resume and photo to the board@nateoda.com Please get these into us as soon as possible.

The following positions are open for candidates:

NATEODA Commander, current and running for reelection James E Duncan

NATEODA Vice Commander, Current and running for reelection Woodward (Woody) Eastwood

NATEODA Treasurer, outgoing Treasurer and not seeking another term is Lew Weinberg

NATEODA Adjutant, current and running for reelection Stuart Steinberg

There are 3 Director positions on the board of directors.

Outgoing  Director, John C Scott and not seeking another term

Director Dave Tipton seeking reelection

Director, Chet Heidl Seeking reelection

Also on the Ballot will be changes to the National EOD Association bylaws.

We are also in need of volunteers for administrative duties, if you would like to help your association out just let a member of the board know of your interest.


 

A day at the range

ALI AL SALEM AIR BASE, KUWAIT 03.11.2022

Photo by Tech. Sgt. Patrick Evenson

386th Air Expeditionary Wing Public AffairsU.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Michael Dragoo, an explosive ordnance disposal technician with the 386th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron, EOD flight, explains the operation of a remote detonator to Private Jürs Rikke with the Royal Danish Army during a Coalition Demolition Day at Ali Al Salem Air Base, Kuwait, March 11, 2022. U.S. Airmen, Soldiers, Marines and coalition partners from Denmark, Italy, and the United Kingdom were invited out during a regularly scheduled controlled detonation of unserviceable munitions, to support the continued forging of resolute partnerships. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Patrick Evenson).

Looking around the expanse of the Dawkins Demolitions Range, a collage of different uniforms donning various nations’ flags intermingle with curiosity, intrigue and upbeat interest.

U.S. service members from the Air Force, Army, Marine Corps and coalition partners from Denmark, Italy, and the United Kingdom, participated in a Coalition Demolition Day, hosted by the 386th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron, Explosive Ordnance Disposal flight at Ali Al Salem Air Base, Kuwait, March 11.

The partner organizations were invited out during a regularly scheduled controlled detonation of unserviceable munitions, to support the continued forging of resolute partnerships.

“It’s one of the priorities of the 386th [Air Expeditionary Wing], to foster enduring partnerships. We’re here at this base all working together,” said Capt. Judah Epstein, flight commander of the EOD flight. “We’re working together towards a common goal out here in this AOR.”

On average, EOD has a controlled demolition once a week. According to Epstein, the idea of inviting their coalition counterparts out for the controlled demolition started with a conversation with those from the Italian Air Force.

“We met with them and tried to figure out how we can work together to establish a stronger partnership, because they’re EOD and we’re EOD,” said Epstein. “They had some items to get rid of, but they didn’t have a range. Then there was an additional coalition partner that needed to get rid of some items, so we invited them out as well.”

The event ballooned across the coalition landscape here at Ali Al Salem and beyond. In the end there was EOD representation from the Royal Air Force of the United Kingdom, Italian Air Force, U.S. Army, a group of non-EOD from the Royal Danish Army and even a team of Marines from the U.S. Embassy in Kuwait.

U.S. Marine Corps Master Sgt Joshua McLeod, detachment commander of the Marine Security Guards at the American Embassy in Kuwait City, prior to his current assignment, was an EOD technician for 17 years for the Marine Corps. During meetings at the embassy he saw opportunity for interservice collaboration and took advantage of his EOD experience as a springboard.

“It was an opportunity to give the young Marines who have never worked with EOD or never worked with the Air Force before that experience,” said McLeod. “If we do have a bomb threat or something that involves explosives, these guys are gonna be the ones that we call.”

Plans are already underway to repay the favor and have the 386th EOD team train at the embassy.

“We’re going to do some drills and training with them at the embassy,” said McLeod. “And hopefully, we’ll keep that relationship going by doing some training either with them up here or there at the embassy.”

Building new partnerships and strengthening those that exist was the theme of the day and is critical to current and future missions. In the short term, the time at the range with EOD was a welcome time away from the regular work day. However, the relationships built lead to the ultimate goal of promoting security and stability to the region through mutual respect.

“It’s a good opportunity to strengthen those relations,” said Epstein. “When need arises for real world taskings we’ll have those relationships built.”

“It’s a small world and you never know what everyone’s gonna need at the end of the day, said McLeod.”


An Oklahoman and Vietnam Veteran is to be awarded the Medal Of Honor

WASHINGTON — On Monday the White House announced that they will be awarding the Medal of Honor to four soldiers who fought in Vietnam. One of these soldiers is Specialist Five Dwight W. Birdwell, a citizen of the Cherokee Nation and former Chief Justice of the Cherokee Nation Supreme Court.

When explaining why each soldier will receive the Medal of Honor, The White House said:

Specialist Five Dwight W. Birdwell will receive the Medal of Honor for acts of gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty while serving with Troop C, 3rd Squadron, 4th Cavalry, 25th Infantry Division, in the Republic of Vietnam on January 31, 1968.  That day, a large enemy element initiated an assault on the Tan Son Nhut Air Base near Saigon. They [the enemy element] disabled or destroyed many of the unit’s vehicles and incapacitated Specialist Five Birdwell’s tank commander.  Under heavy enemy small-arms fire, Specialist Five Birdwell moved the tank commander to safety and fired the tank’s weapons at the enemy force.  Afterwards, he dismounted and continued fighting until receiving enemy fire to his face and torso.  He refused evacuation and led a small group of defenders to disrupt the enemy assault until reinforcements arrived.  He then aided in evacuating the wounded until he was ordered to seek attention for his own wounds.  He was honorably discharged on December 29, 1968, and today practices law in Oklahoma City.


Ukraine War

 A commander of an elite unit of Ukrainian marines has told Sky News the majority of his best trained troops have been injured or killed. 25 June 2022

YouTube Video

Military Officers Association of America {MOAA} member Lt. Col. John Culp, USA (Ret) speaks with MOAA’s Blair Drake from Ukraine. Culp is working with Bomb Techs Without Borders to assist with ordnance removal and training Ukrainians in EOD techniques.

His story on YouTube Video



…………….That’s a wrap for this Month…………..