News: 20th Spt. Cmd. (CBRNE) hosts 2012 EOD Team of the Year
Story by Cpl. Christopher Calvert
FORT KNOX, Ky. – The 20th Support Command (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and high-yield explosives) hosted the 2012 Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team of the Year competition here Aug. 13 – 17.
“This competition allows EOD teams within U.S. Army Forces Command the opportunity to come together and compete to see who’s the best of the best,” said Command Sgt. Maj. David Puig, senior enlisted advisor for 20th Spt. Cmd. (CBRNE). “This is a great opportunity for EOD operators to showcase all of their skills for the first time at the division level.”
Puig said the competition not only showcased the teams’ skills, but also allowed junior team members the opportunity to step up.
“During this culminating event, the team leaders are here taking charge and using their individual methods to accomplish the objective, but it’s the team members who gain the most,” explained Puig. “These young sergeants and specialists are learning from team leaders from throughout the U.S., and it’s a guarantee these team members here today will benefit from this experience and be our great team leaders in the future.”
Sgt. Matthew Eldridge, 22nd Chemical Battalion, 48th Chemical Brigade competed during the competition and said the events over the week honed his skills as an EOD Specialist.
“These trials are really going to help me become more proficient in the future,” said Eldridge. “When we are under stress, we rely on our skills, and we still have to be able to perform under adverse conditions. This competition really pushed our skills to the max, and it’s nice to have the opportunity to compete.”
EOD teams provide support to land forces in a variety of operations including peacekeeping and humanitarian efforts by providing identification, rendering safe limited sensitive site and post blast exploitation, as well as responding 24/7 to found military munitions in the U.S.
By hosting competitions such as the 2012 EOD Team of the Year, 20th Spt. Cmd. (CBRNE) is ensuring EOD team leaders and members are fully trained and prepared to answer the call of both Soldiers down range, and citizens of our great nation at home.