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    American Explosive Ordnance Disposal Soldiers participate in multinational exercise in Canada

    Multinational EOD exercise Ardent Defender concludes in Canada

    Courtesy Photo | U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Dylan W. Tyce, an Explosive Ordnance Disposal technician from the...... read more read more



    Story by Walter Ham 

    20th CBRNE Command

    5TH CANADIAN DIVISION SUPPORT BASE GAGETOWN, New Brunswick, Canada – U.S. Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal Soldiers are participating in a multinational counter explosive threat exercise at 5th Canadian Division Support Base Gagetown in New Brunswick, Canada, Sept. 18 – Oct. 4.

    During Exercise Ardent Defender, American Soldiers from the 192nd Ordnance Battalion (EOD) are training with EOD technicians from Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Netherlands, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.

    More than 270 troops are participating in the exercise and 100 members are serving in supporting roles.

    The 92nd EOD Battalion “Renegades” are part of the 52nd EOD Group and 20th Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, Explosives (CBRNE) Command, the U.S. military’s premier all hazards command.

    The Fort Bragg, North Carolina-based 192nd EOD Battalion commands seven EOD companies stationed in New York, North Carolina and Virginia.

    Fort Bragg, North Carolina-based Army EOD technicians support the U.S. Army’s Immediate Response Force mission. When assigned to the IRF mission, they have to stay ready to deploy within 18 hours.

    Headquartered on Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, the 20th CBRNE Command is home to 75 percent of the active-duty U.S. Army EOD technicians and Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear (CBRN) specialists, as well as the 1st Area Medical Laboratory, CBRNE Analytical and Remediation Activity, five Weapons of Mass Destruction Coordination Teams and three Nuclear Disablement Teams.

    American Soldiers and U.S. Army civilians from 20th CBRNE Command deploy from 19 bases in 16 states to confront and defeat the world’s most dangerous hazards in support of joint, interagency and allied operations around the world.

    Canadian Armed Forces Lt. Col. Kerri-Ann Iwanonkiw, the director of Ardent Defender 2022, said the exercise is incorporating two additional Canadian capabilities this year, including the Expedient Route Opening Capability and Advanced Combat Engineer Search, as well as a level four certification of the 4th Engineering Support Regiment Counter Explosive Threat Squadron.

    The Sûreté du Québec, a provincial police force, is participating and the Canadian Forces School of Military Engineering is supporting the exercise.

    The annual counter explosive threat exercise has been hosted since 2012 at bases across Canada, including at the Royal Canadian Air Force Base in Trenton and Fleet Diving Unit Pacific Base in Esquimalt. It later moved to Canadian Forces Base Borden for several years.

    Exercise Ardent Defender gives Explosive Ordnance Disposal technicians the chance to learn from each other during tough and realistic training and to train as they would fight – as a team in a joint, interagency and allied battlespace.

    “The opportunity to integrate with international partners will provide a venue for participants to challenge each other and to share ideas and to create new best practices in the counter explosive threat domain, from planning to arrival drills and threat assessments to device exploitation,” said Iwanonkiw. “This, along with challenging the participants with increasingly difficult and realistic scenarios, will ensure that each nation’s capability will be ready to operate effectively in any theater.”



    Date Taken: 09.27.2022
    Date Posted: 09.27.2022 15:16
    Story ID: 430192

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