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Jan

2016

EOD conducts breaching course

By Lance Cpl. Miranda Faughn, II Marine Expeditionary Force


Sgt. Chris Fitzpatrick, an Explosive Ordinance Disposal technician with EOD Company, 8th Engineer Support Battalion, briefs his team before participating in a simulated raid during a breaching course at Camp Lejeune N.C., Jan. 14, 2016. Marines switch leadership positions throughout the entire course to keep the unit proficient.
EOD conducts breaching course
Sgt. Chris Fitzpatrick, an Explosive Ordinance Disposal technician with EOD Company, 8th Engineer Support Battalion, briefs his team before participating in a simulated raid during a breaching course at Camp Lejeune N.C., Jan. 14, 2016. Marines switch leadership positions throughout the entire course to keep the unit proficient.
Explosive Ordinance Disposal technicians with EOD Company, 8th Engineer Support Battalion, practice “stacking-up” during a breaching course at Camp Lejeune, N.C., Jan. 14, 2016. The Marines take cover behind a shielding blanket and one another to reduce the chances of being struck by debris.
EOD conducts breaching course
Explosive Ordinance Disposal technicians with EOD Company, 8th Engineer Support Battalion, practice “stacking-up” during a breaching course at Camp Lejeune, N.C., Jan. 14, 2016. The Marines take cover behind a shielding blanket and one another to reduce the chances of being struck by debris.
Sgt. Kyle Kazmierczak, an Explosive Ordinance Disposal technician with EOD Company, 8th Engineer Support Battalion, wraps tape around an explosive charge during a breaching course at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., Jan. 14, 2016. The course is designed to reinforce proper breaching techniques EOD technicians must retain for upcoming deployments.
EOD conducts breaching course
Sgt. Kyle Kazmierczak, an Explosive Ordinance Disposal technician with EOD Company, 8th Engineer Support Battalion, wraps tape around an explosive charge during a breaching course at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., Jan. 14, 2016. The course is designed to reinforce proper breaching techniques EOD technicians must retain for upcoming deployments.
Explosive Ordinance Disposal technicians with EOD Company, 8th Engineer Support Battalion, review their calculations to build the correct sized explosive during a breaching course at Camp Lejeune, N.C., Jan. 14, 2016. The Marines were tasked to build their own explosives for the raids.
EOD conducts breaching course
Explosive Ordinance Disposal technicians with EOD Company, 8th Engineer Support Battalion, review their calculations to build the correct sized explosive during a breaching course at Camp Lejeune, N.C., Jan. 14, 2016. The Marines were tasked to build their own explosives for the raids.
Staff Sgt. Chaz Carter, an Explosive Ordinance Disposal technician team leader with EOD Company, 8th Engineer Support Battalion, cuts explosives before creating his charge during a breaching course at Camp Lejeune, N.C., Jan. 14, 2016. EOD technicians are required to attend a breaching course every six months in order to maintain proficiency in raiding operations.
EOD conducts breaching course
Staff Sgt. Chaz Carter, an Explosive Ordinance Disposal technician team leader with EOD Company, 8th Engineer Support Battalion, cuts explosives before creating his charge during a breaching course at Camp Lejeune, N.C., Jan. 14, 2016. EOD technicians are required to attend a breaching course every six months in order to maintain proficiency in raiding operations.
Sgt. Joseph Kharlange, an Explosive Ordinance Disposal technician with EOD Company, 8th Engineer Support Battalion, prepares for a simulated raid during a breaching course at Camp Lejeune, N.C., Jan. 14, 2016. The training is designed to incorporate different methods of entering a building, such as using a hammer to knock down the door in case the explosive fails, to prepare EOD for numerous scenarios they may encounter on a deployment.
EOD conducts breaching course
Sgt. Joseph Kharlange, an Explosive Ordinance Disposal technician with EOD Company, 8th Engineer Support Battalion, prepares for a simulated raid during a breaching course at Camp Lejeune, N.C., Jan. 14, 2016. The training is designed to incorporate different methods of entering a building, such as using a hammer to knock down the door in case the explosive fails, to prepare EOD for numerous scenarios they may encounter on a deployment.
Explosive Ordinance Disposal technicians with EOD Company, 8th Engineer Support Battalion, wrap tape around detonation cord during a breaching course at Camp Lejeune, N.C., Jan. 14, 2016. Marines participate in this course every six months to be certified breachers.
EOD conducts breaching course
Explosive Ordinance Disposal technicians with EOD Company, 8th Engineer Support Battalion, wrap tape around detonation cord during a breaching course at Camp Lejeune, N.C., Jan. 14, 2016. Marines participate in this course every six months to be certified breachers.
MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. -- Debris soared through the sky as technicians with Explosive Ordinance Disposal Company, 8th Engineer Support Battalion, participated in a breaching course with live explosives, Jan. 14. 

EOD technicians conduct breaching courses semi-annually to maintain proficiency in their billet and retain proper breaching techniques to be prepared for real-world contingencies and disasters. However, some technicians are preparing for NATO’s upcoming Cold Response exercise in Norway.

“You learn [these skills] for three weeks at the school house, but you forget it fast,” said Sgt. Daniel Lohmann, an EOD technician with the unit, “It definitely helps to stay on top of [this training], so you don’t lose it.”

Lohmann also said the Marines received classroom instructions a day prior to the practical application. The lessons consisted of safety procedures and instructions on how to construct their own explosive charges specifically engineered for breaching doors.

“Rather than just doing demolition operations a couple times a month, it gives them another aspect of their job, which they don’t usually get to [perform],” said Chief Warrant Officer 4 Michael Pickartz, the executive officer for the company.

Pickartz said the most difficult portion of the course was making sure the Marines used the right amount of explosives necessary to gain access into the building.
“We are a force multiplier for MEF, [working] to make a well-rounded EOD Marine,” said Pickartz. “That way, regardless of what situation they will face, they will be prepared for it.”

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