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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Frank Lopez, 386th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal journeyman, assigned to Ali Al Salem Air Base, watches a blast during a rapid airfield damage repair exercise at Udari Range, Kuwait, Sept. 25, 2019. EOD technicians train to detect, disarm, detonate and dispose of explosive threats all over the world.

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Frank Lopez, 386th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal journeyman, assigned to Ali Al Salem Air Base, watches a blast during a rapid airfield damage repair exercise at Udari Range, Kuwait, Sept. 25, 2019. EOD technicians train to detect, disarm, detonate and dispose of explosive threats all over the world. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Mozer O. Da Cunha)

Airmen assigned to the 386th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal flight at Ali Al Salem Air Base, walk away from a blast area during a rapid airfield damage repair exercise at Udari Range, Kuwait, Sept. 25, 2019. During the exercise, Airmen identified explosives and installed igniters, fuses, and blasting caps to high explosives and completed assemblies to simulate leftover munitions before activation.

Airmen assigned to the 386th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal flight at Ali Al Salem Air Base, walk away from a blast area during a rapid airfield damage repair exercise at Udari Range, Kuwait, Sept. 25, 2019. During the exercise, Airmen identified explosives and installed igniters, fuses, and blasting caps to high explosives and completed assemblies to simulate leftover munitions before activation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Mozer O. Da Cunha)

Airmen assigned to the 386th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal flight at Ali Al Salem Air Base, walk away from a blast area during a rapid airfield damage repair exercise at Udari Range, Kuwait, Sept. 25, 2019. During the exercise, Airmen identified explosives and installed igniters, fuses, and blasting caps to high explosives and completed assemblies to simulate leftover munitions before activation

Airmen assigned to the 386th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal flight at Ali Al Salem Air Base, walk away from a blast area during a rapid airfield damage repair exercise at Udari Range, Kuwait, Sept. 25, 2019. During the exercise, Airmen identified explosives and installed igniters, fuses, and blasting caps to high explosives and completed assemblies to simulate leftover munitions before activation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Mozer O. Da Cunha)

Airmen assigned to the 386th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal flight at Ali Al Salem Air Base, swing spin igniter, fuse and blasting cap assemblies before a rapid airfield damage repair exercise at Udari Range, Kuwait, Sept. 25, 2019. The assemblies are spun to remove coils and straighten the fuses to easily attach to high explosives.

Airmen assigned to the 386th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal flight at Ali Al Salem Air Base, swing spin igniter, fuse and blasting cap assemblies before a rapid airfield damage repair exercise at Udari Range, Kuwait, Sept. 25, 2019. The assemblies are spun to remove coils and straighten the fuses to easily attach to high explosives. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Mozer O. Da Cunha)

Airmen assigned to the 386th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal flight at Ali Al Salem Air Base, cut a  fuse cord before a rapid airfield damage repair exercise at Udari Range, Kuwait, Sept. 25, 2019. The fuse cord is a non-electronic means to detonate explosives. When lit the fuse cord burns slowly until it reaches the blasting cap to set off the explosive charge.

Airmen assigned to the 386th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal flight at Ali Al Salem Air Base, cut a fuse cord before a rapid airfield damage repair exercise at Udari Range, Kuwait, Sept. 25, 2019. The fuse cord is a non-electronic means to detonate explosives. When lit the fuse cord burns slowly until it reaches the blasting cap to set off the explosive charge. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Mozer O. Da Cunha)

Airmen assigned to the 386th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal flight at Ali Al Salem Air Base, prepare an assembly of igniters, fuses and blasting caps before a rapid airfield damage repair exercise at Udari Range, Kuwait, Sept. 25, 2019. During the exercise, EOD technicians evaluated explosives after a simulated air attack. Once identified, the explosives are marked for detonation.

Airmen assigned to the 386th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal flight at Ali Al Salem Air Base, prepare an assembly of igniters, fuses and blasting caps before a rapid airfield damage repair exercise at Udari Range, Kuwait, Sept. 25, 2019. During the exercise, EOD technicians evaluated explosives after a simulated air attack. Once identified, the explosives are marked for detonation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Mozer O. Da Cunha)

U.S. Air Force Capt. Nicholas Dejulio, 386th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal flight commander, and Tech. Sgt. Shane Bridges, 386th ECES explosive ordnance disposal craftsman, punch a hole into a C4 block before a rapid airfield damage repair exercise at Udari Range, Kuwait, Sept. 25, 2019. EOD technicians punch holes into high explosives to insert blasting caps, which are used to trigger the explosives

U.S. Air Force Capt. Nicholas Dejulio, 386th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal flight commander, and Tech. Sgt. Shane Bridges, 386th ECES explosive ordnance disposal craftsman, punch a hole into a C4 block before a rapid airfield damage repair exercise at Udari Range, Kuwait, Sept. 25, 2019. EOD technicians punch holes into high explosives to insert blasting caps, which are used to trigger the explosives. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Mozer O. Da Cunha)

Airmen assigned to the 386th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal flight at Ali Al Salem Air Base, unpack ignition sources before a rapid airfield damage repair exercise at Udari Range, Kuwait, Sept. 25, 2019. Igniters are used as a pyrotechnic device to light the fuse to detonate the explosives.

Airmen assigned to the 386th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal flight at Ali Al Salem Air Base, unpack ignition sources before a rapid airfield damage repair exercise at Udari Range, Kuwait, Sept. 25, 2019. Igniters are used as a pyrotechnic device to light the fuse to detonate the explosives. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Mozer O. Da Cunha)

Airmen assigned to the 386th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal flight at Ali Al Salem Air Base, unpack fuse cords before a rapid airfield damage repair exercise at Udari Range, Kuwait, Sept. 25, 2019. The fuse cord is a non-electronic means to detonate explosives. When lit the fuse cord burns slowly until it reaches the blasting cap to set off the explosive charge.

Airmen assigned to the 386th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal flight at Ali Al Salem Air Base, unpack fuse cords before a rapid airfield damage repair exercise at Udari Range, Kuwait, Sept. 25, 2019. The fuse cord is a non-electronic means to detonate explosives. When lit the fuse cord burns slowly until it reaches the blasting cap to set off the explosive charge. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Mozer O. Da Cunha)

Senior Airman Zachary Virdin, 386th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal journeyman, assigned to Ali Al Salem Air Base, exits a vehicle before a rapid airfield damage repair exercise at Udari Range, Kuwait, Sept. 25, 2019. EOD technicians train to detect, disarm, detonate and dispose of explosive threats all over the world.
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Senior Airman Zachary Virdin, 386th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal journeyman, assigned to Ali Al Salem Air Base, exits a vehicle before a rapid airfield damage repair exercise at Udari Range, Kuwait, Sept. 25, 2019. EOD technicians train to detect, disarm, detonate and dispose of explosive threats all over the world. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Mozer O. Da Cunha)

ALI AL SALEM AIR BASE, Kuwait -- U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Frank Lopez, 386th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal journeyman, assigned to Ali Al Salem Air Base, watches a blast during a rapid airfield damage repair exercise at Udari Range, Kuwait, Sept. 25, 2019. EOD technicians train to detect, disarm, detonate and dispose of explosive threats all over the world. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Mozer O. Da Cunha)