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ASAB EOD Host Multi-National FTX

ASAB EOD Host Multi-National FTX

Participants in a field training exercise hosted by the 386th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Flight prepare to clear and occupy Forward Operating Base Gerber, Kuwait, Nov. 15, 2021. EOD members from the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, the Royal Air Force, and the Royal Australian Air Force and 386th ECES participated in multiple simulated scenarios such as ordnance clearing, identifying homemade explosives, defeating unmanned aerial vehicles, improvised explosive devices and suicide vests. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Michael S. Murphy)

ASAB EOD Host Multi-National FTX

A U.S. Air Force explosive ordnance disposal technician disables a hidden improvised explosive device connected to a pressure plate during a field training exercise at Forward Operating Base Gerber, Kuwait, Nov. 15, 2021. U.S. military EOD technicians are trained to approach and defeat a wide range of scenarios in order to protect U.S. and Joint Coalition service members, but also to assist those in the local community who might be affected. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Michael S. Murphy)

ASAB EOD Host Multi-National FTX

A U.S. Air Force explosives ordnance disposal technician discovers and disables a homemade explosive device during a field training exercise at Forward Operating Base Gerber, Kuwait, Nov. 16, 2021. USAF EOD technicians tackled a homemade explosives lab assembled by U.S. Army and Royal Australia Air Force service members to assist in mentorship and training to USAF EOD technicians. HME can be comprised of crude and simple products, making them harder to detect due to its obscurity. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Michael S. Murphy)

ASAB EOD Host Multi-National FTX

A U.S. Air Force explosives ordnance disposal technician discovers and disables a homemade explosive during a field training exercise at Forward Operating Base Gerber, Kuwait, Nov. 16, 2021. U.S. Army and Royal Australia Air Force service members to assist in mentorship and training to USAF EOD technicians. HME can be comprised of crude and simple products, making them harder to detect due to its obscurity. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Michael S. Murphy)

ASAB EOD Host Multi-National FTX

Simulated ammonium nitrate fuel oil is shown during a field training exercise at Forward Operating Base Gerber, Kuwait, Nov. 16, 2021. U.S. Army and Royal Australia Air Force service members to assist in mentorship and training to USAF EOD technicians. Homemade explosives can be comprised of crude and simple products, making them harder to detect due to its obscurity. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Michael S. Murphy)

ASAB EOD Host Multi-National FTX

A Pack Bot is remote controlled by a U.S. Air Force explosive ordnance disposal technician during a field training exercise at Forward Operating Base Gerber, Kuwait, Nov. 16, 2021. The FTX was hosted by the 386th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal Flight. The FTX went over multiple scenarios such as ordnance clearing, identifying homemade explosives, defeating unmanned aerial vehicles, improvised explosive devices and suicide vests. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Michael S. Murphy)

ASAB EOD Host Multi-National FTX

A U.S. Air Force explosives ordnance disposal technician collects evidence during a field training exercise at Forward Operating Base Gerber, Kuwait, Nov. 16, 2021. The FTX went over multiple scenarios such as ordnance clearing, identifying homemade explosives, defeating unmanned aerial vehicles, improvised explosive devices and suicide vests. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Michael S. Murphy)

ASAB EOD Host Multi-National FTX

Royal Australian Air Force Sgt. Mark Whyte, center left, and U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Shaun Machaffie, center right, both explosive ordnance technicians, talk with U.S. Air Force EOD technicians after clearing a simulation during a field training exercise at Forward Operating Base Gerber, Kuwait, Nov. 16, 2021. USA and RAAF service members assisted in mentorship and training to USAF EOD technicians. The 386th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Flight hosted the FTX, which included ordnance clearing, identifying homemade explosives, defeating unmanned aerial vehicles, improvised explosive devices and suicide vests. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Michael S. Murphy)

ASAB EOD Host Multi-National FTX

U.S. Air Force Explosive Ordnance Disposal technicians respond to a simulated suicide bomber threat during a field training exercise at Forward Operating Base Gerber, Kuwait, Nov. 17, 2021. The 386th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Flight hosted the FTX, which included ordnance clearing, identifying homemade explosives, defeating unmanned aerial vehicles, improvised explosive devices and SVs. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Michael S. Murphy)

ASAB EOD Host Multi-National FTX
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A U.S. Air Force Explosive Ordnance Disposal technician responds to a simulated suicide bomber threat during a field training exercise at Forward Operating Base Gerber, Kuwait, Nov. 17, 2021. The 386th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Flight hosted the FTX, which included ordnance clearing, identifying homemade explosives, defeating unmanned aerial vehicles, improvised explosive devices and SVs. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Michael S. Murphy)

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A U.S. Air Force Explosive Ordnance Disposal technician responds to a simulated suicide bomber threat during a field training exercise at Forward Operating Base Gerber, Kuwait, Nov. 17, 2021. The 386th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Flight hosted the FTX, which included ordnance clearing, identifying homemade explosives, defeating unmanned aerial vehicles, improvised explosive devices and SVs. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Michael S. Murphy)

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A U.S. Air Force Explosive Ordnance Disposal technician sweeps a metal detector for improvised explosive devices during a field training exercise at Forward Operating Base Gerber, Kuwait, Nov. 17, 2021. EOD technicians use metal detectors and mine hounds to locate ordnance that has been purposefully hidden or to clear a location safe from unexploded ordnance from previous firefights. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Michael S. Murphy)

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U.S. Air Force explosive ordnance disposal technicians discover and mark an unexploded ordnance during a field training exercise at Forward Operating Base Gerber, Kuwait, Nov. 16, 2021. The 386th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Flight hosted the FTX, which included ordnance clearing, identifying homemade explosives, defeating unmanned aerial vehicles, improvised explosive devices and suicide vests. The FTX was conducted around the clock, challenging EOD teams to work in less visible conditions and with less sleep. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Michael S. Murphy)

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Blocks of C4 are shown during a multi-service demolition at Udairi Range, Kuwait, Nov. 18, 2021.The U.S. Air Force, Army, Navy and Marine Corps worked together to demolition more than 1,800 pounds of military grade explosives that were either past ordnances’ date of expiration or were determined to be faulty and unsafe to use. The demolition was performed at the end of a field training exercise hosted by the 386th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Explosive Ordnance Disposal Flight. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Michael S. Murphy)

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An explosion is shown at Udairi Range, Kuwait, Nov. 18, 2021. The U.S. Air Force, Army, Navy and Marine Corps worked together to demolition more than 1,800 pounds of military grade explosives that were either past ordnances’ date of expiration or were determined to be faulty and unsafe to use. The demolition was performed at the end of a field training exercise hosted by the 386th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Explosive Ordnance Disposal Flight. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Michael S. Murphy)

FORWARD OPERATING BASE, Kuwait --

The 386th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal Flight hosted a field training exercise with partner nations at Forward Operating Base Gerber, Kuwait, Nov. 15-18.

The training simulated what EOD technicians could experience when deployed to austere locations, such as clearing ordnance from a new base to make operatable, engaging hostile forces, defeating Improvised Explosive Devices and homemade explosives, suicide vests and securing a base perimeter 24/7 with minimal manning.

“The training is really for the benefit of our EOD techs,” said Staff Sgt. Isaac Maytum, assigned to the 386th EOD and the coordinator of the FTX. “An important aspect that we wanted our techs to experience was working with other branches and still being able to operate. A lot of our training revolves around complex training scenarios and the ability to accomplish the mission regardless of the uniform next to you.”

Maytum went on to explain that the technical skills EOD members practice can have incredible impacts in a joint environment, and those impacts require professional work to help build those relationships.

“Each call that an EOD tech responds to is different and requires a very specific skillset,” Maytum said. “An IED could be placed in someone’s house that they have raised their family in or had in their family for generations. The situations we deal with impact families and loved ones. It’s imperative for EOD techs to practice at the highest possible level of expertise while conducting it in a way that acknowledges the sensitivity to those being affected.”

Another focus area of training for the EOD FTX was unmanned aerial vehicle incursions and properly defeating UAV threats.

“EOD techs would treat a drone like any other threat that they face,” Maytum said. “We are highlighting drones due to their rise in commercial use. There are a lot of uncontrolled variables that come into play for service members when attempting to defeat a drone. The possibilities are endless when it comes to how they can be utilized for an attack and reconnaissance.”

EOD personnel from the U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, the Royal Air Force, and the Royal Australian Air Force. were also in attendance for the field exercise as players and observer controllers, helping to share unique perspectives and different tactics to the operations.

“Royal Australian Air Force EOD techs use very similar standard operating procedures as our U.S. Air Force counterparts,” said RAAF Sgt. Mark Whyte, a RAAF EOD technician who participated as a training advisor during simulations. “Our close partnerships have fostered many situations where as a force we are able to sharpen one another in similar knowledge while also sharing new ones that we bring from our home stations.”

During the FTX, the five international military services responded to 72 simulated contingency responses.

“At the end of the day, it came down to seeing how well our EOD techs can think on the fly, operate in a new environment, and pair up with someone they have never met, all while still completing the mission,” Maytum said. “I couldn’t be happier with how our EOD techs evolved and operated given the complex situations we threw at them.”

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