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EOD Airmen train for current operations

U.S. Airmen assigned to the 20th Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) flight, prepare to depart for a mock improvised explosive device site at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Dec. 14, 2017.

U.S. Airmen assigned to the 20th Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) flight, prepare to depart for a mock improvised explosive device site at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Dec. 14, 2017. The mobile control center provides EOD Airmen with the resources needed to set up a work center in close proximity to a possible explosive site. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christopher Maldonado)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Tyler McMillanWammack, 20th Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal journeyman, assembles a water charge at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Dec. 14, 2017.

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Tyler McMillanWammack, 20th Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal journeyman, assembles a water charge at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Dec. 14, 2017. The charge serves as a “water blade” intended to destroy improvised explosive devices and allow space to collect the debris. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christopher Maldonado)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airmen Jake Day, 20th Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) journeyman, reviews a dummy improvised explosive device site utilizing an Air Force Medium-Sized Robot (AFMSR) control center at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Dec. 14, 2017.

U.S. Air Force Senior Airmen Jake Day, 20th Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) journeyman, reviews a dummy improvised explosive device site utilizing an Air Force Medium-Sized Robot (AFMSR) control center at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Dec. 14, 2017. The AFMSR allows EOD Airmen to approach suspicious sites from a safe distance by utilizing various cameras on the robot. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christopher Maldonado)

A U.S. Airman assigned to the 20th Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) flight searches for dummy improvised explosive device (IED) debris at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Dec. 14, 2017.

A U.S. Airman assigned to the 20th Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) flight searches for dummy improvised explosive device (IED) debris at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Dec. 14, 2017. Following the mitigation of the IED, the EOD team lead scavenges the area for debris prior to relocating back to their mobile control center. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christopher Maldonado)

A U.S. Airman assigned to the 20th Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) flight stands in front of the debris of a dummy improvised explosive device (IED) at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Dec. 14, 2017.

A U.S. Airman assigned to the 20th Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) flight stands in front of the debris of a dummy improvised explosive device (IED) at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Dec. 14, 2017. After collecting the remaining debris from an IED site, EOD Airmen investigated the remaining components for evidence in tracking down the creator of the explosive. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christopher Maldonado)

SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. -- U.S. Airmen assigned to the 20th Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal flight performed improvised explosive device training, Dec. 14.

The Airmen executed the procedures needed to properly clear a stateside IED site, eliminate threats and recover the remaining debris for investigation.

This training, which is intended to safely prepare the Airmen for stateside and overseas scenarios, lasted more than two hours from start to finish.

To ensure mission success and safety, EOD team members use the Air Force Medium-Sized Robot for indirect contact with explosives and a bomb suit for any close contact with explosives.

“My job is to do everything from hooking up and operating the robot, to setting up demo shots or any explosive tools we may need,” said Senior Airman Jake Day, 20th CES EOD journeyman.

To perfect their skills, the scenario provided them with an opportunity to construct a water charge, which serves as a water blade to destroy packages upon detonation, investigate a site utilizing an AFMSR, and collect IED debris for forensic purposes.

“Our main mission here is the protection of personnel and property,” said Staff Sgt. Vincent Irr, 20th CES EOD craftsman. “We’re the bomb disposal experts that are called out to investigate or eliminate any explosive threat in your way.”

The tactics, techniques and procedures vary wherever they go, said Irr. Being able to train against this threat in a stateside environment will better equip them for when their teams go downrange.

The Airmen execute daily training on various scenarios intended to hone their explosive handling skills and ensure the safety of their wingmen along the way.