Air Force EOD is Explosive Ordnance
Disposal. When you’re deployed, nothing moves on roads if there’s bombs on those
roads. There’s ten mission sets that we perform. We spend a lot of our time here
in the United States clearing bombing ranges. We’re gonna be working on
aircraft. Sometimes that might be an aircraft that’s crashed, and we’re gonna
go out there, evaluate it, make it safe. You’re not always gonna find yourself in
the best situation. The feeling is very intense.
Taking the ordnance off the battlefield, taking care of improvised explosive
devices along the routes. We’re in charge of keeping people safe, anyone from an
Afghan villager all the way up to the President of the United States. I don’t
know of another job out there that’s as diverse as EOD. You’ll work with the FBI,
you’ll work with the ATF. You’re gonna be handling off-base response, as well as on-base response, doing route clearance to go clear caves or compounds.
I chose EOD in part because I wanted to be able to get into the fight, to
really feel like I contributed to all the efforts the Air Force has. When you get
into EOD, you’re at such a high level of responsibility. When you show up on
scene, anywhere you go, you are the expert in charge, and so you need to be able to
own the scene right away. teamwork is one of the most important
things an EOD Tech has. It’s important that you work together, you train
together, and that you feel comfortable and trust each other. It’s not just about
you anymore, it’s about the guy to your left and right. There’s no two problems
that are gonna be exactly the same. You just need to think on the fly with
whatever you have around you for a lot of our problems. One of the cool things
about being an EOD is the amount of fun toys we have at our disposal. Anything
from primitive tools to the latest and greatest robot technology and x-ray
equipment. Anywhere in the world that there could be a possibility of
explosives, Air Force EOD will be there. I have been to Bali, Burma, Colombia, Iraq,
Afghanistan… There’s literally nowhere in the world that you couldn’t end up going.
We are looking for a very specific type of individual. Somebody that is a problem
solver, somebody that loves adrenaline, but also somebody that it’s physically
fit. If you like to solve puzzles or if you
like to learn constantly, EOD is the right choice.
EOD is definitely the career field that will challenge you. It’s gonna
challenge you to those limits. It’s gonna push you to see kind of what you’re made of.
I’ve been embedded with foreign Special Forces, a US Special Forces. People put
these bombs out there to hurt them, and you’re able to render those devices safe.
The amount of gratitude these guys have for EOD, I can’t describe that in words,
like, it’s the most rewarding career field I can think of.