Friday, October 16, 2009
Bomb disposal specialists honoured for Afghanistan service
Just days after returning home from the dust and heat of Afghanistan, members of the Joint Force Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group were honoured in front of proud families and friends on Thursday, 15th October.
More than 90 soldiers predominantly from 58 Field Squadron (EOD) part of 33 Engineer Regiment (EOD) and 11 EOD Regiment RLC who together formed the Joint Force Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group proudly marched onto the parade square at Carver Barracks, Wimbish, to be awarded their Operation HERRICK campaign medals.
The Royal Engineer and Royal Logistic Corps Bomb Disposal and Search Specialists worked in teams to provide three different capabilities: Improvised Explosive Device Disposal (IEDD) team, Conventional Munitions Disposal (CMD) and High Risk Search teams, all of whom were responsible for finding and disposing of all explosive ordnance and improvised explosive devices within Helmand Province. In their six month deployment the Group dealt with over 1400 reported incidents, ranging from the disposal of Taliban weapon caches to Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs). With involvement in Op PANCHAI PALANG (Op PANTHER’S CLAW) the Group were heavily committed throughout their deployment.
In addition to their operational commitments the Group trained ISAF troops and the local population in Explosive Hazard Awareness. It is without doubt that the actions of the Joint Force EOD Group have saved the lives of many soldiers and the civilian population over the past six months.