Naval EOD school to expand at Eglin
EGLIN AFB — As the military’s demand for technicians specialized in locating and defusing improvised bombs has increased since 9/11, so have the demands on the country’s only schoolhouse for training them.
The Naval School Explosive Ordnance Disposal has long outgrown its three main buildings at Eglin Air Force Base.
In 2001, the school trained about 600 students a year. That number increased steadily until 2009, when the use of improvised explosives against the United States spiked.
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The explosive ordnance disposal technician, attached to EOD Company, 8th Engineer Support Battalion, at Camp Lejeune, N.C., said he began to struggle with the realities of war after a particularly difficult deployment to Iraq in 2006.