NEWS | April 9, 2018

Determination, Detonation and Explosive Ordnance Disposal Reconnaissance Initiation

By Senior Airman Sadie Colbert 35th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan -- Team Misawa’s 35th Civil Engineer Squadron (CES) explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) team, ranked one of the best in Pacific Air Forces, created opportunities to share their wealth of knowledge with their host nation EOD partners March 29 and 30.

The 35th CES EOD flight worked on foundational practices for unexploded ordnance reconnaissance missions with 11 Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) explosive ordnance disposal Airmen assigned to the Tohoku Subordinate Base, Tohoku, Japan, and the 3rd Air Wing.

“We are expanding capabilities to further enhance the foundation of our unexploded ordnance reconnaissance abilities,” said JASDF Master Sgt. Shota Nakano, a Tohoku Sub Base EOD instructor. “The important information we gain from training here can be passed along to our personnel to better enhance our unit over all.”

The training happens once a year with Team Misawa’s EOD unit visiting the Japanese ordnance teams, but this year, their counterparts wanted to get more in-depth training by making the course available at the 35th Fighter Wing and with more Japan-focused scenarios, saving time, resources and money for both nations.