447th EOD Team Finds Weapons Cache

On Monday, CJ over at A Soldiers’ Perspective wrote a great piece, IED Rollup #15, about numerous weapons caches siezed over the last week! He posits that these seizures equate to somewhere in the neighborhood of the 530 or so IEDs found, translating conservatively into about 3,710 lives saved! This AF.mil article has a great photo I thought would compliment CJ’s post:

[U.S. Navy Photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Samuel Peterson]

Airmen with the 447th Civil Engineer Squadron’s explosive ordnance disposal team explore a munitions bunker in Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, Feb. 20, 2006. The bunker was discovered after a previous detonation scorched the earth, revealing the entrance to a larger weapons cache.

Whenever I had the opportunity to meet anyone in EOD, I was always impressed and in awe. That is a job for steady nerves, lots of guts, and serious commitment!

Everyone in EOD: I and my family thank you for being there!

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5 Responses to “447th EOD Team Finds Weapons Cache”

  1. chcknhawk Says:

    Thanks for the trackback and the photo. It does accent it well. I do these once a week. I recently left an assignment where I was in charge of training EOD on how to identify IEDs. I can tell you that these are very intelligent people each with their own character. Great people indeed.

    CJ

  2. Kathleen Kramer Says:

    Just wanted to say thanks for your appreciation, my daughter is EOD in Iraq with the 447th. She always feels good when they are able to destroy large caches of weapons because she knows they would have been used on our guys. She is very good at what she does and I’m very proud of the job she does. Thanks again.

  3. Fix4RSO Says:

    Mrs. Kramer,

    Thank you and your entire family for protecting us!

    And, a very special thank you to your daughter and the entire team responsible for EOD. It is a very important job, even in peace time. When I was stationed in Germany in the early ’80s we needed EOD. There were often “packages” left at the gates near railroad tracks or between civilian and military roads. Someone has to investigate, collect, and then dispose of these items - whether or not they are dangerous.

    The job your daughter is doing is very important and one I know is beyond what I was trained to do. Every moment they go to do their job, danger is just around the corner - even more so today!

    Again, thank you and your entire family for your sacrifice and commitment! Without you our whole country would be far worse than it is today.

    God Bless, God Speed, and Thank You with all my heart!

  4. Fix 4 RSO » Blog Archive » Say a Prayer for the 447th EOD Says:

    […] Just about a year ago I wrote a short piece about the 447th EOD finding and destroying weapons caches. […]

  5. J.T. Says:

    I’m was the Team Leader of the pic you have posted. I’m the one in DCUs with my back to the camera trying to clear dirt away from the entrance hole to the cache. We were supporting the 2/502d, 2 BCT, 101st Abne Div out of Victory Base Complex, Baghdad. In the pic is myself, my team member (J.A.) standing up, one of my fellow EOD buddies (W.K.), black hemet, from another unit who wanted to go out on a mission w/me and Army Sgt. J. (EOD dedicated security member), wearing ACUs. Sgt J. and SSgt R. (not pictured) were the ones who actually discovered the entrance hole while the rest of us were inspecting the 50′ crater from the previous cache we had destroyed. For some reason our caches were accidentally omitted from CJs roll-up article; the ordnance we discovered/destroyed in the caches on that one day surpassed all the caches CJ had in his roll up for that entire week; it was quite the Bonanza. The previous detonation (few thousand pounds from a group of caches) caught the canal reed lines on fire resulting in the discovery of yet another LARGE cache. The day/night op lasted about 14 hours finding/documenting/destroying all the munitions. PO2 Peterson, attached to us for the day, took some really good pics that day. I just want to thank all those people out there that support us, the troops, regardless of their political opinion of the entire situation. Mrs. Kramer’s daughter, “Dee”, is a great troop. She was assigned to my team when she first arrived in-country; I was tasked to help get her spun-up on the local conditions. I enjoyed having her on my team for those 2-weeks in March. March/April was a very hard time for all of us after we lost a great team leader and even greater friend…TSgt Moss.

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