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Capital District Bomb Disposal Unit Returns to United States

Glenville-Based 1108th Ordnance Co. (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) Flew Into McGuire Air Force Base Thursday Night

LATHAM, NY (12/02/2010)-- A New York Army National Guard bomb disposal unit based in the Capital Region returned to the United States last night after a ten-month deployment to Camp Arifjan, Kuwait. The 13 Soldiers of the 1108th Ordnance Company (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) arrived at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey on Thursday night. The Soldiers are expected to return to their headquarters at the Armed Forces Reserve Center in Glenville early next week. EOD units deal with explosive devices, discarded munitions, and other ordnance. During their deployment the Soldiers supervised eight EOD response teams dispersed between three countries in the region. The 1108th conducted 115 EOD emergency response missions, four demolition operations, four support missions for visiting dignitaries including two for the Vice President of the United States, and three personnel recovery missions without injury. The unit also conducted more than 50 munitions safety classes to American service members and contractors and over saw the safe destruction of more than 150,000 tons of explosive materials in order to prevent them from getting into the wrong hands and in support of America’s mission in the region and to support the new government of Iraq. As part of its responsibilities, the 1108th coordinated movement of over $2.25 million worth of equipment to and from theater and repaired, maintained and upgraded 15 EOD robots used by the teams during IED response missions.


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