New York Army National Guard Lt. Col. Doug Baker, left, and Master Sgt. Todd Monroe unfurl the colors of the 501st Ordnance Battalion (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) during their transfer of authority ceremony held in Kuwait, July 22, 2021. The 501st Ordnance Battalion and its 23 Soldiers serve as the command and control element for Task Force Hellhound, the forward deployed EOD task force responsible for military EOD forces, forensic exploitation and civilians across U.S. Central Command supporting Operations Spartan Shield, Inherent Resolve and Freedom's Sentinel, replacing members of the Alabama National Guards 441st Ordnance Battalion (EOD). The force conducts operations to detect, identify, render safe and dispose of conventional and improvised weapons, explosives and weapons of mass destruction to protect coalition and partner force members and civilians. Courtesy photo.
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