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Photo of EOD IED response operations training.

Tech. Sgt. Benjamin Dickson, an Explosive Ordnance Disposal technician from the 18th Civil Engineer Squadron, assesses Capt. Ana Smith, commander of the EOD flight, in a simulated hostage scenario during an Improvised Explosive Device training event on Kadena Air Base, Japan, May 26, 2021. The wires coming out of the hostage’s mouth simulated a light-dependent switch that would set off the IED if exposed. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Yosselin Perla)

Photo of EOD IED response operations training.

Airmen from the 18th Civil Engineer Squadron, participate in a simulated hostage scenario during an Improvised Explosive Device training event on Kadena Air Base, Japan, May 26, 2021. The IED attached to the hostages had anti-tamper components that would set off the device if manipulated. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Yosselin Perla)

Photo of EOD IED response operations training.

Airmen from the 18th Civil Engineer Squadron, participate in an Improvised Explosive Device training event on Kadena Air Base, Japan, May 26, 2021. Explosive Ordnance Disposal technicians responded to an IED explosion with simulated casualties to refresh their combat life-saving skills. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Yosselin Perla)

Photo of EOD IED response operations training.

Tech. Sgt. Benjamin Dickson, an Explosive Ordnance Disposal technician from the 18th Civil Engineer Squadron, places a tourniquet on a simulated victim during an Improvised Explosive Device training exercise on Kadena Air Base, Japan, May 26, 2021. Being able to provide first aid to victims is a critical skill for EOD technicians to have because of the high-risk mission they support. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Yosselin Perla)

Photo of EOD IED response operations training.

Senior Airman Jaime Garcia, an Explosive Ordnance Disposal technician from the 18th Civil Engineer Squadron, tends to Senior Airman Kevin Guerrero, a firefighter from the 18th Civil Engineer Squadron, a simulated victim during an Improvised Explosive Device training event on Kadena Air Base, Japan, May 26, 2021. The four basic mechanisms of a blast injury are known as primary, secondary, tertiary, and quaternary. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Yosselin Perla)

Photo of EOD IED response operations training.

Tech. Sgt. Benjamin Dickson, an Explosive Ordnance Disposal technician from the 18th Civil Engineer Squadron, uses a metal detector during an Improvised Explosive Device training event on Kadena Air Base, Japan, May 26, 2021. Dickson used a metal detector after the IED had detonated, to conduct a post-blast assessment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Yosselin Perla)

Photo of EOD IED response operations training.

Senior Airman Miguel Ramirez, an Explosive Ordnance Disposal technician from the 18th Civil Engineer Squadron, provides security while on patrol during an Improvised Explosive Device training event on Kadena Air Base, Japan, May 26, 2021. During the training, EOD team members worked together in groups of three to respond to scenarios. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Yosselin Perla)

Photo of EOD IED response operations training.

U.S. Air Force Explosive Ordnance Disposal technicians from the 18th Civil Engineer Squadron, sit inside of an EOD vehicle prior to responding to a scenario during an Improvised Explosive Device training event on Kadena Air Base, Japan, May 26, 2021. The two-day IED exercise allowed EOD members to employ procedures they wouldn’t normally use in a permissive environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Yosselin Perla)

KADENA AIR BASE, Japan --

 

The 18th Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal flight conducted a training event to hone their skills in responding to wartime Improvised Explosive Devices at Kadena Air Base, Japan, May 26-27, 2021. 

The exercise simulated a deployed jungle environment, with an emphasis on conducting IED response operations, covering a wide range of scenarios, including route clearances, combat life-saving skills, vehicle-borne IEDs, intelligence gathering, a narcotics and explosives factory raid and responding to a hostage recovery situation.

"By doing this large training event, we are simulating the wartime environment to the utmost capacity,” said Staff Sgt. Preston Brooks, 18th CES EOD training staff. “We are employing procedures that we would use if we were in a deployed environment, as well as using a lot of the tools and techniques that we normally wouldn’t use in a permissive or peacetime environment.”

While employing procedures used in a deployed environment, EOD also partnered with military working dog teams to conduct more holistic training. 

"We worked with the K-9 unit because they also have an explosives mission, so integrating them into our training and figuring out where they can support our mission is very beneficial,” said Staff Sgt. Branden George, 18th CES EOD training staff. 

In addition to working with a K-9 unit, EOD also worked with other members throughout the CEG to sharpen their communication skills. 

The volunteers acted as witnesses during the exercise, finding suspicious items by using ground sign awareness and calling in their finds using a proper UXO IED 9-line — a style of radio report —  allowing EOD members to train more realistically, George explained.    

Constant training allows EOD members to stay ready at a moment's notice for any situation that may present itself, even if the situation is unlikely to take place here.

“Our primary mission at Kadena is to support base operations,” Brooks said. “Generally that means providing support to aircraft, but we also respond to conventional ordnances found, as well as suspicious packages. This training reinforced our capabilities that we otherwise wouldn’t employ here; it left us more capable in our critical thinking and in knowing how to employ our tools, techniques and procedures.”