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Destroying explosives, improving interoperability

Explosive ordnance disposal Airmen prepare a detonation site.

Airman 1st Class Christian Fouts, left, and Airman 1st Class Armand Vidovic, 18th Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal technicians, prepare a detonation site at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Dec. 15, 2021. The 18th CES EOD flight routinely conducts ammunition disposal requests to support local units' disposal of unserviceable munitions, saving the unit money in shipping and storage costs. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Yosselin Perla)

U.S. Marine Corps explosive ordnance disposal technicians prepare grenades for disposal.

U.S. Marine Corps explosive ordnance disposal technicians prepare grenades for disposal at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Dec. 15, 2021. EOD technicians ensure any expired or deteriorating explosives are disposed of properly. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Yosselin Perla)

An Airman speaks to members of the Japan Air Self-Defense Force.

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Jeremy Guzman, 18th Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal quality assurance section chief, speaks to Japan Air Self-Defense Force members at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Dec. 15, 2021. Fostering bilateral relationships between U.S. EOD technicians and JASDF counterparts ensures increased interoperability. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Yosselin Perla)

An explosive ordnance disposal Airman and a Japan Air Self-Defense Force member prepare grenades for disposal.

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Frank Lopez, 18th Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal technician, right, and a Japan Air Self-Defense Force member, prepare grenades for disposal at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Dec. 15, 2021. Joint training on proper demolition techniques reduces the hazard of residual munitions in future bilateral missions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Yosselin Perla)

U.S. Airmen, Marines and Japan Air Self-Defense Force members prepare grenades for disposal.

U.S. Airmen, Marines and Japan Air Self-Defense Force members prepare grenades for disposal at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Dec. 15, 2021. Fostering bilateral relationships between U.S. EOD technicians and JASDF counterparts ensures increased interoperability. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Yosselin Perla)

Explosive ordnance disposal technician sets down a grenade for disposal.

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Frank Lopez, 18th Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal technician, prepares grenades for disposal at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Dec. 15, 2021. The demolition operation disposed of 930 unserviceable grenades. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Yosselin Perla)

Explosive ordnance disposal Airman wraps detonation cord around a block of C4 explosive.

Airman 1st Class Armand Vidovic, 18th Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal technician, wraps detonation cord around a block of C4 explosive at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Dec. 15, 2021. Wrapping C4 in detonation cord eliminates the need for using blasting caps, a more sensitive explosive initiator. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Yosselin Perla)

Group photo of U.S. service members and Japan Air  Self-Defense Force members gathered around an arrangement of explosives.

U.S. service members and Japan Air Self-Defense Force members gather around an arrangement of explosives at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Dec. 15, 2021. The U.S. and its military forces are committed to the continued defense of Japan and maintaining regional peace and stability. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Yosselin Perla)

An Airman operates a front end loader.

Senior Airman Curtis Carroll III, 18th Civil Engineer Squadron pavements and construction equipment member, operates a front-end loader at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Dec. 15, 2021. Pavements and construction equipment members routinely work with the explosive ordnance disposal teams to ensure explosives are safely disposed. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Yosselin Perla)

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