Career Spotlight: EOD

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You know that moment when you hear an extremely loud gunshot and it makes your entire body practically jump out of your skin?

Well, that was me the day I met EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) up at Hardwood Range to watch them shoot “heavies” with our Security Forces Airmen. I was waiting for my PA counterpart, minding my own business on the bench just outside the front doors of the range – and out of nowhere the loud bang from the 50mm scared the heck out of me.  And the bangs after that did too, even though I had prepared myself!

This was the kick-off to a couple weeks of continuous training for our EOD team up at Hardwood and Volk Field.

They spent the day firing heavies with the cops-learning a thing or two from each other and building on the skill set they were already efficient at!

For the EOD team, this was just another training opportunity. Their day-to-day activities range greatly. Some of the things I’ve been fortunate enough to watch during my time here at the wing have included propelling from a building, using the robot to find and remove bombs, learning about the different IEDs they could come across, blowing up various munitions, etc.

If you’ve ever been interested in a career that doesn’t allow you to ever be bored, EOD may be the place for you!

Interested in becoming an Explosive Ordnance Disposal Airman? Visit or call 1-800-TOGOANG to get prequalified. From there you’ll be connected with one of our recruiters.

About Tech. Sgt. Andrea F. Rhode

Tech. Sgt. Andrea F. Rhode is a photojournalist for the 115th Fighter Wing in Madison, Wisconsin.