EOD service members remembered at Hill AFB

R. NIAL BRADSHAW/U.S. Air Force
A battlefield cross and Air Force flag are on display May 5 at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, during a mud run hosted by the 775th Explosive Ordnance Disposal Flight. The mud run was part of National Explosive Ordnance Disposal Day and EOD technicians from all across the west coast—along with civilian, active-duty and reserve personnel from Hill AFB—paid their respects with the blood, sweat and tears generated by effort focused on the event.
R. NIAL BRADSHAW/U.S. Air Force
An explosion is detonated May 5 at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, during a mud run hosted by the 775th Explosive Ordnance Disposal Flight.
R. NIAL BRADSHAW/U.S. Air Force
A participant navigates an obstacle during the mud run.
R. NIAL BRADSHAW/U.S. Air Force
Randy Thomas, 309th Component Maintenance Group, navigates an obstacle. The mud run was part of National Explosive Ordnance Disposal Day, a day to remember EOD technicians who have paid the ultimate sacrifice. There have been 133 EOD technicians killed while performing their craft since 2001, 20 of those being Air Force and four from Hill AFB.
By 775th Explosive Ordnance Disposal Flight
SENIOR AIRMAN NICHOLAS FRONTINO
May 18, 2017

HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah — Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Airmen are trained to safely and efficiently detect, disarm, detonate and dispose of explosive threats wherever they exist. 

These Airmen are very good at what they do but the phrase “initial success or total failure” accurately describes the consequences for even the smallest EOD mistake. Unfortunately, even those who perform flawlessly are still at risk. There have been 133 EOD technicians killed while performing their craft since 2001, 20 of those being Air Force and four from Hill AFB.

Those killed are remembered on National Explosive Ordnance Disposal Day, a national holiday celebrated every year on the first Saturday in May. 

The purpose of EOD Day is to remember those who have given the ultimate sacrifice operating as EOD technicians across the Department of Defense. On this day current and former EOD service members give thanks for the sacrifices made by those who have defended this great nation. 

From all four services, EOD technicians from around the globe descend each year on the EOD Memorial located at Eglin AFB, Florida.

Here, the 775th Explosive Ordnance Disposal Flight hosted a Mud Run at the base’s east side training area, May 5. EOD technicians from all across the west coast—along with civilian, active-duty and reserve personnel from units across Hill AFB — paid their respects with the blood, sweat and tears generated by effort focused on the Mud Run course. 

The 775th EOD Flight, as well as the entire EOD community, would like to thank all participants for the support and dedication given to make the Mud Run a success. This event would not have been possible without the generous donations and enthusiasm provided by everyone involved. We look forward to seeing everyone again next year.