Staff Sgt. Michael Kent, 788th Civil Engineer Squadron, explosive ordinance disposal technician, radios back to the EOD control desk information from Senior Airman Tyler Squibb, 788th CES, EOD technician, after he performed a recon on an unexploded ordinance during an exercise at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in August 2016. (U.S. Air Force photo / Wesley Farnsworth)

What are the loud noises coming from Wright-Patterson?

Explosive Ordnance Disposal personnel at the base are engaged in routine training, a base spokesman tells us.

“EOD has been doing some training today,” base spokesman Daryl Mayer said. “They use training aids, small explosions.”

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The 788th Civil Engineer Squadron (CES) operates at Wright-Patterson, where some 30,000 people work. As part of that training, the EOD team must often identify and dispose of explosive devices in a safe manner.

During 2017, 788th CES EOD responded to 13 emergencies supporting civil authorities to include local law enforcement, Wright-Patterson said last year.

Members worked 222 man-hours to safely dispose of 21 unexploded ordnances that year.

EOD’s efforts protected a 195,000-square-mile area worth more than $8 million, according to an award nomination for the squadron in 2018.

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