An explosive ordnance technician with the 788th Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base explains his unit’s mission and equipment used which is on display outside Fifth Third Field in downtown Dayton prior to the Dayton Dragons salute to hometown heroes, Aug. 5, 2017. The third annual Wright-Patterson Air Force Base EOD Memorial 5K will be held May 5 on National EOD Day and honors members of the armed forces who have risked their lives disposing of explosives. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Wesley Farnsworth) (Contributed photo)

Registration open for EOD Memorial 5K, 10K fun runs

Signup is open for the third annual Wright-Patterson Air Force Base EOD Memorial 5K and 10K, scheduled for May 5 from 8 a.m. to noon at Eastwood MetroPark, 1385 Harshman Road, Dayton.

These fun runs are held on National EOD Day and honor members of the armed forces who have risked and perhaps given their lives disposing explosives.

The event is being coordinated by the 788th Civil Engineer Squadron, Explosive Ordnance Disposal Flight.

For more details on this year’s honorees and to sign up, go online to

Everyone is welcome to attend the event, but donations are appreciated. For participation, a minimum donation of $20 is requested. As a thank-you, donors will receive a limited-edition, wicking T-shirt. They must be ordered on the website by April 27.

Being remembered at this year’s event are Tech. Sgt. Kristoffer Solesbee and Staff Sgt. Joseph Hamski who were killed in action in 2011 while operating in the Shorabak district, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan.

All proceeds from the event will be donated to the EOD Warrior Foundation. The foundation serves the EOD community by providing financial assistance and support to active-duty and veteran wounded, injured or ill EOD warriors, and families of wounded and fallen EOD warriors. The foundation also maintains the EOD Memorial Wall at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida.

“The EOD Warrior Foundation provides a lot of services to wounded and disabled EOD technicians as well as the families of the fallen,” said Senior Airman Kevin A. Perdue, event organizer. “The money that we raise from this event is secondary to providing an awareness of this foundation’s mission to improve the lives of the heroes that risked everything in service to their country.”

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