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“If somebody asks me ’What do you do for a living?’ I say, ’I help people.’ When I’m on an operation, I’m not thinking about anything but the operation; home is at home. What the job is in front of you, that’s the only thing that matters at the time. Guys are always gonna modify their gear the way that they want, obviously. Nobody is going to dictate how you carry magazines or what holster you use - the bottom line is results. If you’re on a direct action mission and you’re kicking doors, the only thing you’re thinking is: Check your six, give the squeeze and do your job. If everybody is standing then we’re good to go, let’s tackle the next problem. Every man around you has the upmost confidence in you to do your job and at the same time, you better do your job because they’re expecting you to. Success within a brotherhood is defined as taking care of your brothers…it’s the bottom line. Everybody comes home.”

Naha, Okinawa. 1967. Master Sgt. Laurence Klees of the US Army’s 196th Ordnance Battalion concentrates on the dangerous task at hand as he disarms a 500-pound World War II bomb that was found during construction at Naha on the island of Okinawa.The previous year, 21 years after the end of the war, the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Section on Okinawa still received 854 calls and removed 92 tons of explosives. Some of it was detonated on the island, the rest was dumped at sea.

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Turning challenges into opportunities.

A pararescue specialist from the 83rd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron, attends to Senior Airman Joshua Calara, 455th Expeditionary Maintenance Squadron armament systems technician, during a joint mass casualty and extraction exercise at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. Airmen from the 83rd ERQS, paired with soldiers from the 717th Explosive Ordinance Disposal Unit to increase interoperability with each other and demonstrate theater personnel recovery capabilities. Before pararescue specialist could care for and recover wounded patients, EOD members, cleared and secured the area by identifying, removing and disposing of simulated ordnance in the area and from crashed vehicles carrying explosives.

Senior Airman Kyle Green, 83rd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron pararescue specialist, cuts the hinges on a mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicle door to better access simulated victims.

(U.S. Air Force photos by Senior Airman Justyn M. Freeman, 18 AUG 2016.)

Just got reclassed from EOD School

I failed a test because I crimped a fucking M7 blasting cap 1 FUCKING MILLIMETER TOO HIGH! Now bye bye EOD and Im getting put in another MOS. I don’t get to choose my new job and I have to do “Whatever the Army needs most”. If they give me a job where I can’t either A) blow shit up. or B) Shoot people in the face. Im going to leave the Army and try my luck at something else.