“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.”
She smiled slyly at Rick, and then, in her normal voice, she asked, “Rosita, where’d you learn how to do that?”
“I was training to be an EOD Specialist for the Army,” Rosita answered simply.
“What’s that?” Carl asked.
“Explosive Ordnance Disposal Specialist. I was right there, too, end of my training, ready for my assignment, and then this bullshit happened. Excuse my language,” she said flatly, for the sake of Carl’s…she supposed they were both his parents.
“Why that, of all things?” Tara asked. “Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s totally badass. I wanted to be a cop.”
“Wanted?” Rosita asked sullenly. “Did your family hold you back, too? Made you waste time that you’re literally never gonna get back now?”
Michonne was never listening. Rosita’s answers to her and Carl’s questions had provided the cover that she needed to slide Rick’s zipper down without alerting the whole car. She did silently thank Carl and Tara for being the inquisitive people they were, because they’d turned her question into a whole conversation. And Tara was all too happy to talk about her former career plans.
Special Forces Operational Detachment-Alpha. United States Army Special Forces a.k.a. “Green Berets”
The United States Army Special Forces, known as the Green Berets because of their distinctive service headgear, are a special operations force tasked with five primary missions: unconventional warfare (the original and most important mission of Special Forces), foreign internal defense, special reconnaissance, direct action, and counter-terrorism.
The first two emphasize language, cultural, and training skills in working with foreign troops. Other duties include combat search and rescue (CSAR), counter-narcotics, counter-proliferation, hostage rescue, humanitarian assistance, humanitarian demining, information operations, peacekeeping , psychological operations, security assistance, and manhunts; other components of the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) or other U.S. government activities may also specialize in these secondary areas. Many of their operational techniques are classified, but some nonfiction works and doctrinal manuals are available.
As special operations units, Special Forces are not necessarily under the command authority of the ground commanders in those countries. Instead, while in theater, SF units may report directly to a geographic combatant command, USSOCOM, or other command authorities. The Central Intelligence Agency’s (CIA) highly secretive Special Activities Division (SAD) and more specifically its Special Operations Group (SOG) recruits from the Army’s Special Forces. Joint CIA-Army Special Forces operations go back to the MACV-SOG branch during the Vietnam War. The cooperation still exists today and is seen in the War in Afghanistan.
Free-fall Form Navy Lt. Cameron Jones prepares to conduct a free-fall jump from an MH-60S Seahawk helicopter at Naval Station Rota, Spain, May 3, 2017. Jones is assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 8. Navy photo by Senior Chief Petty Officer Brian Stanley
Explosive Ordnance Disposal. Bomb squad. TNT TNA. The folks who talk dirty to home made bombs. “Come here, you sexy little blasting cap. Oh, your a Russian toggle cap? I’m at half mast you sexy bitch”.
US Navy Senior Chief Petty Officer Scott C. Dayton. 24 NOV 2016.
Died in northern Syria while deployed in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, of wounds sustained in an improvised explosive device blast. Dayton was assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit Two, which is based in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
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.
To maintain peace, you must be able to handle weapons of war.
The EOD insignia (unofficially known as the “Crab”) is made up of four parts.
The Wreath: Symbolic of the achievements and laurels gained minimizing accident potentials through the ingenuity and devotion to duty of its members. It is in memory of those EOD officers and men who gave their lives while performing EOD duties.
The Bomb: Copied from the design of the World War II Bomb Disposal Badge, the bomb represents the historic and major objective of the EOD attack, the unexploded bomb. The three fins represent the major areas of nuclear, conventional and chemical/biological interest.
Lightning Bolts: Symbolize the potential destructive power of the bomb and the courage and professionalism of EOD personnel in their endeavors to reduce hazards as well as to render explosive ordnance harmless.
The Shield: Represents the EOD mission - to prevent a detonation and protect the surrounding area and property to the utmost.
A sailor assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group (EODGRU) 1 conducts the diving portion of an underwater demolition training exercise off the coast of San Diego. Navy explosive ordnance disposal is the world’s premier combat force for countering explosive hazards and enabling freedom of movement on land or at sea. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Dan Rolston / Released)
Senior Chief Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician Philip Ibanez, assigned to Unit 8 (EODMU-8), performs reconnaissance on a World War II German minelayer to identify the condition of the mines on board. EODMU-8 participated in Open Spirit 2014, a multinational operation that disposes of World War I and World War II mines and other ordnance remaining on the seabed to reduce the risk to navigation, fishing and the environment in the Baltic Sea.
The Wreath Symbolic of the achievements and laurels gained minimizing accident potentials through the ingenuity and devotion to duty of its members. It is in memory of those EOD officers and men who gave their lives while performing EOD duties.
The Bomb Copied from the design of the World War II Bomb Disposal Badge, the bomb represents the historic and major objective of the EOD attack, the unexploded bomb. The three fins represent the major areas of nuclear, conventional and chemical/biological interest.
Lightning Bolts Symbolize the potential destructive power of the bomb and the courage and professionalism of EOD personnel in their endeavors to reduce hazards as well as to render explosive ordnance harmless.
The Shield Represents the EOD mission - to prevent a detonation and protect the surrounding area and property to
Meaning of Each Level There are three levels of the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Badge. The first is the Basic EOD, the second is the Senior EOD and the third is the Master EOD. Requirements vary between the badge levels and branches of service. In general, the Basic badge requires explosive handling training and between 18 to 24 months of on-the-job training. The Senior badge is issued after three to five years as a specialist. Those with between seven and 15 years of service in a senior, supervisory position may receive the Master badge.