EODESU TWO Celebrates 10th Anniversary!

BY LT. FRANKLIN J. JENSEN, JR., SC, USN
SUPPLY OFFICER, EOD EXPEDITIONARY
SUPPORT UNIT TWO

2017 Marks Logistics Command Milestone

EODESU TWO Command during Mobile Command and Control Exercise in preparation for Bold Alligator 2017.

 

Explosive Ordnance Disposal Expeditionary Support Unit (EODESU) TWO is proud to announce its 10th year as the premier logistics support command for all East Coast EOD and Diving Salvage units, including supply, ordnance, transportation, tactical communications support, field services, facility maintenance and programming, weapons inventory control and repair, boat and engine maintenance, and dive locker and hazardous material handling.

EODESU TWO was commissioned on June 15, 2007 in a ceremony at Rockwell Gym on Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek. The 10th year commemoration was celebrated onboard Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story, with a command run-swim-run (1.5 mile run, 800 meter open ocean swim, 1.5 mile run), followed by a 15-man helicopter cast and recovery display by members of the command and EOD Mobile Units, and finally a command picnic. Cast and recovery operations consist of a pre-planned exiting from a helicopter in-flight into an open body of water. This technique is used by EOD personnel to quickly insert near a floating mine and either exploit the object or blow it in place.

Cmdr. Richard Wilhelm loads into a CH-53 at Green Landing Zone in preparation for a cast and recovery training with EODESU TWO.

 

Commanding Officer Cmdr. Richard Wilhelm stated, “Our emphasis over the coming years will be on continued process improvement, greater harmonization between the national stock system and maintenance requirements, keeping pace with EOD specific technologies by working closely with program offices and commercial industry, and focusing on deeper management and development of our personnel in order to recruit the best talent to support the EOD Mobile Unit and Dive Salvage units as they move into the future.”

In an era of increased military presence around the world, the EOD technician is at the forefront of each and every operation around the globe. But, as we all know, behind every operation, every initiative, and every warfighter is a logistician ensuring the material, mobility, and maintenance requirements are met to enable the mission.

September/October 2017