EOD team completes amazing experience with KMODBy Lieutenant Junior Grade John Hayes
Note: Lieutenant Hayes is the officer in charge of the explosive ordnance disposal team for Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa. His team recently completed partnering with the KenyanDefense Military during the Humanitarian Mine Action Train-the Train course in Kenya.
NAIROBI, Kenya (October 22, 2010) -- My team and I successfully completed our HumanitarianMine Action Train-the-Trainer course at the Humanitarian Peace Support School in Nairobi, Kenya.During our final week, we saw the product of our 28 students hard work during the previous two weeksin the classroom.In the second week of the course, the students learned to safely calculate the burning rate of safety fuse as well as the corresponding length to cut to match a required transit time to bring allmembers of a disposal operation to a safe area.Before actually proceeding to live demolition operations, the students had to pass a practicalexamination, which required each student to safely demonstrate the ability to properly build an electricand non-electric firing system from start to finish. The students, relishing in the fact that they were nolonger required to spend eight hours in a classroom, by that point had enough training and were readyto show us they could be explosive ordnance disposal level I technicians.One of my team members, Petty Officer 3rd Class Timothy Smith, said to me one day: Whatamazed me was that day in, day out, the students continually showed such an eagerness to learnyou just dont find that anywhere else but here.In the final week, we spent three days at the demolition range. On the first day, the studentsseparated into groups of four, and each group worked with one Kenyan instructor and one U.S.instructor to oversee a test burn and finally an actual non-electric fire. The second day was spentshowing them various methods of electric demolition and the students each got to wire in an initiation.The final day was a black powder burn demonstration followed by showing the students various ways tobranch into detonating cord.