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EOD team completes 'amazing experience' with KMOD

EOD team completes 'amazing experience' with KMOD

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My team and I successfully completed our humanitarian Mine Action "Train-the-Trainer" course at the Humanitarian Peace Support School in Nairobi, Kenya.
My team and I successfully completed our humanitarian Mine Action "Train-the-Trainer" course at the Humanitarian Peace Support School in Nairobi, Kenya.

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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 learnyou just dont 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.
The demolition days were by far the most enjoyable parts of the training. It was extremelyrewarding to watch the students demonstrate their new skills and be able to show us they could betrusted to perform in a safe manner. I remembered back to the first week when they had difficultylearning because we spoke too quickly for them to understand. Polle, Polle, they would plead for usto slow down in Swahili, and then we would break for five minutes for both students and instructors todrink some Chai to ease our combined frustrations. But that final week, the lines of students andinstructors blurred and combined into one big team.U.S. Army Specialist Austin Drake of the 2nd Combined Arms Battalion, 137th Infantry told meabout his experience with KMOD: What was most exciting for me was the opportunity I had to interactwith the students on a more cultural level. By the time we were leaving, I felt that any cultural barrierthat existed between the Kenyans and me was breached, and I left here feeling that I had learned fromthe students just as much as they had learned from me."The final day was amazing because our students were performing what they had learned as if they had been doing it for several years (which some of them had, but now they liked the new way theyhad been taught because it was safer). We never lost control of the operation, but at the end we were just there as safety observers, we were peripheral, our students were professional and competent, andwe could not have been prouder.It was such a satisfying moment for me to see the huge progression the students made in onlythree weeks time and to see them performing independent of my team or any of the other Kenyaninstructors assistance, Petty Officer 1st Class Robert Arrowsmith said to me about our students.The final day was the graduation ceremony. U.S. Africa Command provided us with electronictemplates and elegant paper, but the rest was up to us to create the certificates. My team acquiredbeautiful vinyl folders and managed to take a group photograph to include with the certificate. The hardwork paid off in dividends because when it came time for us to hand out certificates, we could all tell the

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