Explosive Ordnance Disposal Techs Pioneer Innovative Method to Clear Stuck Artillery Round

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Source: U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Brigette Waltermire

April 9, 2024 | Originally published by U.S. Army on March 7, 2024

FORT SILL, Okla. – U.S. Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) technicians demonstrated flexibility, ingenuity, and resourcefulness during a recent response to a lodged round in an M109A6 Paladin howitzer on Fort Sill, Oklahoma.

Army EOD soldiers from the 761st Ordnance Company (EOD) safely cleared the projectile that jammed during howitzer training.

Staff Sgt. Cody A. Dodd, an EOD team leader from the 761st EOD Company, coordinated with the Naval Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division (NAVEODTECHDIV) to implement a new strategy to clear the lodged round.

The U.S. Navy is designated as the joint service executive agent for EOD technology and training. Part of the Naval Sea Systems Command, the Naval Explosive Disposal Technology Division is used by all EOD technicians for joint EOD requirements.

“This response was unique because it is rare to receive such an incident,” said Dodd. “Being at Fort Sill, home of the artillery, you would think this is a common occurrence. However, that is not the case. I’ve been stationed here for two years and this is the first incident like this.”

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