28th Civil Engineer Squadron gives Navy a helping hand after munitions incident

RAPID CITY, S.D. – The Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) flight at Ellsworth AFB recently lent a helping hand to the Navy. 

At the beginning of February, a truck carrying munitions was broad-sided in Montana. The collision caused a few weapons to fall out of the truck and some were damaged.

Ellsworth being the closest military base with an EOD, unit was the first to respond to the incident. They sent out a 3 person relief team to clean up and dispose of anything that was no longer useful.

“It was 60 rounds that we took care of. The truck in total I think had 480 we took 60 so that left 420 undamaged or undisturbed,” said SrA. Adam Cooper.

The flight is part of the 28th Civil Engineer Squadron, and they specialize in the safe handling and disposing of damaged ammunition. They often work with other branches of the military and bases throughout the world.

In regard to serving his country, one staff sergeant had this to say:

“It’s hard to describe. It’s a remarkable feeling being a part of something bigger than just yourself. I think all of us feel that in some way, shape or form and by all of us I mean military service members it’s kind of one of the reasons why we join,” said SSgt. Andrew.

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