Holloman EOD responds to UXO

Master Sgt. Rob Shuman, the 49th Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal quality assurance manager, and Staff Sgt. Jacque Risley, a 49th Civil Engineer Squadron EOD technician, walk back to the safe area after investigating a potential unexploded ordnance, Jan. 6, 2017 at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. Holloman’s EOD unit was alerted by the U.S. Border Patrol about the potential UXO. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Amanda Junk)

Master Sgt. Rob Shuman, the 49th Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal quality assurance manager, and Staff Sgt. Jacque Risley, a 49th Civil Engineer Squadron EOD technician, walk back to the safe area after investigating a potential unexploded ordnance, Jan. 6, 2017 at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. Holloman’s EOD unit was alerted by the U.S. Border Patrol about the potential UXO. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Amanda Junk)

Senior Airman Matt Maurer (left), and Staff Sgt. Jacque Risley, both 49th Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal technicians, assemble an explosive device X-ray machine during an EOD operation Jan. 6, 2017 at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. Holloman’s EOD unit was alerted by the U.S. Border Patrol about the potential unexploded ordnance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Amanda Junk)

Senior Airman Matt Maurer (left), and Staff Sgt. Jacque Risley, both 49th Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal technicians, assemble an explosive device X-ray machine during an EOD operation Jan. 6, 2017 at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. Holloman’s EOD unit was alerted by the U.S. Border Patrol about the potential unexploded ordnance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Amanda Junk)

Senior Airman Matt Maurer, 49th Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal technician, takes notes during an EOD operation Jan. 6, 2017 at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. Holloman’s EOD unit was alerted by the U.S. Border Patrol about the potential unexploded ordnance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Amanda Junk)

Senior Airman Matt Maurer, 49th Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal technician, takes notes during an EOD operation Jan. 6, 2017 at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. Holloman’s EOD unit was alerted by the U.S. Border Patrol about the potential unexploded ordnance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Amanda Junk)

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The U.S. Border Patrol contacted the Holloman Air Force Base Command Post about a possible Unexploded Ordnance on Jan. 5, 2017.

Holloman AFB’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal flight responded.

“We received a phone call from two motorcyclists about a possible UXO,” said Kenneth Greenough, a border patrol agent. “Once the scene was investigated, we contacted the Holloman AFB Command Post to alert EOD of a potential UXO.”

A three-person EOD team responded in 30 minutes, and were in-route to the scene, after the call was received. EOD is responsible for any military ordnance found and can be asked to support any explosive incident in the local area if civilian authorities require assistance or don’t have the assets to handle the hazard.

“When a suspect item or UXO presents hazards to Holloman Air Force Base, and Otero County personnel and property, a quick response time is key in order to get to the scene as efficiently as possible,” said Master Sgt. Robert Shuman, 49th Civil Engineer Squadron EOD quality assurance manager.

Explosive Ordnance Disposal units are the subject matter experts responsible for rendering safe explosive hazards from conventional, biological, chemical, and nuclear ordnance or munitions. Regardless of the threat, EOD responds to explosive hazards and mitigates the associated danger.

“We are happy to work with Holloman AFB,” Greenough said. “This joint partnership helps both units accomplish the mission.”

While working with other government agencies is a normal practice for EOD, they continue to train with the border patrol to increase their efficiency and safety when responding to explosive hazards.

The incident lasted two hours from the initial call to mission complete. The potential UXO that was called in was a used firework, resembling a hand grenade.

“This call represents a successful response by Team Holloman to support our local community and other governmental agencies,” Shuman said.