Red Devils host counter-IED training event at Kunsan AFB

13 April 2020 (Last Updated April 13th, 2020 13:40)

Wolf Pack first responders have participated in an Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) flight at Kunsan Air Force Base (AFB), Republic of Korea hosted by the 8th Civil Engineer Squadron (CES), which is also known as Red Devils.

Red Devils host counter-IED training event at Kunsan AFB
Wolf Pack first responders participated in an Explosive Ordnance Disposal flight at Kunsan Air Force Base hosted by the 8th Civil Engineer Squadron. Credit: US Air Force photo by Staff Sergeant Mackenzie Mendez.

Wolf Pack first responders have participated in an Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) flight at Kunsan Air Force Base (AFB), Republic of Korea hosted by the 8th Civil Engineer Squadron (CES), which is also known as Red Devils.

The counter-improvised explosive devices (IED) training event was aimed at delivering emergency procedures and response actions to handle an explosive device.

Wolf Pack first responders were trained to respond in case the base post office was to be armed with a simulated improvised explosive device.

The counter-IED mission is a large part of the EOD mission. Under the mission, technicians are taught to use robots, x-ray equipment, bomb suits and specialised tools and techniques to disable IEDs.

8th CES EOD journeyman Senior Airman Cody Patterson said: “For the training, we placed a suspicious package at the base post office.

“We wanted to test the different entities on base and their emergency reporting procedures. It also gave us the chance to challenge our newer EOD technicians.”

Other participants of the event included the 8th Security Forces Squadron, 8th CES fire department, 8th Fighter Wing command post and 8th Force Support Squadron.

Each participant tested their abilities to respond to an explosive threat on base.

8th CES EOD staff sergeant Jameson Baehler said: “We all need to keep our skills sharp. Doing more training operations, especially with other agencies, is pertinent to keeping our skills where they need to be.”

Interagency training provided first responders with an opportunity to participant in hands-on training. The emergency procedures and the concept of teamwork were strengthened among the responders.

The training also enhanced and reinforced the ‘Defend the Base’ mission within the Wolf Pack first responders.

Additionally, EOD technicians gained experience on how IEDs are built.

The technicians were provided with an opportunity to identify the explosives, simultaneously emphasising on the safety of personnel and property.