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EOD defusing dangers overseas

August 1, 2007

Moody Air Force Base - Explosive Ordnance Disposal is one of the most dangerous jobs in the military.  Why?  Because they dispose of bombs on a daily basis. 

Just ask Justin Vorhees, he returned from Iraq three days ago.  "I probably did about 50 improvised explosive devices."

The IED is one of the leading causes of troop casualties in Iraq and learning to dispose of them keeps this unit at Moody busy.  "We have to be as creative as the person creating those IED's," says SSgt Carlos Cox.  "We never stop learning.  Things change daily and we have to adapt and overcome those challenges."

And with their unique skills, the small unit is deployed often.  But when on the job these airmen don't go in unprotected.  They were bomb suits that weight up to 75 pounds.  "It's designed a certain distance, certain of amount of explosives to protect the person inside of it," Cox adds.

When the suit won't offer them enough protection, they have an arsenal of state-of-the-art robots that helps save their lives while they work to save the lives of others.

Some of them weigh as much as 700 pounds, but it's this small packbot that sees the most action.  "Its a really good robot for a deployed scenario like Iraq because it gets in quick and gets the job done.  I can perform reconnaissance on a roadside bomb and disarm it."

Despite the suits and technology, their job can still be deadly.  But knowing their dangerous job is saving lives keeps them going.

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