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Media Day at Dover Air Force Base

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DOVER, Del. - Dover Air Force Base opened its doors to members of the media Tuesday, to provide a closer look at how a group of elite troops do their jobs in order to keep people safe.

"In the U.S., typically our threat is a bomb. Overseas when we're deployed, that may not be the primary threat. It could be an entrapment situation," said Tech Sgt. Christopher Adjoodani.

Adjoodani works with the Explosive Ordinance Disposal team at DAFB. Airmen gave the media a first-hand look at the equipment they use, like an F6A robot, which is used to dispose of bombs in the field.

"When you're in an armored vehicle and you're deployed overseas to an incident, you open the back door and chuck out a robot and close the doors as quick as you can," said Adjoodani.
Airmen also use other methods to diffuse bombs.

Team leaders could have to walk about a mile in bomb suits that weigh about 80 pounds. It just goes to show how important training and endurance is so team leaders can focus on the task at hand.

Team leaders also participate in demolition training exercises to help them learn everything about explosives.

According to Lt. Col. Charles Kelm of the 436th Civil Engineer Squadron, the employment of IEDs has changed over the last 10 years in places like Iraq and Afghanistan.

"Their tactics and their procedures have gotten much more sophisticated. The devices have gotten more crude," Kelm said.

EOD members at DAFB do not just handle incidents at the base. They are called for missions across the U.S. and even across the world.

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