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Description of Pictures: NAVY EOD
The World's Most Capable Bomb Squad -
Air, Land, and Sea
U.S. Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) is the world’s premier combat force for countering Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMDs) and all other Unexploded Ordnance (UXO). An elite team of warriors, 1,500 Navy EOD Technicians operate in every environment around the world. They are qualified to parachute from 30,000 feet and dive to depths of 300 feet. Volunteering for the most hazardous missions, Navy EOD is the “first in” —clearing the way for further combat operations, fearlessly attacking all explosive obstructions.
Today's Navy EOD force, part of the Navy Expeditionary Combat Command (NECC), is organized into two groups based in San Diego, CA, and Norfolk, VA. Each group is comprised of readily deployable EOD Mobile Units, located around the United States and overseas in Italy, Guam and Bahrain. Other EOD units include Mobile Diving and Salvage Units, Training and Evaluation Units, Deployable Mine Countermeasures Platoons and Naval Special Warfare Companies. In addition, Marine Mammal System Companies use specially trained dolphins and sea lions to hunt for underwater threats.
Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) are the enemy's weapon of choice in Afghanistan and Iraq, accounting for the largest portion of U.S. fatalities. Navy EOD safeguards U.S. and coalition lives on the battlefield, protects ritical infrastructure and is a key player in attacking the IED network. EOD Techs operate with U.S. Navy, Marine Corps and Army units, as well as with Special Operations Forces. Navy EOD also trains coalition bomb disposal personnel.
In the war against IEDs, Navy EOD stands prepared for changing enemy tactics targeted on both coalition forces and civilian populations. Forensic techniques are used to reconstruct bombs and, in some cases, provide evidence that can be used to identify enemy bomb makers.
The Navy EOD exhibit includes an authentic bomb disposal suit a ...More...
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2010 photos: Equipment this year: I mostly used the Fuji S100fs until the third one broke and I started sending them back for repairs. Then I used either the Fuji S200EHX or the Nikon D90 until I got the S100fs ones repaired. At the end of the year I bought a Nikon D5000 but I returned it pretty quickly.
Trips this year: I've got so many local commitments that I'm having trouble getting away. I drove out to Lexington, Kentucky to cover the Civil War Preservation Trust's annual conference in June. I flew out to California and Nevada for two weeks in July for the San Diego Comic-Con. I flew to Nashville to cover the Civil War Preservation Trust's Grand Review conference in September.
My office at the main Commerce Department building closed in October and I was shifted out to the Bureau of the Census in Suitland Maryland. It's good to have a job of course but that killed being able to see basically any cultural events during the day. There's basically nothing of interest that you can see around the Census building.
Number of photos taken this year: about 395,000..