MCAS Cherry Point News


EOD Marines train to disarm from distance

23 May 2013 | Lance Cpl. Glen E. Santy

Explosive Ordnance Disposal Marines with Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron conducted hands-on training with high-tech devices used to safely disarm or dispose of unexploded ordnance or roadside bombs at the EOD range May 16.

EOD Marines began training with the MK 40 Mod 0 Unexploded Ordnance Standoff Disrupter. The MK 40 allows the Marines to dispose or render safe unexploded ordnance and disrupt improvised explosive devices with percussion-activated projectiles.

Once all the Marines practiced assembling the MK 40 and received training in its proper use, they moved on to its little brother.

A scenario EOD Marines practiced with the Small Caliber Dearmer MK 38 was to perform a general disruption with a .22-caliber bullet from a MK 38 attached to an tactical robot. The device comes in both 9 mm and .22 caliber bullet sizes and is used to create a puncture in “suspicious packages” so EOD Marines can see what is inside.

Marines use remote control to position the robot. Once it is in position, the operator shoots the package from a safe distance. Though typically attached to a tactical robot, the dearmer can be fired manually as well.

Once the hole is made, the Marines can use a camera to see inside, allowing them to identify its contents. If the contents turn out to be an IED, the Marines formulate a plan to disarm or detonate it safely.

“We perform this training to familiarize the team with procedures, tools and equipment,” said Staff Sgt. Travis McGlew, an explosive ordnance technician. “It also offers other avenues of approach when dealing with IEDs or unexploded ordnance.”

Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point