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Celebrating Navy Week in the Twin Cities

America’s Twin Cities, Minneapolis/St. Paul, hosted members of the U.S. Navy during Navy Week July 17-23. Navy Weeks serve as our principal outreach effort into areas of the country without a significant Navy presence.  The program is designed to help Americans understands that their Navy is deployed around the work, around the clock, ready to defense America at all times.

MINNEAPOLIS: The Navy Band Great Lakes Parade Band march through Minneapolis as part of the Aquatennial Torchlight Parade during Minneapolis/St. Paul Navy Week. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Mark Meredith/Released)
ST. PAUL, Minn.: Special Warfare Operator 1st Class Brandon Peterson, a member of U.S. Navy Parachute Team “The Leap Frogs” gives stickers to young fan after a skydiving demonstration at Hazel Park during Minneapolis/St. Paul Navy Week. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kelsey L. Adams/Released)
BLOOMINGTON, Minn.: Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician 3rd Class Carolyn Willeford, from Easton, Pa., attached to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group (EODGRU) 1, feeds fish in the Sea Life Aquarium at the Mall of America while interacting with aquarium visitors during Minneapolis/St. Paul Navy Week. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Lenny LaCrosse/Released)
MINNEAPOLIS: Special Operator 1st Class Brandon Peterson, a member of the U.S. Navy parachute demonstration team, the Leap Frogs, delivers Meals-on-Wheels to elderly and homebound residents as part of Minneapolis/St. Paul Navy Week. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Pyoung K. Yi/Released)
MINNEAPOLIS: Sailors with Navy Recruiting District Minneapolis volunteer at ReStore for Habitat For Humanity, doing demolition work and building birdhouses during Minneapolis/St. Paul Navy Week.  (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Mark Meredith/Released)
MINNEAPOLIS: Rear Adm. Frederick ‘Fritz’ Roegge, commander of Submarine Force Pacific Fleet, leads a discussion with employees at BAE Systems about submarine operations during Navy Week Minneapolis-St Paul. (U.S. Navy photo by Cmdr. Corey Barker/Released)
ST. PAUL, Minn.: The U.S. Navy parachute demonstration team, the Leap Frogs, fly an American flag into Hazel Park during a special event at Minneapolis-St. Paul Navy Week. (U.S. Navy photo by Cmdr. Corey Barker/Released)
ST. PAUL, Minn.: Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician Lt. j.g. Joshua Werling, right, from Beloit, Wisc., attached to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group (EODGRU) 1, allows a member of the Mt. Airy Boys and Girls Club try on components of his bomb suit during Minneapolis/St. Paul Navy Week. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Lenny LaCrosse/Released)
MINNEAPOLIS: U.S. Navy Band Great Lakes Brass Quintet perform in CBS Studios, Minneapolis, during the WCCO Mid-Morning Show during Minneapolis-St. Paul Navy Week. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Lenny LaCrosse/Released)

Have you ever attended and interacted with Sailors at a Navy Week?

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9 Things to Know about the 48th Annual EOD Memorial Ceremony

By Billy Martin
Naval School Explosive Ordnance Disposal Public Affairs

In honor of the 48th Annual Explosive Ordnance Disposal Memorial Ceremony, hosted by Naval School Explosive Ordnance Disposal, here are nine things to know about the significance of this annual ceremony to honor our military’s fallen EOD technicians.

1) This year, the EOD community from each of the services will gather May 6 to honor the memory of 320 EOD heroes and add six additional EOD technicians to the EOD Memorial:

  • Gunner’s Mate Seaman Robert Paul Burr who was killed in action July 16, 1944, while serving in World War II
  • Army Tech. Sgt. James H. Eberle, who was killed in action Aug. 23, 1944, while serving in World War II
  • Ensign Charles Williams Grice, Sr., who was killed in action May 14, 1945, while serving in World War II
  • Army Sgt. 1st Class Biddle Carrol Izard, Jr., who was killed in action June 19, 1968, while serving in Vietnam
  • Chief Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician Jason Christopher Finan, who was killed in action Oct. 20, 2016, while serving in support of Combined Joint Task Force, Operation Inherent Resolve
    WASHINGTON (Oct. 21, 2016) An undated file photo of Chief Petty Officer Jason C. Finan courtesy of his family. (U.S. Navy photo/Released)
    WASHINGTON (Oct. 21, 2016) An undated file photo of Chief Petty Officer Jason C. Finan courtesy of his family. (U.S. Navy photo/Released)

 

 

2) The ceremony is held at the EOD Memorial next to the Kauffman EOD Training Complex on Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. The Kauffman Training Complex is named after Rear Adm. Draper L. Kauffman (1911-1979) aka the “Father of U.S. Bomb Disposal”.

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. (May 4, 2013) Explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) Sailors Lt. Cmdr. Rudy Schoen and Command Master Chief Eric Brower place a wreath in front of the Navy panel of the EOD Memorial during the 44th Annual EOD Memorial Service at the Kauffman EOD Training Complex. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Peter D. Lawlor/Released)
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. (May 4, 2013) Explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) Sailors Lt. Cmdr. Rudy Schoen and Command Master Chief Eric Brower place a wreath in front of the Navy panel of the EOD Memorial during the 44th Annual EOD Memorial Service at the Kauffman EOD Training Complex. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Peter D. Lawlor/Released)

3) During the ceremony, a wreath is placed in front of each service’s list of names before they are read aloud. After each list is completed, the names are saluted by an enlisted and officer EOD member. The families of EOD technicians added to the wall each year receive a folded flag that was flown over the memorial.

4) The EOD Memorial stands as an amazing monument to the honor, courage and commitment exemplified by EOD technicians from the services as they performed the EOD mission.

5) “We Remember” signifies the very essence and ethos of EOD technicians to never forget the extraordinary efforts and sacrifices of our EOD brothers and sisters who made the ultimate sacrifice.

6) The first Saturday in May is remembered as “EOD Day” in honor of the memorial ceremony.

7) The first Saturday of every May represents a sacred time for the EOD community to reflect and remember the heroic actions of our fallen EOD warriors.

8) The EOD badge and its three levels (Basic, Senior and Master) became the standard for all services in the 1950s.

9) The badge remains the only badge in the military that is identical in each service. This unique distinction reflects the Naval School Explosive Ordnance Disposal’s vital role as the schoolhouse for our military’s EOD warriors.

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. (May 5, 2012) Lt. Cmdr. Rudy Schoen, right, and Command Master Chief Stacey McClain face the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Memorial wall and prepare to unveil the addition of three shipmates' names during the EOD 43rd Annual Memorial Service at the Kauffman EOD Training Complex. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Peter D. Lawlor/Released)
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. (May 5, 2012) Lt. Cmdr. Rudy Schoen, right, and Command Master Chief Stacey McClain face the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Memorial wall and prepare to unveil the addition of three shipmates’ names during the EOD 43rd Annual Memorial Service at the Kauffman EOD Training Complex. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Peter D. Lawlor/Released)

 

 

 

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