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The White Falcon - 11.01.1980, Blaðsíða 4

The White Falcon - 11.01.1980, Blaðsíða 4
Page 4 The White Falcon January 11, 1980 EOD presentation on Thursday There will be a presentation given by Explosive Ordnance Dis- posal (EOD) personnel on Thursday and Jan. 31 at 9 a.m. at the EOD shop in Building T-800. All person- nel interested in the EOD program are invited to attend. EOD Technicians are highly train- ed men and women, who identify, ren- der safe, and dispose of foreign and domestic ordnance, including nuclear weapons. Navy EOD detachments per- form these tasks and maintain the capability to operate at sea, in coastal areas, and at shore instal- lations throughout the world. They also support other armed forces and civilian authorities in the per- formance of EOD missions. The Navy's 350 EOD Technicians are clas- sified in two skill classifications reflecting basic EOD and parachute qualifications. Petty Officers in paygrades E-4 through E-6 or designated strikers, 30 years of age or less may volun- teer for EOD training. Volunteers must be mentally stable, mature, mo- tivated, alert and able to cope with operations conducted under field conditions. Those who are medically qualified, meet the administrative requirements, and are capable of passing the physical screening test may submit a special request (NAVPERS 1306/7) via their command to Naval Military Personnel Command (NMPC—formerly BUPERS). Once the request is approved, applicants are ordered to the 39 week training course. Initial EOD training begins at the EOD Chemical School, Redstone Arsenal, Ala. Students receive classroom and practical instruction in the identification, render safe, and disposal procedures for a wide variety of chemical and biological munitions. Daily physical condi- tioning develops students for diver training which occurs later in the course. Upon completion of this five week phase, students report to Navy EOD School, Indian Head, Md., for 34 weeks of intensive study. The course is taught in five phases: The core phase, which is the foundation, for the rest of the course, includes instruction in the use of EOD publications, special tools, explosive charges and prin- ciples of applied physics. The second, or ground phase, deals with land mines, booby traps, and fusing of launched or thrown ordnance. Phase three (air ordnance) examines ordnance launched from aircraft; underwater and diving (phase four) studies torpedoes, contact/influence mines, and depth charges. The fifth and final phase of training concerns nuclear ordnance and associated equipment. PRC Stuart E. Eanes utilizes a metal detector in order to detect foreign objects. (Photo by PHAN Kevin Pen- rod) Construction of new Chow Hall underway by SN Mary Reed Since September of 1979 a re- placement for the current Chow Hall has undergone construction behind enlisted barracks 761 and 744; as the old is getting rundown. The new Chow Hall will be for ev- eryone, as was the old, and larger as well. With a suspended ceiling, an add- itional 60 seat capacity, and exten- sive new galley equipment, the new dining facility will be quite an im- provement over the old. Advantages include new freezers, a separate area exclusive to the 'speedliners', and an improved salad bar. Planning for the new galley began in 1972. After the annual Public Works' inspection for deficiencies and future needs, the planning sec- tion decided they had the dollars necessary to expand the galley space. The Commanding Officer at the time thus ordered the contract to be made for the project beginning August, 1979. And, tentatively speaking, completed February, 1981. If no construction delays occur, such as the recent shipping strikes which delay necessary building mat- erials, the geothermally heated Photo by PHAN Kevin Penrod building will be open for service the spring of 1981. The old build- ing will be turned over for the Navy Broadcasting Service's (NBS) use.

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