Patriot Warrior provides realism for Reserve EOD techs

FORT MCCOY, Wis — Few careers in the military demand as much precision, focus, situational awareness, and attention to detail as an explosive ordnance disposal technician. Hence, non-stop training is critical in maintaining the mental acuity required to shoulder their daunting and hazardous mission.

During the Patriot Warrior exercise here, Reserve technicians from the 446th Civil Engineer Squadron, Explosive Ordnance Disposal Flight, McChord Field, Wash., undertook an exclusive brand of instruction to keep them on their toes in preparation for challenges they could face while serving downrange.

Patriot Warrior is the Air Force Reserve Command portion of an immense joint field exercise involving nearly 6,000 Airmen, Sailors, Soldiers, and multinational forces. Formerly known as Global Medic, the exercise still focuses primarily on aeromedical evacuation training and readiness, but has evolved to become more multi-faceted.

Four of McChord’s EOD technicians traveled to Wisconsin in order to capitalize on the specialized training offered by Fort McCoy’s state-of-the-art facilities.

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