Eglin EOD Gives a Presentation to Outdoor Education and Robotics Classes

March 14, 2016 | Alana Berry

On March 10, Eglin Air Force Base sent men from Explosive Ordinance Disposal to educate students from the outdoor education and robotics classes on the profession. The men that gave the presentation were Kyle Macey, Nick Cox, Devin Stuart, and Kyle Ridnger.

Students got to witness an inside look at the profession with demonstrations using different kinds of explosives. All these explosives were disarmed. The men went through the extensive schooling and training they went through to get to where they are now. They also went through their high school experiences and their jobs, both locally and overseas.

Students got to participate in the bomb suit demonstrations. These students were asked to get in the suit and from the laying down position, stand upright. The challenge was that this suit was very hot and it weighed 80 lbs. This task is seen as the “test” to get in to EOD.

Ridnger also showed students how to use the bomb disposal robot through a live demonstration of the robot picking up everyday items, such as a bottle and pencil. This particular robot was named “Dipswitch”.

Zoe Fliescher, a Crestview High robotics students, said this of the demonstration, “It was actually really cool and informational even though, I’d never join EOD because I’m scared of getting blown up. But, it would be really cool to work on the robot!”

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