USATCES presents Tactical Explosives Safety Workshop
USATCES personnel, Barry Willmington and Jeff Paddock demonstrating the explosion effects software to Mr. Paul Burns, 4 ID Safety Director at the Army Senior Safety Tactical Symposium. US Army photo by Jaime Thompson.

MCALESTER, Okla.--The United States Army Technical Center for Explosives Safety (USATCES) is dedicated to eliminating ammunition and explosives accidents and chemical agent accidents in every phase of the ammunition life cycle.

One example of this dedication was the presentation of the Tactical Explosives Safety Workshop to safety personnel from 3rd Infantry Division. Three personnel from USATCES presented the pilot training at the Army Senior Safety Tactical Symposium in September.

Also demonstrated at the symposium was a short presentation designed to provide a basic understanding of explosives safety quantity-distance principles and explosion effects. The presentation allows users to input a specific quantity of explosives and see the associated hazard severity and safe separation distances.

All three of the instructors have been deployed as explosives safety specialists to Iraq and Afghanistan and have a combined 70 plus years of knowledge and experience in the explosives safety field.

"The goal for the pilot training is to provide a Tactical Explosives Safety Guide and informational briefings that point out situations they may encounter in a tactical situation and how to recommend risk reduction measures to maximize soldier protection," said Barry Willmington, Division Chief, Explosives Safety Knowledge, OE & Chemical Division.

The next offering of the workshop is scheduled for Fort Riley November 18-19 and dates are being worked to present at Fort Bragg and Fort Carson.

Requests for the workshop should be sent to USATCES at mcal.dac.sjmac-es@conus.army.mil. There is no cost for the workshop other than providing a facility for it to be presented.

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