• Pvt. Zachary Valentine records information about an ordnance item during the EOD challenge. The challenge is comprised of nine stations Soldiers are required to complete prior to graduation. The 89D -- explosive ordnance disposal specialist -- is taught in two phases, one at Fort Lee and the other at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.

    Pvt. Zachary Valentine records information...

    Pvt. Zachary Valentine records information about an ordnance item during the EOD challenge. The challenge is comprised of nine stations Soldiers are required to complete prior to graduation. The 89D -- explosive ordnance disposal specialist -- is...

  • Pfc. Joseph Hetzig, left, and Spc. Daniel Lowe, right, run alongside Pvt. Joseph Czachowski as he demonstrates his ability to perform duties in a protective bomb suit during the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Challenge test Nov. 15 at Training Area 23. Ordnance Challenge is a four-day, nine-event, end-of-course test for students enrolled in the Ordnance School's explosive ordnance disposal advanced individual training. The students must demonstrate proficiency in the challenge before moving on to the second phase of the course at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.

    Bomb suit run

    Pfc. Joseph Hetzig, left, and Spc. Daniel Lowe, right, run alongside Pvt. Joseph Czachowski as he demonstrates his ability to perform duties in a protective bomb suit during the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Challenge test Nov. 15 at Training Area 23...

FORT LEE, Va. (Nov. 20, 2012) --The Ordnance School's 89D, or Explosive Ordnance Disposal Course, is in its second year at Fort Lee after relocating here from Redstone Arsenal, Ala. As is the case with many relocations, instructors and administrators continually tweak the curriculum to ensure the students are receiving the maximum benefit. The latest improvement came last week when the end-of-the-course portion dubbed EOD Challenge was moved from the Ordnance Campus to Training Area 23, located just off A Avenue adjacent to the Defense Contract Management Agency. The new training site boasts a larger, more secluded area to conduct the nine-station EOD Challenge. Fifteen students underwent the testing.

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