The proclamation leads to a moment of stillness; silence fills what will soon be a blast site. A loud “whump” precedes an earth-shaking shockwave. Dirt lifts from the floor. One can feel a rattle in the center of their chest and an intense heat wave radiates through the air. A sound like thunder erupts and disappears into the Okinawan jungle.
The explosion was not an emergency - it was a late celebration for the Marine Corps’ 245th birthday. A celebration carried in the midst of the potential future of foreign ordnance exploitation.
Explosive ordnance disposal technicians from across III Marine Expeditionary Force and Marine Corps Installations Pacific gathered to participate in an ordnance exploitation proof of concept range on November 16 - 25 at Camp Schwab.
Participating EOD technicians were divided into four stations and tasked with the disassembly of a TOW 2F anti-tank missile to a component level. Each station was equipped with a specific gear loadout; light, medium, or heavy; representing scalable, expeditionary options when conducting exploitation operations. A light capability, what could conceivably fit in a backpack and large case. A medium capability, limited to the size of a joint material container. And lastly, a heavy capability, the full suite of tools transported via a quadcon, or mobile maintenance shelter. Each of these loadouts were tested during the range.
Read More at https://www.marines.mil/News/News-Display/Article/2427637/new-training-concept-could-be-the-future-of-foreign-ordnance-exploitation/