79th Ordnance Battalion (EOD)
The 79th Ordnance Battalion (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) is assigned to the 71st Ordnance Group at Fort Carson, Colorado. The unit is based at Fort Hood, Texas.
Previously, the 79th Ordnance Battalion (EOD) had accomplished the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) support activity mission as part of the 52nd Ordnance Group (EOD), then assigned directly to US Army Forces Command (FORSCOM). It provided command and control for several EOD ordnance companies strategically located within each control area. Installations and Major Commands (MACOMs) did not have a direct area support EOD responsibility.
The Battalion's assigned 763rd Ordnance Company (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) provided 24-hour routine and emergency support to Fort Leonard Wood and the states of Missouri, Illinois, and Iowa as designated by the Commander, 79th Ordnance Battalion (EOD) at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. The Company provided 24-hour EOD support to all military, local, state, and federal agencies as outlined in Army Regulation 75-15 within its assigned area. This support consisted of, but was not limited to, the following: accidents/incidents involving military ordnance and/or explosives; accidents/incidents involving commercial demolition materials when beyond the capabilities of the requesting agency; response to suspect or actual improvised explosive devices (IED); provide technical assistance or advice to all agencies previously noted. The Company provided support to the United States Secret Service in protection of the President of the United States, Vice-resident, and other dignitaries, both US and foreign and also conducted safety classes on unexploded ordnance (UXO) threat, ordnance identification and hazards, bomb threat/search, and booby-traps to select individuals or groups.
With the activation of the 20th Support Command (CBRNE) in 2004 and the subsequent activation of the 71st Ordnance Group (EOD) in 2006, the 79th Ordnance Battalion was reassigned to the 71st Ordnance Group (EOD). As part of the 2005 BRAC recommendations, the 79th Ordnance Battalion was also relocated to Fort Hood, Texas.
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