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Joseph Siemandel, of the Washington National Guard says that “following a year of irregular training, the 741st Ordnance Battalion (EOD) focused on the basics as the unit traveled more than 900 miles to Camp Roberts, California, for annual training.”

“This year marks not only a return to normalcy for Soldiers and leaders in our battalion but also the first of what we hope is many future training opportunities with our aligned EOD companies in California, Nevada and Arizona,” said Lt. Col. Amanda Doyle, commander of the 741st Ordnance Battalion. “As a proof of concept, we could not be more pleased with the integration and collaboration we saw during training.”

During annual training, the battalion deployed its headquarters’ detachment and staff element to support a multi-state tactical operations center exercise with the 217th Explosive Ordnance Company of the California Army National Guard. This training is in addition to the training the National Guard did to prepare for wildfire season.

The 741st and 217th have a new alignment for training policy, allowing the units to share resources and common tactics, techniques, and procedures. This also gives the units a chance to work together in the Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal in the tight-knit community.

“Our multi-state TRO agreement was at the core of setting the field for collaborative planning and integration with the 741st and 217th,” said Maj. Katie Ecklund, operations officer for the 741st. “We look forward to expanding this type of annual training in the future.”

The Washington Army National Guard’s 741st Ordnance Battalion (EOD) and 319th Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company are looked at as tactical and technical explosives experts. The Guard explosive ordnance disposal specialists supported training exercises, including Raven’s Challenge. An interagency, counter-IED exercise that incorporates scenarios focused on interoperability capabilities between Public Safety Bomb Squads (PSBS) and military Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) units in operational environments.

“As an organization, gaining efficiencies and learning from agencies with similar mission sets are truly critical to our future success,” said Doyle. “We’re looking forward to continuing engagements with the Army National Guard EOD community under the new alignment for training policy and more opportunities to expand cross-agency synergy.”

Other National Guard News

The Washington National Guard also recently celebrated Pride in Service by Featuring Sgt. Jennifer Baumes in their social media. Be sure to follow the National Guard on all social media, so you don’t miss a thing. For more National Guard news, National Guard Facebook and the official National Guard Twitter.

Image: A Washington National Guardsman participates in an explosive ordnance disposal exercise on June 18, 2021 at Camp Roberts, CA. During annual training, the battalion deployed its headquarters’ detachment and staff element to support a multi-state tactical operations center exercise with the 217th Explosive Ordnance Company of the California Army National Guard. (Courtesy)

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