http://enews.earthlink.net/article/u...2-3c4422b4d6d6SAN DIEGO (AP) — The job is one of the most dangerous in the Marine Corps.
The four Marines killed Wednesday while clearing unexploded ordnance at California's Camp Pendleton were bomb removal technicians. It is one of the few positions in which the Marine Corps allows team members to quit at any time. That's because their mental focus could mean the difference between life or death, either for themselves or their fellow troops.
Few quit, despite the inherent risks that come with finding and getting rid of unexploded munitions — whether on the battlefield or on a U.S. base, according to former bomb technicians.
The four were killed around 11 a.m. during a routine sweep to make a range safer for future training exercises at Camp Pendleton in San Diego County, said a Marine official who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly. There was no live firing on the range at the time.
I have the utmost respect for EOD personnel, anybody with the skills and courage to go out and either render safe or destroy a device meant to indiscriminately kill or injure people has more guts than I have.
I called in a bomb threat on a C-5 one time when doing my pre-flight. I was in the troop compartment in the back and when I lifted the negative pressure hatch to inspect the empennage I saw two cardboard boxes toward the very rear of the airplane. After checking the maintenance forms and finding no write ups of anyone working back there I called it in. EOD responded and after securing and evacuating the area they sent someone to investigate. Come to find out the boxes contained parts that had been changed but had not been removed from the airplane.