EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. — Soldiers from various units participated in a joint chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosives assessment and selection event conducted by the 21st and the 28th Ordnance Companies at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida from Nov. 4 to 6. 

The purpose of the event was to identify the most qualified explosive ordnance disposal technicians for future assignment in these companies. During the 72-hour event, the candidates completed an Army physical fitness test, an extended foot march, personal and team evaluations and an interview board. The company leadership selected individuals for assignment to the companies based on their overall performance.

The majority of the candidates were U.S. Army lieutenants completing training at the Naval School Explosive Ordnance Disposal, which is the school for EOD technicians for all branches of services. Upon graduation, the selected lieutenants will be assigned to the 21st OD Co. or 28th OD Co.

A total of 25 candidates competed in this selective event. Because all assignments to these companies are competitive, the companies conduct assessment and selections four to five times a year. EOD Soldiers interested in joining these selective units should contact the 20th CBRNE Command Operations for more information at usarmy.apg.20-cbrne.mbx.g35-plans@mail.mil.

The 21st Ordnance Company, a subordinate unit from the 71st Ordnance Group, 20th CBRNE Command, is stationed at Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico, and its mission is to provide specialized EOD support as the Department of Defense component of Department of Energy’s Joint Technical Operations Team to defeat or mitigate the effects of weapons of mass destruction directed against the United States of America or national interests on continental or outside continental U.S.

The 28th Ordnance Company (Airborne), a subordinate unit from the 52nd Ordnance Group, 20th CBRNE Command, is stationed at Fort Bragg and its mission is to provide support to unified land operations by means of ground assault, parachute insertion, fast-rope and special patrol insertion/extraction in order to identify, render safe, and exploit all explosive hazards to include chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear in direct support of conventional and special operations forces in all environments.