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Army May 23, 2013
WO2 Andrew Hetherington
A TEAM of highly skilled Australian
sailors, soldiers and airmen in Uruzgan
province is combining one of the most
dangerous jobs in Afghanistan with
training the Afghan National Security
More than a dozen specialists from
1 EOD Tp work from Multinational
Base Tarin Kot on tasks across Uruzgan
They are constantly on call to travel
to where an IED or item of ordnance
needs to be safely disarmed, removed
OC 1 EOD Tp Navy Leut Robert
Woodall said the unit’s main role was to
undertake explosive ordnance disposal in
Combined Team Uruzgan’s battle space.
“We do this through conventional
munitions and IED disposal and facili-
tating mobility and survivability for
Australian and coalition forces by clear-
ing travel routes,” Leut Woodall said.
“We also provide a training, valida-
tion and development role for the Afghan
National Security Forces’ (ANSF) EOD
Spr Kain Jennings and Cpl Glen
Addicoat are both deployed with
1 EOD Tp.
Spr Jennings is a combat engineer
and on this deployment is a Bushmaster
vehicle crew commander.
“In this job I get the EOD team to the
sites where they need to go outside the
Tarin Kot base,” he said.
“On a mission, I man the gun and I
direct the driver where to go, ensuring
we move in coordination with the other
vehicles in the convoy.
“On the base, when we are not out-
side working I help maintain the EOD
technicians’ equipment, such as the pro-
tective bomb suits and robots.”
Cpl Addicoat is an Explosive
Ordnance Reconnaissance (EOR)
Technician and has deployed to
Afghanistan before as an EOD searcher.
“I was here over 2009-10 with
Mentoring Reconstruction Task Force
2 and it was a hectic deployment,” Cpl
“This time I am working in a differ-
ent role as an EOR.
“In this job I assist the EOD techni-
cians by preparing their robots and other
equipment for missions.”
As part of 1 EOD Tp, Spr Jennings
and Cpl Addicoat have helped train
ANSF EOD personnel.
“Since my last deployment here I’ve
noticed an improvement in the level of
their professionalism,” Cpl Addicoat
“This is partly due to our training
and it’s been good to come back here
and see they’ve picked up what we’ve
taught them and they’ve shown us new
“It feels good to see the progress
One of the ANSF EOD specialists
who was trained by 1 EOD Tp is Sgt
“We have learned a lot of new tech-
niques from the Australians,” he said.
“When I approach an IED I think to
myself this is the best and safest way I
can help my people by defusing it.”
Sgt Muhibullah is grateful for the
assistance 1 EOD Tp has provided him
and his men.
“The Australians leave their beauti-
ful country and come to Afghanistan,”
“I am very glad they have come here
to train and help us.”
EOD techs keep Uruzgan routes safe
Fire in the hole: Personnel from 1 EOD Tp prepare to detonate ordnance (pictured inset) on the Multi-
national Base Tarin Kot weapons range.
Photos by WO2 Andrew Hetherington
Remote control: Afghan Sgt Muhibullah demonstrates the capabilities of his
EOD robot to combat engineer Spr Kain Jennings.
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