EOD Techs Participate In NASA Robotics Bomb Tech Workshop
by U.S. Army Walter Ham, 20th CBRNE Command
August 18, 2022
What do NASA, Explosive Ordnance Disposal
technicians and remote-control cars have in common?
EOD technicians recently participated in the NASA Robotics Bomb Tech
Workshop at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.
Brayden D. Cooper and 1st Lt. Parker S. Peterson represented the
Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri-based 763rd Ordnance Company (EOD) at
the workshop that was hosted by NASA and the Irregular Warfare
Technical Support Directorate.
July 29, 2022 - U.S. Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal technicians
1st Lt. Parker S. Peterson (left) and Spc. Brayden D. Cooper
with the 763rd Ordnance Company during the NASA Robotics
Bomb Tech Workshop (see inset decal above) at the NASA's
Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. EOD technicians and bomb squads from
other services along with high school senior robotics students and NASA employees
also participated in the NASA Robotics Bomb Tech Workshop.
(Image created by USA Patriotism! from U.S. Army photo by 1st Lt. Parker S. Peterson.)
The 763rd EOD Company “Ozark
Bandits” are part of the 242nd EOD Battalion, 71st EOD Group and
20th Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, Explosives (CBRNE)
Command, the U.S. Department of Defense’s premier multifunctional
all hazards formation.
Soldiers and U.S. Army civilians from
20th CBRNE Command deploy from 19 bases in 16 states to tackle the
world’s most dangerous hazards in support of joint, interagency and
The 763rd EOD Company not only supports
military operations around the world but it also responds when
unexploded military munitions are found both on and off post in
Missouri, Iowa and Minnesota.
The NASA workshop brought
together EOD technicians from the different military services as
well as high school senior robotics students and NASA employees.
During the workshop, the participants used remote control cars
to identify explosive hazards.
Remote control cars used by EOD
technicians and bomb squads during the NASA Robotics Bomb
Tech Workshop (see inset decal) at the NASA's Johnson Space
Center in Houston, Texas in July 2022. (Image created by USA
Patriotism! from U.S. Army photo by 1st Lt. Parker S. Peterson.)
“What I appreciated most about the workshop
was the opportunity to learn from individuals of a wide variety of
fields, backgrounds and expertise,” said Peterson, a platoon leader
from the 763rd EOD Company. “I learned not only about robotics but
also about NASA’s capabilities and what it can be like to work on an
Peterson said the workshop increased
his knowledge on the many ways that robots can be used to accomplish
his high stakes mission.
helped me to better understand the considerations involved with
utilizing a robotic platform to take on a real-world challenge,”
said Peterson, a three-year Army veteran from Kirksville, Missouri.
“I came away from the workshop with a better understanding of the
possibilities that robotics pose for Army EOD.”
he assisted with putting together components and learned about
programming the remote-control cars.
“The highlight of the
NASA Robotics Workshop would have to be getting exposure to all the
technology and knowledge that the people who I worked alongside with
brought to the table,” said Cooper. “The knowledge I’ve learned will
be beneficial to the company.”
Cooper was selected by his
company leadership to participate in the NASA Bomb Tech Workshop
because he recently completed one of the U.S. Army’s most demanding
schools – the Air Assault School on Fort Campbell, Kentucky.
A native of Winslow, Indiana, the specialist is used to
accepting and succeeding at tough tasks. That is why he decided to
become an Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal technician.
heard it was a challenging school so I thought it would be very
interesting to test myself on going through the course,” said
Cooper. “I would without a doubt recommend EOD to others. It is a
fascinating and vital job in the military. You also get a lot of
unique experiences that come with this job as well.”
plans to earn his bachelor’s degree and to take on new opportunities
in the U.S. Army.
According to 1st Sgt. James R. Bohanon,
the senior enlisted leader from the 763rd EOD Company, Cooper has
demonstrated a commitment to excellence. The 71st EOD Group
“Raptors” and 242nd EOD Battalion “War Falcons” recently selected
Cooper as the “Raptor of the Week.”
“In a very short time,
he has proven himself by working hard, having a good attitude,
learning from everything he does and graduating from Air Assault
School,” said Bohanon, an 18-year veteran from Belleville, Illinois,
who has deployed to Afghanistan once and Iraq four times.
Bohanon said the NASA Bomb Tech Workshop was a great opportunity for
his EOD techs to hone their lifesaving and mission-enabling skills.
“When you boil it down, EOD techs are problem solvers,” said
Bohanon. “What better way to practice this by integrating a bunch of
folks that don’t know each other into a room with unknown equipment
and challenging them to solve a problem. They are better prepared to
use robotics to solve problems we encounter in performing our daily
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