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‘13 years in the making,’ Hawaii ANG receives EOD mission

June 4, 2022
Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. John Linzmeier

Leadership from the Hawaii Air National Guard and 154th Wing join original members of the 154th Civil Engineer Squadron’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal Flight during an EOD Standup Ceremony May 31, 2022, at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii. The EOD flight was previously designated as the 647th EOD flight from 1992 to 2022 and transitioned into a Hawaii Air National Guard asset under the 154th Wing. The facility is named in honor of Senior Airman William N. Newman, who was the second, Hickam-based EOD Airman who was killed in action.

The Air National Guard’s newest Explosive Ordnance Disposal flight was activated at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam on May 31, as the unit transitioned from the Air Force’s Active-Duty branch.

This changeover was observed by Hawaii Air National Guard leaders and EOD professionals from around the nation during the 154th Civil Engineer Squadron EOD Flight standup ceremony, held in tribute of the unit’s history and onward trajectory.

Explosive Ordnance Disposal specialists are known for providing life-saving capabilities in deployed environments by neutralizing explosive hazards, such as improvised explosive devices. But as a primary duty at JBPH-H, they offer a wider range of proficiencies in servicing and troubleshooting live-aircraft munitions.

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