American and Czech bomb disposal teams in joint training exercise

Autor: Nuala Casey, Oldrich Holecek

Three Czech explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) teams and one three-member American EOD team brushed up on their skills during a week-long training exercise in Bechyne.

The training of the Czech EOD teams; the 151st Engineer Battalion from Bechyne, the 153rd Engineer Battalion from Olomouc, the 601st Special Forces Group from Prostejov, and soldiers from the Texas and Nebraska National Guard was comprised of 32 bomb disposal scenarios.

153rd Engineer Battalion

"The scenarios were based on joint experiences gained from Afghanistan deployments, but also focused on issues that they might face in everyday life," said Lieutenant Colonel Zdenek Hejpetr from the Technical and Information Support Centre of the 15th Engineer Regiment at Bechyne.

The bomb experts made use of various materials and equipment on hand; for example, the EOD-9 protection suits, equipment for remote manipulation, metal detectors, remote explosive instruments, and X-ray devices for monitoring suspicious objects.

Assisting military personnel in unmanned monitoring and remote manipulation tasks was the versatile TALON robot, designed for missions ranging from reconnaissance to combat, which Czech units, as part of US Foreign Military Financing programme, received free of charge along with other EOD material.

The joint American/Czech EOD training was initiated by the Defense Cooperation Office of the US Embassy in Prague which follows a similarly successful training exercise in Bechyne in 2012.

September 11, 2015