EOD Airmen raise money to donate

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  • By Senior Airman Andrea F. Liechti
  • 115th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

Dark clouds, a chance of rain and cool temperatures didn't deter people from attending the 2nd Annual Explosive Ordnance Disposal Warrior 3-Gun Shoot at the Deerfield Rod and Gun Club in Deerfield on July 27.


More than 70 people participated in the shotgun, pistol and/or rifle shooting events, raising approximately $10,000 throughout the day. The money raised was donated to the EOD Warrior Foundation. According to eodwarriorfoundation.org, EODWF provides financial assistance and support to active-duty and veteran wounded, injured or ill EOD warriors, families of wounded and fallen EOD warriors, and maintains the EOD Memorial.


"All of the EOD Airmen from the 115th EOD were responsible for planning the event," said Senior Master Sgt. Edward Smith, superintendent of the 115th Fighter Wing EOD. "It was very much a team effort."


Numerous volunteers and sponsors made it possible for those who weren't interested in the shooting portions of the event to donate to the cause through raffles, ticket drawings and food purchases.


In addition to the fundraising activities, EOD Airmen set aside space to display several items they work with on a regular basis. They had improvised explosive devices, EOD tools, personal protective gear, and a bomb suit for guests to try on. The display gave the Airmen a chance to educate attendees on their career field and the missions of the 115FW EOD.


"All of their work means they stayed out of trouble for one more weekend," said Col. Kevin Philpot, 115th Civil Engineer Squadron commander. "I'm very proud of my EOD guys."