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2012 EOD Memorial Ceremony Honors Fallen Warriors

Honoring our fallen warriors is a tradition observed across the military. On May 5, multiple service chiefs were on hand for the 43rd annual Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Memorial Ceremony to help commemorate fallen EOD technicians, and recognize the sacrifices of their families, in a solemn ceremony at the Kauffman EOD Training Complex on Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., where the names of 18 fallen EOD warriors were added to the memorial’s wall. This year the names of five Army, five Marine Corps, three Navy, and five Air Force EOD technicians who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving our nation, were added to the EOD Memorial wall. The additions this year bring the total names on the wall to 287 EOD technicians who have died in the line of duty since 1942; 110 of them since September 11, 2001. Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert, who presented a flag flown over the EOD Memorial to each of the families of Navy EOD technicians whose names went up on the wall at the ceremony, said,  “Their legacy is simple, it is sacrifice –they gave the ultimate sacrifice for their country. It is also a lesson that freedom isn’t free. We will never forget the service and sacrifice of these warriors and their families. They are all in our thoughts and prayers.”

Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert presents a flag to the family of a fallen explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) technician and offers his deepest gratitude for their sacrifice at the EOD 43rd Annual Memorial Service at the Kauffman EOD Training Complex.
Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert presents a flag to the family of a fallen explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) technician. The names of eighteen Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines were added to the EOD Memorial at Eglin Air Force Base, bringing the total to 287 names of service members who have sacrificed all in the name of honor to country and service.
Lt. Cmdr. Rudy Schoen, right, and Command Master Chief Stacey McClain face the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Memorial wall and prepare to unveil the addition of three shipmates' names during the EOD 43rd Annual Memorial Service at the Kauffman EOD Training Complex.
A platoon of Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) students stand at parade rest during the EOD 43rd Annual Memorial Service at the Kauffman EOD Training Complex to honor fallen EOD technicians.
Taps is played at the conclusion of the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) 43rd Annual Memorial Service at the Kauffman EOD Training Complex honoring the lives and legacy of fallen EOD technicians.

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