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Marine Corps SSgt. Charles Valentine of the 1st. EOD Company from Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, crawls through a bus window during a to reach a hostage during a training exercise Thursday.

Marine Corps SSgt. Charles Valentine of the 1st. EOD Company from Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, crawls through a bus window during a to reach a hostage during a training exercise Thursday. (Photo: Ronald W. Erdrich/Reporter-News)

 

Civilians and military mixed it up last week at Dyess Air Force Base, but in the best way possible.

 

About 40 U.S. Army, Air Force, Marine Corps and officers from Abilene, Austin and Midland police department bomb squads trained Thursday and Friday in a variety of explosive ordinance disposal scenarios.

 

 

Some involved a situation where a hostage had been left to hold a device on a bus. EOD personnel had to crawl inside through the windows because the doorways were rigged with devices, in this case, sirens.

George Ewing of the Austin Police Department works on a simulated bomb on Dyess Air Force Base.

George Ewing of the Austin Police Department works on a simulated bomb on Dyess Air Force Base. (Photo: Ronald W. Erdrich/Reporter-News)

 

SSgt. Alex Geml, 7th CES Explosive Ordinance Disposal flight at Dyess Air Force Base diffuses a simulated explosive device inside a car Thursday.

SSgt. Alex Geml, 7th CES Explosive Ordinance Disposal flight at Dyess Air Force Base diffuses a simulated explosive device inside a car Thursday. (Photo: Ronald W. Erdrich/Reporter-News)

 

Others learned to drive the base's bomb disposal robot, taking it up stairs, picking up object  and finding objects using only the onboard cameras.

 

By Ronald W. Erdrich

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