RALEIGH, N.C. (NNS) -- Explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) techincians from Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 2 participated in robotics demonstrations and training events during Raleigh Navy Week, Oct. 14-21, throughout the Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill N.C. region.
Navy EOD technicians Chief Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician David Dimier and Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician 2nd Class Vincent Class of EODMU 2 participated in several groundbreaking community relations events between the U.S. Navy, Duke University, North Carolina State University, North Carolina A&T, and the Raleigh regional bomb squad.
"We came here to Raleigh to improve Navy and civilian awareness of the challenging and exciting career opportunities within the Special Warfare Community," said Dimier who directed the demonstrations throughout the Navy Week.
The Navy EOD technicians met with more than 150 engineering students and faculty from three universities during the week, giving live demonstrations of the "Packbot" and "Talon" robotic bomb disposal platforms. Students who attended the events commented that the event gave them a new perspective on engineering allowing them to see beyond the math and technology involved in design and see robotics from a user's perspective.
"I particularly liked when they talked about design limitations and how, if engineers would talk to end users, how the robots could be improved with their input... as it is part of the design cycle of engineering we teach and reinforced this valuable lesson," said Daniel Kohn, an instructor of electronics, computer and information technology at North Carolina A&T.
In addition to the robotics demonstrations at surrounding universities the EOD techs also participated in a joint training session with the Raleigh bomb squad and local FBI bomb technicians. The meeting allowed the Raleigh bomb technicians to hear firsthand how the Navy EOD teams approach bomb demolition in theater and allowed the Navy EOD technicians to see how civilian bomb squads train.
"The interaction between all the attendees was great and exceeded my expectations." said Police Sgt. David Linthicum. "I feel an event like this has tremendous potential to grow and become a statewide training event [between the police and Navy EOD]."
Raleigh Navy Week is one of 26 Navy weeks planned across America in 2007. Navy weeks are designed to show Americans the investment they have made in their Navy and increase awareness in cities that do not have a significant Navy presence.
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