VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (NNS) -- Explosive Ordnance Disposal Operational Support Unit (EODOSU) 10 and Navy Reserve EOD Group (NREODGRU) 2 held a disestablishment ceremony at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story, Aug. 10 as the East Coast Reserve EOD force takes on a new mission supporting counter-improvised explosive device (C-IED) operations.
The enlisted Reserve EOD force, comprised of 88 billets, will shift primarily to Naval Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division Reserve Unit, where the main focus is developing new counter-IED strategies and tactics from the battlefield and gathering actionable intelligence from the devices.
Sailors who lose their billet due to the disestablishment will be able to apply for a new billet through the Career management System-Interactive Detailing (CMS-ID) system. Personnel not immediately assigned to a billet will be assigned to an In Assignment Processing (IAP) status for an extended period at a local Navy Operational Support Center (NOSC). These Sailors will be given every opportunity to find a new billet or convert to an undermanned rating.
EODOSU 10, located at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story in Virginia Beach, Va., began its service as EOD Mobile Unit (EODMU) 10 in 1986. EODOSU 10 provided Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group (EODGRU) 2 operations with deployable reserve support for explosive ordnance disposal, ordnance clearance and area search platoons, and augmentees. As an East Coast-based Navy EOD mobile unit, the command provided operational EOD capability for the location, identification, rendering safe, recovery, field evaluation and disposal of all explosive ordnance, including chemical and nuclear weapons.
Since 2001, EODOSU 10 has conducted 27 deployments consisting of platoons and Individual Augmentees, totaling 105 Reservists and 4,962 days boots-on-ground supporting Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.
"I believe our EOD Reservists hold true to every aspect of what it means to be part of the unique, close-knit EOD and Diving Community," said Lt. Cmdr. Patrick Smith, commanding officer, EODOSU10. "They have every bit of the EOD Ethos found in their active duty counterparts."
The disestablishment of EODOSU 10 and NREODGRU 2 will be effective Oct. 1
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