HomeNewsArticle Display

EOD 134 Memorial Workout

A U.S. Air Force Airman participates in the EOD 134 Memorial Workout at Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates, Nov. 30, 2018. 380th Air Expeditionary Wing Airmen, along with coalition partners, participated in the workout to honor the 134 EOD technicians from the U.S. Air Force, Army, Navy and Marine Corps that have been killed since Sept. 11, 2001. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Mya M. Crosby)

An Airman participates in the EOD 134 Memorial Workout at Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates, Nov. 30, 2018. 380th Air Expeditionary Wing Airmen, along with coalition partners, participated in the workout to honor the 134 EOD technicians from the U.S. Air Force, Army, Navy and Marine Corps that have been killed since Sept. 11, 2001. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Mya M. Crosby)

A U.S. Air Force Airman assigned to the 380th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal flight speaks during the EOD 134 Memorial Workout at Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates, Nov. 30, 2018. 380th Air Expeditionary Wing Airmen, along with coalition partners, participated in the workout to honor the 134 EOD technicians from the U.S. Air Force, Army, Navy and Marine Corps that have been killed since Sept. 11, 2001. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Mya M. Crosby)

An Airman assigned to the 380th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal flight speaks during the EOD 134 Memorial Workout at Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates, Nov. 30, 2018. 380th Air Expeditionary Wing Airmen, along with coalition partners, participated in the workout to honor the 134 EOD technicians from the U.S. Air Force, Army, Navy and Marine Corps that have been killed since Sept. 11, 2001. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Mya M. Crosby)

A U.S. Air Force Airman executes chest-to-bar pull-ups during the EOD 134 Memorial Workout at Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates, Nov. 30, 2018. 380th Air Expeditionary Wing Airmen, along with coalition partners, participated in the workout to honor the 134 EOD technicians from the U.S. Air Force, Army, Navy and Marine Corps that have been killed since Sept. 11, 2001. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Mya M. Crosby)

An Airman executes chest-to-bar pull-ups during the EOD 134 Memorial Workout at Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates, Nov. 30, 2018. 380th Air Expeditionary Wing Airmen, along with coalition partners, participated in the workout to honor the 134 EOD technicians from the U.S. Air Force, Army, Navy and Marine Corps that have been killed since Sept. 11, 2001. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Mya M. Crosby)

The 380th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal flight hosted the EOD 134 Memorial Workout at Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates, Nov. 30, 2018. 380th Air Expeditionary Wing Airmen, along with coalition partners, participated in the annual workout to honor the 134 EOD technicians from the U.S. Air Force, Army, Navy and Marine Corps that have been killed since Sept. 11, 2001. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Mya M. Crosby)

The 380th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal flight hosted the EOD 134 Memorial Workout at Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates, Nov. 30, 2018. 380th Air Expeditionary Wing Airmen, along with coalition partners, participated in the annual workout to honor the 134 EOD technicians from the U.S. Air Force, Army, Navy and Marine Corps that have been killed since Sept. 11, 2001. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Mya M. Crosby)

AL DHAFRA AIR BASE, United Arab Emirates (AFNS) -- Airmen assigned to the 380th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal flight hosted the EOD 134 Memorial Workout, Nov. 30.

380th Air Expeditionary Wing Airmen, along with coalition partners, participated in the annual workout to honor the 134 EOD technicians from the U.S. Air Force, Army, Navy and Marine Corps that have been killed since Sept. 11, 2001.

An EOD technician’s role is to detect, disarm and dispose of improvised explosive devices – a task that is magnified in a downrange location. Being an EOD technician in the U.S. Air Forces Central Command area of responsibility means that there are many additional dangers to face while fulfilling the duty to serve the nation – dangers that can result in life-altering injuries or death.

“It is truly an honor to be able to serve alongside so many great men and women, and to be able to call myself an EOD technician in the United States Air Force,” said Senior Airman Zachary Pennington, 380th ECES EOD technician. “I feel so lucky to be able to come into work and do what I love. The work that EOD techs do around the world every day is extremely important.”

On top of the high demands of physicality and courageousness, the EOD career field is rightfully acknowledged as one of the most dangerous careers in the U.S. Armed Forces.

The participants executed a weight-based CrossFit styled workout including burpees, chest-to-bar pullups, and pendlay barbell rows, to name just a few of the exercises. The modern mix of calisthenics and weightlifting brought the service members together to honor the deceased EOD technicians while keeping fit to fight.

“A loved one – a friend – somebody that I grew up with, died in Kandahar, Afghanistan, back in 2013, so it is very important for me to honor fallen U.S service members,” said Staff Sgt. Karl Santos, 380th Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron Individual Protective Equipment supervisor and EOD 134 participant. “Fitness is one of the many ways for us to show that we haven't forgotten about them and that we never will. I like to think that no matter how much pain I'm experiencing throughout any kind of workout, that pain isn't even comparable to what the families of our fallen service members experienced.”

Through the EOD 134 Memorial Workout, the men and women of Al Dhafra Air Base ensure that the lives of those before them are never forgotten.

“In the EOD career field, we say, ‘We Remember,’ said Pennington. “This simple phrase, ‘We Remember,’ serves as a promise to always remember the fallen and the sacrifices they made. We are indebted to these brave men and women, and holding an event such as this every year in honor of them is the least we can do.”

Engage

Facebook Twitter
.@HAFB #Airmen and the F-35 are a lethal combo during exercise Red Flag. For more about the exercise:… https://t.co/nc7F82hPI8
A B-2 Spirit bomber, deployed from @Whiteman_AFB, is staged on the flightline @JointBasePHH, Jan. 30, 2019. (… https://t.co/SVPJe2AfGH
#USAF, @USMC & @USArmy air & ground force elements train together, strengthen skills in the field and sky. #Jointhttps://t.co/Arm1IXIaDy
#DYK: @DMAFB is one of seven #AirForce bases w/forward area refueling point capabilities, and there are only 63 qua… https://t.co/UI2SzoYdjA
RT @AirMobilityCmd: Anyone out there watch Super Bowl LIII? Well, @USNorthernCmd and NORAD fighter aircraft kept the airspace safe during t…
#AirForce formalizes policy on retention of non-deployable Airmen. https://t.co/O8yfj5acRt https://t.co/7t5ynNMgo2
It's a 2-way street! Find out how our #ProfessionalDevelopment Teams are a benefit to both mentor and mentee.… https://t.co/nxmtpZWnis
.@30thSpaceWing civilians use #innovation, reutilization, and team dynamics to save #USAF $1 billion.… https://t.co/TpFKYvaxay
.@374AirliftWing #Airmen are leading the way, learning how the M50 gas mask works w/other #USAF large-frame aircraf… https://t.co/n3cuh1OQnd
“Being self-aware and keeping my mental composure through very intense situations was key.” - Senior #Airman Jeffre… https://t.co/DM22RiBKNN
Citing health, safety concerns, @SecAFOfficial and @GenDaveGoldfein order commanders to conduct ‘100% review’ of al… https://t.co/DzvwOAQDvH
The 6 finalists of @SecAFOfficial’s #SparkTank initiative will showcase their ideas to #USAF senior leaders at… https://t.co/s9PUuNa3BN
The U.S. considers freedom to operate in #space a vital national interest, one that is fundamental to prosperity &… https://t.co/qcgciOUiTe
WARNING: This will leave you wanting more! https://t.co/8oLhRQXyiE
RT @cspan: Today on C-SPAN: 10am – Former Treasury Secretary Jack Lew @atlanticcouncil 12:15pm – U.S. Withdrawal from #Afghanistan @cftni
#DYK ice can make an aircraft heavier and freeze the flight controls? Maintenance #Airmen ensure frozen contaminati… https://t.co/cymhD8VQI2
Let's start this #B2uesday off right and ready! @Whiteman_AFB https://t.co/u4zY77HJWx
Find out how integrated #combat turns, or ICTs, are making a major impact on combat operations! @DMAFB https://t.co/EBezmHLrgq