FORT A.P. HILL, Va. – Five U.S. Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal teams from posts Army-wide are competing in the first-ever EOD Team of the Year competition here. Four of the EOD teams come from active-Army units; the fifth is from the Florida Army National Guard.
The Team of the Year competition will test each three-Soldier team’s ability to perform EOD tasks in 14 separate incidents. The incidents include: responding to a report of an Improvised Explosive Device, an artillery round stuck in the barrel of a cannon, a downed aircraft scenario and more.
The competition began on Monday Aug. 11 with a physical fitness test, followed by weapons qualification on the M4 Carbine and M9 pistol. The EOD incidents run Tuesday Aug. 12 through Thursday Aug. 14.
The completion concludes on Friday Aug. 15 with an awards ceremony at 3 p.m.
The Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Team of Year Competition is a mission critical event that brings together the pinnacle of the Army’s EOD community to train, evaluate and assess the most effective tactics, techniques and procedures employed by the operational field against a spectrum of EOD problems. The Team of Year Competition is a competition between five Army EOD teams selected by their respective commands to compete against one another to identify the best EOD team in the Army at the McHahon Explosive Ordnance Dispoal Training Center, Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia. FORSCOM (3 teams), USARPAC (1 team), and the Army National Guard (1 team) has provided their best EOD team(s) to compete. U.S. Army Garrison Fort A.P. Hill, McMahon Explosive Ordnance Disposal Training Center is hosting the competition.
- Lt. Col. David A. Meyer took command of U.S. Army Garrison Fort A.P. Hill during a Change of Command and Change of Responsibility Ceremony on June 27. Here Meyer (left) accepts the garrison colors from Mr. Davis D. Tindoll, Jr., director Installation Management Command Atlantic Region, signifying his assumption of command. Photo Credit: George Markfelder JFHQNCR MDW
FORT A.P. HILL Va. — Lt. Col. David A. Meyer assumed command of Fort A.P. Hill during a brief ceremony at Beaverdam Field here June 27.
Meyer comes to Fort A.P. Hill from Indiana University of Pennsylvania where he was the Professor of Military Science at the university’s Army ROTC detachment. He succeeds Lt. Col. Peter E. Dargle who served as garrison commander for the last two years.
During the same ceremony Command Sgt. Maj. Weiquan A. Ho was designated the command sergeant major for the garrison. Ho succeeds Command Sgt. Maj. Keith R. Whitcomb who, like Dargle, served at A.P. Hill for two years.
Ho’s most recent assignment was as the sergeant major for A Company, 1st Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) Operation Enduring Freedom-Philippines Task Force North Sergeant Major.
Dargle’s next assignment is as the Executive Officer of the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kan.
Whitcomb’s next assignment is at Fort Leavenworth, Kan.
Lt. Col. Peter E. Dargle, Commander, U.S. Army Garrison Fort A.P. Hill, addresses a group of military and government service personnel during the Post Memorial Day Ceremony Thursday, May 22, 2014.
Memorial Day has its roots soon after the end of the Civil War when we used the occasion to decorate the graves of our fallen Soldiers. Since WW I, the practice was extended to include and honor all those who have fallen in our nation’s battles. Memorial Day is the day we pay our respect to those who, in Abraham Lincoln’s words, gave their last full measure of devotion in the defense of our Nation. The Warriors we honor never sought war for its own sake, but did not flinch when their nation called them to action. Through their sacrifice, we enjoy the many blessings of liberty we have today.
To the men and women of our military that have given their last full measure of devotion we are forever grateful.
While we remember our fallen comrades this weekend, we also want to ensure we take care of our team who selflessly serve others today. Before we conduct this long weekend, I want to thank all of you for your tremendous service and proven dedication to Fort AP Hill’s mission. This weekend provides a great chance for many of you to spend quality time with Friends and Family. This weekend also marks the start of the summer season and with it, the Army’s Summer Safety Campaign. These critical days are a time of increased outdoor activity and an increase in hazards. A little planning and careful execution will go a long way to ensuring anything you do will be done in the best manner possible. I ask you to apply composite risk management (CRM) as a life skill. Make sure you manage risks 24/7 with good and informed decisions. Motor vehicle accidents remain the number one killer of our Soldiers, Civilians, and Family members. Use the Travel Risk Planning System (TRiPs) at https://safety.army.mil , a proven tool to help identify and mitigate the risks of traveling.
Take care of each other and have a safe and great Memorial Day Weekend. Thank you again for your selfless service to our great Nation. Enjoy this holiday, but remember to always play it safe.
“Bring Hill Up!!!”
Peter E. Dargle
USAG Fort A.P. Hill Commander