FORT LEE, Virginia — The U.S. Army Ordnance School, part of the Combined Arms Support Command here will host the 2016 Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team of the Year competition Sept. 12-16 at Fort A.P. Hill.
Six EOD teams from across the Army will rally to compete in this championship event that will test the soldiers’ technical and tactical knowledge as well as their ability to perform important war-fighting munitions handling and disposal functions under challenging conditions.
The Ordnance School is responsible for overseeing the training of more than 28,000 ordnance students annually in 33 enlisted career fields, nine warrant officer specialties and two officer areas of concentration. Training areas include munitions, explosive ordnance disposal, mechanical and electronic maintenance.
Approximately 70 percent of all Ordnance personnel are trained at Fort Lee. The remaining personnel are trained at one of six other locations across the United States. Since 2011, the Ordnance Corps has consisted of approximately 2,700 officers; 3,000 warrant officers; and, 100,000 soldiers serving on active duty, Reserve component or National Guard.
The Ordnance Corps is one of the oldest branches of the Army, officially founded on May 14, 1812.