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The National Explosive
The National Explosive Ordnance Disposal Association is the fraternal organization of active, retired and former United States Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force personnel who have graduated from the Naval School Explosive Ordnance Disposal, formerly at Indian Head, Maryland, and now at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida.
The NATEODA promotes lifelong friendships among these unique individuals, preserves the EOD history since its beginning in 1941, and remembers and celebrates those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.
The red bomb in the center of the NATEODA badge emblem honors the original British EOD technicians and the U.S. Army’s first distinctive insignia for bomb disposal personnel in 1942.
A unique contribution of the Association to the lives of EOD men and women is our assistance with service physical disability boards and corrections petitions. We also help obtain military and Department of Veterans Affairs medical benefits and compensation for the many injuries suffered performing the hazardous EOD mission. We have restored and increased VA disability compensation for many members of the EOD family. For more information visit our Military/VA Benefits page.
We invite all current and former EOD technicians and their families to Join Us. Foreign EOD technicians, and friends and supporters may join us with an associate membership.
Our annual convention reconnects everyone with friends you have not seen for a year, or many years. Visit our Convention page for more information.
The Association was established on August 10, 1988 and is a tax-exempt Maryland organization under Section 501 (c) (3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code.
Jim entered the Army in July 1957 and retired in April 1, 1978. Most of his military career was in Explosive Ordnance Disposal after he finished the course at Indian Head, Maryland in 1962.
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WOODY L. EASTWOOD
Woody served in the U.S. Army from 1960 to 1983 and retired as a master sergeant.
He has been a member of NATEODA since 2001, and served as the writer, editor and publisher of the RSP (the Association’s former newsletter) for several years. He hosted the 2006 NATEODA Convention in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
He completed the EOD school at Indian Head, Maryland in Oct., 1968. His first EOD assignment was the 62nd Ord Det (EOD) at Ogden, Utah. He served 15 years in seven EOD units.
After retirement from the Army in 1983, Woody worked for the Hertz car rental corporation. He was an over-the-road truck driver and worked as equipment manager for an earth moving construction company.
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2022 – 2024
Active duty in the United States Army for 23 years, 15 years in Explosive Ordnance Disposal. Retired from active duty as a Major in July 1992.
Production and Maintenance management in the auto industry for 20 years, last 17 years with Ford Motor Company. The last position held was the Night Shift Crew chief.
Retired on 1 January 2013 to babysit my grandchildren.
Received a master's in business administration from Babson College fully funded by the Army while I was on active duty.
Took courses in both Managerial and Financial Accounting.
Familiar with Excel spreadsheets.
Routinely use online banking apps.
I am 73 years old and in good health.
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EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
IRVIN BANTA III
- The National EOD Association is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation and supports the work of organizations providing support, benefits, and encouragement to injured EOD service members.
- Donations also support the Association’s advocacy for military and Veterans Administration disability compensation and health care benefits.
- Members and supporters may also support the Association by donations and bequests. The Association does not provide compensation for services to any member.
- All donations are welcome. Donors may use the donation link below or contact us for information.