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NATEODA Newsletter June 2022

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3rd Edition of the NATEODA newsletter

8 June 2022

This project is the sole effort of Woody Eastwood, and it is not to be assumed that the Association will continue this in the future.

National Officers

James E Duncan – Commander
Woody Eastwood -Vice Commander
Lew Weinberg – Treasurer
Stu Steinberg – Adjutant
Bobby Steagall – Webmaster
Ted Carlson – Webmaster
John C Scott – Director
Chet Heidl Director

Irvin Banta III, National EOD Association Chaplain

Bob Leiendecker, National EOD Association Historian

SGM Mike Vining, US Army retired, our “go to” for anything NATEODA

Vietnam Veterans Chapter
Michael Tavano – Commander Vietnam Veterans Chapter
Dave Tipton – Director/Quartermaster
Adjutant -Vietnam Vets Chapter
Stu Steinberg – Coordinator of
Veterans Benefits


Register for the Convention in St. Louis 13 – 17 September 2022

Join us in St. Louis

NATEODA Elections are coming up

We need candidates for all board member positions.

Send your resumes to [email protected]

Resumes should include the personal data of the candidate, including a statement of your qualifications and reasons for seeking that office. Include a current Photo with with your resume.

Voting will commence on or about 13 August 2022.

It is hard to believe that another month has passed us so quickly, but here we are!

I hope that you all had a safe fun-filled Memorial Day and that you devoted appropriate homage to those we have lost.

People gathered to honor those brave men and women who have given the ultimate sacrifice in defense of the United States of America.

Flag Etiquette for Memorial Day

Flags are raised to half-staff in the mornings. At noon, it’s raised to the full height of the pole. If you fly a flag from the porch of your house and can’t lower it, simply attach a black mourning streamer to the top for when it is supposed to be lowered.

Every Memorial Day at 3 p.m. local time is the Moment of Remembrance, a full minute of silence for the fallen.

Early on 6 June, Allied airborne forces parachuted into drop zones across northern France. Ground troops then landed across Five Assault Beaches, Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword. By the end of the day, the Allies had established a foothold along the coast and could begin their advance into France.


The 54th EOD Memorial

Rear Admiral Joseph Di Guardo Jr.

Guest speaker at the 54th EOD Memorial Ceremony

7 May 2022

Rear Adm. Joseph A. Di Guardo Jr. commenced Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) training in February 1995. He also holds a Master of Science in National Security Strategy from the National War College.

EOD Warrior Foundation Video of the memorial (Facebook link)

The following members of NATEODA was present at the EOD Memorial and Ball

James E Duncan, NATEODA Commander

Glen Duncan, NATEODA Member and Brother to the Commander

Bob Leiendecker and Wife, NATEODA Historian

Michael Tavano and Wife, Commander Vietnam Veterans Chapter of NATEODA

Bob Urian and Wife, NATEODA Member and Owner of Wireless Signal Solutions and sponsor of the table at the EOD Ball

National EOD Association Commander’s Visit to the EOD Memorial

There were approximately 1000 tickets sold by the EOD Warrior Foundation to the Memorial events.

We cannot thank the EOD Warrior Foundation and staff enough for their efforts and hard work in putting these events into play.

The incredibly dedicated staff, who are mostly EOD related (two EOD wives, an EOD daughter and a retired Navy EOD Chief) really work hard to support our community and we are tremendously proud of them.

Click here to visit the EOD Warrior Foundation website



The 14th of June is the 247th Birthday of the US Army

The U.S. Army Birthday Ball

The Army Birthday Ball is a unique event held to celebrate the creation of the U.S. Army. This event is celebrated around the world at military bases, community centers, civilian hotels, or other establishments. The Army Birthday Ball is even held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, home of the most notorious military detainees in American history.

The Army Birthday Ball is a black-tie formal event with military members wearing the full-service dress (“Dress Blues” or “Mess Dress” for military attendees). There are many traditions associated with the Army Ball; these usually have to do with paying respect to those who sacrificed life and limb to serve, but also to the newest members of the service and the future of the Army in general.

Formal events like this are steeped in tradition; many look back to World War II when it comes time to plan ceremonies and recognition of those who have gone before. The Army Birthday Ball is an event held on the local level, but in conjunction with a larger worldwide group of events.

June 14th is also Flag day

Fly your flag/s high and with pride, I do!

June EOD history

The Construction of the Army Bomb Disposal School at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland was Completed in June 1942.

The 8th Army had established a Bomb Disposal School in Japan as early as June 1946 The genesis and location of the 8th Army Bomb Disposal School are not known, but according to available records, it was intended to instruct US Army personnel.

The Master EOD Badge was Authorized in June 1969. At the same time, the EOD Specialist Badge was renamed the Basic EOD Badge and the EOD Supervisor Badge was renamed the Senior EOD Badge.

In June 2009, the 52nd Ordnance Group (EOD) moved to Fort Campbell, Kentucky.

Also check out American Explosive Ordnance Disposal History on our website.

If you have forgotten what we did in EOD School here is a cute reminder!

YouTube Video of EOD School in a Nutshell

American EOD History

(Thank you Mike Vining and Bob Leiendecker for contributing this)

Another Notable June event was the start of the Korean War

After five years of simmering tensions on the Korean peninsula, the Korean War began on June 25, 1950, when the Northern Korean People’s Army invaded South Korea in a coordinated general attack at several strategic points along the 38th parallel, the line dividing communist North Korea from the non-communist Republic of Korea in the south.

Membership Drive

June is the National Explosive Ordnance Disposal Association Membership Drive Month

We request that you contact your EOD friends who are not members and encourage them to join us. Be sure and include those Law Enforcement Officers who are involved with EOD, they are eligible to be associate members of the Association.

Here is a link to our digital recruiting brochure

NATEODA Recruiting Brochure

NATEODA YouTube Recruiting Video

The United States Navy Special Operators | Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technicians 2022 Conduct Training

Aboard the USS Harry S Truman, January 24, 2022

YouTube Video


An Interesting Article from the The War Zone
Massive Drone Swarm Over Taiwan Strait Decisive In Taiwan Conflict Wargames
Air Force and independent think tank simulations show giant drone swarms are key to defeating China’s invasion of Taiwan
By Joseph Trevithick 19 May 2022

Click here to see the Article


Quote of the Month

“These Marines left their home–all these great Americans left their home–signed up during a time of war and said, ‘I wanna do that.’ And we owe them so much gratitude. I am so, so proud. And they understand that in our profession there can be no second place. There can be no losing. Because the weight of our nation rests on their shoulders.” – Sergeant Major Bradley Kasal

…………That’s a wrap for this month…………..