Mission:

On order, the 71st Ordnance Group (EOD) deploys and conducts operations in support of the Combatant Commanders or other government agencies to counter chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosives and weapons of mass destruction threats.

Leadership

  • Col. David K. Green, Group Commander Col. David K. Green, Group Commander

    Biography

    Col. David K. Green enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1985 and served in the 3rd Infantry Division in West Germany and was later commissioned through the Reserve Officer Training Corps at the University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky.

    He holds master's degrees in education from Kansas State University and Strategic Studies from the Air War College. His military education includes Infantry Officer Basic Course, Combined Logistics Officer Advanced Course, Combined Arms and Services Staff School, Naval School Explosive Ordnance Disposal, Advanced EOD Management and Technology Course, Advanced Access and Disablement EOD Course, Joint Nuclear EOD Course, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and the Air War College.

    His principle staff assignments have been deputy J3 and XVIII Airborne Corps LNO, Combined Joint Task Force Troy, Baghdad, Iraq; executive officer, 184th Ordnance Battalion (EOD) and JTF Paladin-East, Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan; deputy commanding officer, 52nd Ordnance Group (EOD), Fort Campbell, Kentucky; G3 chief of plans, 20th CBRNE Command, Edgewood Arsenal, Maryland. His key command and leadership assignments have been rifle platoon leader, 1st Platoon, Bravo Company, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, Fort Campbell, Kentucky; commander, 716th Ordnance Company (EOD), Fort Richardson, Alaska; commander, 184th Ordnance Battalion (EOD) and JTF Paladin-East, Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan; commander, 79th Ordnance Battalion (EOD), Fort Hood, Texas; and director, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command Capabilities Manager - Explosive Ordnance Disposal (TCM EOD), Fort Lee, Virginia.

    Green's decorations and awards include the Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with five oak leaf clusters, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal (second award), Afghanistan Campaign Medal with service star, Iraq Campaign Medal with two service stars, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korea Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (fourth award), NATO Service Medal, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Master EOD Badge, Air Assault Badge and Parachutist Badge.

  • Battalion Command Sergeant Major Strickland Command Sergeant Major Johnny J. Strickland

    Biography

    Command Sergeant Major Johnny J. Strickland enlisted into the U.S. Army in July 1993 and attended Basic Combat Training at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. He attended Advanced Individual Training at Fort Bliss, Texas becoming an Avenger Crewmember. In April 1999, he reclassified into Explosive Ordnance Disposal.

    CSM Strickland’s assignments include: Regimental Headquarters & Headquarters Troop, 3rd Armored Calvary Regiment, Fort Bliss, Texas; Air Defense Artillery Battery, 3rd Armored Calvary Regiment, Fort Carson, Colorado; 2nd Battalion, 44th Air Defense Artillery Battery, Fort Campbell, Kentucky; 774th Ordnance Company (EOD), Fort Riley, Kansas; 52nd Ordnance Group (EOD), Fort Gillem, Georgia; 63rd Ordnance Battalion (EOD), Fort Drum, New York; 731st Ordnance Company (EOD), Fort Stewart, Georgia; Explosive Ordnance Disposal Control Team, Eighth United States Army, Yongsan, Korea; and his last assignment as the Command Sergeant Major for the 303rd Ordnance Battalion (EOD), Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.

    CSM Strickland’s military & civilian education includes: Battle Staff and First Sergeant Course, Air Assault Course, Master Resiliency Trainer Course, Sexual Harassment and Response Prevention (SHARP) course, and United States Army Sergeants’ Major Academy Non-Resident Course, Class 41. CSM Strickland holds an Associate’s Degree from Barton County Community College and is completing his Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Management through Franklin University.

    CSM Strickland’s awards and decorations include: Bronze Star Medal (3OLC), Meritorious Service Medal (3OLC), Army Commendation Medal (3OLC), Army Achievement Medal (6OLC), Meritorious Unit Commendation, Afghanistan and Iraq Campaign Medals, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Korea Defense Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Combat Action Badge, Master Explosive Ordnance Badge, and Air Assault Badge.

History

The 71st Ordnance Group (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) “Raptors” is one of two explosive ordnance disposal groups in the United States Army. On order, the group deploys and conducts operations in support of the combative commanders or other government agencies to counter chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosives (CBRNE) and weapon of mass destruction threats.

The 71st OD GP (EOD) was activated and redesignated as an EOD group at Fort Carson Oct. 16, 2005, at which time the Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment was swiftly positioned to deploy in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom as the Combined Joint Task Force Troy; earning the organization two Joint Meritorious Unit Awards for combating counter improvised explosive devices and proving resoluteness in defeating the enemy’s primary weapon of choice throughout the operation. The 71st Ordnance Group recently returned from deployment to Operation Enduring Freedom serving as Combined Joint Task Force Paladin. Its mission was to train the force, defeat the device, attack the network and enable justice. CJTF Paladin managed the U.S. EOD assets and coordinated with multinational EOD assets throughout Afghanistan.

The official lineage of the 71st Ordnance Group (EOD) was firmly planted on the European battlefront of World War II. The Group was constituted in the U.S. Army on July 17, 1944, and formally activated July 23, 1944, in France. The unit saw service in the European theater of operations earning campaign streamers for Normandy, Northern France, the Rhineland, Ardennes-Alsace and Central Europe before its deactivation in June 1946 in Germany. From there, the unit was transferred to the Reserves and underwent several reorganizations and redesignations, ending as the 361st Ordnance Group. In March 1947 the unit activated in the Ready Reserves until April 1954 when it once again inactivated. One year later, the group returned to the regular Army and activated May 13, 1955, in Germany as the 71st Ordnance Group until it inactivated June 1959. The 71st Ordnance Group remained inactive until it was reactivated December 1962 in Korea and inactivated Jan. 1, 1966, in the Republic of Korea.

The 71st Ordnance Group (EOD) is one of two active-duty EOD groups in the U.S. Army and has an additional responsibility to support U.S. Northern Command as a homeland defense asset. With the largest concentration of EOD Soldiers in the Army, the group consists of the headquarters, three subordinate battalions, and a weapons of mass destruction (WMD) company. The group’s subordinate units are positioned strategically across the area of operations to provide timely EOD support.

Lineage

  1. July 17, 1944 - Constituted as Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment (HHD), 71st Ordnance Group
  2. July 23, 1944 - Activated in France
  3. June 30, 1946 - Inactivated in Germany
  4. Feb. 17, 1947 - Redesignated as HHD, 361st Ordnance Group
  5. March 1, 1947 - Activated at Atlanta, Georgia
  6. April 27, 1949 - Reorganized and redesignated as Headquarters and Headquarters Company (HHC), 361st Ordnance Group
  7. April 30, 1954 - Inactivated at Atlanta, Georgia
  8. April 19, 1955 - Redesignated as HHC, 71st Ordnance Group
  9. May 13, 1955 - Activated in Germany
  10. Nov. 20, 1958 - Reorganized and redesignated as HHD, 71st Ordnance Group
  11. June 24, 1959 - Inactivated in Germany
  12. Nov. 17, 1962 - Redesignated as HHC, 71st Ordnance Group
  13. Dec. 15, 1962 - Activated in Korea
  14. Jan. 1, 1966 - Inactivated in Korea
  15. Oct. 16, 2005 - Activated as HHD, 71st Ordnance Group (EOD) at Fort Carson, Colorado

EOD Badge

Basic Badge

EOD Basic Badge

Master Badge

EOD Master Badge

Master Badge

EOD Senior Badge

The wreath is symbolic of the achievements and laurels gained by minimizing accident potentials, through the ingenuity and devotion to duty of its members. It is in memory of the EOD personnel who have given their lives while performing EOD duties.

The bomb was copied from the design of the World War II Bomb Disposal Badge; the bomb represents the historic and major objective of the EOD attack, the unexploded bomb. The three fins represent the major areas of nuclear, conventional, and chemical/biological warfare.

The lightning bolts symbolize the potential destructive power of the bomb and the courage and professionalism of EOD personnel in their endeavors to reduce hazards as well as to render hazards as well as to render explosive ordnance harmless.

The shield represents the EOD mission which is to protect personnel and property in the immediate area from an inadvertent detonation of hazardous ordnance.

Symbolism

71EOD Crest

Red (crimson) and gold (yellow) are the colors traditionally used by Army Ordnance. Red is also the color of the Meritorious Unit Commendation awarded the unit in World War II.

The lightning bolt adapted from the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Badge, recognizes boldness and rapid response.

The fleur-de-lis refers to the unit's history of being activated in France.

The drawn sword symbolizes the group's readiness to engage in battle.

The five stars commemorate the organization's five campaigns from World War II and the following five core missions of the 71st Ordnance: Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and High Yield Explosives (CBRNE).

Units

Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment crest

Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment
Ft. Carson, CO

24 hour response line: 719-524-3173

242d Ordnance Battalion crest

242d Ordnance Battalion EOD
Ft. Carson, CO

24 hour response line: 719-526-2833

3rd Ordnance Battalion EOD crest

3rd Ordnance Battalion EOD
Ft. Lewis, WA

24 hour response line: 253-548-5344

79th Ordnance Battalion crest

79th Ordnance Battalion EOD
Ft. Hood, TX

24 hour response line: 254-288-9767

21st explosive ordnance crest

Kirtland Air Force Base, NM

24 hour response line: 505-853-7263