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

  • Battalion Commander Davis Group Commander

    Biography

    Col. Frank G. Davis II is a native of Augusta, Georgia. He was commissioned a second lieutenant in the field artillery through the Reserve Officer Training Course (ROTC) program upon graduation from the University of West Georgia in 1991. His previous include: fire support officer, 3rd Battalion, 41st Artillery Regiment, 24th Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Georgia; direct support maintenance platoon leader, 924th Aviation Support Battalion, Hunter Army Airfield, Georgia; shop officer, 924th Aviation Support Battalion, Hunter Army,; commander, 741st Ordnance Company (EOD), Fort Bliss, Texas; S4, 63rd Ordnance Battalion (EOD), Fort Dix, New Jersey; ordnance team chief, 2/348th Combat Support/ Combat Service Support Battalion (AC/RC), Fort Buchanan, Puerto Rico; maintenance chief, Third Army, Camp Arifjan, Kuwait; Deputy Ammunition Chief, Third Army, Camp Arifjan, Kuwait; maintenance chief, Third Army, Fort McPherson, Georgia; deputy S-3, 52nd Ordnance Group (EOD), Fort Gillem, Georgia; executive officer, 184th Ordnance Battalion (EOD)/ JTF Troy-North, Camp Speicher, Iraq; U.S. Army Central Command EOD Staff Officer, Fort McPherson, Georgia; commander, 3rd Ordnance Battalion (EOD), Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington; commander, Joint Task Force Paladin-South, Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan; deputy commander, 71st Ordnance Group Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD), Fort Carson, Colorado; and deputy assistant director, Operations Support Directorate, Domestic Nuclear Detection Office, Department of Homeland Security, Washington D.C.

    His military education includes completion of the Field Artillery Officers’ Basic Course; the Combined Logistics Officer Advanced Course; Combined Arms & Services School; honor graduate of the U.S. Navy School Explosive Ordnance Disposal; U.S. Army Command and General Staff College; and the U.S. Naval War College. He holds a Masters of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College, a Masters of Sciences in Human Resources Management from Central Michigan University and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of West Georgia.

    His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (three Oak Leaf Clusters), the Meritorious Service Medal (one Silver Oak Leaf Cluster), the Army Commendation Medal (three Oak Leaf Cluster), the Army Achievement Medal (four Oak Leaf Cluster), Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Army Superior Unit Award, Meritorious Unit Citation (two Oak Leaf Cluster), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, NATO medal, Slovakian Commemorative Medal of the Ministry of Defense, the Master Explosive Ordnance Disposal Badge, and the Parachutist Badge.

  • Battalion Command Sergeant Major Strickland Group Command Sergeant Major

    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