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

    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.

  • Deputy Commander

    Biography

    Lt. Col. Gregory J. Hirschey was born in Helena, Montana and was commissioned in 1997 from Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, GA. He holds a BS in Nutrition and Dietetics with an emphasis in Biochemistry from Montana State University. His military education includes the Ordnance Officer’s Basic and Advanced Officer Courses, Combined Arms and Services Staff School, Explosive Ordnance Disposal School, Air Assault School, Defense Support to Civil Authorities (DSCA), Command and General Staff College (CGSC), and the Battalion PreCommand Course

    His assignments include Troop Executive Officer, Platoon Leader, and Assistant Squadron Operations Officer, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, Fort Carson, Colorado, Commander, 717th Ordnance Company (EOD), Fort Campbell, KY, G35, USARNORTH, Fort Sam Houston, TX, Operations Officer and Executive Officer, 84th Ordnance Battalion (EOD), and Chief of Operations, Defense Intelligence Agency at Rivanna Station, and Commanded the 84th Ordnance Battalion (EOD), Fort Riley, KS and the 71st OD GP (EOD) while the commander deployed to assume command of an EOD Task Force, TF-ATLAS, in support of OIR. He now serves as the 71st OD GP (EOD) Deputy Commander.

    Hirschey’s deployments include support to Operation Joint Forge, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.

    His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star with oak leaf cluster, Defense Meritorious Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters, Army Commendation Medal with 2 oak leaf clusters, Army Achievement Medal with oak leaf cluster, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal with service star, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Afghan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, Valorous Unit Citation, Meritorious Unit Citation, Combat Action Badge, Explosive Ordnance Disposal Master Badge, and the Air Assault Badge.

  • Battalion 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.

Battalion History

The 71st ordnance group (eod) ("raptors") is one of two explosive ordnance disposal groups of the united states army. on order, the group deploys and conducts operations in support of the combative commanders or other government agencies to counter cbrne and weapon of mass destruction threats.

The 71st Ordnance Group (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) was activated and re-designated as an EOD group at Fort Carson on 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, where the organization earned two Joint Meritorious Unit Awards while being responsible for the Counter Improvised Explosive Device fight and proved its resoluteness in defeating the enemy’s primary weapon of choice in the operation. The 71st Ordnance Group recently returned from deployment to Operation Enduring Freedom serving as Combined Joint Task Force Paladin. Their 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 multi-national EOD assets throughout Afghanistan.

The official lineage of the 71st Ordnance Group (EOD) was firmly planted on the European battlefront of World War II. Originally constituted in the U.S. Army on July 17, 1944, it was formally activated in France on July 23, 1944. The 71st EOD Group 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 Germany in June 1946. From there, the unit was transferred to the Reserves and underwent several reorganizations and re-designations, ending as the 361st Ordnance Group, then activating in the Ready Reserves in March 1947 until it inactivated in April 1954. One year later, the group was returned to the regular Army and activated May 13, 1955 in Germany as the 71st Ordnance Group until it inactivated in June 1959. The 71st Ordnance Group remained inactive until it was reactivated in Korea in December 1962 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 WMD company. The group’s subordinate units are positioned strategically across the area of operations to provide timely EOD support.

Lineage

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

Campaign Participation Credit

  • World War II
  • Normandy
  • Northern France
  • Rhineland
  • Ardennes-Alsace
  • Central Europe
  • Operation Iraqi Freedom
  • Operation Enduring Freedom

Decorations

  1. Meritorious Unit Commendation (Army)
  2. Streamer Embroidered EUROPEAN THEATER
  3. Joint Meritorious Unit Awards (JMUA)

EOD 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

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).

Useful Information

Sponsorship and Housing

Single Soldier Housing Office: 719-526-9709

The Single Soldier Housing Office (SSHO) is located in building 1454 on Nelson Boulevard. The Directorate of Public Works (DPW) Housing Division manages the SSHO. Unit leaders continue to lead Soldiers who live in the barracks. Unit leaders continue to be responsible for good order and discipline. The SSHO augments unit leaders by managing the barracks. Single Soldiers and unit leaders should contact the SSHO with questions associated with the barracks and call the SSHO to submit service requests for room repairs.

Family Readiness Group (FRG)

Community Links

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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

21st Explosive Ordnance Company
Albuquerque, NM

24 hour response line: (505) 853-7263