Welcome to the 71st Ordnance Group, Explosive Ordnance Disposal

On order, the 71st Ordnance Group (EOD) deploys and conducts operations in support of the Combatant Commanders or other government agencies to counter CBRNE and WMD threats.

8412 Skyraider Lane, BLDG 9091
Fort Carson, CO 80913
719-526-2528

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Unit 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

Honors

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)