DVIDS – News – US Army Airborne EOD Technicians Participate in International Parachute Competition


EXTER, RI – U.S. Army Airborne Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technicians recently competed in the world’s largest and longest running international static line parachute competition.

A team from the U.S. Army’s 192nd Ordnance Battalion (EOD) battled other U.S. and international airborne troops at Leapfest 2022, held in Exter, Rhode Island, and hosted by the Guard’s 56th Troop Command Rhode Island National.

The team included 1st Sgt. Rob Crull and Staff Sgt. Robert T. Paul Jr. of the 722nd EOD Company, Master Sgt. Charlie Cacavas of the 28th EOD (Airborne) Company and Sgt. Shane C. Krieski of the 767th EOD Company.

The Fort Bragg, North Carolina-based EOD team placed 14 out of 55 teams in the competition. Crull placed 31 out of 260 skydivers in the individual competition.

Teams jumped from CH-47 Chinook helicopters at 1,500 feet and aimed MC-6 parachutes at an “X” on the ground.

Once the teams landed the clock started until they hit the “X” and the team with the lowest time won.

The competition required each jumper to complete two jumps to qualify for an individual award and teams had to jump eight times for the team award. Only one competitive jump was made due to weather, Crull said.

EOD units of the 192nd EOD Battalion based at Fort Bragg, North Carolina support the 82nd Airborne Division on Immediate Response Force missions around the world.

When assigned to the Immediate Response Force rotational mission, Airborne EOD soldiers must remain ready to deploy within 18 hours.

The 192nd EOD Battalion is part of the 52nd EOD Group and the 20th Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosives (CBRNE) Command, the U.S. Department of Defense’s first all-hazards deployable command.

U.S. soldiers and U.S. Army civilians deploy from 19 bases in 16 states to confront the world’s most dangerous dangers in support of joint, interagency, and allied operations.

During Leapfest, teams from the US Army, US Navy and US Air Force competed against teams from Australia, Germany, Italy, South Africa and the UK . Active Duty and National Guard teams from the United States participated in the competition.

A seasoned EOD chief who has deployed 13 times and served in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Jordan, Crull said the competition gave EOD technicians a chance to gain experience and discuss operations with other conventional airborne troops and special forces.

“Leapfest allowed jumpers from the 192nd EOD Battalion to get extra jumps to develop their skills and prepare for jumpmaster classes,” Crull said.

Date taken: 29.08.2022
Date posted: 29.08.2022 15:31
Story ID: 428263
Location: OUTSIDE, RI, US

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