by Airman 1st Class Ramon A. Adelan
9th Reconnaissance Wing Public Affairs
8/4/2015 - BEALE AIR FORCE BASE, California -- When
you hear the words 'Sentry Eagle,' your first thought might be F-15
Eagles, F-16 Falcons, or F-18 Hornets. You would think of these fighter
airframes, but would explosive ordnance disposal cross your mind? It
Members of the 9th Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal
Flight received hands on training and provided safety support for Sentry
Eagle 15 at Kingsley Field National Guard Base, Oregon, July 30 to Aug.
Sentry Eagle is an air-to-air combat training exercise hosted by the
173rd Fighter Wing. The exercise allows pilots from the 173rd FW to
train against different aircraft, to practice aerial refueling and
More than 500 troops and approximately 50 aircraft from the Air Force,
Air National Guard, Navy, Marines, and the Canadian air force
participated in Sentry Eagle.
EOD spent four days at Kingsley Field; their schedule consisted of two
days of training, a day on site for emergency response during Sentry
Eagle and a day to dispose of ordnance on location.
"Part of our mission is to deal with any aircraft hazards that may occur
during a routine flight or aircraft incident," said Master Sgt. Mark
Brady, 9th CES EOD Flight non-commissioned officer in charge. "With that
we have to be familiar with all the explosive hazards you may find on
an airplane, such as the ejection seat and the weapon systems."
The EOD technicians received hands on familiarization training from the
173rd Fighter Wing on the F-15. The training included, the proper way to
shut down an airframe, to remove the ejection seat and any ordnance on
"What we provide is protection to personnel and property from explosives
ordnances," said Tech. Sgt. Richard Hesse, 9th CES EOD Flight team
leader. "We are the closest responding unit and this gives us the
opportunity to get the necessary training while providing the base here
with a team who can respond on site if an incident occurred during the
EOD provided on-site emergency support, which reduced response time from more than five hours to mere minutes.
"Every explosive ordnance task we approach is purely 100 percent
situational," Hesse said. "After identifying and knowing exactly how it
works, I'm able to know if my team is a safe distance away and go
through the procedures in my head of what tools I need and how I will
approach the ordnance. The training here gave us the familiarization we
need for any situation with these aircraft."
Beale's EOD was able to send a six-man team to train and support Sentry
Eagle and for some of these technicians it was their first time at the
"I was able to learn a lot and experience a different environment than
what we have at Beale," said Senior Airman Westin Shular, 9th EOD Flight
technician. "This isn't my first time working with fighter airframes,
but it is a good opportunity to get hands on training and work with
The 173rd FW and Beale's EOD has a support agreement, in which EOD
trains quarterly at Kingsley Field for aircraft familiarization, egress,
munitions load training and conducting ordnance operations.
"Whenever we do anything with the potential for a mishap, whether we
fire a weapon or have an exercise like Sentry Eagle, I always reach out
to Beale's EOD," said Senior Master Sgt. Daniel Shew, 173rd FW weapons
safety manager. "The trainers here are dedicated and know that it's very
important that EOD receives the best training in case of a mishap.
Their support is invaluable and we thank them for being here."