U.S. Soldiers, Airmen Destroy Explosives in Afghanistan

Department of Defense Photo Essay

  • U.S. soldiers and airmen unload unexploded ordnance from a mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicle on a range a few miles from Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Sept. 30, 2013. Other troops dig a trench for the ordnance, where it will be destroyed by a controlled detonation. The team included members from Combined Joint Task Force Paladin-East's 663rd Ordnance Company, supported by U.S. Air Force security forces airmen. U.S. Army photo by Ed Drohan
  • U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Andrew Olson lays out munitions to destroy in a controlled detonation on a range near Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Sept. 30, 2013. A three-person team, supported by U.S. Air Force security forces airmen, destroyed more than 600 pounds of old, recovered and captured munitions during the operation. Olson is an explosive ordnance disposal team leader with Combined Joint Task Force Paladin-East's 663rd Ordnance Company. DOD photo by Ed Drohan
  • U.S. Army Spc. Zachery Dechant, left, U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Andrew Olson, center, and U.S. Army Spc. Christopher McLaughlin place recoilless rifle and mortar rounds into a trench to prepare for a controlled detonation to safely dispose of old, captured and recovered munitions near Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Sept. 30, 2013. Dechant, Olson and McLaughlin are explosive ordnance disposal technicians with Combined Joint Task Force Paladin-East's 663rd Ordnance Company. DOD photo by Ed Drohan
  • U.S. Army Spcs. Christopher McLaughlin, left, and Zachary Dechant, center, and U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. William Voorhies place munitions on a pile to prepare for a controlled detonation operation on a range near Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Sept. 30, 2013. Voorhies will attend disposal training at the end of his deployment. McLaughlin and Dechant are explosive ordnance disposal technicians with Combined Joint Task Force Paladin-East's 663rd Ordnance Company. DOD photo by Ed Drohan
  • U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Andrew Olson lays out some of the munitions to destroy in a controlled detonation on a range near Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Sept. 30, 2013, as an OH-58 Kiowa helicopter circles nearby. Olson is an explosive ordnance disposal team leader with Combined Joint Task Force Paladin-East's 663rd Ordnance Company. DOD photo by Ed Drohan
  • U.S. Army Spc. Christopher McLaughlin prepares C4 demolition charges with a detonation cord on a range near Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Sept. 30, 2013, to prepare for a controlled detonation operation. McLaughlin is an explosive ordnance disposal technician with Combined Joint Task Force Paladin-East's 663rd Ordnance Company. DOD photo by Ed Drohan
  • U.S. Army Spc. Zachary Dechant places a detonation cord on a range near Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Sept. 30, 2013, to prepare for a controlled detonation operation. Dechant is an explosive ordnance disposal technician with Combined Joint Task Force Paladin-East's 663rd Ordnance Company. DOD photo by Ed Drohan
  • A fireball erupts as more than 600 pounds of explosives detonate on a range near Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Sept. 30, 2013.  DOD photo by Ed Drohan
  • A mushroom clouds rises after more than 600 pounds of explosives detonate on a range near Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Sept. 30, 2013.  A three-person U.S. Army explosive ordnance disposal team destroyed old, recovered and captured munitions during the operation. The team, assigned to Combined Joint Task Force Paladin-East's 663rd Ordnance Company, was supported by U.S. Air Force security forces airmen.  DOD photo by Ed Drohan
  • U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Andrew Olson searches the ground around the detonation point for any munitions that weren't destroyed during a controlled detonation operation near Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Sept. 30, 2013. Olson is an explosive ordnance disposal technician. DOD photo by Ed Drohan
  • U.S. Army Spc. Zachary Dechant keeps Afghan civilians away from the detonation area on a range near Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Sept. 30, 2013, until U.S. forces sweep for any unexploded ordnance after a controlled detonation. DOD photo by Ed Drohan
  • Afghan civilians scour the ground for scrap metal from destroyed munitions shortly after a controlled detonation destroyed more than 600 pounds of old, recovered and captured munitions on a range near Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Sept. 30, 2013. DOD photo by Ed Drohan