Seventy-five soldiers with the 501st Explosive Ordnance Disposal Detachment Battalion, headquartered in Schenectady, left from the Stratton Air National Guard Base this morning for 21 days of training at Fort McClellan, Ala.
During their training, the unit will practice techniques to identify and disarm improvised explosive devices (IEDs), as well as train in weapons use, convoy tactics and staff planning skills.
The 501st is a unique National Guard unit responsible for three different types of companies:
* The 1108th Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company is small unit whose members are specially trained to deal with mines, unexploded bombs and other types of demolitions, keeping supply lines clear by eliminating IEDs and other types of explosive weapons.
* The 1427th Medium Truck Company hauls supplies, bringing food, fuel and ammunition to the Army’s forward operating bases.
* The 206 Military Police Company is trained in law enforcement tasks, route and area security operations, and detainee operations.
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