Fort Riley, Kansas



Fort Riley identifies, safely removes UXO from post housing

By Abriana DelTufo | 1ST INF. DIV. POST | July 11, 2014

Members of Fort Riley’s 84th Explosive Ordnance Disposal Battalion, along with Fort Riley’s Directorate of Emergency Services and Corvias Military Living responded June 20 to an unearthened unexploded ordnance in post housing.

The agencies received notification of the UXO after it was discovered by a construction company in the residential area intersected by Jackson Avenue and Hampton Place on Custer Hill.

Approximately 60 residences were quickly evacuated as a result of the potential hazard.

“We appreciate everyone’s patience while we secured the scene and removed the UXO,” Fort Riley officials said, adding the seamless coordination and communication allowed for a smooth evacuation. “The Fort Riley community’s cooperation allowed our collective team to focus on their task to secure our Soldiers and families.”

The ordnance was safely removed and escorted to a range at Fort Riley where it is currently being analyzed and identified before it can properly be disposed.

“We are still not entirely sure what time period (the UXO is) from, but it seems to be from in between World War I and World War II, possibly from the 1940s,” said Capt. David Robinson, 162nd Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company, 1st Sustainment Brigade., 1st Infantry Division.

It is not uncommon to find UXOs on military installations. The area where this UXO was found was once used for ranges.

Robinson advises anyone who happens to stumble across a UXO to immediately call 911, which will then coordinate with the EOD team on post.

“Do not touch it,” he said. “It’s designed as a weapon, and it’s meant to perform.”

The EOD team consists of experts in explosive hazards involving chemical, biological and nuclear weaponry. They conduct operations to minimize risks and communicate these hazards by using bomb suits, robots or other tools.

“Our EOD consistently trains to keep loved ones safe from any new or emerging threats,” Robinson said.

“The care and concern of the responding team, who worked collaboratively to ensure the safety and security of everyone in the area, is unmatched,” Fort Riley officials said. “They are the ones that make Fort Riley the best place in the Army to come home to.”