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
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
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.”