US Marine Corps and Thai Military Commence Humanitarian Mine Action Explosive Ordnance Disposal Training
US Marine Corps and Thai Military Commence Humanitarian Mine Action Explosive Ordnance Disposal Training

US Marine Corps and Thai Military Commence Humanitarian Mine Action Explosive Ordnance Disposal Training

U.S. Marines from 3rd Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company, 9th Engineer Support Battalion, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, commenced Humanitarian Mine Action Levels 1 and 2 Explosive Ordnance Disposal training with Royal Thai Military Thailand Mine Action Center counterparts, in Ratchaburi, Kingdom of Thailand, November 14, 2022. HMA is an ongoing program between the U.S. and Kingdom of Thailand to provide training in order to build partner capacity in safe disposal of existing landmines and explosive remnants of war. The courses combine classroom instruction covering basic to intermediate EOD techniques, detailed ordnance classes, and disposal techniques, along with several range days for practical application of the skills learned.

General Supathat Narindarabhakdi, director general of the Thailand Mine Action Center, also expressed his excitement for the latest evolution of HMA training. “I feel honored to be the person to open EOD level 1 and 2 training. Here we are at engineering school, it’s a place that provides knowledge especially in the subject of mine warfare. I hope that everyone will receive knowledge from the Thai and US instructors and use all this knowledge to make them more proficient in their work,” said Narindarabhakdi.

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U.S. Marine Corps Humanitarian Mine Action (HMA) Thailand Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) instructors with 3rd EOD Company, 9th Engineer Support Battalion, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, and Thailand Mine Action Center (TMAC) students, track stopwatches until detonation during an EOD level 1-2 course at Jarumanee training area, Ratchaburi, Thailand, November 22, 2022.
U.S. Marine Corps Humanitarian Mine Action (HMA) Thailand Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) instructors with 3rd EOD Company, 9th Engineer Support Battalion, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, and Thailand Mine Action Center (TMAC) students, track stopwatches until detonation during an EOD level 1-2 course at Jarumanee training area, Ratchaburi, Thailand, November 22, 2022. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Moises Rodriguez)

“This level 1 and 2 is going to be challenging, but I’m confident that this is going to be the best one we’ve had so far. the months of preparation that went into this iteration of training will pay dividends as the Royal Thailand Mine Action Center instructors take a larger role. We are transitioning now. Marine Forces Pacific EOD is taking a smaller role and the TMAC Demining Training Center instructors are playing a bigger role – taking control of the classes, schedule, and training,” said U.S. Marine Gunnery Sgt. Jeramie Pawloski, HMA Thailand Team Leader with 3rd EOD Co., 9th ESB.

Ultimately, during the course of the training the team from 3rd EOD Company will train 28 students, directly contributing to Thailand’s ability to conduct HMA and eliminate the threat of landmines and unexploded ordinance. The U.S.-Kingdom of Thailand HMA program has been active since 2013, and is key to advancing shared security interests and commitments in the Indo-Pacific, simultaneously strengthening U.S. Marines relationships with their Royal Thai Armed Forces partners, and working together to eliminate mines, unexploded ordnance, and explosive remnants of war.

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