HAMPTON, Va. (WVEC) -- Langley Air Force Base will host bomb squads for training exercises on August 7 to 11.
The bomb squad, Operation Llama Fury 3.0, will hone the skills of explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) experts from eight east coast Air Force bases.
EODs are trained to detect, disarm, detonate and dispose of explosive threats all over the world.
Llama Fury 3.0's schedule while in Hampton includes training in four distinct scenarios, culminating in an event nicknamed, "The Crucible." This requires skills in advanced equipment and procedures, from operating an EOD robot and X-ray equipment, to vehicle search and weapons check techniques.
"The Crucible and all of the training events are challenging, that's why safety is built into everything we do. If a tactic or procedure isn't safe, then it's not a good tactic," said .S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Taylor Saum, Llama Fury 3.0 exercise coordinator.
"This event gives our community a chance to examine what we do as individuals and as teams. All of the teams are staying in our Langley Deployment Training Area, so we’ll be eating, sleeping and relaxing together. A lot of learning will occur in the evening during conversations around the barbeque grill or picnic tables.”
EODs are assigned to some of the most dangerous missions, they preform tactically harrowing and technically demanding tasks in diverse environments worldwide.