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Marine Explosive Ordnance Disposal Staff Sgt. Sky R. Mote killed in Afghanistan

Sacbee  August 16, 2012

For Russ Mote and his family, the grief comes in waves as they remember the son and brother who was killed a week ago while serving with the U.S. Marine Corps in Afghanistan.

The comfort comes as they remember Staff Sgt. Sky R. Mote’s characteristic smile and his conviction that the work he and his team were doing in an Afghan village in Helmand province was making a difference.

They were further comforted Thursday by the outpouring of support from El Dorado County residents and others who waved flags from Highway 50 overpasses and lined streets in El Dorado Hills as a motorcade bearing the young Marine’s body passed en route from McClellan Air Park to Green Valley Mortuary.

Sky Mote, 27, and two other members of the 1st Marine Special Operations Battalion from Camp Pendleton – Capt. Matthew P. Manoukian, 29, of Los Altos Hills and Gunnery Sgt. Ryan Jeschke, 31, of Herndon, Va. – were killed Aug. 10.

Initial reports were that the three were shot by an Afghan police officer after sharing a meal with the man. Russ Mote said he is waiting to hear the story from members of his son’s unit.

“Sky always had a smile on his face. … I’ve only seen three pictures where he wasn’t smiling,” Mote said, and those were official Corps photos in which the Marine was supposed to look somber.

Sky Mote joined the Marines nine years ago, after graduating from Union Mine High School in his hometown of El Dorado.

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August 17, 2012 Posted by | Afghanistan, Bomb Disposal, Explosive Ordnance Disposal | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Tribute to Troops, SEALS, EOD Killed August 6, 2012

Casualty List

Photos of the Fallen

Click on each name to read their story

Aaron Carson Vaughn SO1 SEAL

and here

John W Brown USAF Tech Sgt Pararescue Medic

Robert James Reeves Chief Petty Officer SOC SEAL

Lt. Commander Jonas Benton Kelsall SEAL

and here

Jon Tumilson OS2 SEAL

Kraig Vickers Navy EOD

and here and here

Kevin Houston SO1 SEAL

and here

Chris Campbell OS2Christopher Campbell SEAL

Spencer Duncan Army Specialist 4 Door Gunner Bravo Company

Patrick Hamburger Army Sgt Nebraska National Guard

and here

Michael Strange Petty Officer First Class Cryptologist CT

and here

Tommy Ratzlaff SO1 SEAL

Matt Mills Chief Petty Officer Stephan Mathew Mills SOC SEAL

and here and here

Jason Workman SO1 Petty Officer First Class SEAL

Nick Spehar SO2 Nicholas Spehar SEAL

Matt Mason Mathew Mason SEAL

and here

Derek Benson Darrik Benson SEAL

Brian Robert Bill SOC SEAL

and here here

Alexander Bennett Army Specialist Flight Mechanic

Bryan Nichols Chief Warrant Officer 2 Pilot

Dan Zerbe Daniel Zerbe Airman E-5 Staff Sergeant Pararescue Medic

and here and here

Lou Langlais Master Chief Petty Officer SEAL

John Douangdara Master at Arms Petty Officer 1st Class Lead Dog Handler

Dave Carter Chinook Pilot Army National Guard

and here and here

Army Aviator, Co Pilot, Colorado Guardsman, Name not yet announced

Jesse Pittman SEAL

Heath Robinson

Nick Null Navy EOD

and here and here

Unnamed Navy SEAL from West Virginia

Jared William Day Information Systems Technician First Class DEVGRU

Statement by Family of Jared William Day

John Weston Faas Chief Petty Officer

Statement by Family of John Weston Faas

Andy Harvell Staff Sgt Combat Controller

Bart US Navy SEAL Working Dog


And finally on August 11

Pentagon releases identities of Troops Killed in Afghanistan Chinook Crash

August 6, 2012 Posted by | Afghanistan | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Afghanistan death soldiers Andrew Roberts and Ratu Silibaravi repatriated

BBC News  May 10, 2012

The soldiers were members of a bomb disposal search team

Cpl Andrew Roberts and Pte Ratu Silibaravi died in a mortar rocket attack in Helmand province.

The soldiers, both 32, were from the Royal Logistic Corps, attached to 1st Battalion The Royal Welsh Battlegroup.

The cortege from RAF Brize Norton will pass the Memorial Garden near Carterton before travelling to the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford.

Both soldiers were deployed to Afghanistan on 11 March as part of an advanced search team in the operations squadron of the Explosive Ordnance Disposal and Search Task Forces.

They were members of 23 Pioneer Regiment, based in Bicester, Oxfordshire.

Their team was involved in search operations to clear irrigation ditches and enhance the security of operating bases, as well as providing support to patrolling troops.

May 10, 2012 Posted by | Afghanistan, Explosive Ordnance Disposal | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Navy Bomb School Told to Remove Unofficial Motto

Melissa Nelson Associated Press  February 15, 2012

The school where bomb technicians from all branches of the U.S. military learn their craft has been ordered to remove the unofficial motto “Initial Success or Total Failure” from its classroom walls.

Rear Adm. Michael Tillotson told school leaders this month that the motto could be viewed as disrespectful to the hundreds of Explosive Ordnance Disposal technicians who have died in the line of duty.

“The motto itself holds potential insensitivities and implies that our fallen and wounded EOD Warriors have somehow failed,” Tillotson, who is based in Norfolk, Va., said in a memo to the Florida school.

“Throughout history many EOD techs from the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, other U.S. government and civilian agencies, as well as foreign partners have lost their lives or been wounded in the line of duty. To imply that they failed is insensitive and disrespectful. We owe our fallen warriors and their families honor and dignity for their heroic service,” the admiral said in a prepared statement.

Officials said the admiral is especially concerned about the hundreds of family members who visit the school each spring for a memorial to military bomb technicians who have died in the line of duty the previous year

The school will add the names of at least 17 of its graduates to its memorial wall when it holds its annual ceremony this May, said Ed Barker, a spokesman for the Naval Education and Training Command that over sees the EOD school at Eglin Air Force Base. The elite school trains EOD techs for the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines and is among the toughest schools in the military.

The admiral’s mandate was not popular with some current and former EOD members. A Facebook page has been dedicated to keeping the motto. They wrote on the Facebook page that the motto reminds them of the life or death consequences of their jobs.

“The motto is not about the individual, it is about the mission, and when you are dealing with an explosive device you generally get one shot to render it safe,” Will Pratt, a former Army EOD technician, wrote in an email to the Northwest Florida Daily News newspaper of Fort Walton Beach.

Barker said many of those killed in Iraq and Afghanistan were killed by remotely detonated devices, and there is nothing they could have done to prevent the bomb from exploding in the seconds before someone triggered it.

He said the admiral is sensitive to this and doesn’t want anyone to imply that these EOD technicians failed in their mission.

“That’s something they had no control over,” he said

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February 14, 2012 Posted by | Explosive Ordnance Disposal, Improvised Explosive Devices | , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments