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166th Airlift Wing explosive ordnance disposal technician Staff Sgt. Dominic Buckmuse, left, and team leader Staff Sgt. Seth Kohn work to identify an exercise munition at the New Castle Air National Guard Base April 7. A team of three Airmen worked in tandem to practice decontaminating, sealing and transporting potentially hazardous materials. In addition to supporting active duty overseas missions, the 166th EOD Flight supports several local counties. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Capt. Logan Clark)

166th Airlift Wing explosive ordnance disposal technician Staff Sgt. Dominic Buckmuse, left, and team leader Staff Sgt. Seth Kohn work to identify an exercise munition at the New Castle Air National Guard Base April 7. A team of three Airmen worked in tandem to practice decontaminating, sealing and transporting potentially hazardous materials. In addition to supporting active duty overseas missions, the 166th EOD Flight supports several local counties. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Capt. Logan Clark)

166th Airlift Wing explosive ordnance disposal team leader Staff Sgt. Seth Kohn, left, and technician Staff Sgt. Dominic Buckmuse, right, seal a suspected "leaking" exercise munition at the New Castle Air National Guard Base April 7. A team of three Airmen worked in tandem to practice decontaminating, sealing and transporting potentially hazardous materials. In addition to supporting active duty overseas missions, the 166th EOD Flight supports several local counties. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Capt. Logan Clark)

166th Airlift Wing explosive ordnance disposal team leader Staff Sgt. Seth Kohn, left, and technician Staff Sgt. Dominic Buckmuse, right, seal a suspected "leaking" exercise munition at the New Castle Air National Guard Base April 7. A team of three Airmen worked in tandem to practice decontaminating, sealing and transporting potentially hazardous materials. In addition to supporting active duty overseas missions, the 166th EOD Flight supports several local counties. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Capt. Logan Clark)

166th Airlift Wing explosive ordnance disposal technician Staff Sgt. Dominic Buckmuse keeps close hold of a decontaminated and sealed exercise munition at the New Castle Air National Guard Base April 7. A team of three Airmen worked in tandem to practice decontaminating, sealing and transporting potentially hazardous materials. These practice munitions are not harmful. In addition to supporting active duty overseas missions, the 166th EOD Flight supports several local counties. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Capt. Logan Clark)

166th Airlift Wing explosive ordnance disposal technician Staff Sgt. Dominic Buckmuse keeps close hold of a decontaminated and sealed exercise munition at the New Castle Air National Guard Base April 7. A team of three Airmen worked in tandem to practice decontaminating, sealing and transporting potentially hazardous materials. These practice munitions are not harmful. In addition to supporting active duty overseas missions, the 166th EOD Flight supports several local counties. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Capt. Logan Clark)

166th Airlift Wing emergency management Airmen use charcoal pads to "decontaminate" explosive ordnance technicians Staff Sgt. Dominic Buckmuse, center left, and Staff Sgt. Seth Kohn, center right, at the New Castle Air National Guard Base April 7. A team of three Airmen worked in tandem to practice decontaminating, sealing and transporting potentially hazardous materials. These practice munitions are not harmful, but Airmen still treat the situation as a realistic training environment. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Capt. Logan Clark)

166th Airlift Wing emergency management Airmen use charcoal pads to "decontaminate" explosive ordnance technicians Staff Sgt. Dominic Buckmuse, center left, and Staff Sgt. Seth Kohn, center right, at the New Castle Air National Guard Base April 7. A team of three Airmen worked in tandem to practice decontaminating, sealing and transporting potentially hazardous materials. These practice munitions are not harmful, but Airmen still treat the situation as a realistic training environment. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Capt. Logan Clark)

166th Airlift Wing explosive ordnance technician Staff Sgt. Dominic Buckmuse, right, tosses aside chemical sealing tape as he and Staff Sgt. Seth Kohn begin to remove their "contaminated" chemical gear at the New Castle Air National Guard Base, April 7, 2019. Emergency management Airmen helped a team of three EOD Airmen "decontaminate" their clothing after an exercise to practice decontaminating, sealing and transporting potentially hazardous materials. These practice munitions are not harmful, but Airmen still treat the situation as a realistic training environment. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Capt. Logan Clark)

166th Airlift Wing explosive ordnance technician Staff Sgt. Dominic Buckmuse, right, tosses aside chemical sealing tape as he and Staff Sgt. Seth Kohn begin to remove their "contaminated" chemical gear at the New Castle Air National Guard Base, April 7, 2019. Emergency management Airmen helped a team of three EOD Airmen "decontaminate" their clothing after an exercise to practice decontaminating, sealing and transporting potentially hazardous materials. These practice munitions are not harmful, but Airmen still treat the situation as a realistic training environment. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Capt. Logan Clark)

166th Airlift Wing explosive ordnance team leader Staff Sgt. Seth Kohn, left, helps remove the overboot for Staff Sgt. Dominic Buckmuse, right, at the New Castle Air National Guard Base April 7. EOD Airmen work in pairs to decontaminate clothing, as it reduces the chances of contaminating surfaces not exposed to a chemical or biological agent. These practice munitions are not harmful, but Airmen still treat the situation as a realistic training environment. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Capt. Logan Clark)

166th Airlift Wing explosive ordnance team leader Staff Sgt. Seth Kohn, left, helps remove the overboot for Staff Sgt. Dominic Buckmuse, right, at the New Castle Air National Guard Base April 7. EOD Airmen work in pairs to decontaminate clothing, as it reduces the chances of contaminating surfaces not exposed to a chemical or biological agent. These practice munitions are not harmful, but Airmen still treat the situation as a realistic training environment. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Capt. Logan Clark)

166th Airlift Wing explosive ordnance technician Staff Sgt. Dominic Buckmuse, left, helps remove the protective overcoat of team leader Staff Sgt. Seth Kohn, right, while practicing decontamination procedures at the New Castle Air National Guard Base April 7. EOD Airmen work in pairs to decontaminate clothing, as it reduces the chances of contaminating surfaces not exposed to a chemical or biological agent. These practice munitions are not harmful, but Airmen still treat the situation as a realistic training environment. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Capt. Logan Clark)

166th Airlift Wing explosive ordnance team leader Staff Sgt. Seth Kohn, left, helps remove the overboot for Staff Sgt. Dominic Buckmuse, right, at the New Castle Air National Guard Base April 7. EOD Airmen work in pairs to decontaminate clothing, as it reduces the chances of contaminating surfaces not exposed to a chemical or biological agent. These practice munitions are not harmful, but Airmen still treat the situation as a realistic training environment. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Capt. Logan Clark)

166th Airlift Wing explosive ordnance team leader Staff Sgt. Seth Kohn, left, helps remove the protective pants of technician Staff Sgt. Dominic Buckmuse, right, while practicing decontamination procedures at the New Castle Air National Guard Base April 7. EOD Airmen work in pairs to decontaminate clothing, as it reduces the chances of contaminating surfaces not exposed to a chemical or biological agent. These practice munitions are not harmful, but Airmen still treat the situation as a realistic training environment. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Capt. Logan Clark)

166th Airlift Wing explosive ordnance team leader Staff Sgt. Seth Kohn, left, helps remove the protective pants of technician Staff Sgt. Dominic Buckmuse, right, while practicing decontamination procedures at the New Castle Air National Guard Base April 7. EOD Airmen work in pairs to decontaminate clothing, as it reduces the chances of contaminating surfaces not exposed to a chemical or biological agent. These practice munitions are not harmful, but Airmen still treat the situation as a realistic training environment. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Capt. Logan Clark)

NEW CASTLE AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Del. --

Airmen with the explosive ordnance disposal flight at the 166th Airlift Wing teamed up with the base’s emergency management Airmen to conduct a joint exercise operation here April 7.

Three Airmen with the EOD flight conducted a two-part exercise: identifying, decontaminating and sealing a dummy munition, overseen and graded by EOD; and a decontamination protocol, overseen by emergency management Airmen.

Why the two-pronged effort? The exercise munition was also a “chemical” threat, requiring isolation and decontamination, also giving emergency management a chance to flex their “decon” muscles.

The EOD mission had several requirements, including creating a space to decontaminate both Airmen as well as the munition and a space to seal the munition, identifying the ordnance, and safely disposing of it. In this case, the disposal was an isolation rather than destruction.

Staff Sgts. Seth Kohn and Dominic Buckmuse were the “downrange” team, setting up the area and sealing off the munition. Staff Sgt. Todd Glessner was the team leader, overseeing the “downrange” Airmen and providing critical information for the team to safely dispose of the dummy munition.

This was the final requirement for Glessner to become a certified team leader, as well as earning his senior level badge. His flight leadership conducted an impromptu ceremony after the exercise to award his new hardware.

“We have awesome guys; people who are motivated, people who are problem solvers,” said Glessner about his time with the 166th EOD flight.

Kohn agreed. “I love this job,” he said.

For Tech Sgt. John Mayhoff, the emergency manager for the 166th Airlift Wing, this exercise was slightly out of the ordinary.

“We train a lot with our shop and the technical decontamination system, but it was unique to work with EOD in that they brought a munition through the “decon” line,” said Mayhoff. “We got some of our newer Airmen experience both working with another unit, as well as working with the decontamination equipment.”

The emergency management team guided the EOD Airmen through the decontamination process, ensuring they are able to handle a potential chemical or biological threat.

Some of the Airmen with the EOD flight have supported the active duty units in Germany. The flight is also responsible for supporting several counties and units in Pennsylvania, including Fort Indiantown Gap.

Emergency management is also responsible for chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) training for the installation, as well as managing the Emergency Operations Center.