Written by Spc. Charlene Mendiola
Tuesday, May 17, 2011 CAMP VICTORY, Iraq – “What is it that would possess an individual to walk down range against an inanimate object that presents certain death at the slightest misstep, yet relishes the opportunity to exercise mastery of a situation where you can only get the opportunity to make a mistake once?” asked Capt. Edward W. Eidson, commander of Joint Task Force Troy, United States Forces – Iraq, during his speech at a memorial service held in Al Faw Palace, Camp Victory, May 7. “The names you are about to hear are those brave individuals.”
Service members from across Victory Base Complex sat listening in silence as the names of 90 fallen explosive ordinance disposal technicians were called out one by one.
The memorial ceremony is held once a year to honor fallen EOD technicians from World War II to present, said Chief Petty Officer Donald Trink, EOD technician with USF-I JTFT.