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Always ready: Wyvern EOD

Always ready: Wyvern EOD

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jordan Burger, 31st Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) team leader, puts safety pins on an F-16 Fighting Falcon to secure the aircraft during a training session at Aviano Air Base, Italy, March 23, 2021. The training session simulated an in-flight emergency scenario. During the training, an EOD member had to verify the conditions of the munitions, which allowed the ground crew to unload the ordnance. U.S. Air Force EOD supports nine mission sets including range clearance, aircraft support, irregular warfare, unexploded ordnance disposal and more. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brooke Moeder)

Always ready: Wyvern EOD

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jordan Burger, 31st Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) team leader, inspects an F-16 Fighting Falcon during an in-flight emergency scenario training session at Aviano Air Base, Italy, March 23, 2021. During the training session, Burger had to put safety pins in the bomb racks on the F-16 to secure the aircraft. U.S. Air Force EOD supports nine mission sets including range clearance, aircraft support, irregular warfare, unexploded ordnance disposal and more. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brooke Moeder)

Always ready: Wyvern EOD

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jordan Burger, 31st Civil Engineer Squadron explosive (EOD) ordnance disposal team leader, puts a safety pin on an F-16 Fighting Falcon during a simulated in-flight emergency (IFE) scenario at Aviano Air Base, Italy, March 23, 2021. The pins secure the aircraft and allows the ground crew to unload the ordnance during an IFE. EOD members train twice a week on various topics and dedicate two months out of the year to aircraft training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brooke Moeder)

Always ready: Wyvern EOD

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jordan Burger, 31st Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) team leader, pulls a safety pin out of an F-16 Fighting Falcon during a training session simulating an in-flight emergency (IFE) at Aviano Air Base, Italy, March 23, 2021. Burger verified the conditions for the munitions and put pins in the F-16 to secure the aircraft. U.S. Air Force EOD supports nine mission sets including range clearance, aircraft support, irregular warfare, unexploded ordnance disposal and more. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brooke Moeder)

Always ready: Wyvern EOD

Senior Airman Tyler McConnell, 31st Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) team member, middle, Master Sgt. Anthony Sennhenn, left, and Staff Sgt. Wyland Wacaser, right, 31st CES EOD team leaders, prepare to detonate a flare that didn’t work properly at Aviano Air Base, Italy, March 23, 2021. EOD team members are trained to detect, disarm, detonate and dispose of explosive threats all over the world. EOD specialists identify and assess ordnance conditions and disposes of unserviceable, excess, or dangerous ordnances. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brooke Moeder)

Always ready: Wyvern EOD

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Wyland Wacaser, 31st Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) team member, picks up an AN-M14 thermite at Aviano Air Base, Italy, March 23, 2021. The thermite was used by the 31st CES explosive ordnance disposal team to detonate a flare that didn’t function correctly. Burning at more than 4,000 degrees Fahrenheit, the thermite can burn through steel and is used to destroy equipment or start fires. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brooke Moeder)

Always ready: Wyvern EOD

Senior Airman Tyler McConnell, 31st Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) team member, builds a cofferdam for a MK-124 (MOD 0) flare at Aviano Air Base, Italy, March 23, 2021. The flare didn’t function correctly so the EOD members had to detonate it using a thermite and the cofferdam helped concentrate the burn into one area. The flare is intended for either day or night signaling by aircraft personnel downed at sea or land. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brooke Moeder)

Always ready: Wyvern EOD

Senior Airman Tyler McConnell, 31st Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) team member, prepares to detonate a flare that didn’t function correctly at Aviano Air Base, Italy, March 23, 2021. EOD team members are trained to detect, disarm, detonate and dispose of explosive threats all over the world. U.S. Air Force EOD supports nine mission sets including range clearance, aircraft support, irregular warfare, unexploded ordnance disposal and more. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brooke Moeder)

AVIANO AIR BASE, Italy -- U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jordan Burger, 31st Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) team leader, puts safety pins on an F-16 Fighting Falcon to secure the aircraft during a training session at Aviano Air Base, Italy, March 23, 2021. The training session simulated an in-flight emergency scenario. During the training, an EOD member had to verify the conditions of the munitions, which allowed the ground crew to unload the ordnance. U.S. Air Force EOD supports nine mission sets including range clearance, aircraft support, irregular warfare, unexploded ordnance disposal and more. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brooke Moeder)