January 23, 2017
Nine members of the Air Force Reserve Command explosive ordnance disposal community traveled to Washington, D.C., to provide support for President Donald Trump’s inauguration ceremony Jan. 20.
Eight of the Citizen Airmen comprised four two-person EOD teams. The ninth reservist teamed with an active-duty Air Force EOD professional to form a fifth team.
The following units each provided two EOD reservists:
* 94th Civil Engineer Squadron, Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Georgia.
* 916th CES, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina.
* 419th CES, Hill AFB, Utah.
* 934th CES, Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport Air Reserve Station, Minnesota.
The ninth member came from the 514th CES at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey.
The two EOD technicians from the 94th Civil Engineering Squadron were Tech Sgts. Matthew Halstead and Ivan Tarin. They teamed up with other technicians and local authorities to perform sweeps of designated protected areas.
“This was an extraordinary opportunity to be a part of history and for our technicians to work hand in hand with other military and civilian authorities,” said Senior Master Sgt. Ross Kurashima, 94th EOD flight superintendent. “It’s what we train for each and every day.”
“It was an honor to be selected to support such a high-level event,” Halstead said.
“I’ve trained with technicians from all around the world,” Tarin said. “Few can say that they have participated in a presidential inauguration.”
In addition to the EOD Citizen Airmen, 90 members of the 459th Air Refueling Wing from Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, took to the streets in Washington to participate in the inauguration parade.
Lt. Col. Rebecca Fox, 459th ARW executive officer, said it was a privilege for the wing’s Citizen Airman to be able to represent the entire Air Force Reserve Command in the parade. She said the parade included a total of 360 active-duty, Guard, Reserve and Air Force Academy Airmen, representing the entire Air Force.